Philippians 4:6-7 (New Living Translation)
6 "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell
God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
7 Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in
John 14:27 (New King James Version)
"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 16:33 (New King James Version)
"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
We are living in confusing, difficult and frightening times, where people are losing jobs, the government is in jeopardy of shutting down, the country is fighting senseless wars, people are being forced in many cases to leave their homes because they may be facing a foreclosure and because of all of these things people may even feel like they are losing their minds and even worse their peace. It is during these times that we need to draw upon the fruits of the spirit.
In particular, Galatians 5:22 speaks about joy and peace (as well as
others) being fruits of the spirit. As a result, we need to take time to reflect on the good times we have had and draw on that joy and peace. When you work on developing fruit in the good times, you have a reserve for difficult times. This may not be something we have done in the past but as we mature in our Christian lives; we learn how to draw on the peace than can only come from the Prince of Peace that lives inside of us.
As a child of God, we need to know how to be steady no matter what the
circumstances. Allow His peace to guard your heart and mind as you become prepared to handle times of crisis when they come. Face it; life in today's world can be stressful, frustrating and frightening.
But as a Christian we do not have to operate on the worlds system of worry and fear. Yes, we will face difficult and trying situations, but we can also refuse to be worried, agitated, disturbed and upset(See John 14:27). Therefore, even in the midst of our problems, we can be happy, confident, cheerful and courageous.
Yes, some days are going to be more frustrating and worrisome than others. But when you come to the end of one of those tiresome and frustrating days, we should take time to spend with God. We need to thank him for his overwhelming joy and peace and thank him for overcoming the world on our behalf. No, our situations may not have changed today, but you will find that just purely reflecting on his
goodness will calm your spirit and prepare you for the days of peace that are definitely sure to come!
A Prayer for Today
Lord, help me to have joy and peace in you during these tough, tough times I am facing today. Lord, help me to have unshakable and unmovable peace today even during the issues and situations I may be facing today. Lord, I know you have overcome the world on my behalf and I thank you and will do my best to be "of Good Cheer" today.
Lord, it is so very easy for me to become frustrated, down and depressed in these times but, today I am changing my perspective and am going to replace those thoughts with happiness, peacefulness and confidence because I know you are working things out on my behalf.
Yes, things may not change overnight, but I will focus on the peace that passeth all understanding. Lord, I will focus on the good times I have had because I know at just the right time – those good times will again happen in my life. So Lord, I will continue to draw on your word, your peace and joy and be patient and wait as I know my breakthrough is definitely on the way. Thank You Lord for my unshakable, unmovable peace today!
In Jesus Name, Amen.
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