“You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”
Jesus is called the Prince of Peace and Jesus wants us to share in His peace. But so many are going through difficult times in their lives without His peace. When we seek out God’s word in the bible, we can find Scriptures like these that help us to find peace and calmness in tough times.
This Scripture is telling us to keep our focus fixed on Jesus. In doing this, He will keep us in perfect peace. I have struggled with this for years. I give my issues to God in prayer and by the time I get back to my feet, I’ve started thinking about the issue again. This has caused me to go into frustration, into worry, and I have lost sleep over things that God was willing to give me peace about.
So, like many of God’s children, I would return to my knees and give it to Him once again, for the moment. Our issues are often made larger by focusing on them continually, which leads to worrying rather than trusting God. The enemy is counting on us to fall into this trap. If he can get us worrying and steal our focus away from God, he can achieve his goal of division in our life.
We can try to figure things out for ourselves, we can try to get out there and find a solution to our problem, but in the end, it is only God who will truly give us peace and freedom from our issues. However, there are a few things we can do to help the situation. I say this, not because God needs our help, but because we need to avoid being a hindrance to His work in our life.
3 Steps to walking in the Peace of the Lord
In this article, I will share three steps we can take to move out of worry and into peace. These steps are timeless and can be used repeatedly throughout life. This is because God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
Anytime something is troubling us or anytime we are confused about something, we must find an organized plan and stick to that plan. For me, this is about as organized as I can get in this. But so far, it is effective.
These three steps are:
- Get right before God
- Seek God in the matter
- Let it go and praise God
1. Get right before God
“So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.”
For most of us, there is always something that we could come clean to God about. When we walk in sin or with a clouded conscience, we start to put some distance between us and God. He is always in the same place and with us, however, until we clean up our act and walk according to His ways, He will patiently wait before moving our mountains.
There is nothing God can’t do, but God understands that the most important thing we will ever experience in our lives is our eternal home. So, even though our car breaks or we don’t have money for bills, or some other thing is going on, God’s only true concern for us at that moment is our heart condition.
Getting right before God and purifying our hearts comes down to removing any known sinful activity in our lives. This includes any types of sins; sins being anything that displeases God. So, this could include sexual sin, substance addiction, jealousy and covetousness, hate and prejudice, greed, bitterness, and even gossip, to name a few.
When we turn from these things and get right with God, He clears our conscious and see’s His Son in us. God knows we won’t be able to walk perfectly before Him right now, but He still wants us to try our best and do what we can to avoid sinful and fleshly living.
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2. Seek God in the matter
“Give your burdens to the LORD,
and he will take care of you.
He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.”
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. 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 Christ Jesus.”
God wants us to cast our cares on Him. He doesn’t want us to try to hang on to heavy burdens that lead to stress and anxiety, and eventually, into sickness. Instead, He wants us to come to Him with anything and everything.
When we humbly come to the Lord with our issues, He sees this as the mature and proper thing for us to do. He will instantly take our heaviest burden off our backs. As long as we leave it with Him, He will carry the weight. For this time, we will be free. If we leave it with Him long enough, He will work out a good plan and solve our greatest issues.
Sometimes we don’t even bring our issues to God. Instead, something happens and then we instantly lose our minds. Sometimes it’s an outburst of anger, including rage and swearing, sometimes it’s a literal breakdown into tears, and sometimes an issue can push us into alcoholism or drugs.
God is the answer here. God wants for all His children to have a reaction of instantly turning to Him and casting our cares. When we start practicing this, it will get easier. For me, I’m still stuck somewhere between casting my cares and losing my mind. But I know that God is working on me and if I keep trying to do things God’s way, soon I will become more stable in emotion and I will be able to remain in peace during the storms.
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3. Let it go and praise God
“Worship the LORD with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.”
Again, casting our cares on the Lord is one part; letting go of it and letting God have it until He returns with the answer is the second part. The first part is easy; the second part can seem near impossible at times. Especially, when it seems like God isn’t responding when we call out to Him.
So, we cast our burdens on the Lord like a responsible follower would do, however, because we don’t see or understand what God is doing in the background, Satan comes along and starts reminding us of the problem that we just gave to God; “Are you sure He is doing anything for you? Are you sure He even heard your cry? Don’t you think you could help the situation along better if you would also try to figure out the solution?”
These are the questions that Satan will start asking as soon as we cast our cares on God. But this is where we need to practice and learn a new habit. This new habit is to cast our cares upon the Lord and then immediately move to praise and worship. We are wise to find our favorite Scripture of God’s promises to us and memorize it or keep it with us.
When we have given our cares to God and are going about our business, we can refer to this Scripture anytime the enemy starts trying to speak lies to us or to get us questioning God’s ability to provide.
The devil is relentless and might try to get at you every hour of the day. But when you are equipped with God’s sword, which is His Word, you will be powerful against the devil.
So, 1. Cast your cares on God; 2. Go to God in praise and worship for all He is and all He’s done for you; 3. Memorize and meditate on His promises, especially, when the enemy is attacking your mind.
Just like everybody, I have had many storms in life. These seem to come often and in different strengths. I have found that if I’m not walking in God’s Spirit and with my focus on Him, the smallest storm is still near-fatal for me. I have literally turned my back on God before for the smallest of issues. But this is because when I focus on my issue, it grows and becomes huge.
We serve a big and powerful God. Our God is the one who can create something out of nothing. Our God is the one who sees ahead of us and creates a safe path for us to follow.
We are wise to focus on being good stewards of everything that God gives us; our health and bodies, our families, our homes and vehicles, our possessions, and our money. If we see these things as “God’s,” then if something breaks or goes wrong with it, we can bring it to the owner and seek His wisdom in whether He will fix it or replace it. When we do it this way, God will also provide all the necessary resources to get the job done correctly.
Let go and let God. Trade your greatest worries and issues for God’s unfailing peace that surpasses all understanding.
If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus, you can follow this link (Prayer for Salvation) to find out how. Also, if you need prayer for your life or your family, feel free to fill out a private prayer request in the provided prayer box in this article. My wife and I would love to pray for you.