In this season of life, there are many worldly events that have the potential of robbing us of our peace.
In years past, Duke University did a study on “peace of mind.” The study found some factors that greatly contribute to emotional and mental stability, including the absence of suspicion and resentment. Nursing a grudge can be a major factor in unhappiness. Living in the past, an unwholesome preoccupation with old mistakes and failures, can lead to depression.
Avoid wasting time and energy fighting conditions you cannot change. One has to cooperate with life, instead of trying to run away from it. Refuse to indulge in self-pity when life hands you a raw deal, and accept the fact that nobody gets through life without some sorrow and misfortune. And we have to cultivate the old-fashioned virtues — love, humor, compassion and loyalty were reported.
In Psalm 119:165, the psalmist encourages us that those like himself (David) who loved God’s word, and hope in him for salvation (deliverance) enjoy great peace. Now, how often do we ask ourselves, “What’s stopping me from embracing great peace?” For many of us, it’s not managing our emotions well. Yes, we have to stop allowing our emotions to manage us. My friend, get out of the bed in your head and live.
Choosing to manage our emotions should bring us to a place of meditating on God’s instructions. When we do, we can begin to identify which kingdom seeds we’re watering for a harvest. Beloved, whatever kingdom you water will grow, and watering the seeds of God will always produce love and peace. Daily managing of our emotions and meditating on God’s instructions will help us to mature in the offenses of life that were designed to destroy our peace.
Greatness is developed through the process of navigating offense and confusion. In times of difficulty, we have to remember the peace Jesus gives is not the absence of trouble, but rather the confidence that he always is there with us. God will direct your path, but he won’t control your feet. We have to intentionally walk in the path of righteousness and not stumble over the unrighteousness of our feet again. Great peace is always obtained from the Creator of peace. God is the originator, and Jesus lived it before men and spoke it to the storm. He said, “Peace ... be still;” in other words, I am peace and you (whatever storm) be still.
We possess that same power to “speak to it” (its voice activation), power to tell our storms to cease from acting up, because the weapon of peace is our potion. The Holy Spirit will help us to reach this level of peace, because we are the peace to any storm.
Beloved, walk it out through his demonstration and see!
Paige is the senior pastor of Immanuel Christian Church and a member of the United Ministerial Alliance.