Jun
12

How Do We Live in Peace?

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peace that passes understanding “God, grant me serenity…”

I joined hands with the group of people. Most bowed their heads and closed their eyes.  “God, grant us serenity to accept the things we cannot change, courage to change the things we can, and wisdom to know the difference.

Over the many months of my counseling training at an addiction treatment center, the ritual repeated itself daily. I found the ground to be level as group leaders and recovering addicts and alcoholics joined in this daily humble prayer. Certainly I needed this serenity, this courage, and this wisdom as much as anyone in the group.

Serenity.

Peace.

Tranquility.

Calmness.

In today’s quick fix world, we all want to know how do we get serenity and how do we get it right now?

Is it granted unto us, as the prayer indicates or do we obtain this peace by something we do?

Isaiah 26:3 states that “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

In John 14:27, Jesus told his disciples that he was leaving his peace with them, that in fact, he was giving it to them. Then he admonished them that they should not be afraid.

Then in John 16, Jesus strengthened the idea that this peace would not be dependent upon our life circumstances. He said in verse 33 that we would have troubles in this world but that we could have peace because he had overcome.

It’s another ‘both/and’ truth. Peace is given to us. Granted. Through a relationship of trust. Through a focused mindset. Regardless of our circumstances, even scary ones. In the midst of trouble. So even though this peace is a gift, we also have a role to play in receiving this gift of peace.

It seems to me this peace, this serenity, comes by my acknowledgement that I am dependent upon God.  Yes, God, grant me…

This simple acknowledgement says that I surrender. I surrender my plans, my understanding or lack of it, and my fears.

It says that life is spiritual and in order to have deep inner peace regardless of circumstances, I must receive it from my heavenly Father who is all knowing and all powerful. The words, God, grant me… declares my dependence upon God.

Paul wrote in Philippians 4:7 that we could have a peace that surpasses the natural realm and that this peace would guard and protect our hearts and minds.

Wow, how often I need that!

So if you’re looking at a mountain of difficulty that has taken your peace away, (and that could be anything from a pile of bills to a pile of laundry!), stop and acknowledge God as your Father and as the author of peace. Ask Him to grant you peace that supersedes everything that is going on in your life.  Remember that God Himself wants you to have peace more than you can imagine. Meditate on how peace is a fruit of God’s spirit. Pay particular attention to the things which tend to steal your peace and ask for insight into your own heart.

Perhaps you should pause and raise your hands as if to receive a gift and ask God to fill you with His peace.

It’s a beautiful exchange. Our fears and lack of understanding for His presence and peace.

Feel free to list your prayer requests, you know, the things that are stealing your peace. I’ll join with you – and others – to ask God to grant you His incredible, priceless peace. Then be sure to come back and update us. And if it’s too personal to write, just ask for prayer. God, who knows all, will direct our thoughts.

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Comments

  1. Cindy says:

    Thanks Mikki for praying,here’s some of mine:1.Worry
    2.Impatience with God/self
    3.Hyper mind
    4.Anger
    5.Jealousy
    6.Envy
    7.Insecurity
    There’s probably more but I will stop at these,thank you,love you!

  2. Amber says:

    Anxiety, and balancing work and home
    Thanks for joining with me in this prayer!

  3. kc says:

    A storm has been raging in my life for the last 18 years. It feels like it will never go away. Every time I get a glimpse of the shore or calm water the wind kicks up the waves again until I am only gasping for air. Right now is particularly bad and I am scared. I feel like God has turned his wrath on me and is punishing me. I want to tear my heart from my body, I have begged God to kill me, I have begged God to help me and I get no response. I have torn my Bible to shreds calling God a liar while I did it. I am scared there is no God or if there is He hates me. Please pray!

  4. Mikki says:

    Dear Friend,

    I am so sorry for the pain that you are experiencing. I understand the feelings that you have right now. Please know that God’s wrath is not for those who believe in Him. Yes, believers can experience the discipline of God, but that is quite different from God’s wrath. His heart is not to punish you. He sent Jesus to pay for your sins so that you would not have to be punished.

    God really loves you. There are reasons that we sometimes don’t feel that love, but I can assure you that it is there. There is so much I want to say to you! If you look at the Bible, God is never upset at believers who honestly questioned Him or even questioned His existence. He is secure in who He is. He understands that this process you are in is a struggle. He believes in you and knows that you will find your way through this struggle because your heart is good.

    You would not be reading my blog if your heart were not turned toward God. Obviously you are looking for that peace, you are looking for God’s answers. God is not mad at you. As a matter of fact, He appreciates your honesty. God can work in our honesty, even when it is not ‘pretty’. He is truth and He works in truth.

    He wants to draw you to Himself and comfort and encourage you. The enemy of our souls, Satan, is the one who condemns us. Yes, God convicts us of sin in order that we may have a close relationship with Him and so that we don’t make choices that are harmful to our own hearts or to others. Conviction and condemnation are very different. Conviction draws us to God who wants to help us. Condemnation pushes us away from God and makes us feel unworthy and unwelcome. It is important that you recognize the difference is those two. Remember God convicts, Satan condemns.

    All that is necessary for you is for you to ask God’s forgiveness for any sin and then ask for His grace. Ask Him to fill you with His presence and His Spirit, knowing that He does that because of Christ and your relationship with Christ and not because of you alone.

    We are made worthy through Christ. It is not our own righteousness which we offer to God because that is never enough. However, Christ’s righteousness is always sufficient.

    Please respond and let me know what you think and how I can help you further.

    By His Grace,
    Mikki

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