In HIS Presence


JOHN 16:31-33

Meditation verse:

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

There are three main dangers faced by a ship in a stormy weather. The first is the inability to see ahead. Its vision is severally blurred. But with calmness, comes clarity of vision and the ability to see several miles ahead. There is also the danger of been tossed about and off course by the winds or of been destroyed. Lastly, the noise of the storm is so loud that it drowns every other distinct sound, including their own cries for help.

The meditation verse’s prescription for dealing with anxiety is to present your issues to God in prayers, thanking Him as you do. Note however that it did not say you will get what you requested for when you do this, but that the peace of God will guard your heart. When Jesus was preparing to leave His disciples, He said “peace I leave with you, My peace I give you, not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). On appearing to His disciples after His resurrection, again He said, “peace be with you”. Peace is very important.

With peace comes clarity, hope and the inspiration to dream again. The heart is a bucket of ideas and vision, but it cannot dream when it is anxious. That’s why your heart needs to be guarded with peace. With calmness, comes the ability to hear God’s voice. Let God’s peace guard you out of the storms of life. If you persist in the storm, your dreams, vision, relationships and even your health may be destroyed. “For thus says the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength…” (Isaiah 30:15). Irrespective of what is going on around you now, ‘peace be still’.

IN HIS PRESENCE is written by Oke Chinye.
Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your heart?

He says in Mathew 11:28, “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” He longs to give you rest."

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Dear Jesus, I believe that You died to save me from all my sins. Today, I invite you into my heart and I accept you as my Lord and Saviour. Please forgive all my sins and help me to live my life for You.

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