PEACE BE STILLSep 30, 2021 2021-09-12 17:19
PEACE BE STILL
PEACE BE STILL
Read: JOHN 16:31–33
“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 stormy weather. The first is the inability to see ahead. Its vision is severely blurred. But with calmness, comes clarity of vision and the ability to see several miles ahead. There’s also the danger of being tossed about and off course by the winds or of being destroyed. Lastly, the noise of the storm is so loud that it drowns every other distinct sound, including 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 visions, 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 accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour?
Jesus says in Mathew 11:28; “come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. No matter what you’ve done or where you’ve been, this invitation is for you. Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart; all you need to do is invite Him in, by believing and receiving Him.
Are you ready? Here’s a prayer you can say right now:
Dear Lord, I acknowledge that I am a sinner in need of grace. I believe that Jesus died to set me free from my sins. Thank You Jesus for dying to save me. Please forgive me for all my sins and come into my heart. Be my Lord and Saviour. Fill me with Your Spirit and enable me to live for You from now onwards, in Jesus’ name, Amen
If you prayed this prayer, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know about it. I would love to pray with you personally and send you a copy of my eBook; ‘Living the Life’ to encourage you as you begin your journey with Jesus.