LIVING IN PERFECT PEACE
True tranquility of soul, genuine godly peace, is only found in the person of Christ, not in some ritual or self-help practice. He alone is the Prince of Peace.
It is imperative that we come to understand our Christ identity and maintain a deep walk in the Word of God--this will bring about the freedom we need to draw near to the Lord. Each day we must affirm our oneness with Christ, seeking to yield, ever deeper, our will to His PURPOSE for our life. It is as we face Him in faith--open and trusting--that we are changed into His likeness (see 2 Corinthians 3:18).
THE SPIRIT OF FEAR
The "spirit of fear" is a form of bondage and spiritual slavery. It is a ruthless taskmaster attempting to steal the seeds of DESTINY and PURPOSE being awakened within the hearts of many of God's people. The Lord knew us before the foundation of the world and He deposited within us the divine seeds of kingdom design and DESTINY.
The only cure for fear and anxiety is abiding in the Word, the person of Christ Jesus. Paul declares in Philippians 4:6-7 (AMP):
"Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God's peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
As we turn our inner focus, our will, to Christ and place our affections on Him, meditating on the love of Jesus flowing into and through our heart into the lives of others that we are discipling, adjusting our thoughts to the Word -- particularly the scriptures that have to do with our identity in Christ -- we will discover abiding peace.
DESPITE THE STORMS
Despite the storms, however, God's plans and PURPOSE for your life are wonderful. Jeremiah 29:11 says: "'For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,' says the Lord, 'thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.'"
We can begin to walk in our PURPOSE as we seek first to bear fruit that remains for the Kingdom of God. Paul states in 2 Corinthians 5:9, "Therefore we make it our aim, to be well pleasing to Him." We must desire to fully finish the course (our DESTINY in Christ) -- in such a manner as to hear the Lord say, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
PROPER IDENTIFICATION OF THE BATTLEGROUND
Your battleground is not the circumstances of your life. The true battleground of the enemy is in your mind, will, and emotions. Keeping your thoughts and heart focused on Jesus and how you are able to meet the spiritual needs of others through Him, will prevent darkness from overtaking your soul.
There is no greater warfare than our abiding with the Prince of Peace. The God of peace will crush our foe under our feet (see Romans 16:20). The moment you feel the loss of peace -- "fix your thoughts on Jesus.." - Hebrews 3:1 -- repent and believe Jesus Himself is flooding your heart with His love. Have no doubt – He will bring peace because He always keeps His promises.
Stay in HIM – stay at peace!