“Six Benefits of Peace”
A few days before my 29th birthday my sister-in-law Vivian asked me a seemingly simple question, but at the time, it was perhaps the most powerful question anybody had ever asked me, what do you want for your birthday? My answer was, “I want people to leave me alone… I want peace.” Little did I know that God was listening and I was only days away from being a part of God’s family. On April 26, 1997 at around 6:00 PM, in the living room of my home, as I was reading the Four Spiritual Laws track, I gave my life to Jesus Christ as I repented of my sins, acknowledged that He died and roused again on the third day by the Father and called Him into my heart.
The emphasis of my article today is not my testimony, but my inner cry for peace. Peace is commonly defined as, “A state of mental calm and serenity, with no anxiety.” The Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary defines peace as: “Inner tranquility and poise of the Christian whose trust is in God through Christ.”
I am convinced that many people desire that peace; however, many of us look in the wrong places for it. Many imagine themselves in a beautiful island facing the blue sea in a comfortable chair just raising their hands as they have a servant that brings them what they want at any time. Many dream for that perfect vacation only to quickly discover that they need a vacation to recover from the one they just “enjoyed”.
The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:7 “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” In this article I would like for you to meditate on six powerful benefits of God’s peace:
- The peace of God is more powerful than any circumstance you may be facing. (Phil. 4:7) “The peace of God surpasses all understanding.” When all hell is breaking loose around you and when it makes no sense for you to be smiling, the peace of God stands firm in the mountains of our tribulations.
- The peace of God will guard your heart and mind through Jesus. (Phil. 4:7) This is very significant because your heart is connected with your emotions (How you feel!) as your mind is connected with your thought process. The peace of God will guard your emotions and your thoughts in the mix of all the tribulations of life.
- Peace is a blessing from God. (Ps. 29:11) If you are at peace, know that you are being blessed by God.
- We must search and pursue for peace as peace will always face opposition. (Ps. 34:14) The devil will always come after your peace in the form of circumstances and people; that is why we must search and pursuit it daily.
- Peace is the setting for the realization of your future; without peace your destiny in God will never become a reality. (Ps. 37:37) This is one of the reasons why Satan attacks us so much; if he can rob us of our peace, he can rob us of our destiny.
- Peace is a fountain of health for our bodies. (Prov. 14:30) We know that we are getting old; we are not getting any younger; however; many of our health problems are directly connected to the lack of peace in our lives. Stress is a powerful silent killer that is blamed for many of our illnesses today; from neck pain to cancer. No forgiveness, hate, anger, etc; are all powerful tools of the enemy that we are allowing to take over our hearts and minds and so they are robbing us of our health. Many of us in the body of Christ are not dying with fullness of life; we are dying full of bitterness with incomplete realizations of our destiny as the enemy rejoices and announces his victories and effective accusations.
Today the prayer is not for God to remove everything that is stealing our peace. In this world we will have tribulation; that is a Biblical promise. The prayer is for us to learn to have peace even in the mix of the frightening waves of bad news, the darkness of the unknown and the ferocious winds of the storms of life. May the Lord bless you today with the quiet power of His peace.