“Peace be with you.”
Our peace is a daily grace.
Bestowed upon us like the daily manna from heaven to feed the children in the wilderness.
Enough for that one day in which they were. Yesterday has been and gone and tomorrow will be a new day when it comes.
Today is the most important time.
By accident we place importance in tomorrow and immediately project anxiety.
If we stop focusing on the future we can birth power into our today.
If we love even the mundane of today we can be in joy and in peace.
Stress can become a habit.
It depends on how we choose to step into each day.
Therefore we can equally choose to step into peace instead.
Replace a toxic way with a biblical truth don’t worry and peace helps us navigate the challenge that we may be facing.
All of us are tempted to find our own quick fix to our emotion of feeling a need for peace.
We even become addicted to our peace quick fix. It can take many forms comfort food, alcohol, TV obsession and many others.
They actually become our idol, our obsession but not our solution.
Biblically the solution is:
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.”
“The Lord is near”
He is always nearer than any problem that may be around.
The Lord is nearer than the fear of Covid virus.
The Lord is nearer than the fear of recession.
The Lord is nearer than the fear of death.
The Lord is nearer than fear of family issues.
He then becomes our refuge, strength overcomer and brings us peace and joy in the supernatural way that surpasses our understanding.
Do we really believe the comfort food or whatever we turned to can solve our lack of peace?
Do we really believe Jesus can be our peace ?
We can accidentally push Jesus and The Holy Spirit away in our choice of what we put our trust in.
Instead of saying Jesus I need you closer.
Ask Him, give Him permission to get closer whenever we are tempted to our default place and idol. This can liberate us from the block.
Biblically our solution is accessing Jesus as our dwelling place.
Peace stills us and is tangible.
We can have it and also pass it on, exchange it as we meet others or go into their homes.
It is perceivable as a strength which holds us firm and upright in rough and stormy waters, in other words stressful situations.
It is His supernatural gift which surpasses understanding.
We will remain unshaken.
We can celebrate that we are frail because it encourages us to lean into Jesus in all things and become like minded.
Our mind decides what we will focus on and Jesus is our comforter.
Research has found that the way parents soothe an agitated child with the comfort of a hug, holy kiss and gentleness physically rewires the nerve cells in the brain, the synapse cells are modified and the result is peace.
The mind finds a new condition of peace and love controlled by the chemical response and wiring in the brain cells.
Our instinct to want to hug or to be hugged are a response to the instinctive knowledge that peace is transferable from one to another.
This can transfer to asking and allowing Jesus to hold us.
Jesus holding us transfers peace.
Peace infiltrates our whole being and liberates stress and anxiety.
Ask Him to hold us and take time to feel Him do exactly that.
The illustration shows Jesus our Shepherd, holding us safely and close bringing His peace which passes all understanding.
Us in His bubble of love and protection each and every day.
Him dispelling the darkness of lacking peace.
Five scriptures that come to mind:
‘This is why I tell you to never be worried about your life, for all that you need will be provided, such as food, water, clothing—everything your body needs. Isn’t there more to your life than a meal? Isn’t your body more than clothing?”Matthew 6:25 TPT
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.”Philippians 4:4 ESV
“As you enter the house, greet it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you.”Matthew 10:12-13 ESV
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:7 ESV
“But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.”Psalm 131:2 ESV
The song Reaching for You. Chris Tomlin