Why do so many of the Lord’s people live absent of contentment and peace? Let me give you these simple seven reasons and please read the powerful Scriptures following my writing.
1. We skip our daily time with Christ- When we spend time reading the Word, thinking about the Lord and the things of God, talking to God, reading and journaling, we reap incredible peace. Why? Our faith increases. We experience the closeness of Jesus and our security increases. We know the Lord is near. We are ministered to by His Spirit. We trust, we seek, we have the confidence that life will not defeat us, as we are daily reminded, our God is in control and He never leaves us.
2. We allow sin in our life. We will never have peace in our hearts as our peace with God is disrupted by a barrier in our heart. Unrepented sin still steals our peace. The Holy Spirit wants us unsettled when we are living with sin that we know it is not the will of our Father. We used to call that being “convicted” defined as “convinced” of our sin. We repent, turn, receive forgiveness and keep growing. Have you grown “used” to a particular sin in your life? Have you grown numb to the Lord’s voice beckoning you to desert and walk away from a behavior?
3. We have unforgiveness and bitterness in our heart toward, people, a person, the church, or the government. Bitterness, strong feelings of hate and anger steal peace. It does not have to be directed at one person. Guard your heart. Allow the Lord to baptize you in love. We need more of Jesus. Past family conflicts, X spouses, hurts in the church, or at work, let it go.
4. Watching and filling your mind with Garbage Movies that are violent, cop TV shows where people are murdered, raped, hacked up, pornography on your computer, IPAD or phone will steal your peace. Your mind is under attack and you are what you think about and you think about what you watch. Guard the window of your heart. Guard what goes in your eyes and ears. Jesus saved us, and these things are not entertainment. This grieves the Lord, the fact America thinks that this is the fun thing we can do with our leisure time is a sign of how sick our society is getting. May we as God’s holy people not participate in these deeds of darkness. Live higher, live better, walk holy.
5. Pride-We want to be in control and we are tormented with no peace if we are not. We want to control others, and that leads to manipulation and drama…no peace. We don’t take time with Christ daily and surrender because we have fallen for the ancient lie that we can really do a better job at our life than God can. We lack humility and we want our way and life just isn’t like that. We don’t get our way all the time, and our peace is again shattered. Turn from self, pride, control, and throw your life into the control of God! You will never be sorry! Be free of the torment and bondage of control. As a leader, I can struggle with control, and I know that is pride. I have to repent and let God have His way not I. The best thing to do sometimes is to just serve others. We need to make sure we know life is not all about us, but about the glory of Christ. Do something for others and minister Christ in this world.
6. Tough Times in life and storms. Keep your feet on the Rock Jesus Christ during difficult times. Surrender your desire and longing to control and acknowledge that God is in control. Surrender the situation to the sovereignty of God. Look to grow, learn from the dark experience. Allow your roots of faith to be driven deep in Christ. Don’t let the storms steal your peace! I have to keep telling myself that Jesus is constant and consistent, my emotions and moods are not and this life sure is not!
7. Fear –Fear is a real emotion. It steals peace, and can rule us if we are not vigilant. We must be aware of our fears and know that 99% of everything we fear and think about, will never happen. We must not be ruled by fear and thoughts of terrible things happening, or fear of the future, or the “what if” things we dwell upon. If I dwell on things that will not happen, I won’t only lose peace, I will lose joy, and be paralyzed with fear. That is not what the Lord wants for me or you! Grow in faith, worship, and verbally speak the Word of God and His power over our life, our family’s lives and our future. God has not given us a Spirit of fear. This is not from Him. Jesus Christ is Fearless.
Scriptures to bring the Peace of God and Freedom
Proverbs 16.7 “When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”
Isaiah 26.2 “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”
John 16.33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Philippians 4.6,7 “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.”
Psalm 46.1 “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”
John 14.7 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
2 Timothy 1.7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
2 Thess. 3.16 “May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.”
Hebrews 12.1-4 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2 We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. 3 Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people;* then you won’t become weary and give up.”