Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | May 13, 2014

Is Peace Hard to Find? by David Bower

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“Silhouettes”, Artist: Adele Bower, www.artbyadelebower.com

“Yes, I am looking for peace in my life and surely peace is hard to find.”

I work as an online missionary for Global Media Outreach and made a discovery recently; GodLife, from Global Media Outreach, had sent a letter to subscribers which concluded with the following:  “Are you looking for peace in your life? Hit reply and tell your volunteer what is going on. We can help!”

As a volunteer worker, one of the replies I received had the statement in quotes, above. This Christian brother, with whom I have worked since January of last year, is from Zimbabwe. He and I have exchanged letters on a regular basis ever since so it was good to see his name in my mailbox; his was the first reply that I received on the subject of finding peace.

I believe we can all agree it seems to be getting harder to find even small pockets of peace in this troubled world in which we live today. I began to suspect that there might well be others who were drawing the same conclusion, “peace is hard to find.” I’ve decided to share with the readers of my blog, the reply that I wrote to fulfill the “We can help!” promise made by GMO on behalf of the volunteers.

I’ve deleted the brother’s name to protect his privacy.

Finding the Peace Which Passes Understanding

Dear _______,

The success of your search for peace all depends on what kind of peace you seek and where you are looking for peace. We are living in a spiritual war so peace in this world cannot be found; there is a peace available to God’s children and that is inner, spiritual peace which is beyond understanding. It is this peace God invites you to enjoy as one of His children, _______.

We can enjoy this peace as we let the Holy Spirit lead in our lives; this is promised in Galatians 5: 22-25 where it is written, “22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

This deep, inner peace is always available to those who are led by the Holy Spirit; this is the peace which passes understanding. In Philippians 4: 4-7 it is written, “4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

If you look to this world and all of its life situations you will not find peace; the secret to finding peace within your heart is to trust in the Lord always and do not try to understand circumstances. The key to the Spirit led life is confession of sin _______, we all sin and fall short of the glory of God, even as Christian men and women. In 1 John 1: 8-10 this is explained, “8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.”

Notice in verse 9 that when we confess our known sins God even forgives us of our unknown sins as well. When we confess our sins to God, the power of the Holy Spirit is restored in our lives and we can again enjoy the fruit of the Spirit. When you fail to find peace it is probably because you have unconfessed sin in your life; confess your sin to God and you restore the power of the Holy Spirit.

Keep in mind one thing about sin, _______, and that is the nature of sin as described in Romans 14: 23b where it is written, “everything that does not come from faith is sin.” Your doubts, fears and uncertainties are all sin _______, and suppress the power of the Holy Spirit in your life; when you feel any of these negative emotions, confess them to God and restore the power of the Holy Spirit in your life.

I’ll pray for you now, _______:

Holy Father, I ask your blessing and guidance on _______ as he seeks to live a life that pleases and honors you. I ask that the Holy Spirit may help him understand the nature of sin so that he recognizes sin for what it is and is quick to confess his sins to you. Please help him discover the peace that passes understanding that you have prepared for those who trust you and follow you by faith. Please help him to understand that the fruit of the Spirit is his portion on this earth if he will only claim it. I ask this in Jesus’ name, amen.

Live by the Spirit and keep in step with the Spirit, _______ and you will find peace.

Your brother in Christ,

David

While many of the verses and thoughts are familiar to readers of my blog, the principles involved are of fundamental importance in the daily life of any believer and deserve daily application to the Christian life. If you are experiencing any difficulties finding deep, inner peace, then I encourage you to put these principles into full force and effect in your life too.

Live by the Spirit and keep in step with the Spirit and you will find peace.


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