Jesus told His disciples that they would have tribulations in the world but in Him, they would have peace (John 16:33). But what happens when you can’t find your peace? How do you hold on to your peace when times are tough?
The Day I Let Them Steal My Peace
I woke up with a song in my heart. I was energized and motivated. I was able to see God’s plan for my life and could see the next steps ahead of me that needed to be taken.
I went to work eager to get things done…not the nature of the work per se, but the ticking of things off my to-do-list. I wanted to get through my workday so I could go home and start my “real” life.
Three hours into my day, the enemy struck. Using a co-worker, he needled me where it hurt: right in the middle of my cubicle depression.When the enemy comes to steal your peace he knows exactly what to say. #findyourpeace #hebrews12endurance Click To Tweet
“You’re comfortable where you are.”
“You’re well-paid, what do you have to complain about?”
“Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14 NKJV).
The words hit me where they hurt—right in the middle of the budget that was stitched together with prayer and tears…right in the middle of my questions about my true purpose and wondering if God had abandoned me in a world that was the antithesis of my dream job. My blood started boiling.
Then I tipped my hand by stating how I felt. Big. Mistake. Instead of backing off as I thought he would, he recruited another co-worker. Together, these two people shredded my peace. And I let them.
Beloved, these two people took all the things I struggle with and rubbed my face in it.
Was I happy about my job? No.
Did I feel fulfilled at work? No.
Was my income enough to meet all my expenses? No.
But must I constantly wallow in the inadequacies that I feel in my soul? No!
Yet after a few minutes of taunting, I was lashing out and cursing. Much like Peter may have on the night they crucified Christ. I walked away ashamed. I had let my tongue get the better of me. Again.
Why You Must Try to Find Your Peace
The first part of Hebrews 12:14 came back to haunt me… “pursue peace with all people” (emphasis added). I hadn’t pursued peace. I had turned away from it and run head-on into the storm. I forgot to keep my eyes on Christ, I forgot to find my peace in Him and got into trouble.
Have you had a similar experience? Everything was going well until someone said something that made you so mad you acted in a way you had promised not to? So…how do we not get drawn away the next time the devil calls our name? How do you find your peace?When Satan comes to steal your peace, use the Word of God to reclaim your peace. #hebrews12endurance #spiritualwarfare Click To Tweet
4 Tips to Help Keep the Peace
After thinking about it for some time, I’ve come up with a few ways to find your peace even when you are in the midst of a difficult situation.
1. Recognize and accept that peace is not a right. It’s a gift. It takes effort and sometimes needs to be chased. If we are pursuing peace, we have to train for it. Feed on the right food. And set goals to achieve it.
2. Get some cheerleaders. There are going to be times when you fail. Times when anger seems more like a friend than something to flee. That’s when you will need someone to walk the walk with you. Someone to remind you that you’re a work in progress – God is not through with you yet.When you need help reclaiming your peace, get some cheerleaders--some people who will remind you who your Father is. #findyourpeace #hebrews12endurance Click To Tweet
3. Feed on peaceful things. Listen to soothing music. Research ways to control anger. Study and memorize Bible verses about peace. Read about persons who learned to master being peaceful and learn from them.
4. Walk away. If all else fails. Walk away to find your peace. You don’t need to remain in a situation that is attempting to steal your peace. If you can’t physically move, go to your quiet place mentally. Visualize that place that always soothes.
What the Bible Says About Peace
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you (Isaiah 26:3 ESV).
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9 ESV).
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all (Romans 12:18 ESV).
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid (John 14:27 ESV).
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God (Matthew 5:9 ESV). #bibleverse #findyourpeace #hebrews12endurance Click To Tweet
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1 ESV).
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7 ESV).
I hope these tips gave you some insight on how to find your peace. I’d love to hear your tips for finding (and keeping) your peace. What’s your favorite Bible verse about peace?
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