Keep the Peace
Both Jesus and Peter could have lost their peace in the middle of their situations. Though Jesus was God’s Son, He walked on the earth with a body just like ours. Peter was completely human with a flesh containing feelings and emotions. At any time they could have allowed their minds – unguarded by peace – to give in to stress and fear. They could have let their emotions succumb to what could happen. But they chose not to, resulting in peace that sailed them to victory.
How can we maintain that peace like they did? God hasn’t left us helpless to figure it out by ourselves. He’s given us His Word, the book of peace.
Refuse to be anxious.
Be anxious for nothing . . . (Philippians 4:6a)
We can’t just push a button in our minds to turn off anxiety; we have to choose not to let it control our thoughts and our actions. It’s a simple act of saying, “No, I will not be anxious. No, I will not fear.” Refusing anxiety is an act of obedience that God rewards!
. . . but in everything by prayer and supplication . . . let your requests be made known to God . . . (Philippians 4:6b)
God wants us to bring our concerns to Him. He knows He’s the only one who can fix them. When we pray and leave the situation with Him, it proves that our trust is in Him. Peace then comes as the weight of the responsibility is lifted from our shoulders onto His.
. . . with thanksgiving . . . (Philippians 4:6a)
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
When we consistently thank God for answering our prayer, it keeps us in an attitude of expectation. It reminds us of the impending manifestation of His promise to take care of our needs. A supernatural peace floods the heart of a thankful person!
Think like God thinks.
For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Corinthians 2:16)
As the God of peace, God’s mind isn’t fearful or anxious. It contains peace . . . and only peace. He has given us the ability to think peacefully just like Him. Again, it’s a choice we have to make. Will we give in to thoughts of fear and anxiety? Or will we allow our thoughts to contain God’s peace?
Keep our minds focused on Jesus.
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)
If we want to be people of peace, our minds can only be focused on one thing – Jesus. That focus is a result of trusting Him. We by faith choose to never let our eyes stray from Him because He is our Source of peace. The peace He gives is perfect, as perfect as He is. As we stay our mind on Him, He will do His part to keep us in that peace.
Think on good things.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8)
Our minds can wonder to many subjects, but what God tells us to think on is only good. Good subjects inspire peaceful thoughts. Peaceful thoughts result in peaceful emotions. Peaceful emotions assist in a peaceful life, regardless of the circumstances. Negative thoughts can’t stay in the same room with peace when we “meditate on these things”!
Let Peace Rule
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. (Colossians 3:15)
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. (John 14:1)
Allowing peace to rule our lives is a choice. No one can do it for us, not even Jesus. It takes effort in a world filled with chaos, but it is possible . . . because Jesus said it was.
We could easily block peace from ruling our lives by wearing the crown ourselves. We could seek to meet our own needs, and refuse to do the above points. Or we can choose to hand the crown over to peace and let it sit on the throne of our lives. God, after all, is the God of peace, so when we let peace rule, we are letting Him rule. The alternative is allowing stress and anxiety to have the throne, letting our hearts to be troubled. The god of both trouble and anxiety is the devil. As Christians, which is the only acceptable choice?
Letting peace rule is not just about us. The attitude we project could determine someone else’s peace, especially if they don’t know how to walk in it themselves. We can maintain our peacefulness and allow it to be a testimony of God’s goodness. Other’s will see it and desire it, just as God’s goodness leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4). Rather than being a stumbling block and stealing what little peace others may have, we can reflect Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith . . . and our peace.
In the story of Jesus and Peter, supernatural peace was present. But it wasn’t a peace that made sense to the mind or the flesh. It was a “peace that surpasses all understanding.” God’s peace only makes sense to our spirits when we are trusting in His supernatural abilities. When we see things from His powerful point of view, anything is possible! (Matthew 19:26)
For you shall go out with joy,
And be led out with peace;
The mountains and the hills
Shall break forth into singing before you,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.