Today I want to talk about keys to activating your peace. Peace is a very precious commodity. We need to maintain our peace for several reasons: 1) to be able to hear from God; 2) to maintain our health; 3) to be a good witness to unbelievers; 3) to be able to be able to dominate and speak peace to situations in our lives; and 4) to maintain joy which gives us spiritual strength. That being said, obviously, maintaining a peaceful spirit is imperative.
THE FIRST STEP: RECOGNITION AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
The first step to activating peace in your life is to recognize and acknowledge that you have it. Jesus said in John 14:27, “My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.” Galatians 5:22 says, “The fruit of the Spirit is…peace.” That tells us that if you have the Spirit within, you have peace residing within. Finally, Colossians 3:15 says, “Let the peace of God rule in your heart.” Therefore, it’s your choice whether you let the peace that’s in you rule or not.
KEYS TO ACTIVATING THE PEACE YOU HAVE
So now that you acknowledge that you actually do have peace within you, the question is, how do you activate that peace? It’s a shame that we allow the peace Jesus died to give us to lie dormant while the enemy wears us out with unnecessary anxiety and worry. It doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some keys to activating the peace which already resides within you:
- Identify wrong believing. I Corinthians 10:4 says that joy and peace are found in believing. When you uncover errors in your belief system and focus in on the promises of God, your heart will be settled and fear and worry will be dispelled. What are you believing?
- Pray and give thanks. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer, supplication, and thanksgiving, make your request known unto God, and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will keep your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.” Have you prayed about it? Have you expressed gratitude to God for what He has done in the past to show Himself faithful and expressed confidence in what He will do in the future?
- Focus on the Word. Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” When you maintain a focus on the Word through worshiping God and speaking, meditating, and memorizing the Word, you are focusing on the Prince of Peace. God says He Himself will keep you peaceful. What are you focusing on?
- Focus on the peace within. When you feel anxious, you first have to recognize that you are out of peace, look within and “zoom in” on the peace in the midst of all the internal noise. Once you find the peace, you’ll begin to feel more peaceful, and then it’s a matter of maintaining that focus. It’s kind of like being in a crowded room with many conversations, but you hone in on the one person with whom you are talking. That’s called selective attention. What are you “selectively attending” to today? Your negative self-talk?
Beloved, you have to be intentional in your pursuit of peace, not passively stand by and let the devil beat you down with anxiety and worry. Peace is not going to just fall on you. Hebrews 4:11 says you have to LABOR to enter into rest. God has made the fruit of the Spirit available, but you must decide to pick it off of the Tree of Life and eat it.
Name a “peace stealer” in your life and how you plan to overcome it. Please leave a comment below.
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