Thank you for reading today. Our greatest desire is that you would be encouraged in the Lord today! In my daily time with God today, the Holy Spirit spoke to me about learning how to have peace in my life.

Most of the Christians I know struggle to have real peace in their lives.  Satan wants us to worry, fret, and get focused on what someone else says or thinks about us. Or being overwhelmed by the things we have to do each day. We get frustrated, upset, or angry about others, our desires, our chores, children, spouse, work, circumstances, and what others do or don’t do. The list can go on and on!  Generally it is about circumstances or people. 

God Wants Us to Have His Peace

In Psalm 37 there is an interesting thought. Psalms 37:37, Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.

If you break the verse down notice the word “mark”.  It means to observe him.  Notice the word “perfect” man. It means mature.  Notice he is a man that walks “upright”.  We always encourage our counselees to be Spirit controlled people and teach them how to be. In essence, I ask God every day if there is any sin that stands between me and Him, I confess and repent of it. Then I ask God to fill me with the Holy Spirit.

Proverbs 3:1-3, My son, forget not my law; but let (this is a choice) thine heart keep my commandments:  (2) For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.  (3) Let not mercy and truth (God’s Word) forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:

A Spiritually mature person has a real, intimate, personal, and passionate relationship with God through His Word. Therefore he or she can have God’s peace. 

Proverbs 3:13, Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. 

When a person is filled, (controlled by the Holy Spirit), and seeks wisdom and understanding from God’s Word he or she can have real peace in their lives! 

What Happens When Something Happens to Upset Me?

People, circumstances, and the chatter of the world can disrupt our peace if we allow it. At the point of impact. Remember to stop, think, and turn the situation or person over to God. Then I can allow God to work in the situation instead of allowing people or situations to control me.  I can hear it now, but preacher you don’t know what he or she said or did!

If I am trusting God and turning situations over to Him by being a person who is in God’s Word, seeking His Wisdom, allowing Him to teach me, and turning it over to Him, I can have peace.

So…How Does God Want Me to Respond?

Non-Spirit controlled people are in the first part of this verse.

Psalms 38:12-14, They also that seek after my life lay snares for me: and they that seek my hurt speak mischievous things, and imagine deceits all the day long. (13)  But I, as a deaf man, heard not; and I was as a dumb man that openeth not his mouth.  (14) Thus I was as a man that heareth not, and in whose mouth are no reproofs.

Spirit controlled people are in verse 13 and 14. You do not have peace if you are listening to those who speak hurtful evil things. We also get into real trouble when we open our mouth in response. We all have been there!  Learn to walk in faith trusting God. Be the Spirit controlled person God wants you to be and focus on peaceful things.  Do not let your mind get out of control on this!  

Remember, be the vessel God can use today by asking the Holy Spirit to show you if you are living your life without peace? Are you living in the sin of allowing selfish and carnal thinking or listening to rule your life and making you not have peace? Be all you can be for Him today and have a powerful testimony of living a Spirit controlled yielded godly life that is serving and living with joy and peace! We encourage you today to make Jesus Christ real in your life by humbly yielding to Him and living for Him, not the life of selfish carnal thinking and speaking. It is an important choice! Tell God you want to yield yourself to Him today and be a trusting, useful, and rewarded servant! Rejoice in Him today!

With a heart to glorify God and serving the God of answers,

Dr. Terry L. Coomer
Director, Hope Biblical Counseling and Training