Sorry for the late post! It has been a tough two weeks but I’m committed to this series so I will catch up!
This week was focused on obtaining and sustaining peace. I have heard perfect peace stated more times than I can count. As I grow in my walk with the Lord, I realize that peace is a choice. It’s not a provision. You increase your odds of executing peace if you are consistent in your walk with the Lord.
Life is challenging! There are times when you will become overwhelmed by the chaos of it all. This is when you have to remember you are not alone AND God is your wonderful counselor. Seek Him for all of your decisions so you will have peace of mind. Typically we do this in the big decisions but you can do this for the small ones too. He is here to listen and guide us but you must go to Him first. Don’t forget He already knows the end. If He is silent…don’t move. You must exercise patience until you hear from Him. Go rogue and you may cause yourself more trouble.
The greatest lesson this week for me is reading that “peace is not a feeling but a place of being”. What a revelation!!! You are going to feel fear, anxiety, etc. but you choose to not to stay there and go to a place of peace. It takes effort and work.
There will be times of hopelessness but you must remain focused on God. Your relationship with Him does not guarantee trouble free times. Your faith and hope is what activates change. The trials are used to draw you in towards God. Unfortunately, the deliverance is only promised. The how and when is strictly up to Him and His timing.
Peace is something you also have to pay forward. Operate and communicate in love i.e. give folks the benefit of the doubt. Have the same mercy and grace you are given for others. The pursuit of peace is living the way God wants you to live.
With peace comes your obligation to obey! Walk in the spirit not the flesh. I know first hand this is easier said than done. Your flesh and your spirit are consistently at war. You must choose the spirit and ask God to help you obey.
You will struggle in this area but ask Him to reveal your short comings. You can’t work on what you don’t know is a problem. When you know better, do better! Repent when you know you weren’t your best self. Your acknowledgment and repentance is what will help you experience life to the fullest.
Next up, we will talk about times of trouble.
*This series is a summary of my lessons from He Whispers Your Name by Cherie Hill*