When I watch TV commercials or shows, so many times the characters are pursuing or selling peace. If we are honest with ourselves, we are all unsettled inside. Our daily pursuits…whether going to work, paying the bills, vacuuming the floor, going to school, yelling at our kids, retracting from a conflict, trying to be perfect, saving for the future, eating when we are frustrated, drinking alcohol or caffeine, pornography, working those extra few hours, I could go on a long time… are all efforts to avoid or soothe discomfort. We think they bring peace. I am not saying some of the things I listed aren’t good to do, but you will never find lasting peace in the world around you. You will not find it by acquiring “stuff”, more friends, in your kids, or a new spouse. You won’t find it in more sex, success, or a better house. The external world is always in flux…under the curse of death and decay. But as a Christian, there is a gold mine of peace within you, just waiting to be tapped. So get out of the Holy Spirit’s way, and access the peace only He can bring as you put on the Armor.
Today, take notice of your thoughts and decisions that are inconsistent with the Bible and God. These will block your ability to be humble and aware to the Holy Spirit’s direction and gift of unbelievable peace. Begin living from your true center in Christ. He lives in the deepest depths of you…of your being, in an intimate union with your spirit. Christ in you, the hope of glory. Click here to share with us your experience or struggles living from the center God created within you.
Dear Father God,
I pray that You help me stop my external and begin my internal search for peace. For so many years now I have misunderstood what true peace really feels like. Help me Lord to tap into that gold mine of peace which you have planted deeply inside me. I know Father that ever since the resurrection your watchword has been “Peace be with you” to those who yearn for You. I’m sitting here quietly Lord; letting Your presence and peace enfold me. I know Your son died a criminal’s death to provide this radiant peace. Thank You Father. I pray in the name of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, and all God’s people said, – AMEN!
To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”