“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus? Phil 4:6-7-
~The Peace that Jesus gives is not the absence of trouble, but is rather the confidence that He is there with you in the midst of the storm ~
~ Author unknown
The definition of PEACE is –
- Freedom from war – or time when a war or conflict ends
- Tranquility – a calm and quiet state, free from disturbances or noise.
- Mental calm – a state of mental calm and serenity, with no anxiety.
Peace is what happens when we align our hearts with heaven. Peace is wholeness of body, mind and spirit, so that we are at one with Christ in the will and purpose of God.
Steps to PEACE:
P – Prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God
E – Exchange wrong thinking
A – Accept the gift
C – Connect w/ God
E – Expect God to take care of you – trust Him. Do not worry.
Prayer – In Philippians 4:6 Paul tells us to not be anxious but in EVERYTHING let your requests be known to God through prayer, supplication, and thanksgiving.
- Prayer – The word prayer in this verse carries the idea of adoration, devotion, and worship.
- Supplication – Suggests an intensity of earnestness in extended prayer. Not to gain merit by many words, but to fully transfer the burden of one’s soul into God’s hands.
- Thanksgiving – Giving thanks to God, thank Him for all He has done for you. Never lose the amazement of what God has done for you.
Daniel gives us a wonderful illustration of peace through prayer. When the king announced that none of his subjects was to pray to anyone except the king, Daniel went to his room, opened his windows, and prayed as before. (Dan 6:10-11) Daniel prayed, gave thanks, and made supplication. The result – perfect peace in the midst of the lion’s den.
Exchange wrong thinking – Peace involves the heart and the mind. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because he trusteth in Thee” Isa. 26:3
Thoughts are powerful; “as he thinketh, so he is” (Prov. 23:7). Wrong thoughts will lead to unrest and discouragement, but spiritual thinking will lead to peace.
Paul lists the things we ought to think about as Christians in Phil 4:8.
- Whatever is true
- Whatever is honest and just
- Whatever is pure, lovely, and of good report
- Whatever possesses virtue and praise
Accept the Gift – John 14:27 “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” When we become followers of Christ we can have His peace. Jesus is the “Prince of Peace”.
Be willing and obedient to make any changes the Holy Spirit leads you to make in order to walk in peace. Jesus has provided His peace — Accept it —- enjoy it!
Connected with God – John 15:5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” Think about it… How long can a branch survive if it’s cut off from the vine? Christians who have lost their peace should spend some time abiding in the vine. Living in Him…Dwelling in a place of rest.
We have to stay connected with God. When we stay in daily and constant communication with the Lord, we will be at peace. When we are in the will of the Lord we are at Peace with the God of Peace.
Expect and have faith that God will take care of you. DON’T WORRY!
Worry is sin.It means you are not trusting in God. Refuse to worry – show God that you trust him. God says in verse 6, “Do not be anxious about anything.” That means don’t worry. The word for “anxious” in the greek here means to be troubled with cares. Make a decision today to cast all your cares on the Lord and watch Him care for you. 1 Peter 5:7 “casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”
“I have the peace that passes all understanding. I have the peace that operates in the midst of the storm.”
“Lord, I receive Your peace today. I will seek peace, follow after peace, and let Peace be the umpire in my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.”