January 1, 2019

Keys to Peace

Written by Shana Schutte

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – January 1, 2019

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

The above verse is one of my favorites. I love it because Christ is saying that peace is ours for the taking. He has already held it out to us. If this is so, why do we experience such a lack of peace at times? Here are 4 Keys to peace that reveal why we may not experience the peace we desire.

The Child of God who experiences peace is the child who chooses to believe God is fully his, not just as Lord, but as Savior, Friend, Comforter, and Confidant. He knows that Christ will never leave him, never forsake him, and will always be with him, no matter what. Peace comes from knowing who you are, and who you belong to. . . that you are a beloved Child held carefully and closely in the heart of God. He will never let you go and He is involved in every detail of your life.

The Child of God who experiences peace doesn’t look to the world to prove her value or to guarantee fulfillment. She doesn’t grab for fleshly things to fill her heart because there is no way to fill spirit with the flesh. She knows you can only feed spirit with spiritual things. Her days aren’t spent focusing on worldly appetites, but she has an eternal perspective that the world cannot take away. In this, there is peace.

The Child of God who experiences peace is acquainted with trust. Trust and peace go together like peas and carrots. Where there is one, there is the other. When peace is not present, trust is absent. The Child of God who experiences peace knows trust isn’t just something that happens to him; it’s a choice he makes each day to focus on the truth that he is loved and that God is in control of all that concerns him.

The Child of God who experiences peace knows how to surrender to God’s plan. Surrender isn’t giving up; it’s giving in. The Child of God who experiences peace is ready to lay down her agenda for God’s agenda and trust Him with her future.  And she knows that when she gives in to the God who loves her, cares for her, and is Almighty, she can experience peace.

Christ has indeed given us His peace and each day he is holding it out to us. Will we accept what He has provided, or will we reject it through believing that God doesn’t love us, that we aren’t fully His, that the world can satisfy, that God can’t be trusted, or by holding on to our will rather than surrendering to His? Choose peace, friend.

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7).

Prayer

Lord, help me to rest in the peace you have provided for me today. I accept that you have; the fruit of peace that you have given me through your spirit. Help me to trust you. Amen.


Application

Choose one of the above Keys to Peace and pray about it, asking the Lord to help you trust Him more.


Related Reading

Philippians 4:7-8; Galatians 5:22; Colossians 3:15


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Comments

  1. Becky Duryea says:

    One of your best Shana! I’m printing this one! Thank you so much for sharing this timely piece.
    Happy New Year!

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Becky,
      Happy New Year to you, too! Thank you so much for reaching out to us and letting Shana know you were blessed by this devotional. Please know I will forward it on to her and I know she will be happy to hear from you!And you are so right – this is a devotional worth printing and having close by!
      Becky, we hope this new year is a happy and healthy one for you and your loved ones. One of my favorite statements that Shana made in this devotional is “The Child of God who experiences peace is the child who chooses to believe God is fully his, not just as Lord, but as Savior, Friend, Comforter, and Confidant”.
      Choosing to believe that HE is fully ours,
      Gwynne

      “Be joyful always, pray continually, giving thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
      1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18


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