Preparation Nugget: I just returned home from church and wanted to share with you something the Lord reminded me of tonight. The presence of God is a safe zone. You learn to get into the presence of God in church, but you are not limited to finding His presence there. His presence is IN you, not in a building. Corporate worship makes it much easier to enter into His presence, but honestly, we can live in His presence every hour of every day. It’s something we must learn to do.
As I was basking in His presence during the service, the Lord gave me a vision of His peace covering chaos. I was standing in my yard in an area where we have a fire pit. The fire got out of control and was potentially very dangerous; heat, winds, and brush fires starting in every direction. If a spark hits the dried brush or Spanish Moss handing from the trees, the fire would quickly get out of control. I looked at what was about to take place and knew that if this got out of control we were in BIG trouble and would have chaos. As I began to think about the proper way to contain it, I looked at the fire and out of the sky a square covering floated to the fire and killed it. The covering was slightly damp and very thick, like a welcome mat. When the covering met the fire, the corners gently landed on the ground first. Then, as the canopy collapsed the fire was smothered. There wasn’t even any smoke when it put the fire out. It was as if it never existed. Then, there was total peace- a sigh of relief. I realized that this is how God’s peace works in the areas of chaos in our own lives.
There are times when chaos starts to develop in our lives. Sometimes, it’s not even our fault, circumstances beyond our control. When we see it forming, we have options. Looking at the source of the chaos (the fire), we can see God moving on our behalf. He promises NEVER to leave us or forsake us. Prayer is a covering that releases the power of God in our lives. Through prayer and communion with God, we learn to release the chaos in our lives to Him. In His presence there is peace. It’s a peace that passes all human understanding.
Lack of peace is really just a lack of trust in God.
It is so important that we realize the value of peace. We must learn to let go of the things in our life that don’t line up with Gods Word. Protect your peace. Face your fears. Peace resides or lives inside of you. Activate it. When you are facing problems, decisions, or battles in your life, let peace be your guide. (Col.3:15). Pursue and go after peace. Go for it! Peace does not come automatically. You must choose to be peaceable on purpose. Make a decision not to let others steal your peace. Stop allowing yourself to worry. (Phil. 4:6,7) When you get upset, STOP IT, use self-control! Choose to walk in peace. Change your way of thinking by meditating on God’s Word. You must pursue peace- run after it like an athlete running toward the finish line. You must develop it. Don’t allow yourself to be robbed of this precious gift. “For let him who wants to enjoy life and see good days (good-whether apparent or not) keep his tongue free from evil and his lips from guile (treachery, deceit). Let him turn away from wickedness and shun it, and let him do right. Let him search for peace (harmony; undisturbedness from fears, agitating passions, and moral conflicts) and seek it eagerly. (Do not merely desire peaceful relations with God, with your fellowmen, and with yourself, but pursue, go after them!)” 1 Peter 3:10,11 Ampl. Allow God’s peace to guide you in every area of life. When trouble comes, get in the presence of God until you either get the solution, the next step, or step over into peace. I’ve discovered I don’t always get the answer right away, but when God’s peace floods my soul, my mind gets quiet and still. I’m content. His peace brings that contentment because we have the assurance that everything is going to be okay. We can rest in peace knowing that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord.” Romans 8:28
Prayer: Father, I receive your peace and I refuse to let my heart be troubled, or be afraid. I trust you!