Can we really have peace in the middle of a storm? Of course we can but it’s not automatic. Just think of all the times God tells us to “fear not.” Every time an angel appeared, he greeted them saying, “Fear not!” Why? Because fear and peace don’t mix. Just like fear and faith don’t’ mix, fear and peace don’t mix. They negate each other.
That’s how it is with peace. If you want peace in your life, and we all do, then we’re going to have to guard our hearts and keep fear out. Another thing is that if you’re in fear, it’s because you’re looking at and focusing on the wrong things: health issues, bad reports, financial woes, family issues, and of course, the world situation. Any number of things can cloud your minds and hinder your faith from working because they’re fear based.
Proverbs 4:23 (AMP) 23 Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.
Proverbs 16:3 (AMP) 3 Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.
We have an obligation to guard our hearts so that fear can’t get in and wreak havoc.
Jesus firmly told us to NOT let our hearts be troubled and then He says that He gave us His peace. And if Jesus gives us His peace, we have peace!
John 14:1 (KJV) 1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
John 14:27 (KJV) 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Notice in Gal. 5:22-23 that peace is a fruit of your re-born spirit. It’s in there because you get it when you’re born-again. But it’s up to you to release it and let it come forth. I say it like this, “I release peace to come forth and manifest in my life!” That’s what you can do with all nine fruits – release them to come forth and manifest.
Of course, you must resist fear and command it to go and it has to leave. You’re the one in charge. You’re the one with spiritual authority but you have to step out in faith and act on God’s Word in order for God’s Word to profit you.
What a loving Father we have Who has so provided for us! Praise the Lord of Glory!
Mark 4:35-41 (KJV) 35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.
36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.
37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
1 Peter 5:8-9 (KJV) 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
James 4:7 (KJV) 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.