Our world and our country is in desperate need of peace. Wars are being fought. Terrorist attacks are being planned and carried out. People are rioting in our streets.
Where do you go to find lasting and eternal peace? The Bible tells us over and over that the answer is found in the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ! That’s what Christmas and Advent are all about!
John 14:27 I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid. (LB)
Personal peace is such a fundamental need in life that people will do almost anything to find it. They’ll spend thousands of dollars to go on vacation to exotic places and even sniff brain-destroying drugs in order to find peace. But instead it just seems to elude them and get further away.
So, how do you get God’s peace in your mind and heart? It’s my making a very important decision to surrender to God’s loving control in your life.
One of the reasons we experience so much stress, anxiety and tension in our heart and mind is because we’re always fighting against God. Every day when you wake up you have to decide: who’s going to be in charge of my life? Me or God? Who’s going to be in control of my life? Me or God?
Romans 8:6 If a person’s thinking is controlled by his sinful self, then there is death. But if his thinking is controlled by the Spirit, then there is life and peace. (ICB)
Those are the choices and alternatives. When you’re in charge it leads to death. When God is in charge it leads to life and peace. I don’t know if you’ve thought this through or not, but when you get in a fight with God, you’re going to loose! There’s no way you can win that fight because your arms are just too short to out-box God. And He loves you too much to let you win.
How many of you remember when Mohammad Ali was the World’s boxing champion? One of his most popular sayings was, “I am the greatest!” In 1996 he was asked to light the Olympic cauldron during the opening ceremony of the centennial summer Olympics in Atlanta. How many of you remember that? He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1984 and as he climbed to the top of the stairs his hands and body shook so much that he could barely light the torch. Later in an interview he said, “God gave me that so I could remember I’m not the greatest, but He is.”
Sometimes the reason we go through problems is just so we can learn that we’re not really in control of our life and therefore need to will totally surrender our life to God.
How do you know if you’ve done that? The evidence of a surrendered life is obedience. If I’m totally and completely surrendered to God, I’ll do what God says. It doesn’t make any difference if I understand it or not, if anyone else is doing it or not, or if it’s easy or hard – I just do what God says. So, when I listen to God’s word and do what He tells me to do I’m going to have peace in my life.
Psalm 119:165 Those who love your teachings will find true peace, and nothing will defeat them. (NCV)
If you’re in an uncontrollable circumstance, married to an unchangeable person or experiencing an explainable problem, the good news is you can still have the peace of God in your life.
Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. 7 If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus. (LB)
The way to experience God’s peace in your life is through prayer and trust in Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace. The two go together. Prayer without trust or faith in Jesus is just words. If you don’t know Jesus as the Prince of Peace in your life you can by just praying and asking him to forgive your sins and be the savior and Lord of your life. I hope you will do that.