Contend For Your Peace
Romans 12:2 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Peace is not the absence of struggle, but presence of Jesus
The world might be stricken with fear and chaos, but as God’s sons and daughters we don’t have to succumb to this pandemonium. We can be confident that the universe is upheld by the word of His power (Hebrews 1:3). For most of the world peace is the absence of struggle, but for us, peace is the presence of the person Jesus. Who has said He would never leave us or forsake us.The world’s peace is a mystical emotion that only exist when everything seems to work out, but fleets when the storm shows up. For you and I storms are opportunities to reveal the surpassing peace of God.
There is a battle for God’s reality in our lives
Peace cannot just be another religious concept. It has to be an embraced reality to experience it. Peace comes by excepting what God has said and allowing it to take precedence in our hearts and minds. It is both a heart and mental state. It springs from renewing our mind and conditioning ourselves to see things from God’s perspective. There is a battle for God’s reality in our lives. Which means we can’t be idle in our thinking but have to contend for heavens reality.
By worrying we can disrupt our hearts rhythm and lose our awareness of God’s presence
Contending for our peace requires us to resist worry. By worrying we can disrupt our hearts rhythm and lose our awareness of God’s presence. Entertaining toxic thinking and focusing our energy on the negative only amplifies the issue and decreases our motivation. It ’s an attack on our inheritance. Defeating worry is the result of a transformed mind. It is learning to distinguished what is from God and what is an outside influence. Victory is automatic when we align our thinking with Gods thinking. Allowing the spirit to renew and cultivate our thoughts and attitudes (Ephesians 4:3). Finally we act on those thoughts
Trusting him must become our prevailing posture
We act in faith out of His peace. “My peace I give to you” We transfer our worry to God and learn to trust him. When trusting Him becomes our prevailing posture we can enjoy every moment in spite of the circumstances. It’s peace in the storm. Its peace that transcends our circumstance. Disappointments become appointments for God to reveal His glory. Shelter’s in-place become opportunities to pray and build intimacy with our families. Broken economies become occasions to put our faith on display for God. When we focus and center our energy on God and align our thinking with His, it allow us to see the silver lining.
Disappointments become appointments for God to reveal His glory
Andy Stanley once said, “We see what we are looking for, we often miss what we don’t see.” What you search for the most you’re likely to see. Focus on the negative and the negative will become more apparent, making us more vulnerable for chaos to brake through the guard of peace that protects our hearts and minds. Prayerfully seeking and searching for Jesus in every circumstance, will make the work of Jesus more apparent, keeping our peace unbroken. Lord knows it isn’t easy, I often let my heart and mind wonder into the sea negativity and despair, but as I condition myself to prayerfully contend and embrace His reality, His peace becomes less illusive and more certain.