Published By Deborah Negron
June 5, 2019
The peace of God only comes when we have a sincere relationship with him. It’s not a touch of Jesus and we go on our way. It’s a daily walk with him. It’s about relationship. A turning away from a lifestyle that has damaged us and a commitment to Jesus. Then somehow in the midst of life’s mess, The Lord can still bless. Look, all of us fail. But its God’s desire to give us his daily dose of Mercy.
Lamentations 3:22-23. It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His [tender] compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness.It is his desire to give us a purpose, Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.”
He has a plan for us to live in peace, his desire is that we can walk in peace and go to bed in peace, Psalm 4:8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust. In a world with constant change we can rest in the one who Grant’s us the opportunity to bring to him our concerns. We can bring to him our disappointments. We can bring to him our hearts full of questions. For us he has the answers we need to move forward and not to become stagnant. He is the one who can revive us. He can provide us with the wherewithal to take steps towards changes that will enable us to live productive and fulfilling lives.
As a Counselor I heard someone say, “It seems like everything I do leads me to the same place. I feel anxiety and fear that I’m always in this place of not knowing. I’m afraid.
God’s perfect love casts out all fear. 1 John 4:18.
The Lord’s calms our hearts even in the midst of life’s storms, when we keep our minds on him. Isaiah 26:3.
Trauma can cause a person to become hyper fearful and to always expect the worst. It can bring despair even when nothing has actually changed in their present situation. A person who has suffered will at times find themselves reliving moments of turmoil over and ove again. Yet the Word of God offers an antidote to this type of mindset.Jesus came that we may have life and this life more abundantly. It is the enemy’s role to bring to us that negative thought and to bombard us with fear and despair. The devil comes to kill steal and destroy. Yet Jesus comes and as the prince of peace, he calms our hearts. He allows us to rest on the fact that He has conquered sin and death. John 10:10, Ephesians 2.
Jesus made us all part of one family. We are not alone. We are not forgotten. We can live the abundance of His peace as we come to be United with God’s people.One of the ways in which the enemy keeps a person down is by causing them to be isolated. He gains ground in our lives when we pull away from those who care about us genuinely. He enables us to find strength as we draw close to those of like precious faith. So loneliness, the fear of being abandoned, the fear of never belonging dissipates. When we are together with those who also believe in Christ, we are enlightened and fortified. We are caused to become stronger in our thought process and begin to feel stable.Once I counseled a woman who had a fear her spouse would leave her because she was always worried about him finding someone else. She appeared to have a low self esteem and this bled in to every relationship in her life. She was insecure in her job. She felt as though she was not the best mom. She felt as if she would fail in every turn. The process for our restoration is not as difficult as some make it.
Scripture tells us, Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all the things we need will be added, unto us. Mathew 6:33. The goal for us was to have the woman focus on who God said she was. To find all the scriptures that pertained to how much God loved her.Jeremiah 31:3 The Lord has loved us with an everlasting love. He calls us his possesion, his Word says,
In 1 Peter 2:9 “But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession.” As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
There is hope. There is freedom from despair. There is order in the midst of life’s chaos. The Lord Jesus came that we might be delivered from anxiety. He came that we would acknowledge Him as Lord and Savior and then we would know him as the Prince of Peace.
Whether we have been a victim of our own making. Meaning, because of the poor choices that led to trauma. Or whether we were taken advantage of and mistreated, the Lord still came that we might have life and a life that is Abundantly and free.
Trauma does not define you.
The situation, the illness, the loss, the calamity cannot take away what the Lord has said of you. He came to heal our wounded heart and mind. He came to restore us and give us peace.The antidote for the poison called worry is Prayer. The medicine for our anxiety is a relationship with the God who orders our thoughts by renewing our minds as we read and follow His word.
The therapy of greatest value is found in a daily affirmation of God’s love for us. When we trust in His word, we find that life’s issues and painful moments can be managed with a better mindset. I write this as I am laying in my bed. I somehow injured my left knee. The ligaments appear to be damaged and overstretched. The pain is managed only by keeping this leg immobilized. Not my cup of tea. Yet, as I look as the word of God, it comforts me.
The Word of God consoles me. It alleviates stress levels. I was frustrated and feeling sorry for myself. Then the Lord caused me to reconsider.
What can I do in this situation?
I can follow doctor’s orders and stay put. I can focus on the fact that in this world we will have afflictions. But I can rest on the fact that if I trust Christ Jesus, if I truly believe in Him, All things will work together for my good. I am in his hands. He is still on the throne. So in the midst of my turmoil, I will praise the one who will keep my mind at peace. Lord I pray for every reader,
I pray for everyone who is touched by these words. Lord, bless, bring peace and comfort the broken hearted. Bring hope to the one who is struggling with their lacks and their shortcomings. I pray you bring the joy of the Lord to their lives. Oh, and please Father ease my own pain, it is not easy to Be still.
I would rather move. But Thank you for your peace and your love in the midst of this time of Being Still. In Jesus name I Pray. Amen.
Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
So let me be still and trust He has got my best interest at heart.
Beautiful ! Yes, peace only comes through a close relationship with Jesus. When love is perfect, fear and anxiety cease.