In these challenging times, do you feel the need for peace instead of worry? Join the crowd, including me, your Blog Maker. We need to find peace and understand the secret of keeping peace, joy, and hope in our lives.
Let’s find the secret to perfect peace right now!
To find the secret, you first search your heart and your mind to uncover the causes of worry. Ask yourself these questions:
What are the specific things that cause concern?
Is my current lifestyle the best for these challenging times?
Is there more to life than the way my life is going right now?
If there was a way to find the peace I need, would I check it out?
Second, sort out the answers that are truly out of your control to find the ones you can control. Make some plans to get more control for yourself. Then, there may be lies from your past that bother you. There is a way to overturn these lies and gain some peace—ask God to tell you what is true and declare that you can move beyond the past. Finally, there are some concerns that only a higher power can handle. We will suggest some OPTIONS to get you this peace and more power for yourself!
OPTION #1: Ask for a Higher Power
There have been times when I really struggled with worries including the lies of my past. One key moment was when I realized that I was not doing a great job as a father because of my workaholic striving and the impossibilities of overturning the difficulties of our two children (complications at birth that I could not change). At the same time, I was helping my wife start a business and we were reading some of the sales and motivational books. To my surprise, most of the authors of these books were Christians and they relied on pray and trust in God to face all their challenges. One particularly bad day, I cried out for help as I was working out (running) during my lunch hour. Surprisingly, I suddenly sensed a presence around me that brought me to my knees. I realized that this was Jesus calling—“Come to Me” was what I heard. I prayed that He would forgive me of all my failures of the past and those of fathering. Instantly, I felt lighter and more at peace. Over the next few days, my love for my family increased and I felt more and more at peace with myself. It was like I had returned to earlier times in high school when life was less complicated.
This can happen to you if it has not already happened! So, given that there is a Source of Peace named Jesus, let’s hear Him saying “Come to Me!
READ THIS ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE NOT REALLY KNOWN JESUS:
Why? Because, Jesus said, “I am the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE.” And, He said that anyone who believes in Him will be saved. If you want to be saved from your past mistakes and all the challenges in your life ahead, all you do is say a simple prayer, like this:
“Jesus, I believe in you and ask You to be the Lord of my life and forgive me of all the sins of my past, giving me a new life in You!”
As soon as you sincerely pray this prayer, you will join the “family of God” with all the benefits of the Royal Family (the King and Father, God; the Prince, Jesus; and the amazing Holy Spirit!). Jesus sends the Holy Spirit into us as a spiritual guide–He lives in us! This also gives us tremendous HOPE for the future (“Christ in us, the Hope of Glory,” Colossians 1:27).
OPTION #2: There has been a way to reach God, learned by many people over the centuries!
In about 720 to 690 B.C., during the time Rome was founded and the Olympics began in Greece, there was a man named Isaiah who lived in Israel. He was a spiritual advisor to four successive kings of the southern area (Judah). He was recognized as an accurate prophet and made amazing predictions for the future. For example, he predicted that the King of Assyria (an enemy of Israel that was attacking Jerusalem) would be turned back—and this miracle happened. As you can see, Isaiah was a true follower of God. And, that’s why he wrote one of his famous sayings:
“People with their minds set on you, you keep completely whole (in perfect peace), Steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don’t quit. Depend on God and keep at it because in the Lord God you have a sure thing!” (The Message translation).
Another major prediction Isaiah made was for a “prince of peace” to arise in Israel in the future. The prince of peace appeared about 750 years later—His name was Jesus! Isaiah’s prediction is written in the 9th chapter of the Book of Isaiah. Verse 6 says,
“For unto us a child is born; unto us a Son is given….and His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!
The closest followers of Jesus wrote about the life of the Prince of Peace in the New Testament. In those books, the prophet Isaiah is quoted 10 times by five disciples—Matthew, Luke, John, Peter, and Paul.[i] By quoting Isaiah, these apostles were validating that the prophesies of Isaiah were true.
So, given that there is a Prince of Peace named Jesus, let’s ask Him to come nearer to us and bring us peace!
SOME STEPS TOWARD PERFECT PEACE:
- Ask Jesus to come closer to you and Read John 14: 18-27 several times:
14:18 says, “I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you!”
14:23 says, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him and make Our home with him.”
14: 27 says, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you….Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid!”
- Read Romans 5:3-5 several times: “…we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character, and character, Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Notice that there is a progression in the Christian life that leads to Hope—the best type of perfect peace—your future in heaven is secure.
My prayer to you is….”Peace, Perfect Peace, be with you!”
MORE OPTIONS WILL BE DISCUSSED IN THE NEXT BLOG! JOIN US AGAIN SOON
Pastor G. (“Gale”) Harold
[i] In addition to Chapter 9 of Isaiah, Chapters 52 and 53 contain the prophesies that are referenced by Matthew (8:17), Luke (22:37), John (12:38), , and Peter (1 Peter 2:22, 24), and Paul in the Book of Romans (4:25, 10:16 , & 15:21) and the Book of Acts (8:32-33), and 1 Corinthians (15:3-4).