LIFE LESSONS FROM THE BOOK OF JOHN 16:33 (Msg)
"Jesus answered them, “Do you finally believe? In fact, you’re about to make a run for
it—saving your own skins and abandoning me. But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”
10 KEYS ON HOW TO LIVE IN DEEP PEACE IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR STORMS
1. First key -you cannot live in deep peace without first receiving and accepting Jesus as your lord and Saviour . Why? He is the author of our peace .Isaiah 9:6 "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."
2.You cannot enjoy His deep peace without knowing the author of peace .His word is peace in your spirit . So the more we seek to know Him via His word , the more His peace is established in our spirit. John 14:27"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."
3.Trust in God - trust grows better when you are in your storms and trust is what establishes His peace in our hearts . Key -psalm 62:8 "Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah."
4.Meditate on the word - The word of God is Spirit and life and the life of Christ is a life of peace ,even in our storms . Key- the more we meditate on His word , the more His peace is established in us with patience .Luke 8:15 "But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience."
5.Prayer - produces peace , worry denies you of His peace .So rather than worry , turn it into prayer . key - the deeper the prayer , the deeper the level of peace it brings . Key -phil 4:6,7 (Amp)"Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. 7 And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]."
6. Praise - If you know how to praise God , there is no way you will not enjoy His deep peace . Why? In the midst of your praise He comes to dwell in you . wow ..Key . Psalm 91:1(Amp)"He who [a]dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand]."
7.Love is also connected to His peace (one of the fruits of the spirit). Jesus commanded us first to love the father with all our heart , soul , mind and body (Matt 22:37) . Why? without this first step , the second step to love our neighbour as ourselves will always prove difficult , when challenges come to try us . It is the love we have for God that produces the grace in Christ which in turn leads us to have "deep peace" when faced with our challenges or test of faith . 2 Cor 12:9 (Amp)"but He has said to me, “My grace is
sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available —regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me. "
8.Adore Him from your spirit - mere mouth worship won't produce any result . Why? He is not there . He comes to dwell in us when we worship and adore Him from deep within . That establishes His deep peace within us .John 4:24 (NIV)"God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth."
9.Reminding Him of His promises with love and joy - Appreciating Him and thanking Him , produces that love from within us, which comes to establish His deep peace in us . Isaiah 12:3 "With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation." Depression cannot draw it out , but joy mixed with love for God will produce that needed result , any day . Amen.
10.One of the best times to sow , is in our time of need . What it does is this , because we have a need and we still go ahead to sow , what happens is that we do it by faith and that faith can only come when we are sure ,we trust Him to deliver . So trust , deep trust is established when we sow in our times of need which in turn produces that deep peace in us in the midst of our storms . Bible says Gal 6:7 (NIV)"So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up."
Prayer - Father teach me how to trust you in the midst of my storms in the name of Jesus , Amen.
you are blessed!