Unshakable Peace

It arrived in the form of a heart-rattling text. 

The words in the little text-bubble read “I’ve got something to tell you”, and instantly my gut contracted and I knew—I just knew—it wouldn’t be good.

That day, I had to wait hours and hours before the dreaded conversation actually happened. Though I sensed something serious was about to hit me, I had no idea what it could be. All of which means I had hours and hours to wonder, fret, and stew.

And that’s when the inner earthquake began. I’ve written about inner earthquakes before , and I know the right things to do. But this involved someone extremely near and dear to me, and the not knowing? It was messing with my mind.

So I prayed. And prayed. And prayed. But the awful fog of dread enshrouding my entire being refused to lift.

After about two hours of deep turmoil, a God-thought penetrated my mind. And sweet friends, let me just tell you that I have never, ever felt so grateful for the Holy Spirit’s ability to speak to my heart. 

Don’t go where the enemy is trying to drag you. Guard your heart and hold on to your peace.

The truth is the enemy wants to entice us far from God's peace. He wants to drag us to the ugly place of emotional turmoil. But the Holy Spirit gives us exactly what we need, right when we need it {can I get a Hallelujah?}.  He truly is our Comforter, Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, and Standby. (See John 15:7) 

And suddenly I understood I had unwittingly made a choice the moment I read that text. I had surrendered my peace. It might as well have been a hold-up with a masked thug, because that’s how fast I gave it up.

We know the enemy is a thief (See John 10:10) and sometimes God allows him to do awful things (just read the book of Job, or the current headlines). But the truth is he can only take our peace when we allow it.

If we want peace in the middle of our crazy, we need to clutch it for all we’re worth. Jesus paid a massive price for our peace. He died for it. He bequeathed it to us, which means it is legally ours.
Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] (John 14:27) (AMP)
Now hear me out. The enemy knows how to rattle us. He knows our weak spots. He knows how we’ve always reacted in the past. But our response to any of the stuff he’s doing or attempting to do in our lives is always, always our choice.

We must refuse—absolutely refuse—to yield our peace. We must stop allowing ourselves to be agitated and disturbed and unsettled {Jesus’s own words!}.

We can’t always control what life throws our way. But holding on to peace is always a choice. My prayer is that in His gracious kindness, the Holy Spirit will remind us of this important truth when we need it most.
For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. (Isaiah 54:10) (ESV)

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4 comments:

Charlene said...

"Don’t go where the enemy is trying to drag you." This really spoke to me, and you are right - we must stand firm and refuse to give up our peace. Thanks for these true and encouraging words!

Bobbie Todd said...

Love these thoughts, and the 'proof' of which you speak, Julie! Thank you for confirming, as this is something we struggle with daily, and these truths will surely help me, and I will pass them along! :)

Tiffany G. said...

Very timely Ms. Julie. I needed to be reminded that holding on to peace is a choice. I am not powerless as to when my peace "leaves" or "goes".
Very encouraging!!!

Anonymous said...

I so needed to read this last night when I lost the plot and only saw all of the hurdles in front of me at this present time. I needed His peace to replace my turmoil. Such a timely word for me.

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