”Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” ~John 14:27
Jesus tells us He is leaving His peace with us, and He also tells us how we can obtain this peace. We must simply choose to do as He says, and by doing so we will achieve this incredible gift of pure, perfect peace. There are lots of verses in the Bible where God is clearly telling us how we can achieve this peace. Here are just a few . . .
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives…” John 14:27
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” Isaiah 26:3
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
“The Lord gives strength to his people, the Lord blesses his people with peace.” Psalm 29:11
“For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.” 1 Corinthians 14:33
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16
"And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places." Isaiah 32:17-18
“…the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6
“For He Himself is our peace…” Ephesians 2:14
The following verses explain how God intends for us to achieve this peace in the here and now, in this life. He’s literally telling us how to use our words, words of gratitude for Jesus (as our sacrifice of praise)—the only sacrifice we can make that has any value to Him.
“Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” ~Hebrews 13:15
“To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.” ~Isaiah 61:3
Simply put, God wants to make some trades with us. He wants to trade the oil of joy (the Spirit of joy) in place of mourning (our sadness). He wants to give us the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, which means God will renew us as soon as we turn toward Him and thank Him. He will give us His peace in place of our sadness. There is some kind of crazy huge power in the act of praise! We give Him praise— He gives us peace—what an absolutely wonderful trade.
"Rejoice always. In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” ~1 Thessalonians 5:16 & 18
I’ve finally learned that counting my blessings not only makes me feel better, it also connects me back to God, and this process somehow generates even more blessings to be thankful for!
"Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me.” ~Psalm 103:2
We must keep our thoughts on God, on all that is good, on gratitude for all He does for us, on trusting Him implicitly no matter what’s happening, and then He will keep us in a state of perfect peace!
"Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things . . . and the God of peace will be with you.” ~Philippians 4:8-9
Q: What are you grateful for today?
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