Peace of Mind

Are you at peace? Or, are you all tied up in anxiety? Have you found the calm in the storm? Or, are you continuing to be rocked by the waves of fear? Will you seek the peace of Jesus? Or, will you continue to wallow in the worries of this world?

We all find ourselves in situations of uncertainty at times during our lives. Some of those situations seem overwhelming to us. We look at them as daunting obstacles to our health, our security, our future. Often, we find when we’ve gotten through them that they weren’t quite as big as we originally imagined. How can we fix our misperception?

Our biggest hurdle to calm and peace is ourselves. We allow our imaginations to run wild as though we were a 2-year old on a sugar high. Why does this happen? We have not renewed our mind (Romans 12:2) as Paul instructed the believers in Rome. We have not fed our hearts and minds with the truth of Jesus Christ.

The key to getting through any tough situation is to remain calm and think through it. Our military teaches its troops this concept. Special forces take it a step further, not only teaching it, but forcing the candidates to exercise it throughout their schooling. This is why our troops can get through some very tough situations in combat.

Why do I pull in a combat comparison? We are in an all-out war every day. We fight a continual spiritual battle every day, whether we realize it or not. We can remain oblivious to it and be tossed about in the fray or we can be an active participant on the side of Christ. It’s our decision. Yet if we decide not to be active in Christ, we have doomed ourselves to continual worry, fear, and anxiety.

Jesus tells us that He has given us His peace. It’s there for us to take it up, ingest it into our hearts and minds. All we have to do is choose Him and spend time with Him, asking Him to give us the peace He promised. We need to do this honestly. It can’t be faked. You see, Jesus knows us inside and out, better than we know ourselves. So, don’t think you can fake it with Him.

I pray we all seek the peace of Jesus Christ. I pray each of us will honestly ask Him to provide it to us. I pray we accept His peace, finding a tranquility that can’t be found anywhere else. Seek Jesus’ peace. Seek Him wholeheartedly. Accept His wonderful gift. Trust Jesus’ promises.

John 14:25-27 “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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