Ghanaian Chronicle

Peace Amidst Chaos

Date published: December 14, 2012


 

In keeping with His promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness – 2 Peter 3:13

 

In times of crises many people tend to collapse in defeat against what they perceive to be impossible problems.  But to everyone who believes in Him, Jesus offers a life of abundance.

 

The Lord offers you His Holy Spirit if you surrender yourself to Him.  It is His Spirit who gives o the ability to handle life’s problems successfully. Whatever your circumstances may be, remember that Jesus is constantly at your side, guiding you and helping you.  Place your trust in Him as He leads you, and remember that He is guiding you toward God’s eternal kingdom where there is only harmony and peace.

 

Peace in the Storm

While they were still talking about this, Jesus Himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” – Luke 24:36

 

The stress, horror and inner conflict we may experience in life causes our peace to disappear, leaving us moody and discontent.

 

That is why we need to develop inner reserves from which to draw strength in difficult situations.  When things go wrong and stress starts to overwhelm you, purposefully refuse to be swept into its current.  Guard against bad temper and irritability.

 

Deliberately choose to remain tranquil by controlling your thoughts.  Spend some time in God’s presence, reaffirm your dependence on Him, and soon your spirit will become calm and His piece will refresh your life.

 

He will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because h trusts in You.  -  Isaiah 26:3

 

If you allow your thoughts to dwell on the things that are happening in the world today, you run the risk of being caught up in a whirlpool of hatred, bitterness and fear.

 

Yet, when your faith threatens to falter, God gives you the power to believe that all things will work out for the good of those who love Him – Rom. 8:28.  Peace is the direct result of trust.  When your faith in God is sure, you receive an inner calm that brings balance to your life.  Put God first in all things and you will know His peace and joy, even in the most trying circumstances.

Peace Be With You

For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.” – Psalm 122:8

 

The world has enough problems without us adding to them by engaging in bitter quarrels and harbouring hurts against others.  To enjoy life fully, it is essential that you live in peace with your fellow man – but you can only do that if you have peace within yourself.

 

During His earthly ministry, Jesus had to handle a tremendous amount of adversity and enmity.  He endured mockery, hatred, humiliation, unfair criticism, rejection and pain.  But, He never allowed circumstances to get the better of Him.

 

This was only possible because He was at peace with God, with Himself, and with all people.  Accept this peace and express it through your life and you will experience a life of harmony and joy.

 

The Centre of Christ’s Peace

“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.” – John 14:27

 

Few people can honestly say that they do not long for peace of mind and inner tranquillity.  The troubles and pressures oflife can drive many to seek comfort in different things – tranquilizers, drugs, professional help or even alcohol.  Others simply give in to despair and just go through the motions of life.

 

The only proven way to handle the problems and tensions of life is by having a faith that is steadfastly grounded in the living Christ.  Hold on to Him in all circumstances, talk to Him and, regardless of how desperate your situation might be, trust that He is always with you.  His peace will then fill our heart, helping you overcome all your fears.

 

Your Search for Peace

“To whom He said, “this is the resting place, let the weary rest”; and, “This is the place of repose” – but they would not listen.” – Isaiah 28:12

 

People today struggle with so tremendous pressure in in such stressful times that they inevitably become very weary.

 

That is why Christ invites us by saying, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” – Matt. 11:28.  Yet, instead of accepting this offer, many of us still try to find man-made solutions to our problems in our own strength.

 

Regardless of how busy you are, you must make time to withdraw from the demands of the day and spend time quietly at the feet of the Master.  Focus on Jesus Christ and His love.  Regardless of how demanding and frantic your life may be, in the quietness you will be strengthened by God’s peace.

 

Freedom and Peace in Christ

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.”    John 8:34

 

Many people are slaves to destructive habits and lead sinful lives that are devoid of beauty and liberty.  Unfortunately many have accepted this bondage as a way of life.  They are content to live an inferior spiritual life because they are oblivious to the freedom and peace that Christ offers.

 

When you accept Christ Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you enjoy a new freedom, and a new pattern of life begins.  All bitterness dissipates in His glorious love.  The Holy Spirit sanctifies our thoughts, words and actions.  The freedom that Christ gives spans your whole life and is the onlyway to find freedom and joy.

 

Endnote:

“Life is a series of experiences, each of which makes us bigger, even though it is hard to realized this.  For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and greifs which we endue help us in our marching onward” – Henry Ford (1863 – 1947)

 

Stay blessed!

 

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