Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.
For the mountains shall depart And the hills be removed, But My kindness shall not depart from you, Nor shall My covenant of peace be removed," Says the Lord, who has mercy on you.
Lord, You will establish peace for us, For You have also done all our works in us.
You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.
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.
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
Alright, I have added verses from the Old Testament, Psalms and a couple from John. What stands out to you? For me it starts with making sure I'm doing good and seeking peace. How do we seek peace? Don't do evil things. Let us be honest with ourselves..when we do something bad does it keep you up at night? If you tell a lie does it take all you can to keep the lie covered up? That makes sense.
It's often noted in the Bible despite me not posting scriptures that even Jesus needed time alone with God the Father. In order for us to find God who the scripture above says gives peace when need that alone time. It may be your drive to work or starting the day in prayer. It might be when you go for a walk. Those are just a few ideas. If you wait until the end of the day it usually makes it tough to find that peace because you are physically and emotionally drained.
Peace I leave with you!!!
In John 14:27 Jesus says He leaves peace with you. He goes on to say "Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." If we believe He is who He says He is then we should know nothing is impossible for Him and that He also knows the hairs on our heads. God is involved in our lives everyday. How much you want to be involved with Him is totally up to you! Our lives aren't meant to be lived from worry to worry or trial to trial. We were made to live in peace.
Next time you feel that anxiety coming up in your mind, where you pulse is racing and everything is spirally out of control..STOP! Find some time away with God by taking a walk, talking to God in a quiet place where not only you can talk but also listen. I won't guarantee you will hear an audible voice but a scripture may come to mind. You might find just getting it out to God makes you feel better. Finally it will let you know how deep your faith really goes.
That's all for this month. Have a wonderful Christmas and may God make it a peaceful one for you and those you share it with. God Bless you!