Peace… How To Finally Receive It…

EA43A432-DB99-4214-B9B2-344F15FD0B32.jpegPeace is a funny thing. It’s easy to find but hard to get. It’s easy to find because all we have to do is look to God for it. John 14:27, “ Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you…” Its hard to get because of everything we do to keep from receiving it. Most of us would agree that we all want peace, we know where to find peace, we just don’t know how to get out of our own way to receive peace. This is a problem I have faced for many many years. It’s also something I’m learning how to fix. With Gods help of course.
Surrender, that’s my personal word for 2018. Learning how to let go of everything I’ve been holding onto for 42 years now. And trust me my hands were/are full. This task of letting go is a process and a choice to be made everyday. We all know the back and forth game of releasing something to God and then taking it back. It’s exhausting isn’t it? It’s taken way too much from me and my life for far too long. Maybe you are in the same boat I was. The one headed straight for a cliff, but you’re not sure how to escape to safety. I did not get off my own boat in time and had to experience a straight down fall into an abyss that nearly ruined me. Now I’m on a very personal journey of fighting my way back and making sure I never fall like that again. And hopefully helping others along the way.
See the enemy wants us to believe that peace is impossible for us. After all he only comes to kill, steal, and destroy. (John 10:10.) He is the father of all Lies. (John 8:44) He knows full well too just how to get you to believe that peace isn’t possible for you. Yes, he makes it very personal. You can’t have peace after the childhood you had, you can’t have peace after your marriage falling apart, you can’t have peace after losing a child. You can’t have peace you just lost your job, you can’t have peace you slept with too many people and are dirty, you can’t have peace you are too far gone after all your bad choices. He will tell us we can’t have peace from God, but we can find it in other places. You know drinking, drugs, sex, gambling, food, and more. Then he will turn around and use those very things against us. The very decision he is pushing you to make today, is the sin he will use against you tomorrow. I for one am done being a pawn in his tired game. Would you care to join me?
First things first, we have to admit the total chaos of our lives and that we are incapable of fixing it on our own. After all, if we could do that we would have already. We need God, we need the saving blood of our Savior, we need the guidance of The Holy Spirit daily. Asking for their help and believing they can and will help us is step one. Then we have to be willing to dig in and down deeper than we ever have before. Taking a hard look at ourselves and the mess we have helped to create. Either through things we have done ourselves or allowed for far too long others to do to us. This is the hard part. We’ve located our source of peace in step one, now we have to get out of our own way and receive it.
One of the things I’ve learned about myself in this process is I have way too much pride. It seemed impossible for me, a person with so many insecurities to have any pride, let alone too much. As I dug down deep though, I realized the way I dealt with all of those insecurities, was through a deep rooted yet false since of, “I can do this all alone pride.” I will prove my worth to others by never needing help. By being “perfect” all on my own. So eventually I was put in a position physically where I couldn’t do anything, and I mean down to wiping myself, without help. God has a way of dealing with us and our biggest barriers between us and Him. Not saying He caused it, but He surely used it. I have been able to find more peace after battling for my life and losing my engagement along the way, than I’ve ever had in my 42 years of life. That’s only happened in one way. Total surrender.
I make you this promise today. If you can find the strength to completely let go of all you are holding onto, God can and will give you peace. We just can’t get it while still holding onto our false sense of control. See when we still believe we have any control over what happens, we will always worry about how to handle things. If I make this choice than I can make this happen. And so on and so on. It never ends. However, when we can finally realize our total dependence on God, we are free from all the worrying. God tells us that He already knows His plans and where our life is going. (Jeremiah 29:11. Jeremiah 1:5) And when bad things come our way in this very fallen world, we can also be assured that God is still in control. (Deuteronomy 31:6) That is our source of true peace. Knowing that In all things good, and in all things bad, God is still in control. (Revelation 1:17)
The only way to get out of our own way long enough is to remember Who is truly in control. Then we can learn to look to Him for all our needs. (Luke 12:22-26) All of our precious energy can go to trusting God, to allowing His peace in. It does not happen over night. Yes peace can happen immediately, it’s the learning how to keep it that takes time. The only way I am making any progress on this is through daily reading of Gods word, prayer, going to those I fully trust God has placed in my life, and in constantly choosing to approach life and God with open hands. No more clinched fists fighting to hold onto what I was meant to let go of. That takes true strength, I ask God for that strength daily. I hope that if you are heading for a cliff, trying to steer your boat all on your own, that you’ll take a cue from Carrie Underwood. Let Jesus take your wheel.
I’ll leave you with this story. A father and son were walking down a beach. The son was desperately clinging to all the little shells he had found along their journey. Suddenly the father pointed out a big fully together shell, with no cracks or pieces missing, sitting there right in front of his son. The son looked at the beautiful perfect shell and then at his full hands. He did this a couple of times and then looked to his father. Looking to him to ask, “ how can I grab this shell when my hands are full.” The fathers response, “ let go of all those little pieces and go get it. “ You see it’s not that the enemy will try to take everything from us, he will however try to make us believe that pieces are all we deserve. God however promises abundant full life. Which would you rather have? Let go of those pieces of life you cling so hard to, and be ready to hold your full, no little pieces, life. That’s what you deserve, that’s what your Father longs to give you. As always I’m praying for you.

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