How to Gain Peace During a Battle
Imagine this: Everything around you is falling apart. People are attacking you from the moment you wake until the moment you lay down. Bills need to be paid, deadlines need to be met, and expectations are high. But can you believe that even in the midst of all this craziness you can still experience peace?
When my day at work is hectic and the demands of my job are at an all time high, I am still at peace. This doesn’t stem from my own strength, my own power, or my own abilities. I gain my strength, peace, and power from my Father. Ephesians 6:10 says, “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Phillipians 4:13 says, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Before Jesus left his disciples in John 14:27 he said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you…”
Well, there you have it! He gives us his peace and we gain our strength through Him! Remember, you should first:
- Deny yourself daily (Stop being selfish! Don’t try to figure it all out on your own!)
- Submit yourself to Him (depend on God, rely on him, trust in him, ask him for advice, pray daily, read your Bible daily, love him more than you love your spouse, your loved ones, and yourself)
- Ask Him for guidance and talk to Him throughout the day (even when you’re sitting in traffic or waiting in a long line at the store!)
- Be still and wait. You can gain peace just by listening for his response. You may hear from Him on the next day, the next month, or in a couple of years. It can happen at the store, during your quiet time, at church, or at the mall. It may be in the form of a conversation, a dream, or a symbol. You’ll know when your response is of God!
- Allow him to lead you according to His will (“Is this what you want me to do Lord? Where should I go now?” “Is this how you want me to use your strength?” “God, I need your comfort, your peace.”). Let thy will be done!
There will, however, be tests and trials. There were days where I thought I failed. There were days where I doubted myself and felt insecure. I feared the challenges on the battlefield and even questioned the Lord! As I look back on it, those were the days where I didn’t seek Him, I didn’t put Him first. I relied on my abilities and didn’t feed nor quench my thirst with His word. I wasn’t communicating with him consistently. On those days I wanted to quit and wave the white flag but when I opened up my Bible and went to him in prayer, I felt re-energized. My tank was on “full”. I was rejuvenated and tackled the rest of the day like a BOSS!
“…This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the vast army. For the battle is not your’s, but God’s'” (2 Chronicles 20:15; NIV). I could not have gained victories without the Lord on my side. With all the challenges that come with this journey called life, remember that the battle is not your’s, it’s the Lord’s!
“You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out and face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.” 2 Chronicles 20:17