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 (NIV)
In life, things can get really crazy. From the busyness of sports, jobs, and homework, it’s easy to allow your life to become stressful. And when the stress and pressure of life begin to build up, you can become stressed out to the point where it affects your sleep, relationships and it even steals your joy.
We might live in a stressed out world. But you don’t have to live your life stressed out. Instead, you can choose to rely on God to be your source of peace.
Peace doesn’t come automatically, you’ve got to choose to be at peace, even when things seem difficult.
Today’s Challenge: Practice Peace
It takes work to practice living at peace. Peace won’t happen automatically, you’ve got to choose to walk in it.
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God wants to take care of you and provide for all your needs, however, you’ve got to choose to believe it. You’ve got to begin to trust God that He was good plans for your future. If you begin to rely on God and let Him be your peace, then regardless of how things are going around you, you can be at peace.
God wants to be your source of peace. He wants to help you. So if you’re stressed out, today choose to be at peace. Ask God for help. He will show you any adjustments you can make so that your life is less stressful. God wants to be your source, so choose today to lean on Him and let Him be your peace!
How many times in life do we get stressed out about something going on? It might be an upcoming test, a relationship with a friend, or some peer pressure you face. Its easy to internalize those stresses and let them build until they almost feel overwhelming.
However, there’s a better way. That’s what today’s Bible verse talks about. It tells us that we can experience God’s peace. In the midst of the chaos, drama and things going on around us, we can be at peace. We don’t have to take on the cares and concerns of the world, rather we can hand our concerns to God because we know He cares for us. Once we’ve given God our concerns, we can live in peace.
Choose today to not take on lots of cares and worries. Decide instead to live in God’s peace. Let His peace fill your heart and mind. You can live in peace knowing that God will always take care of you.
Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. – Phil 4:7 (NLT)
This verse sounds great! We all want peace in our lives. It’s funny though how often we don’t experience peace. We live life full of worry, anxiety and fear. We often look at what is going wrong instead of focusing on what is going right. By doing these things, we often miss the peace that God intended for our lives.
God wants us to walk in His peace each day. The thing is, it’s up to us to make the decision to live in peace. We can choose to be upset about what’s going on in the world, or things happening at school instead of being thankful and focusing on what is going right in our lives.
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God loves us and will always take care of us. Today, choose to walk in God’s peace. Choose to live a life full of peace and joy knowing that God will always take care of you!
Today’s Daily Devotion and Bible Verse is Colossians 3:15 (NLT)
And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. – Colossians 3:15 (NLT)
God’s guidance system in our lives is often as simple as a peace in your heart. When your praying about a certain decision your facing, ask God to help show you which choice is the one He wants you to do.
He often will show you the right decision by giving you peace about it. Sometimes the other choices seem better but it’s best to go with the peace in your heart. The Bible says in Proverbs to not lean unto your own understanding. That’s how peace often works. It might not even completely makes sense going in the direction that you feel peace however, you just know that it’s the right decision.
You’ll always want to balance out your decisions with first and foremost the Bible. God will never lead you in a direction through peace that does not line up with other principles He’s clearly already spoken on in the Bible.
Today if you are facing a tough decision, is there a particular outcome that you just have more peace on the inside about? This can often be a good indicator that God is helping to lead you towards that.