Funny how you grow and change as time goes by. Funny how the Lord let you see you. I was thinking today about the state of my life and all the change that has taken place for me in ministry over the last three years. It was then that I suddenly realized something. I had the wrong idea of what true Christ like peace was supposed to be. At one time I thought REAL PEACE was having all the bills paid or being able to spend a couple of thousand dollars on clothes. I thought it was having that special someone or being cool with my girls. I thought real peace was having a job that was secure or validation by my church leadership. But in growing and learning I found out that isn’t true peace.
In the last three years, I’ve learned that true peace, real peace is in Jesus. REAL PEACE is when you just lost your job and you’re not stressed even when the rent is due tomorrow. REAL peace is when the only significant other in your life is Jesus and the relationship you have with him fascinates you so much that you don’t want to share your time with anyone else right now. REAL peace is knowing that you and God are so ok, that you don’t care if the others at church or anywhere else ever validates you. REAL PEACE is knowing you’re healed even if the doctor says there’s no known effective treatment. REAL peace is complete trust in God.
REAL peace is resting in God for everything. REAL PEACE is allowing Him to be your safety net, whether you can see the provision or not. REAL PEACE drives us to help someone else in need….even when we have a need ourselves! Real Christ embedded peace within us compels us to share the gospel, whether the person received it or not. REAL PEACE allows us to rest in the joy of the Lord and smile sincerely through all adversity. REAL PEACE, the God kind of peace gives us strength to deal with any situation or any loss that our lives may present us. When we’ve cultivated REAL peace in our spirit, we don’t trip when people betray us lie to us or on us. It teaches us how to ride out our storms that arise in our lives with grace and dignity. REAL PEACE tells us that the Lord will vindicate us from anything the enemy throws at us. REAL PEACE lets us truly love all people and pray for them without harboring any kind of malice. REAL PEACE in the Lord allows you to break forth in laughter and dancing even if there’s no music playing. REAL PEACE motivates us to greet each day with expectancy because we’re anxious to hear what the Lord will say to us next.
REAL PEACE comes when we kill more of our flesh and embrace the desire to be more like Christ. REAL PEACE in Christ is trust which is the foundation of any relationship. REAL peace is unwavering love for our Savior. I thank God for every revelation He gives me. He’s shown me how to come to that place of attaining REAL PEACE. During this holiday season, seek the Savior so that you too can find and bask in REAL PEACE.
Be encouraged child of the most high God~!
Dr. Denise J. Williams was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and has over twenty-two years of ministry experience. The author’s first book “The Healing Of A Broken Vessel” can be found on http://www.amazon.com. She’s currently penning her second book and resides in Jacksonville, FL with her husband.