The Secret to Peace

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Paul learned (and now teaches us) how to hold onto his peace, independent of his circumstances.

“I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.”  (Philippians 4:12, NASB)

 

I’m drawn to Paul’s powerful testimony here. He says that he has “learned the secret of being filled and going hungry … ” The secret Paul refers to is having peace, joy, and contentment that is independent of your circumstances. Paul learned how to hold onto his peace. Every day we have the option to choose how we will respond to situations. We are free to choose joy or sadness, anger or acceptance, fear or courage, hope or despair. Paul encourages us to choose peace in spite of our circumstances.

Looking back on my life, I see that I spent decades in a state of “emotional highjack” where I was controlled or led by my emotions. I allowed my circumstances to determine my mood, thoughts, actions, and decisions. I give God praise that the Holy Spirit has shared Paul’s secret with me. As I grow spiritually it becomes easier to control my emotions, to set my mind, heart, and spirit on God’s Word, His promises, and to live by faith. I am learning to look beyond immediate situations and say, “I don’t care what it looks like, I refuse to walk in fear, doubt, and unbelief.” I’ve learned to encourage myself by going deeper into God’s Word. I’ve resolved that I will not be moved by what it looks like. In the midst of trial, I use my mouth to call forth things that are not as though they were and I thank God for them before they happen.

Child of God, how about you? Are you struggling with your circumstances? Do you allow your emotions to lead you to a place where you begin to question God’s Word and His promises? Do you believe the facts of your situation more than you believe God’s Word? I encourage you to trust God and His grace. Hold onto your peace, joy, and contentment no matter what happens! 

 

Lord, thank you for your grace that sustains me each day. Jesus, your love and grace hold the secret of peace. I will trust in you Jesus and hold onto my peace, joy, and contentment no matter what. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.

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