Day 20 Peace that surpasses all understanding
What is peace? Is it when everything around you is peaceful or is it when everything around you is in chaos but you are calm in the midst of it. I’d like to think that the latter scenario represents peace. The dictionary definition is
- “freedom from disturbance; tranquility.
- A state or period in which there is no war or a war has ended
I do not believe this is the biblical definition. Peace is a when you are calm in the midst of chaos.
I love this story I read on the internet.
A story is told of a painting contest. The artists were asked to render their perspective on subject of peace. There was one who painted calm waters of a brook. Another painted a man under a tree resting. But one submitted his artwork that didn’t seem to make sense at first. It was a picture of raging waters coming from the top of a mountain. The weather gloomy and it looked like the wind was strong.
But when you zoom into one part of the painting, you will see a bird with her younglings in a cleft of a rock, nestling. In the midst of the raging waters, gloomy weather and strong winds, they peacefully rest.
The Bible says that Jesus is our Prince of Peace and He is with us every moment.
Peace is not the absence of storms
but the assurance of God’s presence in the midst of it. Culled from http://paolopunzalan.com/2014/12/where-can-i-find-peace/
Last year the Father took me on a journey of peace. The theme for the 2017 Do It Afraid Conference was “The promise of a rainbow”. To have a rainbow there must be a storm. I lived through the theme leading up to the conference. A lot of things were happening but I had to try to trust the Father in the process. All through He kept telling me to have peace. In fact I think the first time He told me during my quiet time, later that day my daughter came to me to say “something told her to tell me to have peace of mind.” I know for a fact that it was the Holy Spirit. I don’t believe in coincidences but only God incidences. The Father confirmed it through my daughter , so I asked Him to tell me the analogy for peace and He told me the dove. I went on to do some research on the dove. Doves are actually very intelligent. They were used in the war to deliver messages. A telegram or note will be put in the beak of the dove and the dove will travel far to deliver the message and find its way back home. It always returned home. That is one brave bird. Imagine flying through and over war zones with missiles, bombs etc everywhere. The dove will have to have peace to be able to focus and achieve its objective and return home.
There are two times that I know the dove was mentioned in the Bible. I’m sure there are several more but these are the two that I’d like to focus on.
After the flood Noah sent a dove to check if the flood waters had gone down. Perhaps Noah knew the dove will find its way back home and it did until the day the floods had gone down, then it left to find a new home.
The other time is after the baptism of Jesus. The Holy Spirit descended like a dove and a voice from Heaven said “this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.”
The dove is also a symbol of The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is therefore peace.
Before I read the Bible chapter for today’s challenge, the Father told me that today’s topic is about peace. I asked Him to confirm and when I read it, there are three references of peace.
When Jesus appeared to the disciples after the resurrection He said “Peace to you”. Then when the disciples saw Him, He said “Peace to you. Just as the Father sent me, I send you.” John 20 :19-21 (The Message version)
Immediately after in verses 22-23 the Bible says “Then he took a deep breath and breathed into them. “Receive the Holy Spirit,” he said.”
This is confirmation that the Holy Spirit is peace and peace is the Holy Spirit.
We have the Holy Spirit living in us. Therefore, we have peace. The Father sent the Holy Spirit to Jesus after the baptism as He was about to go into the wilderness to be tempted and to begin His ministry. The Father sent Him peace. This same spirit dwells in us.
We need peace in this world we live in. Just watching the news or going through our time line or news feed on social media we see and hear a lot of terrifying things. The natural man would find it had to have peace. Even if you are aware you should have peace, it is difficult to achieve but with the Holy Spirit this is possible. We have Him and therefore we have peace. Peace is available to us. We only need to believe and activate it.
- Are there situations you are facing that you are so worried and nervous about?
- Do you have trouble being calm or finding peace in the midst of trouble?
- Do you find it hard to sleep at night?
- Do you worry about tomorrow or life in general?
- What area of your life do you have a lack of peace?
- Spend 60 minutes with the Father today.
- Tell Him the areas that you struggle with peace.
- Thank Him for the peace He has already given you.
- Believe you have peace in you and ask Him to help you activate it and fill you with it.
- Search for scriptures on peace, write them down and meditate on them.
- Write a letter to Him in your journal. You can start with “Dear Daddy, Dear Father etc.
- Read John chapter 20
- What is God saying to you? (write any thoughts that come to you in your journal)
- What do you say to God? (write this in your journal)
The Father’s Daughter’s thoughts: Some of you may have started this 21-day challenge and are worried that it is about to end and you haven’t had any encounters with God, or maybe you were hoping that your prayers will be answered during the duration of the challenge but nothing has happened. Be at peace. Activate the peace that is already within you. God is still on the throne and He is not done with you yet.
Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
- Listen to “Still” by Hillsong United
- Listen to “Perfect Peace (Spontaneous)” by Amanda Cook & Steffany Gretzinger
- Listen to “You are my peace” by Housefires We say yes album)
- Listen to “You are my peace (Reprise)” by Housefires (We say yes album)
- Listen to “Be still” by Travis Greene (Cross over album)
- Listen to ‘While I’m waiting’ by Travis Greene (Cross over album)
- Listen to “Do It Again” by Elevation Worship
- Worship God in your unique way. Feel free to dance, paint, write a poem, sing
Declaration: I have peace that surpasses all understanding. Peace lives in me.