Freedom in Christ - Peace


John 14:27 (NLT) - "I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid."

Phil 4:6-7 (NIV) - Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

The world thinks that peace is the absence of problems, but this is a fantasy. In a fallen world, we are guaranteed to have problems for as long as our hearts beat. Worry and anxiety threaten us when we face problems too big to handle or situations beyond our control. But Jesus wants His children to have peace at all times. His plan to free us from worry and anxiety is not to FIX all our problems. His plan is for us to TRUST Him. Practically speaking, how do we do this? Sometimes you just have to take a long walk and argue it out until you can see it His way.

"I've spent years trying to fix this thing. I've turned over every stone. I've done everything I know to do. Yet I'm no further along than at the beginning. . . . . I'm done trying. As fully as I know how, I place this matter into Your hands."

"It's about time you learned to trust God for something really big."