We create situations that lead us into being nervous, high-strung and upset but we can also create situations that lead to a peaceful attitude. Peace results from a continuous flow from God through us and then back to God. This is the process for our renewal both mentally and physically. It’s impossible to have peace with an accelerated life because the faster we go the less flow there is from God. He’s not going to try to keep up with your pace. Most people today wouldn’t be comfortable moving at God’s slower pace.
Here are some ideas to help you create a more peaceful attitude:
- Fill your mind with a peaceful experience from your past then make a planned and deliberate excursion there in your mind. (I listen to music I heard on my journey, especially songs that remind me of when I was in the wilderness – deserts and mountains)
- Reduce your life’s tempo or pace. Norman Vincent Peale says that “many people are destroying their physical bodies by this pace, but what is even more tragic, they are tearing their minds and souls to shreds as well.” He wrote this in 1952 and today it’s only gotten worse. (this is a big challenge for me)
- Delegate authority, say no nicely and set up boundaries (another biggie for me, my family doesn’t understand the concept of a shut door)
- Develop the disciplines of silence and solitude
- Learn to live in the now because God only gives us enough grace for today
- Make the decision everyday to rejoice and be glad in that day
- Don’t strive to live without stress but aim to live in peace
- Be selective with how you spend your time and resist the temptation to procrastinate
- Modify your life, find ways to save time, avoid trouble and eliminate distractions
- Listen for the promptings of the Holy Spirit, He will guide you into peace
- Take on unseen partner in all your life’s endeavors – God
When you need peace concerning a decision you need to make try these steps:
- Think of your decision the first way…how do you feel. Is there peace, a knot in your stomach or nothing at all?
- Think of your decision in the alternative way… how do you feel. Is there peace, a knot in your stomach or nothing at all?
- The way you should turn is the way you find peace. If there’s no peace don’t do it, if you’re anxious run the other way, if you feel nothing at all pray asking the Holy Spirit for guidance.
- If you still can’t decide ask God to decide for you. Ask Jesus to create the conditions that either aid in your decision-making or to allow the decision to be made for you.
Many years ago I wanted to move. I found a bigger, warmer house. I loved the house and the price was much cheaper. It seemed to be an easy decision but I had no peace. I didn’t know why but I didn’t feel God in it. I just couldn’t make the decision, I had already made a verbal commitment and as a Christian I felt strongly about keeping my word. I prayed and asked Jesus to cause me to not get the house or I would believe my lack of peace was because of another reason. The next day the owner called and the deal fell through. I was relieved. I wouldn’t use this as your main way of decision-making but the Spirit is there to help in all of your ways and walk.
Practice the discipline of silence. Spend at least 15 minutes of absolute quiet everyday. Don’t talk, write, read, think or anything that engages your mind. Put your mind into neutral and let it coast.
Book on finding peace
The Book of Mayuri: Why We Can’t Have Peace and How We Can Have Peace by Osundara Mayuri
The Way of Serenity by Jonathan Morris
Finding Peace: God’s Promise of Life Free From Regret, Anxiety, and Fear by Charles F Stanley
Bible Verses on Peace
|Philippians 4:6 (ESV)||Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.|
|2 Thessalonians 3:16 (ESV)||Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.|
|John 16:33 (ESV)||I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”|
|Isaiah 26:3 (ESV)||You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.|
|1 Peter 5:7 (ESV)||Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.|
|Romans 12:18 (ESV)||If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.|
|Matthew 5:9 (ESV)||“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.|
|Hebrews 12:14 (ESV)||Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.|
|Romans 15:13 (ESV)||May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.|
|1 Corinthians 14:33 (ESV)||For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. As in all the churches of the saints|
|Psalm 4:8 (ESV)||In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.|
|Proverbs 16:7 (ESV)||When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.|
|Galatians 5:22 (ESV)||But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness|
|Romans 14:19 (ESV)||So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.|
|Colossians 3:15 (ESV)||And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.|
|Isaiah 32:17 (ESV)||And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.|
|James 3:18 (ESV)||And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.|
|Philippians 4:7 (ESV)||And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.|
|Romans 5:2 (ESV)||Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.|
|Job 22:21 (ESV)||Agree with God, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you.|
|Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)||and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.|