Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. (Philippians 4:6, 7 MSG)
and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7 NKJV)
Worry, stress, and internal conflict rage against your mind, will, and emotions anytime we place ourselves at the center of our lives, but by placing Jesus at the center of our lives displaces worry and anxiety as we surrender ourselves and our issues to the care of our loving Savior.
Peace is not the absence of external conflict, but the absence of internal conflict in the midst of external conflict. Life can be raging on the outside, while we are at complete calm on the inside. It’s not always a change in the circumstances but an assurance, a confidence that says. It won’t be long we will look back on this and say, we made it through, knowing all the while that we would be fine.
Judges 6:12-24 NKJV says,
And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!”
Gideon said to Him, “O my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.” Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” So he said to Him, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” And the Lord said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.” Then he said to Him, “If now I have found favor in Your sight, then show me a sign that it is You who talk with me. Do not depart from here, I pray, until I come to You and bring out my offering and set it before You.”
And He said, “I will wait until you come back.” So Gideon went in and prepared a young goat, and unleavened bread from an ephah of flour. The meat he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot; and he brought them out to Him under the terebinth tree and presented them. The Angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread and lay them on this rock, and pour out the broth.” And he did so.
Then the Angel of the Lord put out the end of the staff that was in His hand, and touched the meat and the unleavened bread; and fire rose out of the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened bread. And the Angel of the Lord departed out of his sight. Now Gideon perceived that He was the Angel of the Lord. So Gideon said, “Alas, O Lord God! For I have seen the Angel of the Lord face to face.” Then the Lord said to him, “Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die.” So Gideon built an altar there to the Lord, and called it The-Lord- Is -Peace. To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
>Gideon had a moral conflict
>Gideon had a bully conflict
He was able to defeat both serious external pressures without running away and having an assurance it was all going to be alright.
The bible is full of examples of this:
1. 3 Hebrews, faced the external pressure of persecution but stood their ground because of internal peace. Peace breeds courage.
2. Daniel’s faith and complete surrender to God along with his consistent and persistent prayer life gave him peace while in the lions den.
3. Jesus himself. Was internally resolved to carry out the fathers plan. It’s internal peace that gets you through when you know you could stop the assault but in meekness let it happen.
These men didn’t deserve the external conflict they were experiencing but they suffered it none the less. The beauty of it is, however, they faced these intense external pressures with dignity and grace because of an inward supernatural, incomprehensible peace.
How do we engage with the supernatural peace of God.
1. Devote ourselves and circumstances to God
2. Decide to do things Gods way no matter what.
3. Trust God not your emotions.
When you surrender yourself to Gods way of doing things God will make your problem solve itself.
>>>the midiniates turned on each other in their confusion
It’s gonna be alright. Romans 8:28. Says, “all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.”
Whatever your facing today, release it to God, ask Him for peace, and he will give it to you.