Isaiah 9:6 (NLT)6 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Peace is the freedom from disturbance; it’s quiet and tranquility. The peace of God that passes all understanding is not just a psychological state of mind; this peace is spiritual peace…the peace of the God of all Creation. This is the peace of people whose sins are forgiven. The peace that comes from being in a right relationship with Jesus doesn’t depend on everything going well.
This peace is the opposite of anxiety. It is the tranquillity that comes when you commit all your cares to God in prayer and don’t worry about them anymore. You are confident that God can and will do what is best for you.
This peace guards you from anxiety, fear, and worry like a sentry guards the entrance to a military installation or the ones who stand guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier in Washington, DC.
This Peace is a gift.
John 14:27 (NLT)26 But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.27 “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.
Today there is the fear of terrorist attacks and civil disorder. Fear created by those running for political office that pits races, religions, and those with different sexual orientations against against each other, anxiety over the economy, health scares over new diseases or old ones for which there is no cure, fear of being alone, on and on.
We Christians live in this world too and we often become afraid, but we have something that the world doesn’t have. We have a gift from God, and that gift is peace. The kind of peace that you can’t explain.
The scripture that I just read says that God the Father would send the Holy Spirit and that He would remind us of things that will give us peace. We can find those things in the Bible, God’s Word. In the midst of all this turmoil the Holy Spirit will remind us of the promises of God, and knowing that He keeps every promise will give you peace.
Your peace is determined by the degree to which these truths are embedded in your soul.
Belief 1: God is absolutely sovereign.
Recognizing and accepting the truth that God is sovereign over everything is vital for your inner peace. This means that nothing related to you is beyond His watchful eye and loving care.
Colossians 1:17 (ESV) 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
Belief 2: God is your provider.
From cover to cover, the Bible has a clear message that God is the One who provides for all your needs. No need is too massive, problematic, or severe for Jesus to meet it. The Bible tells us, “Those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing”
Psalm 34:10 (NLT2)10 Even strong young lions sometimes go hungry, but those who trust in the LORD will lack no good thing.
Belief 3: God made you the way you are for a purpose.
There are many things about your life in which you have no control. Accept those things as part of the way God created you. Your race, culture, language, nationality, sex, and many attributes of your physical being are God’s “choices.” He also gave you talents, aptitudes, intelligence, personality, and spiritual gifts that, taken as a whole, make you a unique person on this earth to fulfill the plan He has for you.
Psalm 139:13-16 (NLT2)13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
Belief 4: God has a place where you truly belong.
God created you for fellowship with Himself and others. Trust Him to help you gain a strong sense of belonging to Him and to provide for you a “family” of fellow believers to whom you can belong. Then, as you grow in Him, reach out to others.
1 Peter 2:9 (NLT2)9 But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
Belief 5: God has a plan for your fulfillment.
For real inner peace, a person needs to know that he or she is competent, able, capable, and skilled at doing something. There’s a wonderful sense of peace that comes when you know you’re capable of putting in a good performance or doing a good job.
Ephesians 2:10 (NLT2)10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
When you accept these five essential beliefs at the core of your being and trust that God is working in you and on your behalf, inner peace will truly be yours.