The Power of Peace
The enemy of our souls uses fear to keep people in bondage just as the Lord uses faith to set us free. The enemy is boldly trying to get the whole world and it’s inhabitants under the control of fear, and force us to make decisions and take actions because of fear. His aim is to sow more division between nations and people, and cause more death. The counter power to this is the peace of God. The peace of God is one of the primary powers of the Holy Spirit.
Christians have been given a hope which is greater than any other philosophy or religion in the world. Jesus is ruling over the world through believers to attain such peace that even the lions and lambs will lie down together. It is our calling and destiny to live in that peace now.
The peace of God is part fruit of the Spirit that holds others together. That is why almost every attack of the enemy is designed to steal our peace first. Satan knows if he can rob us of our peace we will quickly lose our patience, love, faith, and so on. That is why we are told in Philippians 4:7, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” As long as we abide in the peace of God, our hearts and minds will remain in Christ Jesus.
Because we are experiencing a worldwide assault on our peace, we must strengthen our resolve not only to maintain the peace of God in our hearts, but also to grow in peace and spread it around the world. Every time we are assaulted by circumstances that would cause us to fear and worry, if we determine not to submit to fear or worry, but rather trust in the Lord, we will grow in peace. We spread it every time we abide in the unshakable peace of God as we go forth into the world that is in such turmoil.
This we can only know as we abide in Him day-by-day. If we know we are doing His will, and living in obedience to Him, we will have an unshakable confidence and boldness in this life that is tempered with His love and peace. If we are abiding in the King of kings who sits above all rule, authority, and dominion, who causes all things to work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose, we will live in an unshakable peace.
As we are told in Romans 8:6, “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.” We abide in the peace of God by having our mind set on the Spirit, not the flesh.
As we are told in Romans 14:17-19, “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then let us pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.”
The kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, and joy, and they are found in that order. When we walk in righteousness, which is to be right with God and obeying Him, we find peace. When we find the true peace of God, it releases a joy that is beyond any other that we can know in this world. For this reason, we should pursue the things that make for peace, and to build up one another in them. We should seek to sow peace everywhere we go. Determine that you are not going to let fear or terror overtake your office or workplace, but that you are going to make it a fortress for the peace of God.
If we are abiding in the Lord, “…the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet” (Romans 16:20). One of the reasons the enemy seeks to steal our peace first is because he knows if we walk in the peace of God it will crush him in every way that he tries to manifest himself. The key to our victory is walking in the peace of God. When we walk in the peace of God, we are walking in a fundamental power of the age to come, and we bear witness of that power. Don’t let anything steal your peace.
Originally Authored by Rick Joyner