Truth Tuesday – Need Peace and Calmness?

by Kathy

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I want to share with you a Bible passage today that is, more than likely, quite familiar to many of you.  It is one that I run to when I am experiencing tough times in my life and my mind wants to be distracted and driven by concerns, leaving me with all kinds of tension, conflict and lack of peace.  Even though you may know these verses, I am praying that God will use these words to encourage your heart today.

Philippians 4:4-9 (NIV)

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

As I read God’s Word, I will often ask myself if God is asking me to obey something.  These verses contain quite a few commands for us to follow!

  1. Rejoice in the Lord always. (take delight and pleasure in Him)
  2. Be gentle to everyone. (merciful, gracious, tolerant, patient, unselfish)
  3. Remember the Lord is near.
  4. Don’t be anxious or worry about anything! (every circumstance and situation)
  5. Bring Him your requests.
  6. Present your requests thankfully.
  7. Think right thoughts.

As we obey these things, the Holy Spirit activates a wonderful promised gift He has for us – His peace and calmness – which is beyond our comprehension. This kind of peace becomes like a guard over our hearts, protecting us, securing us, fortifying us, even when everything else seems chaotic, difficult and unstable.  You and I desperately need this kind of peace.  However, we can’t experience this increible peace if we are not willing to live out (“put into practice”) what He has asked us to do.

Read again Philippians 4:4-9.  Notice when His peace will be given to us.  When we follow His commands.  Consider writing these seven commands down where you can see them often.  Memorize this passage and practice the steps listed.  When you feel anxious, stop and ask yourself which one of these commands are you neglecting to do.

Are you in need of peace and calmness today?  Will you be a steadfast woman of faith who will trust her God and obey the commands written in His Word?

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