The Healing Power of Peace

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As our physical, emotional, and spiritual healing are all intertwined—all affect each other, I wanted to share some thoughts related to peace in our spirits.

Public media faithfully brings to the forefront that a lack of peace is a major hindrance to our healing. All kinds of companies promote various activities to reduce our stress via sports, entertainment, or hobbies and ways to make us relax through exotic vacations, instructional books, yoga, and meditation. Peace is an important part of healing process.

Let’s look at things we inadvertently do to lose our peace and a few easy steps to replace those with positive action.

First, often when we pray to receive answers and/or peace, we leave the time of prayer as stressed about our lives as when we began.

Phil. 4:6,7 advises us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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.” Notice that when we are presenting the issues of our lives to God, we are to present them with thanksgiving. Why? Because we are fully confident of God’s divine intervention in our lives, to help, guide, provide, etc. When we pray with thanksgiving, confident in the interaction between ourselves and God, peace comes. Be encouraged to pray in a mindset of thanksgiving.

Second, be aware of how many times throughout a day that you imagine worst case scenarios.

You may need to do this when making decisions on financial investments, but most of us tend to do this in our relationships and circumstances throughout the day. More good advice from Phil. 4:8 says, “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.” I am making a daily mental habit of, when I start imagining worst-case scenarios, to speak this verse and then say, “Okay, what I am imagining doesn’t fit into the category of true. It hasn’t happened. And it certainly isn’t a lovely or excellent thought so it has to go!” Again, what is the result? Verse 9 affirms, “And the peace of God will be with you.”

Third, we deprive ourselves of peace when we do not discipline ourselves to take some moments of private, personal time each day.

There must be a time of physical peace each day, even for your emotional and spiritual benefit. During Jesus ministry, he made himself and his disciples get away from the crowds to a deserted area for rest. (Mk. 6:31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, He said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.) There is another relevant story about the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings 19:11,12. He was a prophet, known for hearing the voice of God. Yet, during one of the most traumatic times of his life, it took a time of quiet to hear God’s voice. When the chaos stopped, then Elijah heard the words of God come in a “still small voice” or a gentle whisper. You cannot hear your own spirit or the Spirit of God without some moments away from all the strife. Find that place each day.

To achieve our desired results of peace, we much make a quality decision for peace.

The Amplified Version of Col. 3:15 is beautiful and enlightening, “Let the peace–soul harmony–which comes from Christ rule–act as umpire continually–in your hearts, settling with finality all the questions that arise in your minds. And be thankful, appreciative always.” We all make plans to change, but change doesn’t happen just by wishful thinking. We must make a quality decision to let God’s peace umpire the thoughts of our hearts and settle the nagging questions of our minds.

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