path OF peace

I heard a sermon that really resonated with me and I’m sharing the overall thought process here. The reason it resonated with me so much is because it is probably one of the biggest sources of struggle for me. If someone asks me what I want most in life, it’s not anything of material value. It’s peace.

Anyway, before reading this, stop and get in your mind:

What is the greatest source of stress in your life?

Think about that thing as you read through this.

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Whatever brings you the most stress, will also usually determine how you seek out peace.

God will bring you peace, but it’s not always going to look the way you think it will.

First…

Surrender your expectation of perfection.

God promises us peace.

He doesn’t promise us ease or convenience.

Peace isn’t found in a place.

Peace isn’t found in a set of circumstances that is problem free.

Peace won’t be found in people.

The problem isn’t the problem! The problem isn’t what is causing you stress.

The enemy of your peace is your insistence on perfection!

It is impossible to experience peace when you are expecting perfection.

Psalm 23:4

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.

He doesn’t deliver me from it, He meets me in it. He will guide us with the light in the valley. He didn’t take us out of the valley.

I’m at peace on the path.

Why?

Not because I’m not going through it, but because I’m not going through it alone. There is somebody with me that is greater than what is against me.

Think about this.

If peace comes from people, people can take it away. If peace comes from situations, situations can change and take it away.

The same person that you let steal your peace, is still that person. You can’t change people so you can’t let your peace depend on people.

I’ll have peace when _______________.

It’s not the path to peace. Because that means that the peace is far off, out there, somewhere.

Peace.

Stop waiting for it.

Start walking in it.

Watch the whole sermon here:

Author: Joni@GrieftoLife

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37 thoughts on “path OF peace

  1. I love this! Right now we are trying to find financial peace. Have you ever heard of Financial Peace University? It’s by Dave Ramsey. All of the things you pointed out form the sermon are so relevant to me and my family right now. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  2. It was beautiful thank you so much for sharing. I’ve been struggling with peace since the day my son passed away. And I think that’s all I really want is to have peace 10 piece of my mind my soul still trying to get rid of the anger I have on how I lost my son.

    1. Oh my heart. I know how difficult it has been for me, having lost my husband. I can’t even begin to imagine losing a child.
      Know that God understands your anger and it is okay. It really is part of the world of grief. I still have times of anger.
      My heart is with yours and I will be praying for you.

  3. I demand excellence of myself. And I want things done right yesterday… I got mad as fire yesterday because I had the entire day planned for certain work. Because some tools wouldn’t work, I got a headache and felt drained from frustration.

    Pray for me! I needed this post!

  4. You are so right! People are always looking for peace here, there and everywhere but never finding it. I like Psalm 23, it shows He is with us every step of the way and He is our peace! He has said that He will hold our hand and guide us through whatever circumstances we have. He doesn’t necessarily remove the circumstances, but we can trust Him! Thanks for liking a comment I made on another site, if you have time please check out my blog. Very much enjoyed this post, very encouraging!
    Steve.

  5. Thank you Joni , For following my blog/website, muchly appreciated, i hope you enjoy reading my humble writings, and I’m from, Geelong, Australia. Cheers. Ivor…….

  6. I never realized my desire for perfection in certain situations is what stands in the way of my peace. A brilliant bit of attitude-changing wisdom! Thank you so much for sharing, Joni. P.S. Thank you also for becoming a follower of my blog, From the Inside Out. I am honored, and pray you find the posts meaningful whenever you’re able to visit.

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