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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stop waiting for it.
Start walking in it.
Watch the whole sermon here: