“…In Me you may have peace…” (John 16:33b, NKJV).
I was standing there by the kitchen counter, and His whisper came. “You know, you can have My peace all the time.” It was so soft, so gentle. So simple, and yet so incredibly profound. I can have His peace – all the time.
I’m still learning to make this truth my home. Isn’t it a journey, for all of us? After all, Jesus assured us in that very same verse above, “In the world you will have tribulation.” Have you had any tribulation come your way today? I know that most of us do, on most days, in some way or another. How, then, do a surefire prediction of trouble – and a promise of unshakable peace – go together?
It’s all about being wrapped up as one with the Prince of Peace. When you were born again, you became one spirit with Him (1 Cor. 6:17). As your intimacy with Him grows, His Kingdom grows inside of you. His rule takes over your inner space by increasing degrees. Here is what that looks like: “Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end…” (Isa. 9:7a, NKJV).
Inside of you, His government is increasing… year by year. Inside of you, His peace is increasing… day by day. There will be no end to that increase. The longer you walk closely with Him, the more His government and His peace will increase inside of you. The fruit of this process will be unmistakably evident to those around you. This is because, by increments, your inner reality will come to dominate your outer reality.
The more His Kingdom comes inside of you, the more you will be able to sink into profound sleep even with a storm raging around you. Then, once you have completed your rest, you will stand up, and the Prince of Peace will rise up within you. He will, through your spirit, rebuke the storm, and it will submit to the Lord of all, who is ruling powerfully in and through you.
“Peace, be still!” At that point, the increase of His Kingdom and His peace will have become so mighty within you that it is spilling out onto everything and everyone around you. This is what Jesus was describing when He foretold: “The water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (John 4:14, NKJV).
When you get that full of His presence, His Spirit becomes a bubbling fountain springing up from the depths of you, pouring life out everywhere you go. Once you get to that point, rather than the tribulations of this world weighing on you, His living water springs up from within you and transforms the atmosphere around you into a piece of Heaven on earth.
Don’t ever listen to the lie that this kind of steady, supernatural peace is inaccessible, out of your reach. You can have as much of God as you want to have, if you are willing to invest your whole heart in your relationship with Him. Listen to His voice speaking earnestly inside of you again: “Heaven’s kingdom realm is accessible, close enough to touch” (Matt. 10:7b, TPT).
You can have His peace, dear one… all the time.
For you personally, what is your favorite way to connect with His peace? What strategies have worked the best for you in your journey of growing in His peace?