Peace seems to be ever elusive. There always is the next thing to worry about. But that’s not how God wants us to live. He offers a very real and genuine peace that can keep us free from worry and bring us to a place where we completely trust God.

Scriptures
John 14:27, John 16:33, Philippians 4:4-9, Isaiah 26:3

Verse
Philippians 4:4-9 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.8 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. 9 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.

Thought
The scriptures make it clear in John 14 and John 16 that God wants to give us his peace and that his peace is altogether different that the peace that the world offers. His peace helps us face the difficulties of life and look at troubling situations with hope instead of fear.

There are some steps that we can take to receive God’s peace. The first step is an attitude of gratitude. When we begin each day thanking God for the many blessings he has given us our peace grows and our fears shrink. The second step is a posture of prayer. God calls us to seek him daily and when we do he begins to fill us with his peace that passes all understanding and guards our hearts and minds. The final step is to train your brain. Begin to process your thoughts through the filter found in Philippians 4:8-9.

Questions
What’s your greatest current worry? Have you been asking God for peace? What keeps you from having an attitude of gratitude? Do you set aside a little time each day to seek God in prayer? How are you doing when it comes to processing your thoughts through God’s filter?

Response
Take some time to read and memorize Philippians 4:4-9. Then begin to ask God to help take you through the steps on a daily basis: Attitude of Gratitude, Posture of Prayer, and Train your Brain.

Prayer
Dear Father, I thank you that you want to fill us with your peace more than we want to have it. Help me to seek you on a daily basis and begin to fill me with your peace that passes all understanding. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.