Find Peace in the Storms

This is the promise of God to all his children concerning peace;”When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, Nor will the flame burn you”(Isaiah 43:2). The image that comes to mind meditating on this scripture is that of an individual crossing over a deep water and they are afraid of being swept away but there is someone stronger than them walking side by side to them and urging them to carry on crossing because he is with them and they have nothing to be afraid of. This is exactly what the peace of God is when you submit your fears and anxieties to him. You have nothing to be afraid of because God is with you, gently guiding you and directing you on the right path.

When the three Hebrew boys Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were going to be thrown in the fire, they did not go ballistic instead they surrendered their fears to God and they exchanged their fears for God’s peace; “The God whom we serve will deliver us from you king…” and that God delivered them. He turned the burning fire into an air condition for them. Instead of them to be burning they were having a swell time with the Lord. This is what God means when he said in his word; When you go through fire it will not burn you for I am with you.

It is often said that a life without Christ is full of crisis. Life will always happen. Trials and tribulations will always come. There are times when life may seem chaotic and all you want to do is to find some peace and quietness. During such moment, I sometimes shut myself away from the world and I seek for peace in a retreat centre,  a hotel room away from home on a holiday, my room at home away from everybody else or even a quiet space at work. Those times away from the noise and the hullabaloo of the world sometimes help to rejuvenate my mind, body and spirit, but the truth is, such peace often only last but for a moment.

However, there is a peace that lasts a lifetime and it is often found in Jesus Christ. This peace that Christ gives helps us during the storms of life. This peace that Christ gives is in abundance and it adds no sorrow to us. Christ’s peace gives hope and helps us to stay afloat. Those who accept peace through Christ will always ride the tempestuous storm effortlessly. No matter how strong or how weak you are, no matter how talented or whether not so talented you may be, no matter how rich or how poor you may be, unless you accept and embrace the peace Christ gives in the storms, you will end up cracked open and broken in the storm.

During trials, some people will say, I am just trying to keep my head above waters”. As a follower of Christ, you need not try to keep your head above waters; through Christ you can confidently swim through deep waters of life. God said, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you“.(Isaiah 43:2).

Peace is a gift from God and it is readily available for you. You only need to accept Christ. Accept his promises. Accept the peace he came to give the world. Speak out loud the following Bible declarations until your faith has been made stronger and you will see the word of God come alive for you in Jesus name.

Make a bold declaration of faith
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I declare that the peace of Christ encompasses around me. I will not be overwhelmed by trials or tribulations, instead, I overcome afflictions, I overcome trials and tribulations through Christ who overcomes the world just for me.
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The Lord keep me in perfect peace for my mind is stayed on Him. I trust in Christ solely, I put my hope in him and he keeps my mind in perfect peace.
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I declare that the peace of God which passes all understanding encompasses my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus. I believe that God hears me when I bring my prayer, petitions and requests to him through the name of Jesus Christ. Therefore, as I render my requests to God for the peace of mind, I rest in the assurance of his promises. I shall no longer worry myself about the things I cannot change but I will rest in God who gives me peace in the storm.
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I have made the Lord my strength and my peace. My days of turbulence are over. I am clothed with strength and blessed with the peace from heaven.
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I work in righteousness and I reap its fruit in peace; henceforth I live in quiet confidence in Christ who gives me peace forever.
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I declare that my soul rests in Christ who gives me his peace. I lay my burden at the feet of Christ and he exchanges it for his peace. My yoke Christ has broken and given me his peace. Henceforth, my soul finds rest in Christ
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I declare that because of Gods great love and his compassion on me, his covenant of peace shall not be removed from me.
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SCRIPTURES
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)
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“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV)
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The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17 (NIV)
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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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 in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7(NIV)
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The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29:11(NIV)
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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)
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Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10(NIV)
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