Category: Peace

Finding 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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Seeking the Peace of Mind

Everybody wants the peace of mind but nobody is actively seeking this peace. With headlines filled with terrorist news and breaking news that fuels fear in the heart of mind leading to aggravations, financial downturn affecting people’s finances enslaving them to money making machines, public unrest and political disorder creating worries in homes that leads to domestic assault, gun crimes and knife crimes creating false confidence in the heart of the youth; nobody seems to know the time to seek for the peace of mind.

Jesus Christ came to the world to give us peace; violence, injustice, terrorism, wars and threats must not steal our peace in Christ. We must seek and find this peace, we must pursue peace with all men (Hebrews 12:14). When Jesus encountered the con men who tried to trick him into causing a political unrest by asking him whether they should pay taxes, he didn’t get into an argument with them but with wisdom he replied; give Cesar what belongs to Cesar and give to God what belongs to God (Mark 12:13-17).

At another time he encountered the taxman, he could have refused to pay taxes as a citizen of the land, instead, he instructed Peter to pay the taxes. Should Jesus have refused to pay the tax man, trouble might have ensued. Instead, Jesus avoided trouble and as a result, peace reigned (Matthew 17:24-27). Likewise, Christ-followers must follow in his footsteps and replicate his character in practical ways that will create peace in the world.

In the midst of the storm, Jesus demonstrated how to have peace to his disciples (Matthew 8:24) – he remained calm and he rebuked the storm. Christians must learn from him and follow in his stead – remain calm in the face of trouble and rebuke the storm. When I had troubles in my relationships, I went back to God and I rebuked the storms rocking my relationships in the name of Jesus and God was faithful to honour my prayer requests.

Should you be seeking the peace of mind in your life right now, speak out loud the following Bible declarations and let the word of God take root in your life that will bring about the peace you require in your heart.

Make a Bold Declaration of faith with me today
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The Lord keeps me in perfect peace, I will not be shaken
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The peace of God dwells in my heart, I will not be shaken.
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I lie me down and sleep in peace for God alone makes me dwell in safety.
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I overcome trials and tribulations of this world through Christ who overcame the world for me
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The peace of God which transcends all understanding guards my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus.
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Henceforth I promote peace and joy fills my days for the rest of my life
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Jesus was pierced for my transgressions, he was crushed for my iniquities; the punishment that brought me peace was upon him, and by his wounds, I am healed.
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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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Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.John 14:27 (NIV).
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In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.Psalm 4:8(NIV).
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But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5(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).

Make Peace With All Men

The Christian life is a spiritual journey of total surrender to God. When He said; “pursue peace with all men (Hebrews 12:14)”, he meant, in spite of your views, opinions or perspectives of that situation, approach every situation with peace in mind. Do not think about your interest rather think about the best way to advance the kingdom of God. No matter how difficult the situation is, be the light, be the salt, be the solution and bring peace with you. This, in essence, means let go of your ego, make necessary sacrifices at every opportunity, swallow your pride and ride on God’s wings of justice.

Not in my wildest dream would I ever thought I would offend a friend so much so that she would tell me she no longer wants to be friends with me. But it happened. That situation broke me. I went home for days, cried and then prayed about it all. But I didn’t stop there, I chose to forgive the hurt my friend had caused me. Even though she chose not to be my friend anymore, I chose to make myself available to her as a friend. I continued to be myself around her and I offered to help whenever needed. Thankfully the strain between us was lifted.

One of the greatest ways to shut down the enemies is by offering peace when they expect a fight back. When the enemy accuses you and tries to attack your personality, pray for them. Don’t fight back. Don’t try to explain yourself. Don’t try to justify your actions. Sincerely apologise and take your case to God. He is the one who will fight your battle for you, let him do it. This is what it means to pursue peace with all men; to live a life of selflessness, to not consider your own feelings nor remain adamant on your rights, to render an apology first even when you are right and the other person refuses to apologise. 

When you have a valid cause of complaint and you are feeling justified by your actions, put aside your rightness and win that battle with humility and your obedience to God’s commandment will earn you a great reward; the Bible says ” Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9). When you make peace with others your priority, you are blessed and you shall be called a child of God. But when you respond word for word, when you slide the issue under the carpet for a revenge or when you start to keep malice with the offender, you are not being a child of God, instead, you are putting yourself up for strife, anger or violence.

A child of God must respond to offence exceptionally. Jesus Christ said; “Therefore if you are offering your gift at the altar and remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar. First, go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift“(Matthew 5:23-24). Prayer may be the master key to talking to God, forgiveness may be key to God in answering prayers but making your peace with others is definitely the key to God listening to your prayers.

Perhaps you are struggling with making peace with others, the following Bible Declarations have been compiled to help you. May the spoken word of God renew your mind to a state of peace even as you meditate on the word, speak it into existence and pray it through into your life in Jesus name.

Make a Declaration of Faith
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I bless God for the peace that comes only from him. Without Christ, in our lives, there will be no peace in the world. I declare that I am a peacemaker through the prince of peace who enables me to become one.
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I am a child of God. I am a peacemaker. Through Jesus Christ, I express peace unto others at all times. The Prince of Peace is my lord and saviour. He enables me to be at peace with all men. He empowers me to proclaim peace to all men and he equips me with his peace that passes all understanding.
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I bring peace to the world around me. Even in the midst of problems, I will do the works of God in bringing peace to all men as he commanded.
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I am a peacemaker in the world through Christ who paid the price for my peace (Isaiah 53:5).
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Today I choose peace over problems. I will follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. I will pursue and live in peace with all men. I will make every effort to live in holiness without which no one can see God. And henceforth I shall be called a son of God (Isaiah 9:6, 1 Peter 3:11, Colossians 3:15, Matthew 5:9, Hebrews 12:14).
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As far as God gives me grace, I will live at peace with everyone not taking revenge where I have been hurt but surrendering all to God and allowing him to repay all as he deems fit. Henceforth, I will make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification of others. I will not repay anyone evil for evil. I will be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone with the help of God who lives sovereign over all (Romans 12:17-21, Romans 14:19)
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Make Peace With God

Sometimes we hold God responsible for bad things that happen to us. We accuse him of neglecting us during difficulties. We lose our peace with God whilst demanding to know why he did not prevent that incident from happening. We blame him and we hold out on him. We turn our back on the Prince of Peace and we hold grudges with the same God who is able to turn that situation around. How then can we be healed, delivered and forgiven if we keep the doors of our hearts shut against the Prince of peace? How can he right the wrongs if we keep up the walls of our heart and sealed against his love. How can we experience his love if we keep hating, keep running, keep despising the author of peace?

Have you ever seen a product fighting its maker? It’s very unheard of. Have you ever seen a maker who is not in love with or is not proud of his creation? This is very unlikely. Whilst we fail to see what we did wrong, God is busy trying to right the wrong in our lives. Whilst we crumble under the consequences of our actions, God is stretching out his arms of comfort, ready to console us and make things better. When we fail to own up to our mistakes and we run away from our responsibilities, God is patiently waiting for us to run to him in repentance.

God is the author of peace, not confusion. You need to stop blaming God for your misfortunes. Stop blaming God for the wars and sicknesses of this world so that your peace may abound. God has your best interest at heart and he will never do anything to harm you. He loves the world so much so that he sent his son Jesus Christ to die for its sins (John 3:16). He has not stopped loving the world. He created you in your mother’s womb and he is in love with you. He is willing to right every wrong that was done to you. He is the maker of man and he desires to have peace with all mankind, so make your peace with him.

Whatever you have gone through or may be going through is not God’s intention for you. Rather God’s thoughts and intentions towards you are that of peace and not of evil, to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). If you have lost your peace in the storms of life, do not blame God for it. Instead, seek the peace of mind that only he can give and your peace will be restored. You will have peace at home and you will have peace with others around you. Whatever negative situation you are going through today is not of God. He is willing to turn it around for your good and use it for his glory, you only need to make your peace with God. No matter the grudges you hold against God, it will never change his love for you. Nothing can separate you from the love of God, not even trouble or calamity, persecution, or hunger, or destitution, or danger, nor when you are threatened with death (Romans 8:31-39).

One of the best experience of my life was when I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with nineteen others in January 2017. Yet before that experience was a period of searching for something significant in my life and though I came back down from the mountain with excitement, that longing for fulfilment lingered until I surrendered and made my peace with God. Could you be a soul searching for significance like I was? Could you be in a phase of searching for the meaning of life whilst chasing after the wind? You may need to go back to the prince of peace (Isa. 9:6) for in him lies that fulfilment for life. You may have heard the phrase, a life without Christ is full of crisis. Jesus Christ is He who came to give us peace. He sacrificed himself to be made peace between man and God, don’t let his sacrifice over you go to waste. Make your peace with God today.
Mount Kilimanjaro trek with Compassion UK

Make a claim for the peace of God in your life. Examine your heart in repentance, ask for forgiveness of sins, make a total commitment in surrender to God and make your peace with God during this lent season. ‘Tis a season to let go of all hurts and hates and embrace all hearts in peace, unity, and harmony after all.

The following Bible Declarations have been compiled to help those who may be struggling to make peace with God. May the spoken word of God renew your mind to a state of peace even as you meditate on the word, speak it into existence and pray it through into your life in Jesus name.

Make a Declaration of Faith

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Today I make my peace with God. I believe I am justified by faith, I believe I have been declared righteous by faith. I believe I have been made right in God’s sight. I am at peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us (Romans 5:1).
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I believe God just as Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness. Today I believe the truth in God’s word. I believe God loves me and that is why he sent his only son to die for my sins (John 3:16). It doesn’t matter what situation I am in or what the world proclaims, I choose to believe what God says about me and I know this will work for my good (James 2:23-26).
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I acknowledge and submit to God. I believe it is well with me because I am at peace with God (Job 22:21).
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I accept and receive the peace Christ has given me. The peace Christ gives is not like the peace the world gives. Henceforth, My heart will not be troubled and I will not be afraid (John 14:27).
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I declare the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep my heart and mind through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).
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My mind is governed by the Holy Spirit, it leads to life and peace in Christ Jesus. Henceforth, I am spiritually minded through Holy Spirit who governs my mind (Romans 8:6).
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I am now in Christ Jesus, I am a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things become new (2 Corinthians 5:1).
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I believe in Christ the son of God. I believe he died for my sins so that I should not perish. I believe through Christ, I have inherited and I will enjoy eternal life (John 3:16).
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