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Have You Lost Your Peace?

by Sister Shannon Shafer

Especially for Young People

When we repented of our sins, God gave us all a peace: a quietness of the conscience. Knowing that God had honored our confession and that we were clear before God brought peace to our hearts. The weight and guilt and bondage of sin were gone, and we were at liberty to live every day free from sin. 

Do you remember the peace you felt when you got saved? Do you still have that peace, that sense of undisturbed quietness? Or have you surrendered your peace?

It is important that we keep our peace. We are not any good to those around us, or to ourselves, when full of internal unrest.

Here are some questions that you may ask yourself if you have lost your peace:

How am I thinking?

Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

The result of dwelling on negative things rather than positive things is the loss of our peace. Disappointments will come. People will mistreat you. Life will not always be fair to you. Choose not to dwell on these things. 

Am I listening to the devil?

Ephesians 4:27, “Neither give place to the devil.”

The devil will lie to you. He will accuse, tempt and torment you. Are you letting him? If so, your peace is long gone. It is time to reclaim it. To “give place” means to give room, advantage, yield to the influence of, or to listen to. Find some good, solid scriptures to hang onto, have faith in them, and don’t give him an inch.

How am I treating others?

James 3:17, “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.”

How is your interaction with the other young people? Are you considerate of others? Are you easily intreated? Does your conduct promote unity? Are the words you speak peaceful words or do they provoke? Peaceful interaction with others will help you to keep your peace because your conscience is at rest. If not, God will be pricking your conscience, and that is not a peaceful place to be in.

Is there too much on my plate?

1 Corinthians 9:25, “And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things….”

We live in a busy world. There never seems to be enough time in the day. Have you taken too much upon yourself? Are you running around all day long, involved in so many activities that you hardly have time to think? Can God talk to you or get your attention? Practicing temperance, or moderation, in this busy world of ours will bring back your peace.

Am I putting God first?

Psalm 5:3, “My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.”

Taking time for devotions at the very start of your day is very important. Reading God’s Word and talking to Him before you go to work, school, etc., will give you the grace and composure that you need to face whatever may come your way. On the day when everything goes wrong, you will be in a much more peaceful state than if you had run out the door without spending time with God.

Have I cast my cares on God?

Philippians 4:6-7, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Jesus knows how to give us peace of mind. Whatever cares may be burdening you, rest assured that He is able to take care of them. Give them to Him, and trust Him to do what is best with them. Remember, if you are worrying, you are not trusting, and if you are trusting, you are not worrying.

Sometimes, the reason we can feel a lack of peace is not of a spiritual nature, but in how we handle everyday life. Failing to plan is planning to fail.

Do you make a mad dash all around the house before you leave for school or work in the morning looking for lost items because you didn’t plan ahead? Try these tips, and you will feel much more peaceful and collected as you start your day.

Lay your clothes out the night before

Put your car keys and wallet/purse in a known location

Go to bed at a good time

Set your alarm so that you can get up on time

Is your car full of trash? Is your bedroom a constant mess? You will feel more peaceful if you keep up on these things.

Jesus said in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

Jesus wants us all to have peace, whether the need is peace with Him in salvation, peace in our trials, or just having peace in the toil of everyday life. He has purchased your peace on Calvary. Be of good cheer, it is yours if you will take it.

Podcast expires on Monday September 9th, 2024

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