Peace is possible in the midst of chaos as we look to Jesus throughout the day. Learn how to have peace as you posture your heart towards Jesus.
I’ve realized in this season that I can only do so much in my own strength. From handling our business and ministry to taking care of my family and attending ministry school, I’ve learned that I can’t do it without the grace of God.
I got to a burnout point where I was mentally and physically tired from going back to back with the tasks that had to be done.
I quieted my weary heart to listen to Jesus and it was then when He made me realize I was doing all these things out of my own strength and not from a place of God’s rest. Our own strength can only go so far, and clearly, I was at the end of my strength.
God reminded me that His grace is available to empower me to do what I cannot do. 2 Cor. 12:9 says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” We receive God’s grace by looking to Jesus and abiding in Him throughout the day.
The moment I simply looked to Jesus and took moments to acknowledge His goodness, I had the supernatural strength to do all that I needed to do. I took more time worshipping Jesus and laid every worry aside and instead meditated on His Word and promises.
This made all the difference.
Relying on God’s grace will require us to cling to Jesus and work from a place of rest.
Have you been intentional with keeping your heart at rest in the midst of the chaos? Will you look to Jesus every moment of every day?
The stresses of life will pull us away from Jesus if we are not intentionally looking at Jesus in everything we do. We will be prone to worry, annoyance, depression, and more when we do things from our own strength.
We lose sight of peace the moment we lose sight of Jesus.
Jesus says in John 15:5, “If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” To abide in Jesus starts with looking at Him and acknowledging His presence and love. The awareness of our Savior changes everything. Every worry, anger, and hurt leaves as we encounter Jesus.
Whether you’re a mom taking care of your baby, a student stressing over school, or working at your job, look to Jesus. He is available to strengthen you and fill you with His peace. True peace can only come from one person and that is Jesus. The world’s version of peace can only exist when your circumstances are good, but the Lord’s peace comes even in the midst of a storm. Jesus says in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.”
The world’s system can’t guarantee your peace because it can’t guarantee your safety, protection, and where you will be in eternity. Jesus however can guarantee you a good life now and for eternity.
This doesn’t mean we won’t go through any storms, but we can rest knowing Jesus will be with us through it all and that He is for our good.
Psalm 23:4,6 says “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
In Jesus, your eternity is set and secure. With Jesus, nothing will ever rob your peace, not even death.
The key to having perfect peace throughout the day is to look at Jesus in everything we do. The times when I find myself stressed, worried, and exhausted are the times when I forget that Jesus is with me and that all I am doing is unto Him.
1 Cor. 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” When we remember that everything we do is for His glory, we get to do it with joy.
As we look to Him, we also remember that His Spirit lives in us to empower us to do what we cannot do (2 Cor. 12:9).
Looking to Jesus postures our hearts to receive His peace because it reminds us of who He is and that He is with us.
Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast because they trust in you.”
We give no room for fear, worry, and negative thoughts when we fix our minds on Jesus. We have to posture our hearts rightly to receive peace and we do so by looking at Jesus through meditating on the Word of God, worshipping Him, and giving thanks for all that He has done. True peace can only come in Jesus.
Jesus says in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.”
His peace is supernatural— it exists even in our hardships and weaknesses.
Will you keep your eyes on Jesus despite what your circumstances may be?
Jesus promises that those who make Him their shepherd will experience His goodness and love all the days of their life (Psalm 23:6).
God’s grace is real and available for us to do what we cannot do. In 2 Corinthians 8, we see Paul commending the Macedonian churches for giving beyond their ability. Paul acknowledged it was by God’s grace.
He says in 2 Corinthians 8:1-3, “We want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy well up in rich generosity in the midst of their extreme poverty. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability.”
Paul tells us that the Macedonian churches received grace to give even in the midst of their own poverty and that this was done beyond their ability.
That’s what God’s grace does — it empowers us to do beyond our own ability. His grace can be applied to giving and to anything He calls us to do.
For me, being at ministry school while running a ministry, business, and family is beyond what I can do, but with His grace, I can.
Whatever you are tasked with today, will you believe that you can do it by God’s grace?
We can still have peace in the midst of a storm by His grace as we abide in Jesus. When we feel weak, we can be strengthened by His grace alone. Ephesians 3:20 reminds us, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.”
So remember how to have peace and that is with Jesus.
Prayer: Jesus, help me to always remember that true peace and rest can only be found in Your presence. When the worries of the world overwhelm me and it seems like everything is too much, I pray that Your word will be a reminder that You will grant me grace. All I need to do is believe.
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