By Mark Verkler
Many people in the past few years have, to some degree, had times where they lacked peace or had anxiety. A minister that I’ve heard speak was talking about meditating on the names of God in his quiet time. He said, “Lord, you have so many names.” The Lord spoke to him in that still small voice that we’re supposed to learn how to tune into. And said, “if you’ve got a need, I’ve got a name.” The names of God tell us about his provision.
1 – Judges 6:24
In the Bible, God has called Jesus called the Son of Peace, the Prince of Peace, the King of Peace, and the Lord of Peace. Judges 6:24 is a good place to start when we’re talking about trying to find peace. “Then Gideon built an altar there to the Lord and named it ‘the Lord is peace.’” Here in the Bible, it says, The Lord is peace. So, peace is a person.
2 – 1st Corinthians 14:33
1st Corinthians 14:33 says, “for God is not a God of confusion, but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.”
3 – Romans 15:33
Romans 15:33 says, “may the God of peace be with you all. Amen.”
4 – Romans 16:20
Romans 16:20 says, “the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet, the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”
5 – 2nd Thessalonians 3:16
And in 2nd Thessalonians 3:16, we see, “now may the Lord of peace continually grant you peace in every circumstance, The Lord be with you all.”
I want to declare all those verses for everyone that’s reading, that He is the God of peace, the King of peace, the Son of peace. Many years ago, I was meditating on one of my favorite verses about God’s peace. Remember, peace is a person. We’re seeking a person, the person of Christ, the person of God, the Father, God, the Son, God, the Holy Spirit.
6 – Isaiah 9:7
I was meditating on Isaiah 9:7 and we usually hear this verse around Christmas time. It says, “of the increase of His government and peace, there will be no end.” It will keep increasing forever. I thought forever about government being in the literal sense of being Lord over a nation like the nation of Israel, or Lord over this community or this state, or maybe this church. Then as I was meditating on it one day, I had that still small voice that asked, “have you ever thought about my government over your heart and your soul?” No, I’ve never applied that verse to me personally, Lord. And this brings a whole new light into the verse.
I want you to consider that if there’s a part of your heart and soul that is troubled, it’s because there is a battle for government. What is governing over you? Is it a lie that’s governing or is it the Lord? Is there a lie that may need to be exposed? What is something else that may be keeping me from Peace?
7 – 1st John 4:18
The Bible says that perfect love casts out fear in 1st John 4:18. If fear is gone and I invite peace in, then something is going to change in that part of my soul. As I’m thinking about getting into peace, one of the things I want to do is ask, Lord, am I holding anything against you? Am I holding anything against anyone else, or am I holding anything against myself?
To forgive others, I must acknowledge the hurt and the hate, send it away, give it to the Lord, and trust God with it. To forgive God, I must acknowledge I’ve got some thoughts against Him and release those thoughts against God. But to forgive myself, which confuses some people, is simply to confess whatever it is I’ve held against myself, even hatred, and accept God’s grace.
8 – Galatians 2:21
The last verse of Galatians two says, “I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless, for if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.” One of the things that happens as I surrender to the government of Christ in me is I begin to allow His grace to flow in. I accept grace for myself. I accept grace and extend it to others. I release any thoughts that I’ve got against God. As I meditate on this, I have to own the truth that if someone else or something else is be governing me I have to surrender it, repent for anything related to it, and then forgive and release. It’s like I’m making room for God and I’m making room for the Prince of Peace.
Let’s declare that Jesus governs every part of our heart and soul. We can begin to speak something by faith and watch it be applied as we’re in the word in prayer in church, and learning from these things.
Prayer: Lord, I surrender all of my heart, all of my soul, all of my body to you. And I say, You are Lord and You govern me. The increase of your government, Lord of peace, there will be no end. Amen.