by Mark Verkler
I’ve been counseling for 30 years, and people often come in with this issue of a lack of peace or anxiety in their life situation. A minister I was able to hear once was talking about meditating on the names of God in his quiet time. And 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. 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. Let’s go through a couple of verses just to get us started when we’re talking about trying to find peace.
Judges 6:24 – And Gideon built an altar to the LORD there and named it Yahweh-Shalom (which means “the LORD is peace”). The altar remains in Ophrah in the land of the clan of Abiezer to this day.
God is love. Here in the Bible, it says, The Lord is peace. So peace is a person!
1st Corinthians 14:33 – For God is not a God of disorder but of peace, as in all the meetings of God’s holy people.
Romans 15:33 – And now may God, who gives us his peace, be with you all. Amen.o
Romans 16:20 – The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet, the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
2nd Thessalonians 3:16 – Now may the Lord of peace continually grant you peace in every circumstance, The Lord be with you all.
And I want all of those verses to be a blessing for everyone that’s reading. Understand that God 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. I was meditating on Isaiah 9:7, a verse we usually hear around Christmas time. It says, of the increase of His government and peace, there will be no end. It will keep increasing forever.
Like most of you, I thought about the government mentioned here as how He’s Lord over the nation, like the nation of Israel, or he’s Lord over this community, or this state, or maybe this church. But then as I was meditating on this one day, I had that still small voice that said, “have you ever thought about my government of your heart and your soul?”I thought, “No, I’ve never applied that verse to me, Lord.” It brings this whole new light!
I want you to consider this- if there’s a part of your heart and soul that is troubled it could be because there’s a battle for government. What is governing? Is it a lie that’s governing or is it the Lord? Is there a lie that needs to be exposed? What is something else that may be keeping me from Peace? The Bible says that perfect love casts out fear.
1st John 4:18 – Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. We love each other because he loved us first.
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 have to acknowledge the hurt and the hate, send it away, give it to the Lord, and trust God with it. To forgive God, I have to acknowledge I’ve got some thoughts against him and release those thoughts against God. But to forgive myself is simply to confess whatever it is that I’ve held against myself, (even the hatred) and accept God’s grace.
The last verse of Galatians two says, “I do not frustrate the grace of God, for if righteousness comes by the law, then Christ died in vain.” One of the things as I surrender to the government of Christ in me is to allow His grace to flow in. I accept grace for myself and extend it to others. Finally, I release any thoughts that I’ve got against God.
As we meditate on this, we have to own the truth if someone else or something else may be governing us and we have to surrender it. We have to repent for anything related to it and then forgive and release. It’s like we are making room for God in our hearts. We are making room for the Prince of Peace. Trust that Jesus governs every part of our heart and soul and then begin to speak something by faith. Watch it be applied as we’re in the word, in prayer, and in church learning from these things.