Peace in my pocket is a teaching about how to get peace every single day of our lives because it’s obvious that we need it.
Peace is not a concept that should be strictly used for war situations although we could say that there are different types of war. For example, the war inside our mind.
In any case, we all need peace for our everyday lives. We all have experienced anxiety, sadness, desperation, and much more. Peace could allow us to overcome all of that.
I’m not saying that struggles will go away but peace is the best weapon we have to confront those struggles.
As we are going to learn, peace is not a thing and the best way to see that is by starting our reading through the message that Jesus gave to his disciples.
Notice that this is not for everyone because the disciples are the ones who decided not just to talk but to do. Likewise, you need to compromise yourself into doing what Jesus is telling you to do so you can get his peace.
Jesus warns his disciples
Jesus replied, “Now you finally believe in me. And the time has come when you will all be scattered, and each one of you will go your own way, leaving me alone! Yet I am never alone, for the Father is always with me. And everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous, for I have conquered the world!”John 16:31-33 TPT
The whole premise of today’s teaching lies on this phrase: It’s one thing to “make your peace with God.” It’s another thing to find your peace in Jesus daily.
When we talk about making our peace with God we are talking about our relationship with God being restored. That’s the fruit of Jesus’ sacrifice.
It’s not the best way to describe it because it’s not like God hated us or that He was in a war against us. God has never been the problem, He has always been the solution.
Yet, for the idea of peace let’s say that it means that now we are saved by the sacrifice of Jesus. Actually, that’s what it says in Romans.
Our faith in Jesus transfers God’s righteousness to us and he now declares us flawless in his eyes. This means we can now enjoy true and lasting peace with God, all because of what our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, has done for us. Our faith guarantees us permanent access into this marvelous kindness that has given us a perfect relationship with God. What incredible joy bursts forth within us as we keep on celebrating our hope of experiencing God’s glory!Romans 5:1-2 TPT
That is a beautiful peace but that’s not all since Jesus is saying in John that his peace will be in us.
It makes sense because we encounter trouble and sorrows every day. Some days are worst than others but yet each one has its own problems.
One thing is to wish peace but it’s another different thing to really have it.
That daily peace is the main goal with this teaching because it’s said in the scripture that by being close to Jesus we will get so much peace that we can even start to give it away to others.
Sounds so great but still, when Jesus says that we have access to that peace we cannot get it simply because we don’t know how to access it.
I can even say that most times we ignore what we have access to because we ignore the dimension of God’s love.
For most people, their spiritual life starts and ends in their Sunday congregation. If that’s your whole spiritual life then it’s expected for you to ignore all the benefits that Jesus have for you.
This is the beauty of the gospel, that anyone is able to have as much access to God as anyone else but don’t take it for granted because it requires your disposition.
When there is no disposition then it’s impossible to have a real relationship with God and that applies to any other relationship.
There’s no need for me to explain how much uncertainty there is around us because that’s what you feel when you live your life.
Uncertainty is natural but peace is supernatural.
As we try to understand the daily peace of Jesus that we need I have to ask you two questions. The first is where do you go for peace? And don’t answer with a “superficial religious crap”. You need to be sincere with yourself.
The second question is where do you go when anxiety strikes? Again, we are trying to be honest with our natural responses.
For example, in my case my anxiety makes me hide into mediocrity. Giving up and being negligent. Anxiety makes me throw everything away. So I tried to found my peace in not giving a shit about anything. Sure, I know I blame anxiety but it’s my decision to react that way. I found peace in acting like a victim and feeling sorry for myself. I also know that it destroys me deeper but thanks to God I’ve found my way back.
Do you feel that burden? Great, because Jesus says something very specific about it.
Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis. Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble, easy to please. You will find refreshment and rest in me.Matthew 11:28-29 TPT
When it comes to peace, Jesus is not saying that we should follow him, he’s saying that we should come to him.
It would be awesome if Jesus had given us some direction, like a place where we could get peace but that’s not happening since it doesn’t matter where we go, what matters is who we go with.
Therefore, peace is not a feeling, peace is not a place, peace is a person. It’s Jesus.
Sure, panic is contagious but so is peace. Once you get it, you will be able to share it with everyone.
Actually, that’s the most powerful tool we have to share the gospel of God. It’s through the fruits and not just words. The peace in us is our biggest testimony.
In the valley of shadows
When everything is according to your plan then it’s easy to have peace but the truth is that life is not like that. Life consists of many ups and downs. The struggles are constant in our life even in good times.
As I said in the last teaching, if you don’t have money there will be struggles and even if you do have money there will also be struggles.
In every situation, there are struggles that we need to overcome.
We need to learn how to function in dark times. We need to live peacefully in the middle of the valley of shadows.
In the religious world, there is a lot of useless advice. For example, when you are feeling depressed they say be joyful. Don’t you think that it’s something we already thought about?
These type of advice is over simplistic, so much that it’s useless. So I don’t want to give the advice of “just be peaceful”.
There’s a bit of more practical advice that I what to give. It’s not a fast and easy solution but it’s a habit that will help you over time.
Control what you can (your spirit) and pray about the rest (your situation).
It’s so hard to control other people’s actions and thoughts, it so hard to control the weather and so many other things. Most of the times we try to prevent accidents but there are some that we cannot prevent because we are only humans and we have limitations. We don’t know it all and we can’t do it all.
There are a lot of things in our lives that we cannot control and those things are our main reason for anxiety. Those stupid things are making us lose our peace.
Instead of focusing on what we cannot control we should redirect our energy focusing on what we do control. For example, the way we think, feel or react to the situations. We can do a lot of stuff when we are calm. Take time to think and give your best knowing that you did all that was possible for you to do. Knowing that you were diligent.
After you have done everything in your power you give your work up to God so he can turn the natural into supernatural. Over time you will learn to trust God with what you cannot control. Actually, there is no other healthy alternative for you since there is nothing else you can do.
When you learn to trust God is when you will get peace.
The first step to getting into that peace is by praying as it is said in Philippians:
Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ. So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.Philippians 4:6-8 TPT
As we learned in the last teaching we tell everything to God not to inform him but to involve him in our lives.
In case you were wondering, the last teaching was [Fear of running out], it was awesome so you should check it out.
The peace is your portion and you shouldn’t accept anything less.
Before we end I wanna make it clear that daily we should make sure that we are focusing on the things we control and that we pray every day to involve God in our situations letting him work on the things we cannot control.
A prayer of peace
Father, I know there are a lot of things I cannot control and you know that I diligent with the things I do control. Although, if there are things that I’m not doing then let me know which are those so I can do them. Anyway, I am here to ask your help for the things that get out of my control because I know I can trust that you are always looking after me and that you will align everything for my favor. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
This was a beautiful message that I wrote based on the teaching from pastor Carl Lentz at Elevation Church. I’m proud of being part of their extended family. The online family.
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