So often I hear Christians pray to experience God’s peace (I’ve been one of them) and joy when all along we’re the ones that decide to either experience it or not. The peace of Christ is always extended. When we don’t feel at peace it’s not because of some disconnect on His end, or because He’s withholding His spiritual peace from us, it’s because somehow we’ve forgotten who He is and lack in the trust that He’s for us.
We don’t want to admit it but anxiety and stress only happen because we lack in faith and choose to focus on the problems of life instead of the Savior. We have lots of reasons to be overwhelmed during life whether it’s health reasons, death, money, etc…but knowing Jesus can overshadow all of that. When we find ourselves stressed we may want to spend more time in our bibles, more time in prayer, more time rejoicing, more time worshipping, and less time worrying. After all, stress shortens life but Jesus gives it. The choice is ours. God bless brothers and sisters. Be encouraged in Him!
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33 (NIV)