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September 2015 A Kingdom of Peace Within

From My Life’s Journey                                                                               September, 2015

Topic:  A Kingdom of Peace Within

 We have safely arrived in the 21st century, but tragedy and turmoil seem to lurk on every corner.  Who dares leave a home or car door unlocked or personal items unattended?  We are instinctively aware that an enemy seeks opportunity to devour – news reporters are killed while reporting; people are killed by family members in their own homes; shootings occur on college campuses weekly; and even toddlers are victims – they are forgotten in smoldering cars or wash ashore unclaimed.  

God’s Word speaks of these times, saying that men’s hearts will fail them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth (Luke 21:26a, Amplified).  But as we know, our Father offers hope at all times.  I will share with you three thoughts that help me walk in a measure of assurance in these distressing times.  

First: There is a wellspring of peace and life within. 

Jesus makes an interesting declaration in Luke 17:21b.  He says that “the Kingdom of God is within you.”  What is the Kingdom of God?  Paul tells us in Romans 14:17 that the Kingdom of God is spiritual – it is “righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”  

For those who have received Jesus as Savior, we have righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost within us – yes, even as external situations may falter.  The necessary factor here, though, is that we walk ever closer to God and listen for His voice on how to tap into this wellspring within us.  If our ears are only attuned to the voice of the world, we will not know this peace within.  Isaiah 58:11 also speaks of a wellspring within: “The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring” (New Living Translation).  

Obviously, God’s intent is that we tap into Him (Who is within us) so that we are “well-watered” in this dry and thirsty land.  Our strength and sustenance in these days must be rooted in the Spirit of God and spiritual things.  From where do you draw your strength?  

Let me tell you what often happens for me:  When I go to bed, acknowledging God as Lord over a situation and asking for His help, I find that I wake up in the morning with an answer or an insight regarding the problem I face.  It’s amazing.  I’m teaching at CVCC this fall and have one student who is a particular challenge, but earlier this week, God gave me a fine strategy for dealing with this student one morning right when I awoke.  I tapped into Him. 

Second: I must position myself to be still. 

 One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of King Jehoshaphat, King of Judah.  A great army came against King Jehoshaphat, and He cried out to God: “We have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You” (2 Chron. 20:12, NKJV).  When the King humbled himself and sought divine help, God told the King through a prophet not to be dismayed for the battle was God’s.  He also told the Israelites to take their positions, stand still, and see God’s victory (2 Chron. 20:17).  In that verse, the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to see that the Israelites had to position themselves to be still.  Yes, it takes effort to be still.  Think on that! 

In this season in my spiritual walk, I’m learning to bring myself to a place of peace and rest before God (with the Holy Spirit’s help, of course) so that I can hear God’s still small voice and receive divine strategy for my life.  Before I can do that, though, I must really see and examine myself.  Am I consumed with care?  Am I floating adrift?  If so, I must return to an anchoring hope and rest in God.  Are you able to still yourself and bring yourself to a place of calm before God?  Isaiah 30:15a says, “The Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, says, ‘If you come back to me you will be saved. Only by remaining calm and trusting in me can you be strong.’”  

Third: Think on God deeply to experience a richer sense of His presence.

I hope you can see from this writing that if you are not moving deeper in God, you may get tangled in the distracting forces of this world.  There is no plateau in God, and no ridge where you can camp out indefinitely.  As times get more distressing, hold fast to “the rock that is higher than I” (Ps. 61:2).  If we define our lives only by what is happening to us instead of the strength of the one Who lives within us, we will be consumed.  The hope we have in God is an anchor for our souls (Heb. 6:19).  

A man named Horatio Spafford serves as the perfect example of a man who found His strength in the God within.  Spafford was a rich man who lost much of his wealth in the US and then sent his wife and four daughters to England.  Before joining them later, he received a note from his wife that their ship was hit by another vessel, and all four daughters died.  On his way to England to be with his wife, Spafford wrote the hymn “It Is Well with My Soul.”  Though “sorrows like sea billows rolled,” Spafford found the wellspring of peace and life within. 

If your time with God has become minimal or non-existent, you already know the impact this emptiness is having in your life (e.g., moodiness, feeling dry and distant from God, feeling directionless).  Gather yourself and return to your resting place in God.  I cannot tell you exactly how to do this in your life, but I do know this – God always receives an open heart, and the Holy Spirit on the inside of you knows the way!  The Kingdom of peace is within.  

Ever onward, ever forward~ 

Iris Barrett, Ed.D.

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