“O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:” (Isa. 48:18)
There are three keys that will open the door to the peace of God that resides in our inner man. Once opened, this supernatural flood of God’s peace will keep our hearts and minds through Christ.
These three keys all have to do with having faith in God.
“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.” (Mark 11:22)
These three keys are: (1) having faith in God’s love, (2) having faith in God’s will, and (3) having faith in God’s righteousness.
Before God’s peace can fill us to the overflowing, there must first be room for it. This involves the removal of fear. This is the first key.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” (1John 4:18)
There is only one perfect love and that is the love that comes from God, for God is love.
“And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” (1John 4:16)
To have faith in God is to have faith in God’s love.
The Bible says that we did not choose God, but that God chose and called us. (John 15:16)
“No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:44)
We would not have even wanted to come to God and be saved if He had not put it in our hearts to do so.
The Bible says that while we were in our mother’s womb He saw us and chose us. He ordained how we would look and he fashioned us in the way that would please Him. (Psalm 139)
When we were ready, He put it in our hearts to desire Him and come to Christ, and now that He has us nothing can separate us from His love.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” (Rom. 8:35)
“Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Rom. 8:37)
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,” (Rom. 8:38)
“Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:39)
God loves us no matter what!
God’s love is not based upon anything that we have or have not done.
God doesn’t love us because we read the Bible, attend Church, spend time in prayer, or give offerings. He’s pleased that we do these things, but that is not what causes Him to love us.
God doesn’t even love us because we have quit sinning and love Him, for the Bible says:
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5:8)
God loves us simply because we exist.
“We love him, because he first loved us.” (1John 4:19)
He loves us because we are. Nothing can change His love for us. That’s what perfect love is. Nothing can affect it. Nothing can alter it. It does not change.
And it’s not a general, “love for all” kind of love. It’s a personal, intimate kind of love.
Before Christ died on the cross, God’s love was a love for all mankind.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
It was because of His love for all men that He gave His son, but now that His son has been given, God’s love for us is not only perfect but also personal.
“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” (Matt. 10:30)
Like a father admiring his child sleeping in the crib, our Heavenly Father looks upon us daily and counts the hairs upon our heads. He knows exactly what we will need before we even need it, and has prepared it in advance.
“Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.” (Matt. 6:8)
“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” (Isaiah 65:24)
He who knows the ending from the beginning is never surprised or unprepared, but has already solved the problem before it even appears.
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1Cor. 10:13)
The first step in having God’s peace is to understand and believe in God’s perfect love for us, that nothing can change or alter it, and that it’s not based upon anything except for the fact that we are His creation.
Because of His love for us, God will do whatever it takes to preserve us. Knowing and believing this will drive away all fear from our hearts and will prepare us to be filled with the peace of God that passes all understanding.
Fear is not the only thief that can rob us from having God’s peace. Worry and anxiety can also fill our thoughts and leave no room for the peace of God.
We worry and become anxious over situations in our life when we’re unsure that things are going to work out for our benefit. We ponder all of the possibilities and fear the worst.
It’s not a matter of believing whether God can hear our prayer and give us what we ask, but it’s a matter of being unsure whether it’s His will to do it.
Having faith in God’s will is the second key to opening the gate and releasing the flood of God’s peace to be manifested in our life.
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Rom. 8:28)
We must not forget that we didn’t choose God but that He chose and called us. We must not forget that we love Him because He first loved us.
Worry and anxiety grip our hearts when we lose our intimacy with God. Lack of fellowship and communion with Him causes us to lose sight of His will for our lives.
God has a purpose for our lives. He called us because we are unique and He has a plan and a will for us.
“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification…” (1Thess. 4:3)
The word “sanctification” simply means “to be set apart”. In the Greek it means “the state of purity.”
In other words, He has called us out of the darkness of the world and has “set us apart” so that He may work in our lives until He brings us into this purity or “perfection”.
“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:” (Col. 1:13)
God will not allow anything to interfere with His will being done in our lives to make us pure. No matter what arises in our lives to try and hinder us and pull us down, God will work everything out and overcome it so that in the end our lives will only be better.
It’s God who will work all things together for our good in order that He may purify us and bring us into perfection.