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A Deeper Peace

by Eric Borden- 3ΛSP05- Eagle Brother Colossus

A Deeper Peace
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT): Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

The last year has been one of thee most demanding periods of my life. I told one of my brothers that I haven’t worked this hard since Spring 2005! Between the doubled (maybe tripled) workload at my job, helping in the re-launch of a youth ministry, a renewed focus on being present with my nephews, nieces, and little brothers…it’s been a lot. But there has also been a consistent feeling that everything is right where it needs to be.

It sounds a little awkward, but I’ve learned that peace requires some serious effort. I don’t believe that pleasing God is a matter of working hard…but I do believe that God’s peace IS based on what we do, or don’t do. Peace is a promise to us from God – a promise that results in something that doesn’t naturally make sense. It’s weird. It requires us to see things differently. It doesn’t mean that we’ve overlooked our sins and shortcomings, but it does mean that we see Christ as the difference-maker more than our personal works. It doesn’t ignore the hardships of life, but it re-focuses on the necessity to walk with God THROUGH them.

I think Jesus showed what peace really looks like in the middle of the Passion. “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine. (Luke 22:42, NLT).” Was Jesus’ life made easy after that? Nope. God’s peace doesn’t promise ease, it promises company while you proceed. A deeper peace is all about grasping stability in Christ regardless of what’s going on. Sometimes, that’s extremely hard to do, but it is definitely feasible.

So how do we make ourselves available to receive the peace? How do we grasp the peace that God’s word promises? Three suggestions…

  • Live with margin. Margin (working definition from Pastor Keith Battle LINK) is the space between our LOAD and our LIMITS. This has probably been the biggest component of accessing God’s peace for me. Try to keep a healthy amount of “free space” in your time and your budget that allows for unexpected changes without sending you over the edge.
  • Practice contentment.  A deeper peace is available when we allow ourselves to be happy – where we are and with what we have. There’s nothing wrong with pushing for perfection or even wanting better stuff. However, I do think there’s something wrong when that push leads to debt, stress, and even envy.  These are all peace-forfeiters. Here’s a quote that has stuck with me for years: “Love who you are. Strive to be better.” – J. Kwest.
  • Pray about the things that conflict with peace. – We have a Father that enjoys hearing our concerns. The problem is we don’t always talk to Him openly and honestly about them. Feelings of embarrassment, fear, anger, bitterness, and confusion are valid, but they can’t be our final destination.
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February 9, 2012 - Posted by | Uncategorized

6 Comments »

  1. I think this is great, Eric! Your post further confirms that many of these principles require practice. We must choose to live in them and grow in them. I love how a deeper peace connects to other principles that we’ve learned. To live in a deeper peace requires we have a deeper perspective, consistently experience a deeper worship, challenge ourselves to a deeper faith. They all link together, so that by practicing one, we are also perfecting another. Great stuff!

    Comment by Lindsey | February 9, 2012 | Reply

  2. Perfect timing. I have to apply a lot of this. Thanks for writing.

    Comment by Crystal | February 9, 2012 | Reply

  3. I love the part that speaks to God’s peace doesn’t provide ease, it promises company. I love it

    Comment by Rafael Frazier | February 9, 2012 | Reply

  4. BRO!!! This post really gave me a different perspective! I had to go back and read it again! It let me know that peace does not naturally come when we desire it and are frustrated, but, that it is a result of seeking God and having our perspective shifted. Poignant line regarding “peace”: “It doesn’t ignore the hardships of life, but it re-focuses on the necessity to walk with God THROUGH them”. At times we get so frustrated and tired, we simply want to rest from the commotion of life. But, like a vehicle, we need refueling and maintenance in order to make it to our appointed destination. As we seek God, we identify the need to be near him through tumultuous times and that his peace provides, not a dismissal of trials but a understanding that He will never leave us nor forsake us! THANKS DUDE!

    Comment by Steven W. | February 10, 2012 | Reply

  5. Reblogged this on Still Eazy….

    Comment by Eric, but you may know me as Eazy | February 13, 2012 | Reply

  6. “God’s peace doesn’t promise ease, it promises company while you proceed”. I needed that…great post!

    Comment by Kia | March 8, 2012 | Reply


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