Isaiah 26:3  (NLT)
3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Isaiah 32:17  (NLT)
17 And this righteousness will bring peace. Yes, it will bring quietness and confidence forever.

5 Things That Create A Peaceful Life

We live in a world that is full of heartache, pain, strife, and confusion.
That being said, we can easily become overwhelmed and filled with anxiety if we are not careful to remember that no matter what, God is in control.

One of the greatest gifts that God has blessed us with is the ability, to live in a state of peace no matter our circumstance.
Sometimes when we are in the midst of our storm we forget that peace is available to us. It is easy to look at our problems instead of looking upward to God.

Today I would like to share the 5 things that create a peaceful life. Hopefully, they will give you guidance for those days when worry, stress and anxiety seem inevitable. Remembering to check yourself in these 5 areas will give you strength and peace for your journey. Remember you never walk alone.
1. Pray and Praise.
Prayer is how we communicate and share our hearts with God, and praise is when we express our appreciation for who He is. Our gratitude for what He has done in our lives is also an expression of our praise to Him. When we pray and praise God, we are acknowledging His place of authority in our lives, and we are also acknowledging that we are powerless to help ourselves apart from Him. Reliance on God helps us to live less stressful lives. God is always our only source of peace and joy.

Psalm 86:7 (TPT)
7 Whenever trouble strikes, I will keep crying out to you, for I know your help is on the way.
Psalm 91:15 (TPT)
15 I will answer your cry for help every time you pray, and you will find and feel my presence
 even in your time of pressure and trouble. I will be your glorious hero and give you a feast.
1st Kings 8:56 (GNT)
56 “Praise the Lord who has given his people peace, as he promised he would. He has kept all the generous promises he made through his servant Moses
Psalm 63:3-5  (GNT)
3 Your constant love is better than life itself, and so I will praise you.
4 I will give you thanks as long as I live; I will raise my hands to you in prayer.
5 My soul will feast and be satisfied, and I will sing glad songs of praise to you.
Psalm 75:1 (GNT)
75 We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks to you!
    We proclaim how great you are and tell of [b] the wonderful things you have done.
Deuteronomy 10:21
21 Praise him—he is your God, and you have seen with your own eyes the great and astounding things that he has done for you.

2. Entrust Your Burdens To God.
When we cast our cares and burdens on Him we are saying, Lord, this is too much for me to carry alone. There is no problem that we could ever encounter that would be too big for God, or that would exhaust His supply. There is also no problem so small, that He does not care how we are affected by it. Trust your problem to God’s care. His outcome will be whatever is best for you.

Romans 15:13 (NKJV)

13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Proverbs 3:5-6  (NKJV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.
Psalm 9:10 (NKJV)
10 And those who know your name will put their trust in you; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.
Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Psalm 56:3 (NKJV)
3 Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You.

3. Accept God’s Will For Your Life.
There are many times, that if it were left up to us, we would choose a different outcome for our lives. God knows what we need. He also had a plan and a purpose in creating us. When we stay within His will, it keeps us on the track that lines up with His purpose for our lives. When we allow Him to guide us according to His holy and perfect will, we will always be at peace with the end results.

Hebrews 13:20-21 (NKJV)
20 Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you [a] what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Proverbs 1:33(NLT)
33 But all who listen to me will live in peace, untroubled led by fear of harm.”
Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
Romans 12:1-2 (NLT)
12 And so, dear brothers and sisters, [a] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. [b] 2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Hebrews 10:36 (NLT)
36 Patient endurance is what you need now so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.

4. Be Content.
Contentment is defined as a state of being happy and satisfied, ease of mind. I particularly like the phrase ease of mind, because when we are Content our minds are not in a state of worry, anxiety, or stress. To be content is to be at peace. Paul said that he had learned to be content in every situation and that should be our goal.

1st Timothy 6:6-8
6 
Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.
Proverbs 14:30 NLT
30 A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body; jealousy is like cancer in the bones.
1st Thessalonians 5:18
18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4: 11-13 (NLT)
11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ, [a] who gives me strength.
2nd Corinthians 12:9-10 (NLT)
9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

5. Have An Eternal Perspective
Eternal Perspective. When life becomes difficult to remind yourself that this is not our home. We are just traveling through. When we have an eternal perspective we also have a fresh hope and an expectation of something greater that is to come. We won’t allow momentary afflictions to discourage us so easily. We can look joyfully to the future because we know as Christians; the best is yet to come. This certainly gives me comfort and peace. What about you?

Colossians 3:2 NIV
2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Revelation 21:4 KJV (KJV)
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
James 5:7
James 5:7 (KJV)
7 Be patient, therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waited for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receives the early and latter rain
1st Corinthians 15:58
1 Corinthians 15:58 King James Version (KJV)
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch, as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

 

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