As we celebrate our nation's independence this month, I felt led to write about the joy of finding peace in the midst of war. Over the last few weeks I've learned of many couples who are facing an extreme amount of warfare. Some have children who are wrestling to find their identities without loosing their hearts. Some have husbands whose jobs are in trouble. Some are facing marital challenges they never expected. Others are facing illness that's creating fear and doubt about their future. All of them are struggling to walk in peace because they fear what their future holds. I say, "Peace is ours!" Peace is a priceless commodity in the chaotic world that surrounds us. So how do we find peace in the midst of the storm? As Jesus and the disciples traveled across the Sea of Galilee on a small boat toward the other side, a sudden storm arose. It was unexpected and they were completely caught off guard. The disciples feared they would surely die. Where was Jesus in the midst of this crazy, chaotic catastrophic storm? He was resting in the knowledge that he had it all under control. When they woke him in fear they asked, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are perishing?”
His simple reply spoke volumes to them and it speaks to us today. He calmly reminded them not to doubt his authority. He didn't rush to the helm of the ship to assess the storm because he wasn't caught off guard. In fact, because of his omnipotent power, Jesus knew the storm was coming before he even got in the boat, and despite that knowledge he still chose to rest. Scripture says, "He whose mind is stayed upon me, I will give him perfect peace." Peace is ours when we focus on the one who stood in the midst of the storm and commanded the winds and seas to obey him with, "Peace be still".
Before Jesus departed back to Heaven, he told his disciples they would be able to do even greater things than he had done while he was here. Once the Holy Spirit arrived, Jesus declared his disciples, and that includes all believers, would be a force to be reckoned with. Sadly, many have forgotten that promise. In the midst of the chaos that surrounds us we often forget we have a power that is stronger than any mighty, rushing wind. Not only do we have power, we also have authority better known in the garden as "dominion" which God originally gave to Adam and Eve. Sadly, when the enemy arrived at their garden gate, they were deceived and lost that power. When Jesus arrived as the promised Messiah, he provided us the opportunity to take it back by laying down his life. Like the many American soldiers who have fought to give us freedom. Jesus went to battle with the Devil in the wilderness to fight for our freedom and authority over the enemy. He faced every temptation known to man and defeated the temptation so that we too could live free. He was the sacrificial lamb who died for our independence!
With the power of the Holy Spirit behind us and the authority to take charge as sons and daughters of the Kingdom before us, what weapon formed against us can stand? Not one. If everywhere you turn the chaos in your circumstances is threatening to enter your palace doors and turn them into castle walls, take your eyes off your circumstances and put your eyes on the one who commands the storm to cease. He is faithful. He is not caught off guard by what you're facing, and he will give you perfect peace if you think upon him and rest in His promises. Your part in this battle as king and queen of your palace is to wield the weapon of prayer like never before. To stand in faith and fight well, no matter what you see. Below is a list of things you and your spouse can pray for one another in the midst of the storm as you stand bravely and command peace!
Together as Husband and Wife pray these prayers over your household:
Do you want to live in a war-torn castle or a peaceful palace? The decision is up to you. You are the child of a Great King and you have the power to change the world you live in.
Household tip of the month:
Parenting tip of the month: