Faith & Life: How to Maintain Your Peace Through the Storm


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How to Maintain Your Peace Through the Storm

Allowing God to Calm Your Innermost Heart and Soul

by J.M. Troppello


“Sometimes the Lord rides out the storm with us and other times He calms the restless sea around us. Most of all, He calms the storm inside us—in our deepest inner soul.” – Rev. Lloyd John Ogilvie

Dictionary.com describes peace as “freedom from disturbance; tranquility; a state or period in which there is no war or war has ended; it can be a ceremonial handshake or a kiss in a church service, symbolizing Christian love and unity.”


What does peace mean to you?

For me, peace is when I feel calm even when everything around me is falling apart.


I love that statement from Rev. Lloyd John Ogilvie. It so perfectly defines peace. You can have peace when God is with you through the storms of life. Other times, God calms the storm around you, and you still feel His peace.


The last line from his statement is so beautiful. “He calms the storm inside us—in our deepest soul.”


I believe there is a caveat though.


You need to want God to give you peace. When He gives it, you need to hold on to it and not get focused again on the problems you are facing.


That’s the most difficult aspect of maintaining peace through the storms of life.


How to Maintain Peace Through the Storms


Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27, NKJV)

Jesus said those words from John 14:27 before He mentioned further in verses 28-29 that He was going to Heaven to prepare a place for those who are saved—and that He would be coming back for them.


God’s peace is a beautiful thing.


And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:7, NKJV)

His peace surpasses all understanding. I have experienced it. As it says in Phil. 4:7, that peace “will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”


I love how that verse says that it guards your heart and mind.


Both your heart and mind are key factors in maintaining peace through the storm.


You feel the peace in your heart and spirit. Yet, your mind is a tricky thing. It can start to forget about that peace and start making you think again and again about your troubles.


When you open your heart and mind to the peace of God that passes all understanding, you receive a gracious gift of God’s peace. It can truly help you through trying times.


Three key proponents of maintaining that peace through the storm are as follows:


  • Prayer

  • Bible reading

  • Praise and worship


Prayer


Prayer helps you to focus on God and His majesty.


It can open your eyes to how powerful He is and helps you remember all the miracles He’s already done in your life. You’re communicating with God in prayer through the mediator Jesus Christ. When you don’t know what to pray for, the Holy Spirit will make intercession for you.


Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Romans 8:26, NKJV)

Bible Reading


Reading the Bible can help to grow your faith.


As you memorize Bible verses, the Holy Spirit will bring them to your remembrance in the time of need. Build up your faith so that when God’s peace guards your heart and mind, your mind will be renewed with the Word of God. It will not so easily falter and turn back to focus on the problems. Instead, you’ll be focused on God.


So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17, NKJV)

Praise and Worship


The final component of maintaining peace through the storm is to live in an attitude of praise and worship.


Allow the joy of the Holy Spirit to empower your life through that time of prayer, Bible reading, and praise and worship.


Express your love and adoration for the Lord, by praising and worshipping Him.

Congregational worship in church is good.


However, you also need to develop your own praise and worship time with the Lord. I have several playlists on Spotify to help me when I need to listen to praise and worship music—even when I don’t feel like it. That’s the time when you really need to engage in praising God.


You can also sing a cappella and worship God by singing songs you know or praises coming directly from your heart and spirit.


I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. (Psalm 34:1, NKJV)

Peace Through the Storm


You can have this precious peace through the storms of life when you focus on God and not your struggles. Stay consistent in your prayer life, Bible reading, and praise and worship time.



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

About the Author


J.M. Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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