Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
Unless people have peace with God, they will never be happy to enjoy life to the fullest. It is amazing the number of people who do not have peace with God. They search for it most of their lives, but it escapes them. If that is you, perhaps you are looking in all the wrong places.
When a person has peace with God, things work better in every area of his life because there is no chaos, disorder, or disharmony. Everything works the way it should.
God planned for everyone to have peace with Him. Since God's plan is for us to have peace with Him, then why don't we?
There are some definite steps to take to have peace with God. Let's see what they are.
1. Be in Relationship with God
In order to have peace with God, we must be connected to the one who created us in His own image. God did not create us to be separated from Him. He wants to be involved with us and He wants us to be involved with Him. However, we sometimes leave God out of our lives and go our own separate ways.
To have peace with God, we must allow Him to be in every area of our lives. Therefore, the first step is to be in relationship with God.
2. Let Jesus Christ Bridge the Gap
If you intend to have peace with God, you must allow His Son to bridge the gap for you. You cannot be connected with God unless you go through His Son. You cannot cross the chasm on your own. You need help, and that help is Jesus Christ.
The image above shows what the separation of God is like and how Jesus' death on the cross makes it possible for a sinful man to get to a holy God to enjoy peace on earth.
According to Romans 5:1, "You have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
3. Respond to God
In order to have peace with God, you must trust Him enough to accept His invitation to receive His Son. According to John 3:16, "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." Everlasting life includes having peace with God.
When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord, then we are on our way to having peace with God who wants us to have it probably more than we want to have it.
4. Let God Control Your Life
Let God control your life if you want to have peace with God. God allows people to have free will. He will not stand in your way when you try to control your own life without Him.
We should let God control our lives because He knows what's best for us. We might think we know what's best for us, but God made us and we did not make ourselves because we couldn't. God can see beyond what we can see. Therefore, He can keep us from danger.
We can be independent and fail, or we can depend on God and succeed. The choice is ours to make. Hopefully, people will choose the latter and let God control their lives.
5. Practice Spiritual Disciplines
Once you complete the first four steps, you must practice spiritual disciples to maintain a personal and intimate relationship with God. Spiritual disciplines are activities found in the Bible that promote spiritual growth in an individual. They are personal habits of devotion that are practiced by disciples of Christ to stay connected with God no matter what is going on around them.
Spiritual disciplines include the following actions:
- Praying without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
- Reading the Bible on a daily basis (Psalm 119:105).
- Studying the word of God (2 Timothy 2:15).
- Meditating on the word of God (Joshua 1:8).
- Singing unto the Lord (Psalm 96:1).
- Worshiping God in spirit and truth (John 4:24).
- Fasting (Matthew 6:16-18).
- Fellowshipping with others (Acts 2:42).
As you can see, there are not very many steps to finding peace with God. The steps are as follows:
- Be in a relationship with God.
- Let Jesus bridge the gap.
- Respond to God's invitation to accept His Son.
- Let God control your life.
- Practice spiritual disciplines.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 24, 2020:
Another great write here.
It is sometimes hard to remember that God knows what is ahead of us and will keep us out of danger.
We need to trust him more instead of trying to make our lives a certain way.
You have all good points here.
Thanks for sharing.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on January 05, 2020:
Elijah, thanks for reading and offering your comments. Apparently, our writing style is different. The questions you posed are valid but not necessary for this particular article. I have a topic and try to stick to that topic. However, you usually suggest that I go beyond the topic. While I use the "Reader's Digest" method to get a point across, you usually suggest I could have said this or that. I write as God gives me revelations to write.
Also, you referred to discipline as punishment. Your comment had absolutely nothing to do with what I wrote about spiritual disciplines. I gave the definition as follows: "Spiritual disciplines are activities found in the Bible that promote spiritual growth in an individual. They are personal habits of devotion that are practiced by disciples of Christ to stay connected with God no matter what is going on around them." My definition had nothing to do with punishment from God or parents as you stated which has no bearing on my article at all.
I appreciate your reading and commenting, but I don't appreciate having to defend what I write as I have had to do many times when you comment.
Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on January 05, 2020:
Hi, Margaret, I've found most people I've dealt with haven't yet acknowledged their own weakness, feeling they can conquer their struggles without knowing there exists a powerful ally. Perhaps, this is why in programs like Alcohol Anonymous, one step is realizing: "There is a power greater than me." Without recognizing we are flawed in our mortal perceptions, peace will never come. This is because we will always question due to our discomfort with who we are. Christ "bridges" that gap as you correctly wrote. God makes us great once we understand we are weak; and that's an essential step in finding peace. Thanks.
Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington, DC USA on January 05, 2020:
Thanks for sharing with us, Margret, those five steps that leads to peace with Good but it left some unanswered questions. For example, number 1s "Be in Relationship with God," How do we obtain the relationship? What, if any, are the steps to doing it? And same questions follows the other three while number five's "Practice Spiritual Disciplines" doesn't give us any references as to how to be disciplined by God. Our parents used "punishment and reward," is that what God use or something different? In my opinion, instructions without a process to achieve them has no value to the readers.
I believe one should have reached a goal if they are encouraging others to reach for it. If they have it they should know the steps they took. One should be able to point to the steps in "The Word of God" they took. So Please consider this as an attempt to aid you and not criticism.