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 a 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 push you out of the way when you try to control your own life without Him. However, it is wise for you to step aside and let God have His way.
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 far beyond what we can see. Therefore, He can keep us from the danger that is approaching us.
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 peace after you have experienced it. 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.