By: Katie Stallings
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” John 14:27
As I was praying about what to write about, I sensed the Lord telling me to speak on “Trust over Fear.” So when I sat down to listen and write, I immediately looked at a chalkboard I have in my family room with a definition of joy from Rick Warren.
“Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.”
How often do we go through our days with fear, anger, anxiousness, bitterness and jealousy? There are days and sometimes weeks that go by that I find myself struggling with one or more of these emotions. I am fearful when I watch the news and see what is happening in the world today. I am anxious when I think about my children’s future. I can get bitter when I don’t feel like I am understood or appreciated by my husband or children. I sometimes feel jealous when others have more or are doing greater things than me. Isn’t that how the enemy wants us to live? We live our daily lives focused on our emotions and thoughts, rather than on the Word of God and through the Holy Spirit. Every day we have the choice to walk by the power of the Holy Spirit and not by our flesh. God clearly gives us instruction for our lives and He never tells us to live based on what the world is saying and doing or by how we feel.
“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT)
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 (NIV)
With all that is happening in the world today or in our daily lives, we can confidently stand in peace and joy because we trust God who knows all the details of what is happening. He remains in control, He causes all things to work out for good, He conquered death, He loves us and He gives us all we need through the Holy Spirit.
As I finish out this year, I pray that I will slow down, focus on Him and walk in joy and peace every day. As the Lord reminds us in scripture, we need to renew our minds daily and begin each day with prayer, thankfulness and trust.