In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
April 4, 2008 – Experiencing Inner Peace - Luke 8:22-25
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John chapter 14:27 says Jesus promised to give us His peace. It’s the same peace that enabled Him to sleep through a fierce storm. Without it, we’ll be like the disciples who felt helpless and afraid. With it, we’ll experience inner calmness during life’s troubles.
To experience the peace of God, we must meet certain conditions. The first requirement is to receive the Lord as our personal Savior. Before salvation, we were by nature opposed to God. But our redemption changed that.
Romans chapter 5:10 says we now have peace with Him and are members of His family instead of His enemies. A major reason that we lack peace is fear of death. This view evaporates as we comprehend the glorious truth that we will spend eternity in heaven with Him.
Believing in God’s sovereignty is a second condition for having a tranquil heart. In this troubled world, personal safety is a major concern. To combat fear, we must trust that God controls all things. Knowing that He’s in charge will protect us from anxiety and give us peace.
Philippians 4:19 highlights the third thing we must do. Understand that God knows our needs and has promised to meet each one. He’s a loving Father who delights to give good gifts to His children. We may not receive all we want. He’ll give us everything that’s necessary to fulfill His purpose for us.
Once we’ve received Christ as our Savior, the Holy Spirit will remind us that our future is secure. Our loving, sovereign God will provide everything we need.
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