“What is your vision of God? How you see Him is how you see yourself. It determines how you view your life, your church, even the events that are going on in the Body of Christ. If you fail to see Jesus as your Prince of Peace, that may be why you cannot find any rest. Seeing Him as your personal Prince of Peace means you’re not allowed to worry anymore; peace and worry simply can’t coexist. The way we live is profoundly shaped by our image of God.”

As the world gets worse, life can look quite scary. Foreboding thoughts of danger and disaster can overcome and paralyze. For many of us, there is the strong temptation to worry and become anxious. When we are faced with an economic crisis, an increase in crime, loss of jobs, and natural disasters, what is natural is the temptation to let these things overwhelm us. 

But what is supernatural is to trust in our Prince of Peace to overcome every trial we face.  

The devil tries to put fear into our heart. There was a professional thief named Blake Bart who struck fear in the hearts of people in the 1800’s when he terrorized the Wells Fargo stage line. He was known to bring danger to the frontier all the way from San Francisco to New York. Between 1875 and 1883 he robbed 29 different stagecoach crews. He did it all without firing one shot. Nobody ever saw him because he wore a hood over his face. He never took anyone hostage. But Blake used fear to paralyze his victims. His sinister presence would overwhelm the toughest people.

The devil is like Blake. He wants to let fear damage our image of God.

We are drawing closer to the Lord’s second coming. You and I are living in the most fantastic hour of all history. We must learn to access the blessing of these times and not merely stand paralyzed by the difficulties. Learning to live in peace has been a challenge throughout the ages. Since the beginning of recorded history the entire world has only been at peace less than eight percent of the time. Of 3530 years of recorded history, only 286 of them had peace. And over 8000 peace treaties were made and broken.

We must learn to trust in our Prince of Peace. We must demonstrate through our daily lives what it means to live with the Prince of Peace. The world is desperately looking for peace. Not only is Jesus a Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, and Everlasting Father, but he is the Prince of Peace! His government will last forever. Isaiah 9:6-7 says:

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end.”

We must discover the secret of living in His peace in an unpeaceful world. God has always wanted us to learn this lesson. He wants us to experience Him as our Prince of Peace. He wants us to put our hand into His hand, living fully dependent on Him for everything. Jesus is our peace every day. We can learn to live, abide, and dwell in His everlasting arms on a daily basis. 

The way for us to overcome stress in an increasingly stressful world is to increase our fellowship with God. 

If we are moving into a new season in our lives (and many of us are), we must take the time to develop a deeper intimacy with the Lord. We must learn to remain in God daily throughout the thick and thin of battle. We’ve got to learn this lesson because breakthroughs will not come without a fight. God is calling us to do the impossible in these end times. We must see Him as our refuge every day. We must trust in His nature. He is our shield and our very great reward (Genesis 15:1). He is our safe place.

The Bible is full of verses about God’s peace. In John 14:27 Jesus promises to give us His peace; in John 16:33 we have peace because He has overcome the world; in 1 Corinthians 7:15 God calls us to live in peace; 1 Corinthians 14:33 says that He is not a God of disorder but of peace; Ephesians 2:14 says that He is our peace; Philippians 4:7 promises that His peace transcends all understanding; and in Colossians 3:15 we find that His peace should rule in our heart. We see that peace is a fruit of the spirit in Galatians 5:22, and Matthew 6:25-34 exhorts us not to worry! There is so much more but you can study it for yourself.