Isaiah 26: 3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
There is often much talk in Christian circles about desiring to walk in the supernatural, to experience supernatural manifestations such as we read about in the bible. There is certainly nothing wrong in having these desires, indeed there should be a hunger and a longing in all of us to walk in such realms, for to not do so means living a Christian life well below what our Heavenly Father has provided for each and every one of His children. One of the pitfalls we can easily fall into however is to limit supernatural living to manifestations relating to healing, financial provision or last-minute breakthrough in an area of immediate need. Again, I would not seek to underestimate or discount such supernatural answers to prayer, but I do believe that supernatural living should also impact our normal daily lives and living. The truth of the matter is that when we face the problems, difficulties and indeed the storms that suddenly and unexpectedly cross our paths, we so many times respond to them from a purely natural perspective, when we should in fact be expecting and experiencing a supernatural dimension of our Christian walk to kick in and take control of whatever it is that we are now facing.
One such dimension of supernatural manifestation is the power of perfect peace. O what authority and control God’s peace can have over any situation if we will only believe for and expect it to manifest! We must recognise that there is natural peace and supernatural peace and the two are very different and operate on different levels. Natural peace is sometimes defined as ‘an absence of trouble’ and is often dependant on two or more sides abiding by agreements made over a negotiating table. There is much trepidation when one of the parties start to renege on any agreement which can then so easily result in that negotiated peace breaking down. Supernatural peace does not require there to be an absence of trouble and is unrelated to circumstances; it is a goodness of life that is not touched by what happens on the outside. You may be in the middle of small or great trials and still have biblical peace. In my recent experience with regard to my health I will never forget the day I sat in front of the consultant surgeon who informed me in a very matter of fact way, what they had discovered and the intended action to be taken. As he was speaking I was filled at that very instant with an overwhelming, overpowering sense of peace, supernatural peace on the inside of me. The consultant was obviously looking at me for some sort of reaction to his prognosis and the words just came from within my spirit and out of my mouth, “I know all be well Mr S…”. This is the ‘peace that passes understanding’ (Philippians 4: 7) and does ‘guard your mind and heart’. It doesn’t seem reasonable that such peace could exist amid the problems and troubles Christians go through. But this is divine, supernatural peace; it cannot be worked out on a human level, it doesn’t always make sense to our carnal mind. Nothing in the natural world can produce this kind of peace, nothing can control your thoughts and emotional reactions like supernatural peace. It will work in any and every situation in life…every situation!
You may respond to what I have written by admitting that right now, you don’t have this peace and so you’re wondering, how do I obtain this supernatural peace? The answer is in our key verse, Isaiah 26: 3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! God grants this peace, He is the God of peace (1 Thessalonians 5: 23), you don’t work it up yourself, but He grants it to those who firstly, trust Him and secondly, fix their minds on Him. Spend quality time in His presence until you learn who He really is, His nature and character. Ask him for leading and direction in life’s circumstances, and then obey His responses until trust is built as you discover His ways and His thoughts which are higher than yours. Learn to fill your mind with the promises of God in His Word BEFORE any crisis or storm hits your life. Let your mind, your thinking be renewed as you meditate (focus, think deeply, consider) on Jesus and His love for YOU. If you will continually do this then you will find a change takes place where your immediate reactions to life’s difficulties and challenges is no longer determined by your old self but now the supernatural that’s inside of you dictates and controls the minutes, days and weeks ahead as God steps in and does what only He can do. It works, it’s real and it’s available to you.
I declare today as Paul himself declared in 2 Thessalonians 3: 16. Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace.