I believe God wants me to share with you about keeping your peace. Many Christians have porous hearts. Jesus said in John 10:1, “…anyone that comes in some other way is a thief and a robber.” There are so many people who have opened “other ways” for the thief and the rubber (the enemy) in their hearts, and he just keeps looting them of joy, faith, revelation knowledge, the anointing and the grace of God; because there is no guard. The guard in your spirit is the peace of God. {Phil 4:7} In John 3:10, Jesus talked about the gatekeeper, who recognizes the voice of the shepherd and opens for him. There is so much deception, and many people think they can discern the Lord by being suspicious of other people or by putting up a judgmental attitude. None of these would help you discern the voice of the shepherd. Peace is the key. Peace will guard your heart. Peace will lead you into the accurate will of God.

I had an experience some years back. I had to make a crucial decision. I worried that I would miss the will of God. “What if I didn’t hear correctly? What if God says to me what I do not want to do?” I just worried myself to sleep each night, hoping God would boom out of the sky at me. Finally he said to me: “I cannot talk to you about this issue this way. You will not hear me. Worry is not my language. Faith is. Move on to faith so that we can talk.” I repented and obeyed, and we talked. We had a long heart to heart talk. I slept soundly for the first time in many days.  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your path.” To “trust in the Lord,” means to operate from a base of peace because Isaiah 26:3 says: “Thou shalt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is set on thee, because he trusteth in thee.” That is, if you trust God, then you will walk in peace, and you will have direction from God. If you do not trust, you will lose your peace and you will have confusion and make mistakes.

Now pay attention to this; if you feel in your spirit like there is a gap, and you need restoration, then you better have a grasp on the revelation of the God of peace, because if you can lay hold on his peace in your situation, there is going to be an automatic recovery of every missing thing, and an addition of every spiritual blessing hitherto withheld. If all you need is fresh fire, to drop wrong habits, change wrong attitudes, or be disciplined enough to stay with your resolutions; the key is to STAY IN PEACE. If the devil can agitate you, make you feel like a looser and keep you worried and depressed, you will never get over that situation. Hebrews 13:20 says:  “Now may the God of peace [Who is the Author and the Giver of peace] who brought again from among the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood [that sealed, ratified] the everlasting agreement {covenant, testament] Strengthen {complete, perfect} and make you what you ought to be and equip you with every good that you may carry out his will; {while He Himself} works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus the Messiah; to whom be the glory forever and ever{to the ages of the ages} Amen.” Please understand this. When we know the God of peace, then we are strengthened and made what we ought to be, accomplishing things that please him. Point is; we get in the way a lot. I finally figured that worrying that I wasn’t  good enough and that I wasn’t doing it right and that I was going to fail God eventually always ensured that I did! I deliberately switch into peace as much as I can. How do I do that? I trust God. {Isaiah 26:3}

If he says he will complete the good work he has started in me, I stop fretting that it’s not going to happen. I just take his word for it. If I can see him as the God of peace, he is going to strengthen me, he is going to equip me, he is going to anoint me to do his will, he is going to perfect me. And all I have to do is just stay in His Peace. Now you can understand why the devil is constantly bombarding your mind and trying to steal your peace. If you can keep your peace, you just took his ground in your life. Another way to stay in peace is to recognize the “great shepherd of the sheep.” “The Lord is my Shepherd…He makes me lie down…He leads me beside the still and restful waters. He refreshes and restores my life {myself}…” If you want freshness and/or restoration, then follow the shepherd. The
sheep doesn’t have an independent mind. He doesn’t have a plan or any direction outside of the rod and the staff. If you are not being led, you will never arrive the still and restful waters, and until you are there, there can be no peace, no restoration, no refreshing.
Let me just point to  three things you can check when you loose your peace. Check:
{i}  Your believing  [Romans 15:13]
{ii} Who you have been listening to. [John 16:33]
{iii} Your Obedience [Psalm 32:2-4]
Once you have checked yourself, repented and adjusted, nothing else has the capacity, legally, to hold on to your peace, unless of course with your permission. “The Chastisement of our peace was upon Him”; that is Jesus. This means the punishment that bought us peace was borne by Jesus. Next time things are not so smooth, next time you are not so sure, next time something you thought was going to come through doesn’t, next time it looks like everything is going wrong, next time it seems disaster is looming, next time you are misunderstood, you can say, “I’m not going to loose my peace over this. The punishment that brought me peace was upon Jesus. He paid for this situation. He took the naturally resulting consequence to the cross with him. I am going to stay in the word and stay in Peace. Then this situation will be reversed and corrected and I will be restored and completed.” I tell myself this all the time, and I tell the devil often; “I am not giving up my peace!” I had some issues with someone at work the other day. It started to get at me and I began to be touchy and threw ‘silent tantrums.’ The Holy Spirit convicted me a little later, and I realized that I would have to stay in peace to be able to call the shots and stay atop in this situation. I have not mastered staying put in peace all the time, but ‘practicing’ is the key word. I can tell you that learning to keep your peace is one sure way to slam the door in the face of the enemy, while downloading in your life and situation all of the glory and grace that God has for you in every season.

Enjoy!