By Janie Baer

Living in a world full of trouble, cares, and plenty of anxiety, worry and stress, we can forget as Christians that God’s peace is available to us any time of the day and no matter what we are facing.  God’s peace comes not from the outside of us but rather it comes from the inside of us, out of our born again spirit.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace,…AMP

God’s peace is available to us as a result of God, the Holy Spirit, living inside of our recreated spirit.  God cared enough for you in this troubled, mixed up world; that He placed Himself inside your spirit so you could have continual contact with Him and He could release His peace to you.  God’s peace, the Bible says, passes all understanding. In other words, you shouldn’t in the natural have such peace in such difficult times.

Jesus told His disciples, God, the Holy Spirit, would come for our benefit.

John 16:7 However, I am telling you nothing but the truth when I say it is profitable (good, expedient, advantageous) for you that I go away. Because if I do not go away, the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, Standby) will not come to you [into close fellowship with you]; but if I go away, I will send Him to you [to be in close fellowship with you].  AMP

God, the Holy Spirit came and lives in your spirit for your profit, your advantage in this world, to have close fellowship with you and to act as your Counselor, Helper, Advocate, Intercessor, Strengthener, and Standby in this earth.  In other words He is here when you need help, need someone to talk to you and give you excellent advice and direction for your life.

When we received Jesus as our Savior our spirit was born again, became brand new and was filled with the Holy Spirit and peace coming from His presence.  As a result of this, we are as peaceful as God is right now in our spirit concerning everything we are challenged with in this world; we just have to notify our soul, which is our mind will, emotions and intellect.  The Holy Spirit is as close to you as your inner man, your spirit.

We have to remember we have God’s peace available to us at all times and then yield to this powerful, supernatural force of the fruit of the Spirit so it can work things out.  That means we must not allow our soul and circumstances control our thinking.  That’s why I am writing this article to let you know of His presence in your life and the peace that comes from Him.

Isaiah 1:19 If you will only obey me and let me help you, then you will have plenty to eat. NLT

Daily the Holy Spirit of peace is calling out to us to let Him help us.  When we allow His help and allow His peace take control of our mind, then He will be our supply Source.

I am reminded when God supplied the children of Israel with all they needed in the wilderness for 40 years.  He will do the same for us as we allow the Holy Spirit to help us.

God, the Holy Spirit, wants us to ask for His help and not take the care of this world on our own shoulders.

Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. KJV

The peace of the Holy Spirit is that peace available to us in the most difficult of situations and is the same peace Jesus told His disciples He was leaving with them.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]  AMP

Yielding to this peace on the inside of us will keep us from being troubled, afraid, agitated, fearful, intimidated, cowering down to difficulties on the outside and becoming unsettled in our minds.  This is reality in the life of the spirit.  Learning to live out of our spirit will allow the Holy Spirit to be in control of our life’s situations.  With the Holy Spirit of peace comforting us, counseling us, helping us, strengthening us and interceding through us, then we will make the right decisions for our lives every time.

If we are not living in this peace at the present, we either do not know about the peace that comes with His presence or we are ignoring Him.  Maybe you weren’t even aware of the ministry of the Holy Spirit to comfort you, counsel you and be your Helper.  Now you do and that should be comforting and peaceful.  There is no problem you have His peace cannot get you through.

In the Old Testament, there is testimony after testimony of people who experienced extraordinary deliverance from God in the most difficult and impossible times. You can read testimonies of supernatural debt cancellation, supernatural favor, supernatural wealth, and supernatural deliverance from enemies and on and on.

Maybe you have some impossibility you are facing today.  Now is the time for you to have an extraordinary testimony of deliverance yourself.  He is the same God and He has the same abilities available to use on your behalf.  So just allow God’s peace to overtake your soul today.

God doesn’t want us to be full of care about anything.  Ask for the Lord’s help, give Him thanks and then fully expect the peace of the fruit of the Spirit to show up and keep or guard your mind so that you have peace beyond human comprehension working on your behalf until the end.  It’s this peace filled mind, the mind that is stayed on Him that releases God’s supernatural help.

That’s what happened to Jesus in the garden before His crucifixion.  In His anguish of facing the cross, the peace and joy of God helped Jesus make the right choice to do Father’s will and go to the cross.

The anguish over things you face in your life may not have caused you to sweat drops of blood like Jesus, but still maybe you have sweat under the pressure of it all.

Jesus our High Priest knows what it’s like to face pressures in the mind, will and emotions.  That’s what makes Him a compassionate High Priest who is touched with the feelings of our infirmities.

He is also called the Prince of Peace.  Jesus, our Prince of Peace, is available to us every day.  He lives inside of us and we can be as peaceful as He is about our situation.

God’s peace is what the enemy of our souls comes to steal from us day after day.  God’s peace is God’s guarantee of one victory after another for us.  So make a decision to yield to God’s peace right now and continue to yield no matter what is going on.

People who do not know the peace of God is available to them will be destroyed for lack of knowledge.  Even Christians will experience hardship and one heartache after another, as they seek for some peace on the outside of them through people and things instead of looking to God and His peace on the inside of them.

Our brand new, born again spirit contains supernatural forces called the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, meekness and temperance) that work in the most difficult situations to turn things around.  God doesn’t want us to depend on natural people or natural things to deliver us since He has placed these supernatural forces on the inside of us to do the job and then it’s supernatural on our natural.

God wants us to be supernatural in these days.  That’s why He came to live inside of us.  Expect the supernatural ability of God inside of you to move to the outside of you today and every day.

Facing so much today we can forget God’s peace is available to us just like the disciples did when they faced a terrible storm on the lake with hurricane winds and their boat was taking on water.  Jesus, so peaceful, was sound asleep.  Can you imagine that?  So they awakened the Prince of Peace and asked Him, “Do you not care if we perish?”

Have you asked Him that question or something similar?  He understands and is touched with the feeling of your infirmities.  Remember He walked the earth as a man too.

Your Prince of Peace is here today and every day to help you in every difficult situation, as He did with the disciples.  Realize He gives you peace and the other fruit of the Spirit to aid you, help you.  He will never take control of your life since the fruit of His presence gives you control of your life.

Colossians 3:15 is a wonderful scripture to use as a confession, enforcing the truth of the peace of God giving you right answers just at the right time so that it always turns out for a win, win situation in every decision you make.

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ's] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always]. AMP

"And let the peace". We must "allow" the fruit of peace on the inside of us help us make correct decisions, guaranteeing we won't end up with shipwrecked lives. God"s peace causes us to know in our spirit whether things look right or look wrong for us. God"s peace acts continually as an Umpire in our spirit; helping us decide and settle once and for all the questions that arise in our lives in a peaceful state. As members of the Body of Christ we are to live in this peaceful state.

Peaceful is what we are in this world through Jesus Christ no matter how chaotic it is in this world right now or will be!  We need to remind ourselves every single day God’s peace is in us and available to us; for it will only get worse in the world that we are living in but not living out of.  In Christ, Kingdom of God living, spirit living is our way of living now and through which we experience God’s peace that passes all natural understanding in this chaotic world.

Whatever is going on around you that may be stressful and may bring concern to your mind, just stop whatever you are doing and wherever you are and just look to the God of peace Who is on the inside of you and listen and yield to what the Holy Spirit says to do or not to do. His direction will always be right, even though His direction at times can seem like the craziest thing you could do.  Remember He is God of the universe so He knows just how to handle your situation.  As His child, through the learning process His mercy will cover your mistakes if you just ask.

Colossians 3:15 tells us we are to live in the state of peacefulness.  It is a fruit of our spirit.  Apples are the fruit of an apple tree and peace is the fruit of our spirit now that God the Holy Spirit lives there.  Peace is always there in our spirit and that’s where we can go when all is chaotic around us.  It’s like going into another world, a peaceful world.  That’s how precious God, the Holy Spirit, living inside of us can be to our life.

I think sometimes with all that is going on around us, we wonder if He really cares if we perish just like the disciples did.  Jesus was right there.  The Prince of peace was right there and the Prince of peace is right here with us to calm the storm of fear in our soul so that things on the outside turn out right.  In that peace we can allow God to speak through us to those storms of life and command, “Peace, be still!”  This supernatural force of peace calms us, calms situations and calms people around us.

Peace comes as well as we get to know our heavenly Father for He is loving, joyful, peaceful, good, faithful, kind, patient, self-controlled and gentle.  He is always looking out for us and will take care of any bad situations if we yield to His peace and do not worry and try to work them out on our own.

Take some alone time with the Lord and allow His presence, His peace, His hope and His power fill your soul and start affecting what is on the outside that brought you fear, worry, anxiety and stress.  In His presence is fullness of joy.  Joy is another fruit of the Spirit that is available to you as you enter into His presence and His peace.  You can then be peaceful, joyful, and hopeful.  That’s when it becomes beyond human understanding.  There is still the problem you are facing but you are peaceful, joyful and have all the hope and expectation to see the problems solved and see the changes you so desire.

You will remain constantly in a peaceful state of mind when your mind is constantly stayed on Father God and His Word, you lean on Him and hope confidently in Him, the Rock of Ages.

Isaiah 26:3-4 You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. 4 So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages]. AMP

The fruit of the Spirit, the work which His presence accomplishes, listed in Galatians 5:22 are unbeatable forces.  Think about it, love, God’s unconditional love never fails and causes you to never fail as it is allowed to flow out of you.  The fruit of the Spirit joy, fortifies you with supernatural power when you feel weak in your mind.  (Nehemiah 8:10) Then the peace of God under girds you and helps you make correct decisions that lead you to a successful, healthy, vibrant life. 

The peace of God brings with it hope, the God kind of hope.  The peace of God will produce all the hope we will ever need in this world.

This hope is a supernatural force on the inside of you that is more than just wishful thinking.  This God hope actually will make you come to the place where you earnestly, intensely expect something to happen.  And then before long you will actually experience it.

Remaining peaceful, just like staying in faith, is trusting God is with us and is working out all our situations.

I believe there is not much peace and hope in Christians’ lives today because they fail to look to God inside of them and fail to yield to the fruit of the Spirit on the inside of them that will change their lives.

Let’s make a quality decision, one from which we will not retreat, that we will live from the inside out and allow God to work in our lives.  This may not be easy for us at first.  We like handling things and we have been trained well by our parents and others to handle things on our own and be worried, stressful and anxious. This can be changed as we get to know Him more in an intimate way.

I suggest you spend some alone time with the Lord so that His presence, His love, His peace, His hope and His power that floods your spirit can flow out like a river, affecting your soul (mind, will, emotions and intellect) and start affecting what is on the outside that brings all the care and anxiety to you.  In His presence is fullness of joy. There may still be the problem staring you in the face, but you are peaceful, joyful and have all the hope and expectation He is working things out.

Spending time meditating scripture promises to you, especially in the New Testament, will also allow the peace of God to fill your mind instead of the problems.  So get started filling your mind with the Word of peace so you remain peaceful in all circumstances and make right decisions that will guarantee your success.

If you want to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior and experience His peace, just pray this simple prayer, “Father God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner.  I believe Jesus came to this earth, died on the Cross for all of my sins, past, present and future and He rose again from the dead so that I could be justified in Your sight.  Come into my heart, Lord Jesus Christ.  I receive you now as my Savior and Lord.  Holy Spirit of peace come and live in my spirit now.”

Welcome to the family of God!  Please let me know you received Christ.

Here are scriptures I want to share with you speaking of God’s peace coming to you:

Job 22:21 Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee. KJV

When we become intimate with the Lord then we remain peaceful and good things will result in our lives.

Psalms 34:14 ….seek, inquire for, and crave peace and pursue (go after) it! AMP

We must seek, crave the peace of God and even pursue or go after the peace of God every day since we live in a chaotic world. God’s peace does not come automatic.  We have to seek spiritual things and seek our spiritual life in Christ in order not to live a carnal life where the flesh controls us and determines our outcome.

Psalms 37:37 Mark the blameless man and behold the upright, for there is a happy end for the man of peace.  AMP

Peace always is the state of mind for the man who knows he is right with God.  So it is of utmost importance we know our righteousness comes only through Jesus’ finished work at Calvary.  Christ’s righteousness always brings peace since it eliminates striving on our part to be righteous.  Christ’s righteousness brings peace that produces a life of true happiness.  Christ’s righteousness is what sets Christianity apart from all other religions striving to obtain their own righteousness. (The Bible says our own self-righteousness in the sight of God is like filthy rags.)

Psalms 85:8 I will listen [with expectancy] to what God the Lord will say, for He will speak peace to His people, to His saints (those who are in right standing with Him)…. AMP

God speaks peace daily to His children when they will listen expectantly for Him to speak.  His words of peace bring an end to all conflict and confusion in our minds and our affairs, and so that’s why it is so urgent we listen with expectancy for Him to speak.  Be assured and expectant to hear Him speak to you every day.  This scripture is a wonderful daily confession.

Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they who love Your law; nothing shall offend them or make them stumble. AMP

Great peace, think about that!  Not a little peace but "GREAT PEACE" comes to those who love God’s Word!  God’s Word brings peace and keeps us out of offense and from stumbling through life.

Isaiah 48:18 Oh, that you had hearkened to My commandments! Then your peace and prosperity would have been like a flowing river, and your righteousness [the holiness and purity of the nation] like the [abundant] waves of the sea. AMP

Did you notice the punctuation at the end of the first sentence of that scripture? The exclamation point emphasizes we must listen to God and do what He tells us to do!  For its then our peace and prosperity will flow like a river.  What a confession this would be for our daily lives!  Wow!

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. KJV

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. AMP

So you have been worrying about your future.  Take comfort and remain in His peace for God has it all planned out!  Stop worrying and trying to plan it out for yourself!  His plan is for your welfare so you don't have to seek welfare from the government, a peaceful state instead of evil and hope and expectancy for your God planned final outcome!  Here again is a wonderful scripture to use as a daily confession instead of speaking the problems.

John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]  AMP

Jesus did not tell us life would be all rosy and great.  Jesus forewarned us of facing tribulation, trials, distress and frustration while living in this world.  But yet in the midst of all of it, Jesus said we can have peace.  Then He told us to be of good cheer, have courage, be confident, certain and undaunted by it all, because He Who lives inside of us has overcome the world, deprived it of it’s power to harm us and has conquered it for us. 

Remain at peace, resting in the truth of Jesus’ Words and the fact that He has overcome everything the world has to throw at us.  He has deprived it of the power to harm us and has conquered it for us.  Here’s another daily confession to allow God to be in control in our outcome.

It’s not just you against the world, but you and Your God living inside of you, Who has already conquered its power to do you harm.

So remain mindful of the One Who lives in you and the fruit of peace along with the other fruit that will supernaturally put you over every time. Yield to God’s peace and not the pressures of life and spend more time with Him in the difficult times.

Intimacy with the Lord and meditating His Word will cause Him and His ability to rise up big on the inside of you and bring your giant down just like God and His Word rose up in David when he faced Goliath.

This is living in the spirit.  Romans 8:5,6 shows us the results of living out of the flesh and out of the spirit.

Romans 8:5-6 For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and  pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and  seek those things which gratify the [Holy] Spirit. 6 Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever]. AMP

Living out of the senses and reason you will be living without the aid of the Holy Spirit and this leads you only to death and misery.  But living according to the Spirit we are controlled by the desires of the Spirit and we will be setting our minds on Him and seeking those things that gratify the Holy Spirit, which only leads to life and peace for us in this world.

Romans 14:17 [After all] the kingdom of God is not a matter of [getting the] food and drink [one likes], but instead it is righteousness (that state which makes a person acceptable to God) and [heart] peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. AMP

Kingdom living is what we are supposes to be experiencing in this earth at this time and not just when we get to Heaven.  Kingdom living provides the food and drink and all else we need, produces the righteousness of God, and produces peace that all is well and joy that brings mental and emotional strength. All of this is the result of the Holy Spirit living inside our spirit.  This is true Kingdom living.

2 Corinthians13:11 Finally, brethren, farewell (rejoice)! Be strengthened (perfected, completed, made what you ought to be); be encouraged and consoled and comforted; be of the same [agreeable] mind one with another; live in peace, and [then] the God of love [Who is the Source of affection, goodwill, love, and benevolence toward men] and the Author and Promoter of peace will be with you. AMP

We can remain joyful, encouraged, consoled, and comforted because the Author and Promoter of peace is with us all the way through the difficult and challenging days of our lives.  Hallelujah!  Let’s rejoice about that!

Philippians 4:6,7 has been a real blessing to my soul and I pray now yours as well.

Philippians 4:6-7 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. 7 And God's peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. AMP

God’s peace we can experience at any time goes beyond human reasoning.  God’s peace garrisons and guards our minds so that no matter what comes against us, we remain secure in what Christ has made us to be in Him and has provided for us in Him.  We will remain calm and confident that greater is He Who is in us than he that is in this world.

Every day of your life you will have to make the choice to yield to the peace of God that is already on the inside of you.  Just yield to Him, the Author and Promoter of Peace.  You can even make that choice before you begin each day, before you get out of bed.  Make the choice you will not allow anyone or anything steal your peace.

Pray a simple pray, something like this:

"Father, I know you live inside of me. You are my peace. I make the decision right now I am going to allow the fruit of the Holy Spirit to flow through me today. I will walk in God's peace this entire day. I will not allow anyone or anything steal from me the peace of God. God's grace and peace are multiplied to me today. I call on your help, Holy Spirit, my Helper, Comforter, and Strengthener. Amen."

My earnest pray is you will be strengthened with all might by the Spirit and the peace of the Spirit that is on the inside of you.  I pray you live your life out of your spirit where God resides.  Be at peace in Jesus’ name.  Amen and Amen.