A Place of Peace in a Time of Chaos
Philippians 4:6-7 New King James Version
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
This is one of the verses that every believer should be repeating to themselves over and over again right now.
As we see our world seemingly spiral out of control, it becomes easy to get caught up in the fear, dread, depression, and animosity of the day. This, however, is where the born-again believer is different than world.
Let's look at 5 reasons why we can stand against this spiritual chaos.
1. Heavenly Hope
Matthew 6:19-21 King James Version
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
The believer knows that this world is not our home. In the words of the old song "This world is not my home, I'm just a passin' through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue." Our hope should not be here. We should have our eyes set upon our Savior and our heavenly home.
2. The Comfort of the Comforter
John 14:18 King James Version
18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
When we are born again, we are born again of water and Spirit as it says in John 3. When we receive the Holy Ghost (Spirit of God) we have the Comforter dwelling in us. Now we must understand that this does not mean that we never feel fear, anger, depression and so on. No, on the contrary, we will feel these things. The difference is that we now have His spirit in us to lean on and rely on in these times.
3. Never Alone
Hebrews 13:5 King James Version
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
I know during Quarantines, Lock-downs, and while Social Distancing loneliness is at an all-time high. However, we as believers have a promise that we will never truly be alone. We can lean on Jesus during our dark and lonely times through prayer, worship, and reading His Word. All it takes is just calling the Name and entering worship to feel His presence wherever you are.
4.He's In Control
Romans 8:28 King James Version
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
The knowledge that nothing surprises God is amazingly soothing. Even though the world has never seen anything like this or like that, God knows the beginning from the end. These things are all a part of His plan and didn't "catch God off guard." And because they are a part of the plan, God knew that you would be going through this and He has equipped you through your church, your peers, your life experiences and gifting/anointing not just to survive it but to impact the world during it and grow His kingdom in this time.
5. The Body
Hebrews 10:25 King James Version
25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
1 Corinthians 12:12 King James Version
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
As believers we don't walk out our faith alone. We are called to community. We are to work together, live our Christian life together, and worship together. We each have strengths and weaknesses that can complement each other.
This is why we come together. To lift each other up, to create disciples and grow the kingdom, and to create an atmosphere of peace, healing and restoration during corporate worship.
Proverbs 18:10 King James Version
10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
Galatians 3:27 King James Version
27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
The Church has the name of Jesus applied to it. This means that in the church there is refuge, there is peace, there is love, there is hope and there is Jesus.