Finding Peace in God’s Storehouse

In God’s Storehouse there are blessings too numerous to count, and one of the most valuable you will find there is peace. Though the gift of divine peace is available to all Christians, few attain it because we receive our reality through what we see with our eyes and hear with our ears. Just like shoppers who choose brick and mortar stores over online purchases because they need to see and touch the merchandise, we struggle with the unseen things of God. We have difficulty wrapping our minds around God’s truth—that Jesus was chastised for our peace and through His death and resurrection, freed us from the bondage of fear.

God has already prepared answers to our problems through Jesus’ finished work. We forget God’s promises in the midst of adversity. He can give us true peace. Before ascending to be with the Father, Jesus assured us: “…my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27 KJV). The world offers a peace that is circumstantial; it is based on feelings and the absence of trouble. Consequently, when trouble comes, we try to bring peace through our own rational thinking and abilities, through drugs, alcohol, and other such means. In contrast, Jesus offers a peace that has nothing to do with how we feel or think. It is supernatural and beyond human understanding, a peace that is unaffected by circumstance. So how do we enjoy the peace that God has granted to us?

  • Receive His supernatural peace by simply having a relationship with God.

According to Philippians 4:7: The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (NIV). Peace strengthens and causes us to be fearless. Having this peace (and as long as he kept his eyes on God), Peter walked on water in the midst of a turbulent sea. After they were beaten and imprisoned for preaching the gospel, Paul and Silas also experienced this peace by focusing on God’s promises. Their worship and praise not only changed the atmosphere of the jailhouse, but with boldness they led the head jailer to Christ. Finally, Jesus, although in deep sorrow, sought God’s peace in the Garden of Gethsemane. After praying three times, He was able to submit His own will to the Father.

We, too, have a responsibility to pursue peace. Colossians 3:15 says: “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts…” (KJV). Reading and meditating on the Word, praying, worshiping, and fellowshipping with God will bring peace. Simultaneously, as we do these things, we are also resisting the devil! Hallelujah!

  • Renew our minds with God’s truth.

We must take our eyes off fears and anxieties and focus on God’s promises that are “yea” and “amen.” Though we may have many negative or fearful thoughts every day, we can take authority over negative thinking and stop the enemy from controlling our minds. Second Corinthians 10:3-5 reveals that we have the ability and the responsibility to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. The only power the enemy has is what we give him. He gets us to do things the same way Jesus does, through our thinking and our words. What comes out of our mouths will determine the paths we take.

  • Use our God-given authority. When Jesus defeated Satan, He took back all of the authority and power that Satan deceived Adam into giving him. Jesus gives the believer: “…the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you”(Luke 10:19 NKJV). This makes us more powerful than any devil. However, we must be aware that our adversary is walking about like a roaring lion seeking to frighten and devour those who do not know God’s truth (see 1 Peter 5:8).
  • Trust God in all things and cast our cares upon Him.

When we trust and rely on God, we stand firm in Him—refusing to allow the issues of life to rob us of His peace. We, instead, commit our worries and cares to Him, and fix our thoughts on things that are true, just, honest, pure, lovely, and of good report (see Philippians 4:8). God’s perfect and constant peace is then released in us, enabling us to bear the load free of anxiety.

  • Put our faith to work.

Have faith in God and refuse to fear. Faith connects us to life—to God—while fear connects us to death, to Satan. The enemy desires to separate us from the love of God; to keep us from enjoying and partaking of the storehouse of God’s grace that includes our peace. Jesus has given us all we need to be fearless: His faith, grace, and every other spiritual gift we need for a victorious life. Psalm 91 invites us to hide in God’s presence, to see it as a place of shelter and safety, thereby allowing the peace of God to rule in our hearts.

  • Allow the Holy Spirit to assist us in pursuing peace and overcoming fear.

Second Timothy 1:7 assures us that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (NKJV). Unconditional love and a sound mind are priceless commodities, yet God freely gives them to us! A sound mind is a disciplined mind that takes every thought captive to the obedience of God. It is only through the enabling of the Holy Spirit that we can refocus and cause our words and thoughts to dwell on the things that please God. When we dwell on His Word and allow the Holy Spirit to do His work in us, we can expect His peace to protect and comfort us (see 2 Peter 1:1-4).

Throughout our life’s journey we may encounter many challenges that try to rob us of our joy and seek to compromise the soundness of our minds. Thankfully, Jehovah Shalom, the God of Peace, offers us an unlimited supply of peace in His Storehouse.

Harvest in the Midst of the Storm

I grew up with a mango tree on our property which produced great fruit during its season every year. My passion for mangos inspired me to wake up early to gather them. The Lord Jesus Christ has amazing ways of showing us His abundant grace and love through our passions and desires. So it is no surprise to me that when my faith was tested recently and I was in the midst of my darkest storms, I had a vision of a great mango harvest.

Have you ever experienced a season in your life when it seemed like the unexpected problem came without warning and was so severe that you felt paralyzed and fearful? My hope is that you will be inspired to believe and have faith in God in the midst of your storm, so you will not abandon your God-given vision.

The dream of the mango harvest gave me hope to believe in the Lord for restoration and peace. In the dream, I was at home and suddenly heard sounds of activity outside. As I walked through a door to investigate, I discovered that our home was surrounded by mango trees. To my amazement, the trees were filled with ripe mangos and they were falling down from the trees.

All of a sudden, several people appeared to help gather the harvest and we filled up huge baskets with fruit. The more we gathered and gave away, the more the mangos kept falling from the trees. In a matter of moments, there was a three-foot deep sea of ripe mangos surrounding my home. I was thrilled and happy to see the abundant harvest, but it was short-lived, as I woke up.

How could I dream of abundance during a season in my life when I was facing much despair, hopelessness, fear, and anxiety? Unexpected evil attacks had crept upon me unaware, causing me to question whether God had forsaken my family. We needed an immediate Holy Ghost intervention. My family tried desperately to remain encouraged and strong. It was a daily battle, with lots of tears and questions about how God would allow us to go through such terror.

On the Sunday following the vision of the mango harvest, we attended church and God provided me with the answers to all of my questions, in a message from our pastor. He said we were going to meet Jesus at a miraculously new and higher level! There was so much power and revelation in that sermon that we immediately grabbed the word as a personal, tangible prophecy. From the revelation in that service I was able to share with my pastors about how God had miraculously healed my soul from weeks of anguish.

If you are experiencing challenges or problems and cannot see a way out, I promise you today that there is hope! In the midst of the storm, God’s Word will bring you through.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28 NIV).

No matter the situation, issue, or challenge you may be facing, just remember that in all things God is working for your good. It is God’s will that you prosper and be in good health. There are certain situations that blind you to the point that you cannot see how any good could come out of it. Yet, the Lord Jesus Christ sometimes allows things that are hidden to come out so you can win the battle and become strengthened in Him.

We cannot allow attacks to bind us into a depression whereby we settle for fear and despair. We must remember that God is faithful to heal and to fix anything that needs restoration.

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering,
for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23 NKJV).

Through my trials and tribulations, I learned that the enemy looks for any possible way to frustrate us. He comes in suddenly like a thief to steal, kill, and destroy our God-given purpose and vision. Unfortunately, there is no careful planning or preparation that can exempt us from all evil attacks. Major issues can cause great struggle in our lives, but our full victory over them will push us to our next level of maturity, if we remain steadfast, holding to our hope in the Lord Jesus Christ. Remember: the Lord is faithful to honor every promise that He has made to us.

“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” (Mark 11:23-24 NKJV).

I discovered faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is critical to my survival, not something I should leave lingering around only to be used when I feel it necessary. I need it every day! I can be confident that whatever I petition will be answered in Jesus’ name; that the Lord hears my cries and will help to resolve every situation.

“Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame.
Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated” (Isaiah 54:4a NIV).

Finally, do not be afraid to ask for help from your pastors or other mature Christians. People tend to retreat or abandon their church in the midst of trouble, instead of running to it. When you are in the valley, keep in mind that you need a hand or two to help to pull you out. God is there to protect you from any shame, disgrace or humiliation.

“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared
with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Romans 8:18 KJV).

Your trials are just preparing you to stand firm in God. Do not give up on your God-given identity, purpose, and vision. Even in the midst of the storm you can see God’s hand at work and be a part of the great harvest that the Lord is calling you to partake of.

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