The fruit of the Spirit is Peace

Daily reading: Galatians 5:22-24
July 9, 2015

Focus scriptures: Peace I leave you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

Peace comes from being able to slow down enough, that we can feel God’s presence in our day.  When we have read enough scripture and spent enough time in prayer and in Bible study that we are able to connect the dots, to understand that the warm fuzzy feeling you have, or the calm that overcomes you, or the powerful insight that you have gained, or the ability to stand up to your fear and push through them so that you can yes to God, all of this happens because you are more aware of God’s presence in your life. 
God is with you.  Do not fear tomorrow, or the unknown, or how you will respond when something turns your world up-side-down, because you are not facing it alone, God is with you.
If we allow fear to keep us from doing the things we feel passionate about then we may miss out on knowing the peace and presence of God.  You see because finding peace isn’t so much about avoiding conflict as much as it is about experiencing God’s presence in your life.
Prayer:  God I pray for your peace to fill me today, so that I am grounded in your love and joy.  Amen.


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