Welcome to Wake up and Worship!!
Today we are studying Romans 15:33, which says:
And now may God, who gives us his peace, be with you all. Amen. (NLT)
The God of peace be with all of you. Amen. (HCSB)
God’s peace be with all of you. Oh, yes! (The Message)
May the God of peace be with you all! Amen. (Amplified Bible)
Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen. (KJV)
How to have Peace in your life?
I always thought peace would happen because others were fitting into what I wanted them to do. No further from the truth could I have been. Peace came from the inside of me because of Jesus Chrsit living in me. Peace comes from Jesus living through us.
Now, how to get to where Peace is living inside of you. First, you have to accept Jesus in your heart. This is the hardest step of knowing you need a Savior but once you make this step then it does not necessarily become easier.
Then, it is time to get into the Word of God. This can be done different ways and multiple ways at one time. Here is a list of ways to encourage you to study the scriptures which will lead to a peaceful life.
The first thing that I would recommend is reading the Bible. Find a program on the Bible App and read through the entire Bible or a book a month. You can also pick up the Story Bible and read out of it for ten minutes a day.
At first reading the Bible might seem overwhelming, so simply listening to your preacher’s past sermons or a Christian speaker. Sometimes, when I need a laugh and a sermon then I turn to Lisa Harper or if I need some serious Bible teaching then I listen to Beth Moore. You will find the teachers that you relate to and learn from best over time.
One of my favorite things to do, is to read a book. There was a time when I didn’t have a lot of Christian friends so I decided I would read books by Christian authors who shared their stories. I met so many “friends” this way by learning and seeing how other Christians lived and how they took on life’s challenges. You can find plenty of books for free from your library, your library e-reader (mine is Libby app), and if you have prime then you can download up to ten books at once for free that are available through prime reading. This is a great way to dig deeper into subjects that people have already walked through.
A few years ago, I started journaling daily. This might seem like a daunting task but it is so fun. I found a five year journal and they can fit in your purse but my stays on my nightstand and write a few sentences about your life everyday. Here is a link https://www.amazon.com/One-Line-Day-Five-Year-Memory/dp/0811870197/ref=sr_1_7?keywords=five+year+journal&qid=1657829194&sprefix=five+year+jour%2Caps%2C82&sr=8-7
It is fun to see what you were doing a year ago and how you are doing similar things. For example, last summer I was reorganizing my house and this year I am too. Hopefully, not next year. Someone stop me 🙂 Also, you can see what God was doing in your life over the years which is always such a treasure to look back on. I also have a journal where I write for about 5 minutes each day about what is going on and whatever else. This one is more personal than the 5 year journal. Then I have a journal where I write what I am learning in my books so I can go back for encouragement when I need it.
Another important part of learning the Bible is taking Bible Studies. This is one that you can’t skip. I have purchased them online through lifeway to do and listen to the study or watch a video. Churches usually offer these and sometimes you can form a group in your neighborhood. Lifeway.com is has ongoing Bible Studies. They typically give you free access to the videos and then you purchase the Bible Study Book or eBible Study Book from them.
Mediation and Memorization are also a great way that can be done together. So, while you are reading the Bible and a verse jumps out at you write it down on a note card or a journal. Then spend time reading the verse and memorizing the verse. Ask God questions like “what does it mean”, “what can I learn from this”, etc. Memorization is so important because this is how we defeat the devil by using God’s word so we need verses memorized. The Bible says in Psalm 119:11, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
The last way to is a Formal Study through a seminary or Bible school. I have not done this so I do not have any input on this way.
As I have learned to study the Bible, I first was all about independent Bible Studies, books, and listening to sermons. As I grew, I was able to start reading and understanding the Bible on my own and then finding topics that I wanted to study. Recently, I have been studying Roman History which has been very interesting for me.
You might think this sounds like a lot of work. You do not have to do it all at one time or in one day. These are only suggestions and different methods of learning the Bible so God’s Word gets into your heart and peace surrounds your life.
God will lead you to books, seminars, people, podcasts, and anything else that will help you learn. Our goal is to grow in God’s image so we have to study who God is to be like him. There is no shortcut. You have to put in the time and energy to learn God’s Word. It will not be boring but there will be days you don’t want to do it.
It is all about making habits. This can be accomplished by stopping something you already do and replace it with a new habit, i.e. reading the Bible instead of scrolling on social media. Once you get started, you will notice a change in your thoughts and attitudes and won’t want to miss a day in God’s Word.
Here are some verses to encourage you:
John 16:33 states, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
James 3:18 states, “And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.”
Hebrews 12:14, “Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.”
Lord, thank you for making my life peaceful. Help me to spend time soaking up your Word daily so I can sew seeds of plants and reap righteousness. You are the Prince of Peace and you dwell in my heart. Amen.
Have a blessed day in the Lord! Remember, Jesus loves you!
Matthew Henry Commentary
Strong’s Greek Hebrew Dictionary