Finding Peace in the Storm
Every morning I’ve been reading a portion of an article that contains some of Francis Frangipane’s writings from his book, The Three Battlegrounds. Although I’ve read the book many times, his writings always minister to me. Today is no different.
I awoke last night struggling with a family issue that was not in my control, nor is it mine to control, but I cling to my emotional side and desire to make this situation better. I wanted to share a portion of what I read because I feel there are others who also struggle with this same thing. Blessings to you as you read and may the Holy Spirit minister to your hearts.
The Apostle Paul taught in Romans 16:20, “The God of Peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” When we maintain peace during warfare it is a crushing death blow to satanic oppression and fear. Our victory never comes from our emotions or intellect. Our victory comes by refusing to judge by what our eyes see or our ears hear, and by trusting that what God has promised will come to pass.
We will never know Christ’s victory in its fullness until we stop reacting humanly to our circumstances. When you truly have authority over something you can look at that thing without worry, fear or anxiety. Your peace is the proof of your victory. Jesus’ authority over the violent storm in Matthew 8:23-27 was the exercise and expansion of His peace over the elements. He did not fight against the storm, nor did He fear it. He faced its fury and subdued it with His authority, in perfect peace.
In Pilate’s court, in a world stirred to an emotional frenzy by the power of hell, a holy tranquility surrounded Christ – a peace that was born out of His resolve to do God’s will no matter what the cost. His Spirit emanated a calm that perfectly represented the peace at God’s throne. In a matter of moments it was no longer Jesus who was on trial, but Satan, Pilate and the nation of Israel.
Satan’s arsenal consists of such things as fear, worry, doubt, and self-pity. Every one of these weapons robs us of peace and leaves us troubled inside. Do you want to discern where the enemy is coming against you? In the network of your relationships, wherever you do not have peace, you have war. Conversely, wherever you have victory, you have peace. When satan hurls his darts against you, the more peace you have during adversity, the more you are walking in Christ’s victory.
If we walked in the victory that our eyes see it would not be faith, it would be based on human reason. Hebrews 11:1 tells us faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. If the struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the principalities and powers of this world (Ephesians 6:12), then we must, through faith, fight with the weapons of our warfare and maintain the peace of God which surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7; Colossians 3:15).
Faith kills the soul of its own desires and replaces it with Gods. Faith says “I choose life over this situation, not death.” Today I choose life, and I will continue to choose life no matter the battles that war around me. Eventually the enemy will relent because Christ’s perfect peace will surpass all understanding and will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus.