My family likes to use a lot of silly made up words. Some are original creations, some are one word wonders, others are compound words, and some are little phrases or even songs. I am not sure why we do this, but we always have. Many, well, come to think of it, most, really aren’t appropriate. However, they are quite funny. The latest gem my sister has been using is “FlipSh*t”. This is to describe when she needs me to pray that she keeps her peace. When she is starting to feel the chaos swirling around her and she is close to unraveling, blowing her cool, and losing her peace, she will say, “Please pray I don’t FlipSh*t. “
She just re-entered the work place after being retired for several years. This silly word had me thinking about my own journey with Peace.
I can remember those corporate world days when I was not walking closely with the Lord, and I constantly had no peace. The fastest way for me to Flip was while working, but juggling a full time job, being a wife, and also a mom to twins, who am I kidding, I was a regular Flipper, I FlipSh*t daily back then. I so longed for and craved peace.
I remember seeing this verse my children had to memorize for Sunday school several years ago.
Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.] ~ John 14:27 AMP
I love the direct command at the end of that verse in the [brackets] for the AMP (Amplified) version. It has some great stuff in those [Brackets]. God knew that I was doing all those things in the brackets. For far too many years I did them. I was finally all “Flipped Out “, I just wanted Peace! Not momentary peace, nope, none of this world’s peace stuff, I wanted true lasting peace.
Slowly, as I began to read and study His word, Asked Jesus back into my life, and became filled with the Holy Spirit, I started to understand this “Peace stuff”.
You see, I never realized before that we can’t lose our peace. It is a fruit of the Spirit. We have it; it just doesn’t maybe get developed as it should, kind of like self-control. We need God to be our “Miracle Grow” to get those puny little fruits to grow bigger and better.
But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness,23 Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [[f]that can bring a charge].24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus (the Messiah) have crucified the flesh (the godless human nature) with its passions and appetites and desires.25 If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit [g]we have our life in God, let us go forward [h]walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.] ~ Galatians 5:22-25
See the [bracket] again,… the work which His presence within accomplishes. If Christ is in us, We got peace! And ….. If by the Holy Spirit, we have our life in God, we move forward, walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit. So we have to let ourselves be controlled by the Spirit and not the flesh. The fleshly worldly peace is fleeting, The True Peace never leaves.
How does this Peace help us and what are we to do with it?
And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always]. ~ Colossians 3:15 AMP
We let Peace rule. Yep, I am not the boss of me either. We let Peace aka, The “Soul Harmony” from Christ, Rule! Oh, I want some of that!, …(act as an umpire continually in our hearts)….we don’t call the shots, we have an Umpire for that… and did you catch the [brackets]? …Deciding and settling with finality ALL questions that arise in your minds. The Umpire decides and settles with finality ALL, again it says, with finality ALL questions that arise in our minds are settled. In that peaceful state, we were called to live, being thankful, appreciative, and giving praise to God always.
How do we keep Peace?
You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. ~ Isaiah 26:3 AMP
We will remain in perfect and constant peace when we keep our mind, both its inclination and character, on Jesus! We continuously Commit, Lean, and Hope in Jesus.
Where does Peace come from?
The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace. ~ Psalm 29:11 AMP
The Lord will BLESS His people with Peace! Only the Lord gives Peace. He also gives us unyielding and impenetrable strength, and self-control too so we don’t Flip.
Without Peace there is no Power in our lives. When we are filled with The Prince of Peace, we have Him inside us helping us grow and develop that good Perfect Peace.
We have to Flip the switch!
The power switch for peace and an abundant life is found only in Christ! ~XXOO Michelle Bollom