Dear friends, here is a definition of deep-seated peace. See what you think:
Deep-seated peace is a profound sense of tranquility and calm that ONLY comes from an DEEP, intimate relationship with God. It is a peace “which transcends all understanding” (Philippians 4:7) and is firmly rooted in the assurance of God’s love, sovereignty, and faithfulness.
The Peace of Christ is not dependent on external circumstances but is a steadfast tranquility that persists even in times of trial or turmoil. It is a peace that the world cannot give, as Jesus said, “Peace I leave with 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).
In order to attain Christ’s deep-seated peace I must surrender ALL my worries and anxieties to God, trusting in His divine providence and timing. As a result, I will bear DEEP-SEATED PEACE, a primary fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Deep-seated peace is an inner serenity and a state of rest in the heart of a Christ-follower who trusts God completely, irrespective of life’s ups and downs.
Father God, what do you think about this definition? What is missing?
Dear child, there needs to be a greater emphasis on my love, which when fully experienced provides great peace, and greater emphasis on surrender. When my children fully surrender to me, they experience my deep-seated peace, to the very core of their being.
Dear Lord, I want this deep-seated peace, not superficial peace. Help me. I have this underlying fear that I can’t get done all that you want me to do. Sometimes I trust you totally, and sometimes I trust in my own strength. I confess that as sin. I need to fully trust in you and not rely on me.
Dear child, you are too hard on yourself. Please know that you are under grace. All my children who call me their Lord and Savior are under grace. There is deep-seated peace available to you if you come all the way into my grace, sit all the way down in it, and stay.
Lord Jesus, I just thought of a metaphor like the spiritual shower one you gave me. Tell me what you think about this: A spiritual shower every morning is good, as we clean off, confessing our sins from the day before, but soaking in a bathtub full of God’s grace is the next part of the Spiritual Spa Treatment. Shower. Soak. Surrender.
Dear child, nice. I like it. If it helps you to remember to surrender to me, that is good. The more you surrender, and deeper your peace will be.
Lord, it seems that is a moment by moment surrender. Is that right?
Yes child. Every moment of every day, you are choosing to surrender to me, or not.
Well, I choose to surrender right now to you. Lord Jesus, take complete control of every part of me please, and use me for your good pleasure. I am here to serve you and your people.
B-MATS: BELIEVE, MEDITATE, ABIDE, TRUST, SURRENDER
BELIEVE in God’s Goodness:
Romans 8:28 NIV: “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.” Trusting in God’s goodness, that He will work all things for our good, can provide peace even in difficult circumstances. Trust is the key operative action here. We have to trust that God is in control, and has a good plan for our lives.
MEDITATE on God’s Word:
Psalm 119:165 NIV: “Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” The more you fill your mind with the Word of God, the more you will be reminded of His promises and faithfulness, fostering trust and peace. Two-Way Prayer is for me, active meditation. I recommend trying it for that.
ABIDE in God’s Love:
John 15:9 NIV: “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.” Knowing and experiencing God’s love can help to build trust in Him, which in turn leads to a sense of deep and lasting peace. Two-way prayer helps me to experience God’s love in a much deeper way, because I get to have conversations with God, and not just one way, talking to a wall.
TRUST in God’s Timing:
Ecclesiastes 3:11 NIV: “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Trusting that God’s timing is perfect, even when we don’t understand it, can lead to a deep-seated peace. Surrender to his timing is very helpful to produce that deep-seated peace.
SURRENDER Your Worries to God:
Philippians 4:6-7 NIV: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” The act of surrendering your worries to God through prayer cultivates peace. Two-Way Prayer is especially beneficial for this.
POEM TO REMEMBER B-MATS
(B)elieve His Word, His promise pursue,
God is good, His love is true
(M)editate and reflect, day and night,
Make God’s precepts your delight.
(A)bide in God’s love, deep and wide,
Your Father’s arms, you now reside.
(T)rust God, He’s perfect and right,
Even in darkness, Christ is your light.
(S)urrender your worries, cast them away,
Allow Christ’s Holy Spirit to run your day.
Father, thank you for this time this morning. I praise you and honor you. May you have your way with all who read this post, and may you give all of us your deep-seated peace, as we come all the way into your peace, sit all the way down in your grace, and stay completely connected with your love. Amen.
Your aspiring servant,
11 May 2023