How God Used YWAM To Help Me Find Inner Peace
Inner peace – a widely sought after reality, yet one rarely attained. Before we can talk about how to find inner peace, we need to discuss one of its most common enemies: anxiety. Sometimes the causes of anxiety are medical, emotional, psychological, or a combination of all of these. Whatever the individual causes may be, anxiety across all ages and backgrounds has become normal. It is actually uncommon to meet someone who does not have anxiety on a regular basis.
Anxiety, depression, hustle, angst. It’s the norm now…so why isn’t “peace” a buzzword? Why aren’t we talking about the solution more? The thing God promises His children. PEACE. Not the kind the world has to offer. Something far, far better.
Peace does not mean quiet. Peace does not mean calm. Peace is possible in the darkest, hardest, messiest, most confusing moments or seasons. The Bible says peace is not circumstantial! That’s good news. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 says “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.”
I believe that there is an overflow of peace available for the everyday believer, a gift simply waiting to be opened and enjoyed. God does not delight in anxiety or His children, nor does He want us to accept it as an everyday reality. I think it grieves His heart. I understand and acknowledge that there are medical reasons why some individuals need medication for imbalances and therapy for real trauma that impacts deep parts of the psyche.
I do not ignore nor do I disagree that these are real realities that need professional attention. But I am saying that I think that we have become obsessive with this term and accepted it as an impending, unchanging reality when the Lord says DO NOT be anxious. He says DO NOT worry. He commands us to do things that are impossible to us alone. So there must be a power that is greater than the anxiety that we have a choice to claim as our reality. Instead we have thrown our hands up in submission to a hint of anxiety, stress, or worry.
Isaiah 9:6-7 “He shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. There shall be no end to the increase of His government and of peace…”