How to Have More Peace During Difficult Circumstances

 

I tend to worry most when the circumstances whirling around me are negative. I get scared and can’t take my eyes off what I see. When I keep staring at my circumstances, it not only makes me worry more, it pushes me further away from God. I don’t know about you but when I am afraid of what I can physically see around me, I get stuck, paralyzed in fear; like a deer caught in headlights.

God has been opening my eyes on how to deal with fear about the circumstances I see around me and feel more at peace inside.


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1. Read scripture. Read God’s word and write down his promises that bring you peace.

Matthew 7:24- 27 {NLT}

24 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

Our relationship with Christ is our firm foundation. Natural disasters may take our home, death may steal our loved ones, the economy may rob us of our investments but we will still be standing on our firm foundation, Christ, which is all we need. This truth instantly calms my fears and gives me peace.

2. Pray. Let God know your needs and desires, ask for his help and guidance.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 {NLT}

Always be joyful.  Never stop praying.  Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

3. Trust God to care for you. Trust that he heard your prayers and keeps his promises.

Psalm 112:7 {NLT}

They do not fear bad news;
    they confidently trust the Lord to care for them.

Psalm 57:7 {NLT}

My heart is confident in you, O God;
    my heart is confident.
    No wonder I can sing your praises!

4. Think about God and focus on him; rather than what you can see around you and your fears. Rather than worrying about the what ifs, turn your thoughts to God’s truth and word.

Philippians 4:8 {NLT}

 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Hebrews 12:1-2 {NLT}

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.  We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

Hebrews 3:1 {NLV}

Christian brothers, you have been chosen and set apart by God. So let us think about Jesus. He is the One God sent and He is the Religious Leader of our Christian faith.

5. Turn your gaze away from your circumstancesSometimes we can do this physically by actually turning our back on something that is bothering us.

  • Sometimes we can remove ourselves from the situation. This can be as easy as turning off the T.V, closing the blinds, moving to another room in the house, putting away a piece of paper or even shutting off the phone. 
  • Other times we cannot physically remove ourselves from the scary circumstances, but we can preserve by turning our minds to God as number 4 states.

Proverbs 4:25-27 {NLT}

Look straight ahead,
    and fix your eyes on what lies before you.
 Mark out a straight path for your feet;
    stay on the safe path.
Don’t get sidetracked;
    keep your feet from following evil.

6. Give thanks! The quickest, easiest way to experience God’s peace is to express gratitude to him. Let him know what your thankful for. This may be difficult but there is always something to be grateful for.

  • The whole right side of my body is in pain, but Lord I am grateful that the left side is healthy.
  • The wind may be knocking down trees in my yard and messing with our electricity, but I am grateful that my house is still standing.

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If you are struggling to think of anything, thank him for dying on the cross, paying the price for our sins. That is something we can always be thankful for.

Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

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