Acts 12:5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him. 6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.
I want to continue our weekly devotion on the thought of supernatural peace in the storm. We find Peter who was about to be martyred the next morning full of peace, sleeping bound between soldiers with chains. What he was facing did not keep him up at night because he knew God was up working on his behalf.
As we get in full swing of the holiday season, it’s joyous, it’s exciting, it’s beautiful but if you begin to focus just on the season it can be stressful. Our bodies were not built for stress and it has been proven by medical science that stress can cause the following in our bodies; ulcers, hair loss, pain, heart problems, sleep problems, digestive problems, obesity, skin conditions, auto-immune disease and with more possibilities.
The devil uses stress to steal, kill and destroy what God want us to have according to His word which is a peace that passes natural understanding according to Phil. 4:7. Once again the promise of
Phil. 4:7 is boxed in with conditions to be met. In verse six, we find the conditions of prayer, presence, thanksgiving, trust while verses 8 commands us to only think on Godly things. We must learn to turn our stress into rest, relying fully on the power and presence of the Lord. Because of God’s promises we do not have to live in stress!
I feel a need to go deeper, let’s talk about stress for just a moment:
Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or that upset your balance in some way. When you sense danger—whether it’s real or imagined—the body's defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction, or the stress response.
The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you. When working properly, it helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert. In emergency situations, stress can save your life—giving you extra strength to defend yourself, for example, or spurring you to slam on the brakes to avoid an accident.
The stress response also helps you rise to meet challenges. But beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life.
I found this chart our about stress as I studied for this devotion and felt a need to share it:
Stress Warning Signs and Symptoms
Stress is a killer, a robber of time, energy and life itself. Learn to destroy stress before stress destroys you and robs you of what Father God wants you to enjoy. Just as Peter slept the night before his scheduled execution and just as Jesus slept in the midst of the storm on the boat, so too can we enjoy the life God has given us despite our dilemma. Nothing or no one is greater than the God you serve but the battlefield is the mind.
Over four hundred times the word peace is mentioned in God’s Word and I want you to be convinced of this truth; God is for you and His desire is that everyone of His children walk in peace regardless of the storm they are facing. Jesus even while on the cross had peace. Stephen while being stoned had peace and so can we.
Prayer Points: Holy Spirit help me to control my thoughts instead of my thoughts controlling me. Help me to walk in the promises of Father God’s Word and live in supernatural divine peace in Jesus Name.