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 absolutely love this story because it shows the supernatural peace that Christians have available to them.
Peter was about to be be-headed the next day and where do you find him? Sleeping! Most would have been so uptight and even spiritually deflated but not Peter because he knew he was about to be promoted or delivered. Whom shall we fear, since God is for us who can be against us? Peter knew either way he won this race of life. Friends, when your eyes are on the prize of seeing Jesus, death is not a threat but a reality of seeing Jesus. Peter wasn’t blaming God for his condition because Peter knew his position in Christ. When you know your position in Christ, you can laugh at the face of adversity, you can shout in the face of danger, you can worship your worry away because God is your anchor in the storms of life.
Peter probably remembered when they were in a storm in
Mark 4:35-41 when Jesus had told them, let’s go to the other side. Jesus was on the boat with them and on the journey to the other side (right in the middle of the perfect will of God for their lives) a great storm arose. The wind was blowing, rain was filling the boat, it got dark and stormy and the disciples (including Peter) got afraid. Even though they were professional fishermen, this storm was larger than normal. Friends, it’s the larger storms of life that allow us to testify of God’s goodness. They started looking for Jesus and they found him SLEEPING in the storm. No storm can disturb the peace of God inside of you when you learn to walk in it. They woke him up accusing him of not caring about them in their storm but he arose, rebuked the storm and the storm ceased. Peter learned this lesson in life (from his Master, his Mentor, and his Savior) that you can sleep in the storm.
Before we move on, I feel a need to talk to you about Sleeping in the Storm. Even in the Old Covenant, God promised mankind peace.
Isa 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Friend, Father God is saying if you will do this, then you can have my peace that never changes. Never forget this basic eternal truth, with every God given promise there is a condition to the promise. Even John 3:16 has a condition; it is to everyone that believeth that has the everlasting life God promised. To have this perfect peace you must #1 keep your mind stayed on him. When the storm hits, remember it’s a distraction to keep you from the promise. The storm is not as powerful as the promise but you must stay focused on the promise or the storm will lie to you. What we focus on we become!
Secondly, we must put our complete trust in Father God, who has never failed and never will fail His chosen people. Peace is a gift to be obtained by trust (faith) and you have to speak it to have it. When the storm hits and you want to dwell on, talk about the storm it’s then you must choose your words carefully. Never praise the storm but rather praise the Promise Giver. Remember the promise is more real, more powerful than any storm.
Once again Peter was about to die the next morning but yet he was sleeping because of the supernatural peace of God he had learned to walk in. The anointing is not just to heal the sick, set captives free, loose those who are bound but the anointing also removes burdens and destroys yokes. What used to destroy your peace now is destroyed by the anointing, allowing you to walk in peace. We will never live in a stress free world on this side of eternity but we can choose to live stress free because we have citizenship in another world and we trust God is every area of our life.
2 Peter 1:2 May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord. 3 By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life.
Peter is wanting the believers to walk in greater grace and greater peace and then tells them how; by growing in the knowledge of God and Jesus which comes through studying the word and spending time in His Presence. Then Peter goes on to say this, that as we grow in grace and peace we have everything we need to live a Godly life, or we have everything we need to live in His Kingdom on earth including supernatural peace.
Prayer Points: Holy Spirit show me how to live in the divine peace for which I was created to live in. I want to live in supernatural peace even while I go THRU the storms of life.