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How can I have God’s peace?

By Dr. Charles Stanley

Isaiah 26:3

The key element in true, lasting peace is the presence of God. Isaiah says to God, “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You” (26:3). Christ is our peace—His presence is the presence of peace within us (Eph. 2:14). And so Jesus declares, “In Me you may have peace” (John 16:33).

What is this peace? It is an inner sense of contentment and quietness, regardless of life’s circumstances. It is steadfast confidence in our ever-faithful, immutable heavenly Father. It is the presence of joy in the midst of unhappiness.

True peace does not merely dull our pain. A person who has genuine, godly peace can endure an avalanche of hardship and difficulty and still enjoy an inner peace that surpasses all human understanding. Why? Because it does not come from pleasant circumstances, nice events, or good things others may do for us. Instead, it is based on the fact that the Spirit of our holy, omnipotent, and never- changing God lives within us.

Does enjoying God’s perfect peace mean that you’ll never feel the effects of the storms raging around you? Hardly. But His peace is complete, adequate, and sufficient for anything you face. Keep in mind three keys to experiencing sustained peace:

Focus on God. Perfect peace comes when you fix your mind on God. You must discipline yourself to meditate on God’s presence and work. When you spend time concentrating on a problem, does it not seem to grow bigger? In the same way, you will have a greater sense of God’s presence and provision as you fix your mind on Him.

Trust Him. You never have to worry about God acting too late or providing insufficient help. His timing and purposes are perfect; in fact, He uses your tribulations to reveal more of Himself to you. His Word is full of rock- solid promises, many of which involve granting you peace. Know that He will always honor them!

Meditate on His Word. Psalm 119:165 emphasizes that those who love God’s Word have great peace. Your most precious material possession is your Bible. Every believer should love God’s Word and feast on it daily. If you love it, you’re going to believe what it says— and then it will guide and anchor your life.

Adapted from "The Charles F. Stanley’s Life Principles Bible," 2008.

Copyright 2015 In Touch Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved. In Touch grants permission to print for personal use only.

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  • January 09, 2012 09:43 AM


    Thank you for this post. I am holding on to these verses today, focusing on Him. I need these verses today and wouldn't have remembered where to locate them. God bless!
  • December 31, 2011 03:59 AM


    What a thought to hang on to: God's Peace is (and gives us) the presence of joy in the midst of unhappiness!
  • September 16, 2011 10:37 AM


    This is a blessing and very inspirational. May God continue to bless In Touch Ministries - CP from the Cayman Islands
  • June 06, 2011 11:11 PM


    As I was reading this I remembered I had prayed asking God to reveal more of Himself to me, and to help me to know Him and not just know about Him and I can see areas where He is guiding me. Just today I got very angry with the dealings of a car dealership company and told the salesman exactly what I thought. After I got home I started reading daily devotions on my computer and then I knew that what I did was wrong so I called the salesman and told him that I was sorry for the way I acted and that what I did was wrong. Praise and thank You, God that I am finally listening to the Holy Spirit.
    Thank You, Dr.Stanley for helping me to know The Presence Of God.
    Sharen Hoel
  • May 20, 2011 09:54 AM


    My name is Cataliya. I came from Thailand and live in America since 1991. I was a Buddhist. I did knew about Jesus since I was in Thailand, but I had not have a solid relationship with him until last 10 years ago. I love and worship Christ with all my heart. Dr. Charles Stanley is for real. He means so much to me and he is a greatest ambassador . Thank you Dr Charles Stanley. I thank God for you. Very much appreciate for all who pray for me. Please pray for my parents, and my sons,too.God bless you all. very sincere from Cataliya.
  • May 13, 2011 07:57 PM


    amen to this article! im in a storm that i don't see any light at all!! and everyday & night i pray to god to keep me with continuous PEACE..when god said walk by faith and not by sight,THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT IM DOING! to all who are trying to see your way out of a terrible sitiuation STOP!! it wont work! PRAY FOR GOD'S PEACE trust me you will sleep alot better at night...GOD BLESS EVERYONE...
  • May 01, 2011 07:31 AM


  • April 29, 2011 11:00 AM


    This was a great article. It helped to refocus on theTruth of real peace. Thank you for your gift of teaching and preaching.

    Dr. Valerie Noble

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