Bringing the Peace of Heaven to Earth
We have the authority to bring the peace of Heaven into the circumstances of this Earth.
A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. Mark 4:37
Bill Johnson writes in his book When Heaven Invades Earth, “Jesus exercised authority and released peace over the storm. It was the peace of heaven that enabled Him to sleep. And it was that same peace that subdued the storm. You only have authority over the storm you can sleep in.” What a poignant perspective of this situation. Jesus shows us that in Him we have the authority to call down peace from Heaven into stormy circumstances.
2 Thessalonians 3:16 tells us that “the Lord of peace himself will give you peace at all times in every way.” The nature of God is peace. Where He reigns, peace reigns. Fear and peace cannot coexist. Jesus, the son of God, brought that reality to this earth. Isaiah prophesied about Jesus saying, “For to us a child is born…and he will be called Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). While the circumstances throughout Jesus’s 33 years of life were anything but peaceful, Jesus experienced and exuded supernatural, heavenly peace. Even in the midst of temptation, rejection, beating and crucification he was saturated in the peace of God.
Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, God cut a covenant of peace with us. “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD” (Isaiah 54:10). Jesus left us His Spirit to reside within us exuding all of the attributes of His nature. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). When we realize we are filled with the nature, the peace, of God we are empowered to tell storms to be still. We do not have to let fear rule in our hearts. Bringing the atmosphere of Heaven to Earth means establishing and declaring peace on this Earth in the midst of our hardships.
Paul explains in Romans 14:17-19, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit… Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace.” As new creations, with the nature of Christ, we have the power to usher others into peace. True peace that dominates fear, doubt, and confusion only comes through relationship with Jesus.
I personally tap into Heaven’s peace when I shift my from my emotional response to the storm and instead hone in on the nature that Christ has filled me with. As I call forth peace over say financial storms or over relational tensions, two things happen. First, my emotional state submits to truth and I experience inner “peace that passes understanding” and hope for a good outcome. Secondly, I watch the circumstances submit to my authority. I see peace restored where chaos had existed. I see heavenly solutions invade impossible situations. I see reconciliation replace brokenness in relationships. When we are operating in the powerful peace of Jesus, we affect the condition of this Earth. This is our portion, this is our identity in Christ!
Lord may your will be done on this Earth as it is in Heaven. Thank you for your peace in my life. I ask for a fresh revelation of the power that accompanies your peace to transform stormy seas into calm waters. Jesus, I receive the nature and authority you purchased for me on the cross. You have filled me with your supernatural peace and called me to invade the world around me with peace for your glory! Let it be so in my life this week, Lord!