Community, Devotional

Prince of Peace

November 21, 2016 31
Mitch Ferguson

Together Creative is designed to personify unity of community through worship expression in creativity. This initiative will feature different artists using their varying creative expressions of worship to bring attention to worship as a lifestyle through all venues of creativity. In the Together Creative blog series, we will feature a variety of writers who will bring light to unseen perspectives.

Standing on a chair, in the furthest row of seating, in a room resounding with worship, I chose to fully put my trust in the goodness of the Father. It was what seemed like a normal day at Bethel Church’s Second Year of Ministry School. Worship began and I heard the worship leader declare, “the goodness of God will always be faithful.” All of a sudden I was confronted with emotions opposing the message being sung across the room. I was shocked at these emotions and knew I had to make a choice. It was in that moment, through a declaration of praise, I would submit every part of my being to this value:

The goodness of God has and will always be faithful to me.

Through embracing the truth of who God is, and responding in a position of gratitude, I accessed a deeper level of peace in the Father than I had ever encountered before. Colossians 3:15 says, “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which you were called in one body.” And be thankful. Throughout this chapter, there is a repetition of thankfulness.

It is thankfulness which positions ourselves in the abundance of a good Father. Not in lack.

It wasn’t until recently, that I realized: when I embrace the truth of who God is in thankfulness, that I experience peace, regardless of circumstances around me. That is the miracle of it all. As children of God, we can experience an increase of the Holy Spirit in our lives in the way we build our lives around thankfulness and praise. One of my favorite things about God is how just spending time with Him, enables us to start seeing like Him. He doesn’t see in lack. He see’s victorious. He sees through the eyes of Love. What could our lives look like if we embraced the truths of character, choosing a position of thankfulness, and through the empowerment of His Spirit, we start to establish His Kingdom in all areas of our lives?