to find & keep Inner Peace
by Pastor Max Solbrekken
I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the
world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled,
neither let it be afraid."
(John 14:27) --
TO FIND INNER PEACE & KEEP INNER PEACE
number of years ago - during the Arms Race - I wrote a very
important and timely article titled, 'How To Conquer Inner
Space'! Mankind has the capabilities to send a man to the moon -
conquering outer space - but has been unable to conquer inner
space - to succeed you would finally find and be able to keep
often hear of seminars or books dealing with the subject of
'INNER HEALING', but the key ingredient missing is "INNER
PEACE". Unfortunately, many of these seminars
have to do with "regressive therapy" - some use
hypnosis - which delves into a person's early childhood, and
even as far back "as the womb"!
are steeped in the deceptive, occult and dangerous teachings of
the New Age Movement! This is not surprising since Jesus Christ
warned that in the last days, "many false prophets shall
arise and deceive many". (Matthew 24:11)
Paul also prophesied: "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly
that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith,
giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of
devils…" (1 Timothy 4:1)
are certainly the "last days" to which the Scriptures
refer. My advice is to "keep your eyes trained on God's
Word and hearts tuned to the Holy Spirit", so that no one
will be able to deceive you!
CHRIST IS WORLD'S GREATEST MIND SPECIALIST - ONLY
JESUS CHRIST CAN GIVE COMPLETE
PEACE TO YOUR MIND
Jesus Christ can come into an individual's heart and give that
person real and lasting peace. Jesus Christ alone is the
"Prince of Peace". Our Lord is the greatest mind
specialist the world will ever know. He said: "Come unto Me
all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you
rest". (Matthew 11:28)
Christ declared: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because
He hath anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath
sent Me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the
captives, the recovery of sight to the blind and to set at
liberty them that are bruised". (Luke 4:18)
PEACE IS POSSIBLE - COMPLETE & TOTAL PEACE
ANXIETY AND STRESS
a ministry anointed by the Holy Spirit has the ability and power
to really preach the "TRUE GOSPEL". And to bring
healing to broken hearted and hurting people, by healing the
sick and diseased and liberating those who are bound by unclean
spirits of witchcraft, occultism, perversion, lust, greed and
fear. Only the Holy Spirit has free you from Satan's power
over you which is stopping you from obtaining tranquility and
SAID, "PEACE BE UNTO YOU"
mandate through Jesus Christ is to liberate - by the power of
the Holy Spirit - those who are enslaved! WHY IS THIS NECESSARY?
Jesus said: "Peace be unto you; As My Father hath sent Me,
so send I you". (John 20:21) And St. John declared:
"...As He is, so are we in the world". (1 John 4:17)
His name, we must do what He did when He walked among men! And
what did He do? The Holy Spirit reports: "How God anointed
Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and power, Who went about
doing good and healing all who were oppressed of devil, for God
was with Him." (Acts 10:38)
HEALS BROKEN HEARTS, JESUS HEALS THE SICK AND
GIVES MERCY &
PEACE TO THE LONELY AND FEARFUL
preached the gospel to the poor. Jesus healed the broken
hearted. Jesus healed the sick and liberated those who
were possessed with evil spirits. Jesus Christ gave of his
grace, mercy and peace to those who were sinful, lonely and
His death and resurrection, Jesus Christ issued the "Great
Commission" to His followers, promising the power of the
Holy Spirit to all who believe and truly follow Him!
ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon
you and ye shall be My witnesses...unto the ends of the
world." (Acts 1:8)
declared: "Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel
unto every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be
saved; he that believeth not shall be damned."
these signs shall follow them that believe. In My Name shall
they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They
shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it
shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they
shall recover." (Mark 16:17-18)
John the Baptist sent his disciples to Jesus to confirm whether
or not He was the Christ, the Holy Record states:
in the same hour He cured many of their infirmities and plagues,
and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind He gave
Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what
things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame
walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are
raised, to the poor the gospel is preached." (Luke 7:19,
MUST SEEK THE LORD FOR THE MIRACLE - WE MUST
PRAY AND SEEK THE
LORD FOR "INNER PEACE"
Christ does great miracles for us, there are some things we also
must do. My Dad used to say: "God doesn't come down to feed
the cattle and milk the cows. We must do that"!
FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO OBTAINING INNER PEACE
is the list of the Duke University's findings, together with a
brief commentary by myself: May these thoughts help you to
receive genuine "inner healing" with total and
complete "inner peace".
The Absence of Suspicion and Resentment!
will grate on your nerves and steal your peace and rest more
than these twin enemies. Suspicion puts your wildest
imaginations in motion and resentment eats like a cancer!
has been said: "Jealousy is as cruel as the grave".
Suspicion breeds jealousy and resentment spawns hatred, which is
people are constantly looking for someone to blame and hate for
their own misfortune! It is better to be a bit naive, but we
must also be street smart, like 'once bitten, twice shy'!
said: "Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and
become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom
of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this
little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of
heaven." (Matthew 3,4)
Bible says: "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and
clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all
malice. And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving
one another, even as God for Christ's sake, hath forgiven
you." (Ephesians 4:31,32)
Refusal to Live in the Past, and to be Preoccupied with Mistakes
good to learn from past mistakes in order not to repeat them. We
must not, however, dwell on them, or they will seek to control
Bible says: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just
to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness”. (1 John 1:9)
Paul said: "..forgetting those things which are behind, and
reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press
toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in
Christ Jesus'. (Philippians 3:13-14)
Refusal to Waste Time and Energy Fighting Conditions Over Which
You Have No Control.
Bible says: "Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to
God, and he will draw nigh to you."
your hands, ye sinners, and purify your hearts, ye double
minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your
laughter be turned to morning, and your joy to heaviness.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift
you up." (James 4:7-10)
thy way unto the Lord, trust also in Him and He shall bring it
to pass.” (Psalms 37:5)
we always do as the famous, hit - parade song said: "Put
your hand in the hand of the MAN who stilled the waters. Put
your hand in the hand of the MAN who calmed the sea."
if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and
tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe
you, O ye of little faith?"
take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or, What shall we
drink? Or wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these
things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth
that ye have need of all these things."
seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all
these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought
for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things
of itself. Sufficient unto the day, is the evil thereof."
(Matthew 6: 30-34)
Determination To Stay Involved with the World Around You and to
Resist the Temptation to Withdraw From Life!
said: "I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of this
world, but that Thou shouldest keep (protect) them from evil.
They are not of the world, as I am not of the world". (John
is not God's will to hide away in a monastery for years or
decades to get away from our fellowmen!
a few weeks of fasting and prayer alone, is admirable, in order
to receive God's power to help people! Then, we must meet the
people and share God's power and blessing!
Refusal to Engage in Self-pity When Life Seems to Hand You a Raw
calamity repeatedly came to Job - the man of patience - he
wisely stated: "What, shall we receive good at the hand of
God, and shall we not receive evil"? (Job 2:10)
of the most foolish attitudes to adopt - when troubles come our
way - is to blame God, our family or others! Charles Spurgeon,
the great English preacher said: "Many men owe the grandeur
of their lives to their tremendous difficulties."
times come to all of us from time to time, because we live in a
world beset with sin, sickness and death...And don't forget,
there is a real devil, who fathered all of those evil
happenings! If you are going to blame anyone, put the blame on
Satan for he is the enemy of God and man! Refuse to go on a
said: "The thief cometh but for to steal, kill and destroy.
I am come that they might have life, and more abundantly."
Peter warned: "Be sober, be vigilant, because your
adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking
whom he may devour." (1 Peter 5:8)
'Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and
cometh down from the Father of lights, with Whom there is no
variableness, neither shadow of turning." (James 1:17)
Cultivation of Old-Fashioned Virtues - Love, Honour, Compassion
habits are made by consistently doing good things over and over
again! The world needs to see and experience genuine
unconditional love that lasts through the test of time.
is doing the right thing, being fair and keeping your
commitments! And compassion is more than pitying or feeling
sorry for someone. Compassion finds a solution to the problem
and only genuine Christianity understands that word properly,
since Jesus Christ gave His all to save us!
is going out of fashion, in our "dog eat dog" world of
selfishness, pride and unfaithfulness!
Establishment of Reasonable Goals, Accompanied by Realistic
Standards of Self Expectation!
Paul said: "I can do all things through Christ, Who
strengtheneth me". (Philippians 4:13);
"Now thanks be
unto God, Who always causeth us to triumph in Christ…" (2
Corinthians 2:14) Christians draw strength from Jesus Christ. The
Blessed Holy Spirit helps us!
the natural, however, we must not "shoot for the
stars". There are too many roadblocks, pitfalls and
uncertainties. It is far better to live everyday to the best of
our abilities, and put our trust in God for the future! In the
1970's, I coined the slogan: "We must face the future with
faith, for only GOD knows the future and only faith pleases
Belief in Something Bigger Than Yourself!
me to change that to, "SOMEONE", and we all know that
HIS Name is Jesus. He is able to make the difference in all our
lives. Jesus Christ is able & willing to set you free.
Jesus Christ is able to give you joy, peace and complete
Duke University study concluded with the words: "The
foundation for inner peace is a faith that inspires you to
greater things and that will bring meaning to your life".
Christ said: "If thou canst believe, all things are
possible to him that believest." (Mark 9:23) If you accept
that, you will certainly "live and die a happier
person", as President Abraham Lincoln stated so