To discover peace, we must break out of living in the flesh, the carnal reality, and start living in God’s reality by submitting ourselves to God (James 4:7). To submit to God we have to realize that He is greater than we are. I know that sounds like an obvious statement because He’s God and we’re men and women. He’s the Creator, and we are the creation. However, we can know all this in our minds, but if we don’t believe it in our hearts, then God will only ever be an idea, instead of our loving, merciful heavenly Father who desires to have a life-transforming relationship with us.
The carnal view of God will never let us step into the peace, joy, and prosperity that come from living in God’s reality.
When we view God this way we make statements like “I know that’s what the Bible says but this is what’s happening in my life.” We will know the Word and still not allow it to powerfully affect our life the way God intends. This is because the world that we physically live in is more real to us than God’s reality. It takes no faith to live in this world’s reality. Even though it is the one we are born into, it does not have to be the one we accept.
It says in Acts 26:18 “I’m sending you off to present my offer of sins forgiven, and a place in the family, inviting them into the company of those who begin real living by believing in me.” I love that because it tells us that what we experience in the flesh is not the ultimate reality. Real living begins when we live by faith, and faith is receiving from God. But what do we have to be in order to receive something from anybody? Humble. Our hand has to be open in humility.
To humbly live in faith before God we have to lay down all of our fleshly, prideful mindsets that say “I can live life on my own. I don’t need God. I’ll make it happen. I’ll provide for myself.” We lay them down and boldly lift our empty hands to God knowing and believing that He will fill them with all that we need.
That’s why we need God’s peace to guard our hearts and minds (Philippians 4:7). The strength of our flesh will fail. That’s why we run to God to receive His strength (Habakkuk 3:19). He’s given us all things pertaining to life and godliness, (II Peter 1:3) but we have to be humble to receive it. The amazing thing about humbling ourselves before God is that when we do it, He promises to exalt us (I Peter 5:6). He will pull us up into His reality where we will begin to really live and thrive (John 10:10).