Satan has come to steal, kill and destroy the fruit in your life, including—and especially—your peace. You can guard your peace when you recognize that worry is a spirit, not a feeling. Every time a troubling situation comes your way, you need to see it for what it is, the devil sending a spirit of worry to knock on your door. You can do one of two things: Invite it in for tea or tell it to hit the road.
James 4:7 makes this so simple. Resist the devil and he will flee. It doesn’t get much easier than that. So next time he comes to try to steal your peace, say out loud, “Worry, I resist you. Leave in the Name of Jesus!” If it comes back two seconds later, say it again, and keep saying it until it leaves for good.
Once you’ve rebuked the spirit of worry, you always want to replace it—bind the bad but be sure to always loose the good too (see today’s reading). To do this, you need to have an arsenal of scripture. You can loose a spirit of peace, joy, and love; and you can also speak scripture back to your situation.
For example, if financial worry tries to come on you, once you’ve rebuked the spirit of worry, then you can declare “My God provides all my needs according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus!” Whatever you do, don’t leave worry unanswered. Always talk back.
Most people think peace is what’s happening around them, but peace is a decision. That’s why Paul said, “Be anxious for nothing.”
Peace comes from making a decision to not worry or be anxious, but to cast your cares over on the Lord and trust in Him, living in continual faith in what He has already done and will continue to do in your life. You can’t be a flip-flopper and live in peace. If you’re up one day and down the next, you’re being tossed like the wind and the fruit of peace will start to shrivel.
When you make a decision to resist worry, you’ll be able to sleep soundly in a rocking boat in a wild storm, just like Jesus did.