In the midst of life's chaos, inner peace often eludes us, making it difficult to focus, pray, or simply find serenity. But what are these sneaky culprits that silently snatch away our inner peace? In this feature, we uncover the five silent killers that are responsible for disrupting our tranquillity and offer strategies to reclaim the peace we so dearly deserve.
Worry turns a problem into a focal point, which draws all attention. When we are worried, we can't stop thinking about the situation we are going through.
Worry is an enemy that steals peace, brings fear, and insecurity and can harm your health, both physical and mental.
The best cure for worry is found in Philippians 4:6, which says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.
When a sin has been committed, guilt can make a person lose their peace and pull them away from God. The best thing to do is confess guilt and ask for forgiveness; once the sinner repents, God is charged with forgiving them and cleansing us from the stain of sin.
But if we confess to God that we have sinned, we can be certain that the righteous one will forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
When someone is going through a problem, the desire to solve the situation can generate a lot of anxiety; an anxious person feels anguish and desperately tries to take control of the situation.
The Lord has a word for all those who are anxious: "Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7)
Fear is often one of the main enemies of peace; it generates insecurity and becomes an obstacle to faith. The only way to deal with fear is through the Word of God.
“When I am afraid, I trust in you, my God, and praise you for your promises; I trust in you my God, and I am not afraid anymore. Nobody can ever hurt me! (Psalm 56.3)
Without faith there is no peace; that is why in the midst of an adverse situation, everything can be missing except faith.
Faith is the only guarantee to have peace because it reaffirms trust and confidence that God will work in the midst of the problem.
“Immediately the father of the young man cried, and said, I believe; help my unbelief,” (Mark 9:24)
In those moments when unbelief sets in, God is the only one who can help you trust.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philipians 4:7)