The more I learn of the reality of God’s Kingdom, the more I realize that I am already living in paradise when I am abiding in His presence. No matter where I go, who I am with, what I am doing or how I am doing it, God never leaves me nor forsakes me. The certainty of that makes every problem, setback, difficulty or obstacle that comes into my life disappear. All I have to do is be aware of His presence. Why is that so important? Because His peace that surpasses all understanding takes over and liberates me from all fear, anxiety, panic and apprehension. God has everything under control and makes what appears to be negative work for good. Nothing takes Him by surprise. When my ego gets completely out of the way, everything falls into its proper place. The natural characteristics of His Kingdom are righteousness, peace and joy and nothing can take that away from me except doubt. When negative situations happen and I am distracted from His faithfulness, pessimistic thoughts dominate my mind and I begin to imagine all sorts of terrible scenarios. All I have to do is return to the awareness of His presence and reflect on the cross where He demonstrated His love. It was there that my ego lost its power over me and was destroyed. I thank God continually for the victory I have through the resurrected life of my Lord Jesus Christ.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:7