Written by: Jill Beran
“Peace on earth, goodwill to men” the words came from my mouth as we sang Christmas songs and thoughts entered my mind as I battled depression. I know Jesus is the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6) and He left us with His peace (John 14:27), but I didn’t just want to know these truths, I wanted to receive the gift!!
So I asked God, “How?” and He led me to His Word. As I read, studied and prayed three words came to the surface. They quickly became known as “The Peace PTO”!
A quick word for my non-farming friends…PTOs are important. I don’t know all the details, but it’s the Power Take-Off of a tractor. This is where a piece of equipment is attached to a tractor so it can work. For instance, my husband’s feeder wagon – the PTO gives it the power to mix the grain, open the gate and unload the feed. The PTO connects the two and makes it work. The Peace PTO does the same! I know Christ, but this PTO keeps us connected, allows His power to work in me and helps me experience peace.
P – Pray – I understand prayer keeps me connected with God, but I’m learning it has more to do with peace than I first thought. We may be anxious when we go to God in prayer, but as the conversation continues His peace replaces our anxiety.
Philippians 4:6-7 tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.” ”And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.” (Matthew 21:22)
T – Trust – Over the years, God has shown Himself faithful repeatedly, but daily I must choose to trust Him. Personally, this can be hard when trials hit and plans change, but God is God and He is good. Choosing to TRUST Him brings peace!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and PEACE as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 ”You will keep in perfect PEACE those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3
O – Obey – The final piece of the “Peace PTO” is obedience. A concept that is vital for a follower of Christ and critical if we want to experience peace. It’s said that “blessings follow obedience” and one of the blessings is peace. We must remember that obedience is not just following God out of our comfort zones, it’s also obeying His commands. Instead of reading my words about this, let’s take a look at The Word - “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of PEACE will be with you.” Philippians 4:8-9 ”Turn from evil and do good; seek PEACE and pursue it.” Psalms 34:14 ”Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in PEACE. And the God of love and PEACE will be with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:11
As I helped my husband do chores, I realized the feeder wagon won’t work unless – 1) it’s hooked up to the tractor, 2) the tractor is running and 3) the PTO is engaged. Friend, there’s also three parts for the “Peace PTO” – if we want the Prince of Peace to reign in our life we must 1) Pray, 2) Trust and 3) Obey!
A tractor’s PTO turns constantly and we must do the same with our “Peace PTO” – all three parts need to work continuously and simultaneously. Friend, I encourage you to meditate on these verses and engage the “Peace PTO”!
This Christmas let’s not just sing about peace, but live in it!!
Jill Beran is a child of God who has a passion to connect women with Christ and one another. She enjoys encouraging others to search the Scriptures and walk in faith. Jill appreciates the opportunity to serve on the ReNEWed Life team, lead Titus24U and write for Encouragement Café. She is the co-author of “Letters from Leanne – The Beauty of a Spiritual Mother-Daughter Relationship”. Jill’s favorite place to be is with her husband and their 5 children on the family farm in northeast Iowa.
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