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The Peace of Christ

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Jesus did not enter this world to bring peace. Rather, He came wielding a very sharp sword. In fact, this weapon is so keen and precise that it pierces between soul and spirit. With supernatural power, it discerns our thoughts and the intent of our heart.

Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.Matthew 10:34 (NKJV)

For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.Hebrews 4:12 (NKJV)

 Confusion can arise when reading John 14:27, for Jesus speaks of giving us peace. If He did not come to bring peace on earth, why would Christ speak of leaving His peace? There is a clue within the scripture, “He does not give as the world gives.”

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.John 14:27 (NKJV)

Jesus does offer peace to individuals, but He did not come to earth bringing political peace. His message was radical. Jesus taught us to love our enemies and do good to those who hate us. But the message written in Exodus 21:23-25 directed Jews to act without showing grace. To understand the new message, Jews first had to believe Jesus was the Son of God. They also had to embrace the power in love, the greatest and most powerful gift of all. The blood of Jesus provided forgiveness of all sin and believers were to practice and model forgiveness.

But if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.”

But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Matthew 5:44-45 (NKJV)

Man often spurs political agendas. Greed, selfish ambition, and power are all motivators. Sin prevents peace in the realm of politics. It is too saturated with self.

But Christ came to us in humility, with a servant’s heart. He brought a peace beyond comprehension, yet obtainable through a sincere faith and a trust in His perfect will. He is the Prince of peace.

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)

When man looks to the Father, seeking the Wonderful Counselor for help, there shall be peace. When man reflects on the power of God, He who is Mighty, there shall be peace. When confused thoughts afflict and we lay our burdens at Christ’s feet, there shall be peace. For with a Savior who loves us we have hope, and in that hope we also find peace.

For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.1 Corinthians 14:23 (NKJV)

The blessing, “The peace of Christ be with you” is perfect for these days of trouble. Christ is our peace. So, when political leaders attempt to force their agendas on the world, we should rest knowing God is in control. The Lord knows about every atrocity and will transform them, some how, into good.

But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.Genesis 50:20 (NKJV)

It is not for us to understand how He acts, or His perfect will. But, it is our responsibility to wait, trust and believe in His character. God is faithful. He is love. He is all-powerful. He is gentle and merciful. Jesus already won the battle, which the devil is trying to overturn. The enemy should read the book of Revelation! The Lord reveals the ending and he ends up in a pit of damnation.

And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.Revelation 20:10 (NKJV)

 May you find encouragement in these scriptures.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.Romans 15:13 (NKJV)

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:7 (NKJV)

 

Peace: The Absence of Fear

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“You have to remember, fear is not real. It is a product of the thoughts you create. Don’t misunderstand me. Danger is very real. But fear is a choice.” ~Anonymous

“The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.”   Psalm 29:11 (NKJV)

“And he said, “O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!” So when he spoke to me I was strengthened, and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”   Daniel 10:19 (NKJV)

When fear is present, peace is absent. Fear will always rob our peace of mind, weaken our resolve, disturb our rest, and cause us to question the righteous power of God. Fear is an emotion that will hinder our walk with Christ unless we learn to face our adversity with trust, trust that God is in control.

In Isaiah 26:3 we read how God keeps those whose minds are steadfastly transfixed on Him in perfect peace. When we take all our thoughts captive and trust God with our well being, fear will depart. Placing our faith in His power will remove insecurities, wobbly uncertainty, and unstable thoughts or decisions.

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

Because God knit each one of us together, He understands our nature and individual weaknesses. He lovingly calls out, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV). It is His desire for us to rest in His peace. God longs to give us rest. Faith requires trust, and peace is the fruit of that trust.

In Isaiah 9:6, Jesus is called the “Prince of Peace.” When He walked the earth as the Son of Man, He told that we would have to face tribulation. But He also told us to be of good cheer since He had conquered the grave. This fact alone should produce peace in our hearts. The battle has already been won. Eternal peace is our guarantee, but peace while we are still yet earthbound is also available. In fact, we are told to pursue it!

“Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.”   Psalm 34:14 (NKJV)

How then do we pursue peace? Through Christ and Christ alone! Through supplication and humble petitions we enter the very throne room of God. While in His very presence, we interface with a mediator who intercedes on our behalf both day and night, for He never sleeps. By knocking on His door and seeking Him out, He gladly agrees to fellowship and dine with us. While in His presence, He will fill us with hope, inexpressible joy, and comforting peace. Trusting in His love for us produces peace.

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”   John 14:27 (NKJV)

Psalm 23 mentions how God provides peace for those walking through “the valley of the shadow of death.” By focusing our eyes on Him, not concentrating on our difficult circumstances, He leads us through green pastures and beside still waters. Who doesn’t want to rest in such a place?

When we walk by the Spirit of God, the fruit of the Spirit shall become even more evident in our lives. Peace, not fear is a component of this fruit. We must crucify our flesh, “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Romans 8:6 (NKJV). By doing this, God blesses His people with a quiet mind and contentment.

“God incarnate is the end of fear; and the heart that realizes that He is in the midst… will be quiet in the middle of alarm.” ~ F.B Meyer

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.”   2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NKJV)

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”   Psalm 23:1-6 (NKJ)

“A great many people are trying to make peace, but that has already been done. God has not left it for us to do; all we have to do is to enter into it.” ~D.L. Moody

 

The Peace Of Christ

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“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

Saints who trust God with total abandon experience the reality of supernatural rest, a byproduct of the peace of Christ. It does not matter if their day is filled with routines or unexpected adversity. Said believers maintain a steadfast gaze on their Creator, circumstances are not their focus.

Thanks to a solidified trust, they understand situations happen for loving and beneficial reasons. They may not understand the WHYS, but they trust in the character of God. Almost in stride they look for the lesson God has provided within their day, always quick to thank Him for the equipping He so graciously provides.

This peace is free to all. Will you claim it now, along with the rest that comes with it? Trust God with your cares!

Father God,                                                                                                                     May the Holy Spirit fill this dear reader with an undeniable outpouring of strength and courage today. It takes courage to trust an unseen God with burdens of fear, grief, and an unknown future. Help them to lay each care aside and trust You with each one. Grant them a blessed rest and supernatural peace today and may it carry them through the night and into their slumber. Amen.

“God holds my today and my tomorrow in the palm of His hands. I know I am secure no matter what comes against me.”  ~ Unknown

The Peace Of Christ Jesus

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The Word of God tells us that in this life we will have trouble. But even with tribulations we can still rest in the peace of Christ.  We should find encouragement in knowing Jesus won the battle by conquering the grave.  Heaven will be our eternal home, so long as we declare Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. 

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV)

John 14:27 directs all believers to put aside fear and worry, and yet we continue to fall prey to our anxieties.  Why do we refuse, neglect, or forget to rest in the peace God offers so freely? Why won’t we cast all our cares His way? How are these worries benefiting us?

Isaiah 26:3 tells how God will keep in perfect peace the one who has a STEADFAST MIND. To be steadfast is to be resolute, firm, and unwavering in conviction. A conviction and stance to completely rely and depend on God will then develop into a supernatural stability, which also contributes to the peace that transcends all understanding.

This verse also states that the one who is steadfast, trusts in God. Trust and a steadfast spirit produce an unwavering conviction of faith. This unshakable reliance on our Creator gradually matures the fruit of the Spirit within us. We discover great peace, as we remain steadfast in our trust, believing and never doubting that the God who loves us beyond measure is our one and only sure foundation.

“You will keep in perfect peace 
those whose minds are steadfast, 
because they trust in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (NIV)

As we continue to trust God with our cares, and the fruit of the Holy Spirit grows within us, this spiritual fruit will becomes more apparent to those all around us. It will draw many into our company since the peace of Christ is attractive and powerful. Romans 15:13 offers up a prayer asking the God of HOPE to fill those in need with joy and peace as they trust in His power.  By trusting God, in all matters, He fills us with joy, peace, and hope!

We find in Psalm 119:165 that those who love God’s law have great peace and nothing can make them stumble. With a solid knowledge of scripture, we empower the Holy Spirit to speak to our heart and mind, thus directing our steps and preventing trips in our spiritual walk. Peace comes to those who trust a guide who is all knowing, wise, and able to do great things.

Finally, Philippians 4:6-7 describes a peace that transcends or surpasses all understanding.  In order to attain this peace we must petition God with our requests, and do so with a thankful heart. The thanks we offer comes in knowing He hears and answers all of our prayers according to His perfect will, and through His most holy and precious grace.

May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ rest upon you, give you shelter in your difficult days, and protect you today, tomorrow, and always. Amen.

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 “Peace is not the absence of affliction but the presence of God.”  ~ Unknown

“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 (NIV)

“Great peace have those who love your law, 
 and nothing can make them stumble.” Psalm 119:165 (NIV)

“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.”  Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 (NIV)=

God Rests, Do You?

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“I said to myself….

RELAX and REST. God has showered you with blessings.                                               Soul, you’ve been rescued from death.                                                                                 Eye, you’ve been rescued from tears; and you                                                                     Foot, were kept from stumbling.” ~Unknown

God was busy when He created the universe.  For six days He worked on establishing heaven and earth, light and dark, water and dry land, and designing all living things. However, after He finished His work He RESTED.  Many of us have such a hard time resting.  We are busy with our family, career, ministry and so much more.

“And on the seventh day God finished His work that He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work that He had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all His work that He had done in creation.” Genesis 2: 2-3 (ESV)

So when a free moment does come along, we might feel uncomfortable or restless. A guilty feeling may stir inside of us. We might even fret over our short intermission. As they saying goes, “The show must go on,” but there is a time given to audiences to stand up and take a short break before the story/plot continues.

Have you ever needed to give yourself permission to slow down? Rest? Relax?  If you have a list that needs your attention how can you justify a break? How can you possibly excuse a time for fun or just being still? If you are honest… the list never ends, right?

First, God is your role model so always look to Him and follow His example.  He encourages rest, although He also states the importance of working heartily for the Lord (Col.3:23).  He values balanced scales.

“Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from Him.” Psalm 62:1 (NIV)

Since He knows your frame, He understands that your body needs sleep…. so take a nap if you need one.  Is your mind rested and at peace? If not, read the Word. Have a quiet time with the Lord.

We were built for relationships, so enjoy the people and animals in your life.  Play a game with your children, take your dog for a walk, or have dinner out with a loved one.  Most of all, be still and know that God cares about You. He values relationships and hopes you reach out to Him as well.

Reading your Bible, having a special prayer time, meditating on the goodness and faithfulness of God are all wonderful ways to refresh your spirit and build intimacy with God.  Ponder all of your blessings and remember the many ways God has rescued you from fears and trouble. Recount all the ways He has kept your feet from stumbling and then…. praise Him!

Feeding upon the Word of God is so important; it should be our daily spiritual bread. It builds us up and enables us to face whatever comes our way. The living Word speaks to us, if we have an ear to listen. It will guide and advise with sound counsel.

The living water quenches our thirst but also waters the work God has lovingly begun within us.  Is it not Wisdom who calls out to us, reminding us to irrigate our spiritual gardens? For then we will surely produce fruit, feed others in need, and give God the glory He so rightly deserves.

Therefore, you do not have to be the definition of perpetual motion.  Psalm 46:10 encourages believers to, “be still and know that I am God.”  When was the last time you intentionally sat still and stopped all of your activities?  When was the last time you cleared your mind of all your worries, agendas, troubles, and fears? 

Resting restores our mental and physical health.  If our personal wells are empty, we cannot hand out refreshing cups of cool water to others in need.  We are better servants of God if we take time to care for ourselves. 

As you take a moment to rest and meditate on God’s love, the enemy may come alongside you and whisper words of condemnation. He will most likely try to convince you that you are lazy and slothful.  He will serve up reprimands full of reproach and guilt in an effort to discourage or distract you. Plug your ears!  Lies!  He is the father of all lies (John 8:44).  Guilt is not of the Lord.  There is a difference between condemnation and conviction.

Yes, we are to serve others and work fervently in winning souls to Christ by sharing the Good News.  We are commanded to serve, encourage, and help others.  However, nowhere in the Bible does it say to work without any quiet times of rest or reflection.  Even Jesus took time out to spend time alone with His Father or go to a wedding.

We are not robots.  Sure, times are dark and there is an urgency to warn others that His return may be closer than we can all possibly imagine.  We are to pray without ceasing but our bodies require moments of stillness and rest.         

I don’t want to dissuade you from the work He has given you to perform.  I am simply reminding you to take time to refresh your spirit and build up your strength.  God is in control.  He holds the reins.  He knows your heart and sees your service.  He wants you to drink from His well so that your personal well is full of sweet cool water, available for those who desperately need a swig or two.

TAKE SOME TIME TO REST IN HIS PRESENCE AND MEDITATE ON THESE SCRIPTURES.

“And He said, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”                    Exodus 33:14(NKJV)

“Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.                         For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

For You have delivered my soul from death,
My eyes from tears,
And my feet from falling.” Psalm 116:7-8 (NKJV)

 

 

 

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