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Do you need the Peace of God?
You can see the handiwork of God every day!
Do you want real peace? The world will give you doubt, unhappiness, angst, and worry. But God's answer is His Son who will give real peace about your ultimate outcome. Read on and get real peace.
My Peace I Give You
The Peace of the Christian Life
“Nervous breakdown,” or chronic stress, is a common issue among all age groups in the United States and the entire world. The conflicts raging in Syria, ISIL bombing of civilians in Baghdad, the trouble with terrorists in many parts of the U.S., and persecutions of Christians worldwide including America are all examples.
Americans are feeling what the rest of the world has been facing for the last seventy-five years. ISIL, ISIS, IS and all the dogmatic Islamic factions are part of the world’s persecution, stress, and angst.
Singer and actor David Cassidy's words are so poignant. His dying words were "So much wasted time." His words were about the family I believe. If you want real peace please read on.
Contrast this with the Jesus Christ statement He made while preparing His group to face His death at the Last Supper. Let us review it again in a different translation.
"I'm leaving you at peace. I'm giving you my own peace. I'm not giving it to you as the world gives. So don't let your hearts be troubled, and don't be afraid."
Jesus words to us today are to prepare us for His return after over 2,000 years outside time and space, Heaven. This time He will return as a King.
The Battle is for Mankind's Souls
There is a Real Battle Going On for the Souls of Mankind
Jesus Christ made perhaps His greatest forward-thinking statement on His last day on the earth. Jesus Christ stated that when you have His peace of your heart there is serenity. In peace there is power. With peace, there is the absence of nervousness. I could go on, but I have made the point.
There is a wide gap between peace and stress felt in a person’s soul. There is a battle going on in the world today for your very soul. You will not find out about this struggle in the media.
To say this statement is important is an understatement. What you physically possess does not make you valuable or happy. What makes you happy or valuable is knowing who you are.
The next paradigm shift is critical to your understanding. "Peace is not when you are removed from the storms of life. Peace is where you are in control and have Jesus Christ's peace during the storms of life."
You only possess one thing that never expires. When I buy milk at the grocery store, it pays me to look at the expiration date. Your car, your smartphone, your home and everything you own has an expiration date.
It is your soul that never expires. God made you, and Jesus died for you, so your soul is eternal. If you are His, you can live in His peace. Psalm 34.14 says in the Amplified,
“Depart from evil and do good; seek, inquire for, and crave peace and pursue (go after) it!”
That flies in the face of the way of the world. Crave peace and go after it will calm your soul and give you His peace. That is a peace that you can count on. Give it a try and see for yourself.
Search Out Peace and Depart From Evil
I love the Amplified Bible. We are to search out peace and depart from evil. We are to count on His peace everywhere we go. That is the only way to have real peace in your life. Crave peace. Crave peace as much as you have for anything else in your life.
Pursue peace and go after it in your life in the midst of the storms going on in the world. If you want to live under the umbrella of protection of an eternal God, then our lives must reflect what He says and does.
Outside God’s umbrella of protection, there is turmoil, arguments, divisions, and death. David said,
“Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place, there shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent. For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service].” (Psalm 91.7-9)
Here you have the same David who messed up and lived outside the umbrella of protection of God. But God forgave David for his sins and later in his life and he makes the above beautiful statement.
Nathan pronounced a terrible curse on David’s life for his actions, but God forgave him and put David back under His umbrella of protection. God can do this for you when you call on Him and ask God into your life through Jesus Christ.
Then depart from evil and seek, pursue, crave, and go after God’s peace in your life. Here is the truth if you want to live in God’s peace.
“But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.” (1st Corinthians 11.3) If a man is under the Lordship of Christ and single, he best seeks a woman under the Lordship of Christ.
If a Godly young lady is under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, she must find a man who is under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. If you want peace and a reduction of stress in the home, then make Jesus Christ the Lord of your home as well.
Live for the Lord Jesus Christ. Here we have the truth of God in a world under the control of Satan where the opposite is true. Isaiah 9.6 says Jesus is the Prince of Peace.
It read, “For to us a Child is born, to us, a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace." [Re. Isaiah 25.1; 40.9-11; Matthew 28.18; Luke 2.11.]
The Prince of Peace is our Father, and we are His children who are growing in His knowledge, purpose, peace, and His Word. He says, “These things I have spoken to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16.33)
In Him, we may have peace if we will do good and flee from evil. He gives us free will within that umbrella of peace to make our choices of a job, car, home, and life with Him.
If understood you will have peace. It can start we you turning your life over to the Lord Jesus Christ. Try it and see.
The King Jesus Is Real Peace
Seek, inquire, purse and go after peace. We are not to be taken out of the tribulation of the world, but in it, we may have peace in Jesus Christ. I am not talking about the Tribulation that is God’s wrath against those that have willingly not accepted Him as their Lord.
That is coming as well. However, God’s people will be with you through Him. I am talking about the tribulation that Satan's demons stirs up in individuals who are their own lord. We comprehend it in the headlines every day.
Some are bound up in lust, in possessions, in people, money, and jobs. Idols keep people from God’s Lordship, forgiveness, and peace. Run from whatever idol keeps you from God.
Paul says, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5.1) It is only when we make Jesus Christ our Lord that we have the peace of God in what we are doing.
John 10.10 states, "The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).”
Paul told some folks that had just come out of some strongholds that included sexual sins how to grow in peace.
He states, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away, new things have come.” (2 Corinthians 5.17)
The way out of idols and strongholds is to make Jesus Christ our Lord. Then, and only then, will we defeat whatever separates us from His umbrella of protection and peace in the midst of the storm?
Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.
If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14.2-3; Re. 1st Thessalonians 4.13-18)
Let this promise help you overcome whatever separate and try to keep you from His promise return and take you with Him.
Do not miss out on this. Cast aside the idols and replace it with His Word. You will grow calluses if you work for the Lord. Roll up your sleeves and get started.
I will end with this. A staunch grown up Christian, not a baby or young Christian, can say this with confidence.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4.6-7)
The words of Jesus Christ say it all, "I'm leaving you at peace. I'm giving you my own peace. I'm not giving it to you as the world gives. So don't let your hearts be troubled, and don't be afraid." (John 14.27)
That is real peace.
Final Thought's on Peace
I am not going to lie to you. Pursuing peace of your ultimate outcome will not be easy. But is living in the world easy either? Jesus Christ came to bring peace to the earth and was rejected by the world. He is coming back again to get those He gave real peace. The peace of knowing who we are, where we are going, and the final outcome when this life is over.
God's blessings, Gary
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