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BLUE PRINT TO PEACE

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind
is stayed on thee because he trusteth in thee


What comes to mind when you think of the word "peace"? When the Psalmist wrote the words; "Great peace have they that love thy law: and nothing shall offend them", I doubt he was referring to a life that was free of conflict, for David himself spent a great deal of his life at war, in conquests, and struggling with personal issues [sin].What is being said here is that, the life of peace is the life that refuses to be shaken or swayed from its course. And what exactly is that course? It is a life that exists to love God and pursue righteousness. This is what it is to know peace!

Isaiah 54:14 says; "In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee."

God does not work according to own preconceived ideas. His ways are not our ways. When we think of being the benefactor of God's peace we are more likely to think of it in terms of being liberated from our enemy or having a "thorn in our flesh" removed. But God sees things on a much higher level.

For example, when we ask God to make us more like His Son what we have in the back of our mind is for God to assist us in cleaning up a few bad habits. We may even go so far as to have it in our mind that by our offering our lives up to God that He would be content merely to make us into decent people. But God will have nothing to do with that.

When given the opportunity, God is not in the least bit interested in making us into "good and tolerable people", NO, God will settle for nothing short of perfection. Don't be scared off by this for we are reminded that, "It is God at work in us both to WILL AND TO DO of Hs good pleasure."

So don't sweat the details! Having said that let's get back to this idea of peace. When we ask God to fill us with His peace what do you suppose will be the outcome of that request? Do you think for a moment that He is going to promptly remove the things that appear to be the cause of our discomfort or unrest? Or do you suppose that for the moment, if need be, the heat might get turned up a notch or two?

Consider if you will Isaiah 43:2; "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee."
It's when we're in "the fire" that we realize God's peace. This peace is not something that can be conjured up, God's peace comes to you, and that peace manifests itself in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.


Remember the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? It was said that when they entered their fiery predicament they WERE BOUND but in the midst of it all it was discovered that they were having one big worship service with the Prince of Peace, and they bonds had been loosened. Yes, God's peace is for the facing of difficulties and not the eradication of them.

The great A-postle Paul 's life is an example as to the impact God's peace can have on those who put their faith and trust in Him. When asked to sum up what he felt concerning the difficulties and hardships that he was called upon to undergo he declares; "But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy (Acts.20: 24 -KJV).

Are you a person who is easily moved? It is possible to experience what the Bible says to be "a peace that surpasses all knowledge and understanding."Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. What a wonderful promise! Allow me to leave you with the following scripture.

Take some time this week during your time alone with God to meditate on them, and pray them through. Remember, God's Word is alive, active, powerful, and effective! Don't be surprised if you begin to sense a spirit of excitement in your walk.

Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]. Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never allow the righteous to be moved.--I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD [is] my strength and [my] song; he also is become my salvation.

Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? -- Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. -- In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength. Effects of peace are righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world giveth, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. -- Peace, from him who is, and who was, and who is to come.


Ps 119:165 Isa 26:3 Ps 55:22 Isa 12:2 Mt 8:26 Php 4:6,7 Isa 30:15 32:17 Joh 14:27 Re 1:4


THINK ON THESE THINGS - ACT ON THESE THINGS

May God grant you His peace 
If I can be of any assistance
please don't hesitate to drop me a line.
Dan

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