PRINT TO PEACE
wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind
is stayed on thee because he trusteth
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!
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
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.
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.
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."
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
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
God grant you His peace
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