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Peace with God is the fruit of 'oneness' with God
Psalm 4:8I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. (KJV) . . . Storms come at times, rolling into our lives with blinding blows. How do we keep a sense of peace and spiritual balance when trials strike?
There is only one answer, and that is we must have a close, enduring relationship with Jesus Christ. The words in a classic hymn, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus,” contain a vibrant and exciting truth. There truly is an unshakable peace that is available to all who turn the eyes of their hearts to Jesus. This deep, internal peace cannot come from the world! The peace of the world is “no war.” There is NO peace in the world, and there will NOT be any peace until Jesus comes to rule in the Millennial Kingdom! ONLY Jesus can give us internal peace!
What do you do when adversity strikes? One of the first things you do is to wonder why. Then you may wonder what impact it will have on your life . . . and another thing many people say is “Why me?” And I say to this . . . WHY NOT YOU? You have NO right whatsoever to question Almighty God’s decisions. When adversity strikes, we need to turn to the One who holds all comfort and security firmly within His grasp. NO one, outside of God, is equipped to handle our problems. He never meant for us to be strong on our own. He wants us to trust Him where we can find the courage, hope and strength to subdue any problem we might have.
What they can we do when feelings of anxiety and worry strike? The first thing is to recognize anxiety and worry for what it is . . . the exact opposite of peace. Anxiety is what fans that flames the fires of confusion and doubt. Anxiety has the capacity to leave us helpless without Jesus! Anxiety is an excellent tool of the devil! BEWARE!!!
When we give in to the slightest thought of anxiety, we lose our spiritual focus and mindset. The ONLY key to overcoming anxiety is found in the Presence of God.
Phil. 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (KJV)
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (KJV)
Psalm 27:13-14 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. 14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. (KJV)
Psalm 34:15 (KJV)
15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
Psalm 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. (KJV)
Psalm 55:22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. (KJV)
Psalm 56:3-4 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. 4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me. (KJV)
Psalm 142:4-5 I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul. 5 I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living. (KJV)
Matthew 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? (KJV)
Matthew 6:33-34 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (KJV)
Luke 12:11-12 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: 12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say. (KJV)
Luke 12:22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. (KJV)
Hebrews 13:5-6 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. (KJV)
The peace of God surpasses all our understanding, guarding and guiding our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus. When we trust and accept God’s timetable and the limitations He places on a given situation, He helps drive out anxiety that rises. We should always allow Him to provide for us in His timing. Patience is the key here. When we accept life as a gift from the Hand of God, then we will turn our eyes toward Jesus. It is ONLY there that we will find mercy and grace, forgiveness and hope, peace and everlasting security.
What are you willing to do to experience the peace of God? Are you willing to lay down the anger that troubles your soul because someone has done something to wound you? God knows the hurt you have experienced. Are you willing to trust Him, knowing He has NOT forgotten you but stands ready to heal you?
God’s peace is an unshakable blessing! There has never been a time or event when God could not help! His peace and Presence are sure. They are permanent and secure, and there is nothing that He cannot do! You can accomplish many things, small and great, when you keep your focus on God.
At one of the most difficult points in his life, David wrote:
Psalm 57:1-11 Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
2 I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me. 3 He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth. 4 My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword. 5 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens; let thy glory be above all the earth. 6 They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down: they have digged a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves. Selah. 7 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise. 8 Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. 9 I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: I will sing unto thee among the nations. 10 For thy mercy is great unto the heavens, and thy truth unto the clouds. 11 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth. (KJV) . . . How could David write such trusting words, with King Saul trying to kill him? David had a divine, unshakable peace within his heart that God would protect his life and fulfill His Promises to him.
The safest place for you when trials come is in the everlasting arms of Jesus. After His resurrection, Jesus appeared to His disciples and said to them: John 20:19 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. (KJV) . . . This was not a common greeting; the Lord had a specific purpose in mind. He spoke of God’s peace, immovable and eternal . . . the peace He had paid for on the cross (Jn.14:27; Rom.5:1; Eph.2:13-16). This is the peace you (and I) need today.
Is there something troubling you? Is there a burden, conflict, sorrow or temptation sky-rocketed beyond your control? LISTEN to His word to you: “Peace be with you.” Let His peace invade and occupy your heart. He understands and knows life can be difficult . . . but He has a solution. Our peace resides in our Saviour, who loves us unconditionally. He has promised to keep us and deliver us into the Father’s loving arms.
BELIEVE HIM! TRUST HIM! LOVE HIM! OBEY HIM!
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