Bible Ballistics: BBs #162 The Peace Of God???
Praise God for His peace, which sustains our souls in days of trail and difficulty. While we missed the last post due to Internet problems from all the storms going on in Oklahoma lately, storms come and go in many areas of life—natural, emotional, spiritual and physical. Let’s spend some time today finding out what God has to say to us about having His peace in the midst of every storm!!! Jesus tells us that His precious Holy Spirit will bring peace, comprehension, confidence (in God’s sovereign work), and recall of God’s Word (which we have put into our hearts and minds), which will generate the peace of God.
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:26-27
Note that Jesus tells us that we don’t receive the “peace” that the world gives—not lackadaisical attitudes toward the things around us, not an attitude of compromise and ‘going along, to get along’, not even an attitude of complacency or unconcern over the evil about us; but Jesus tells us that when we are walking with Him, HE will bring peace in the midst of the chaos about us. Peace ‘in the midst of the storm’, not peace ‘from’ it. Philippians also reveals more principles of God’s peace with us:
“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.
(and my part is )
8 Finally, brethren,
whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue,
and if there be any praise,
think on these things.
9 Those things, which ye have both learned,
and seen in me,
and the God of peace shall be with you.” Philippians 4:6-9
When we walk in the peace of God’s Spirit, others won’t always understand. Why? Because, the “peace of God” is beyond the understanding of the world. It’s not the peace that the “world giveth”, but the peace of God that will “keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”.
It’s all about Jesus.
It’s all about God’s presence,
as well as His peace
that will rule in our hearts,
when we yield ourselves to HIM.
So??? Here’s our shot for today. We trust and follow God, knowing that His Peace “passeth all understanding”. And we can learn from God’s recipe for HIS work and peace in our lives.
No matter the conflict,
no matter the controversy,
no matter the crises,
no matter the heartache—
God’s peace is ours, “through Christ Jesus”!!!
“And above all these things
put on charity, (love)
which is the bond of perfectness.
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts,
to the which also ye are called in one body;
and be ye thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly
in all wisdom;
teaching and admonishing one another
in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing with grace in your hearts
to the Lord.” Colossians 3:14-16
“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith…” Hebrews 12:2a
Keep your eyes on Jesus—
not the lions circling around your feet!!!