Bible Ballistics: BBs #349 Peace In HIS Presence!!!
With chaos and turmoil all around us, where do we find peace? In a word, real peace can only be found in “God”! And God’s peace is available to those who come to Jesus in repentance and faith—both “peace with God”, and the “peace of God”. Jesus paid the price for “peace with God” at Calvary, and those who come to Him have peace with God, but they also have the “peace of God” in their lives.
“Therefore being justified by faith,
we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access
into this grace
wherein we stand,
and rejoice in hope
of the glory of God.
3 And not only so,
but we glory in tribulations also:
knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience;
and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed;
because the love of God
is shed abroad in our hearts
by the Holy Ghost
which is given unto us.
6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love
while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.” Romans 5:1-8
Did you get that? God cares about us–“while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”—Jesus didn’t wait for us to become good enough, HE died for sinners; He saves sinners and transforms them into saints! Calvary’s sacrifice offers “peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” to all who will receive the gift of salvation by grace, through faith in the life-changing atonement Jesus made on the cross, when HE shed HIS blood willingly for you and me!
But it doesn’t stop there, God doesn’t simply declare that we have ‘peace’; HE is our peace, in Jesus. Oh, the joy of knowing His presence and the peace that we have when we walk with Him, that peace which the world can’t understand!
“Be careful for nothing;
but in every thing by prayer
let your requests be made known
7 And the peace of God,
which passeth all understanding,
shall keep your hearts
through Christ Jesus.
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.” Philippians 4:6-8
God’s peace accompanies our yieldedness and obedience, as we exercise control over our hearts, minds and actions. As Paul so succinctly reminds us, we must be diligent to “think on these things”. We must resist the temptations to be distracted, disturbed or depressed by the things going on around us, while resting in the “peace of God” that flows from having “peace with God”; remembering that He gave His all for our salvation and peace! That’s real peace!
“We love him, because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19
Will you walk in His peace today? It’s your choice, His peace or the world’s turmoil. I’ll take Jesus every time!
“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” Romans 14:17