Peace?

Matthew 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.”

Satan knows his time is short. He is unleashing an attack, unlike this world has seen in centuries. It is personal, and it is global. Unrest, protests, violence, and fear abound worldwide.

We, who name the name of Jesus Christ, must be sober and vigilant in these modern times.

1 Peter 5:8-9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”

We must not give in to the conversations of politics, culture wars, racism, or any other divisive arguments. They will distract and deter us from the primary purpose of why we remain here on this earth.

These are but the fruit of a more significant problem. Satan seeks to distract, divide, and destroy us. He is our enemy, not the human beings caught in the throes of their sin. 

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

We know the peace brought to our soul by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. He answered our sin problem and is the answer for those we see all around us. He uses fear as a weapon to unsettle us. He attacks the peace a Christian has in relationship with the Father. Satan knows how powerful it is because it is something he lost in his rebellion.

Peace is not some mindful meditation achieved by some mystic chant or process. The world cries for peace. Yet, it will never come until Christ returns to reign and rule in the millennium. 

If Jesus said His first visit was not to bring peace, we must learn how to find it today.

Many are robbed of a good night’s rest because of all that is going on around them. God is our burden-bearer. He can take your load while you sleep to bring about wondrous, restoring sleep.

Proverbs 3:24 When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet.”

Peace amid a storm or during a trial can only come from God. It is the fruit of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

“Give it to God” is a statement many says, but few enact in their lives. To release the outcome of a situation, the confusion, the fear, and worry over things we cannot control is to take our hands off and allow God to reveal Himself and His will to us. 

The need today must be centered on being spiritual.

Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”

If we are posting more on social media of politics, racism, or opinions that divide, we must cease immediately and ask God for forgiveness. Every child of God remains here on this earth to be a witness, a shining example of Christ to a lost and dying world. 

When we labor to please God with our lives, peace will come like a wave. 

Isaiah 48:17-18 Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go. O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:”

What is happening in the world today should not cause us to lose the peace that God affords and makes available to us as His children.

Possessing that peace may not be understandable, but available, nonetheless.

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

We must be able to discern the times. When unrest and discord exist in the church, the world will not even think twice about our message. 

Ephesians 4:2-3 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.”

When peace in our heart is waning, and fear, doubt, and worry to replace it, we must run to God to return to that oasis of peace and rest. When our relationships with those in the church are at odds or worse, we must seek peace together that the work of God be not hindered.

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”

Galatians 5:7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?”

As His child, we must be on guard against that which removes us from peace. We must seek reconciliation with God, within our house, and in our churches at any cost.

Psalm 34:14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.”

When you seek peace, God may bring someone or something that is keeping you from it. We must endeavor to seek God’s help to restore or remove what keeps us from the peace He desires us to have. 

We must not allow ourselves to be satisfied with managing the situations, circumstances, and problems in our lives as a way of life. There will always be that which threatens our peace. But, we must know and use the path to peace as often and quickly as we need.

If you have peace, covet it, protect it, and cherish it.

If you are not in peace today, seek it with all your heart.

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