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He (Christ) Himself is our peace. Ephesians 2:14
Brothers and Sisters,
I heard said this past week that, “Peace doesn’t reside in circumstances; peace
resides in the heart.”
Yes, thankfully this is true. The apostle Paul came to mind. Even with all he suffered in
life, He trusted God to be with him, and lead him every step of the way. Read this next
paragraph and really look at each trial Paul lists. Put yourself in his place… it is too
easy to just read words!
We talk about loving Jesus and usually it’s in reference to our ‘feelings’ about Him,
when we are in church singing or the Pastor’s teaching. I felt challenged to apply this
24-7! Jesus own words say distinctly to each one of us: “ And He was saying to them
all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross
daily and follow Me. Luke 9:23 Is He my peace every day? Am I counting myself dead
to sin, daily taking up my cross? Trusting Him even in the suffering a day may bring??
Consider this, ‘do you take these words with you into your day?’ Paul said, “I die
daily!” God would not have used Paul unless Paul denied himself and took up his
cross daily. Only then could he trust Christ to endure suffering. Consider each trial
Paul lists as you read these next verses and think about God’s faithfulness to Paul.
Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have
worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and
been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty
lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones,
three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, I have been
constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in
danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in
the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. I have labored and
toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have
often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. Besides everything else, I face
daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. 2 Corinthians 11:23-28
People will volunteer to serve and many will give financially to help others and support
missionaries. Less will share the Gospel with others and far less will be willing to
suffer. Has called you to suffer? Paul was. And because Paul loved what God told him
and believed God’s word to him, Paul stood strong in the Lord and in the power of His
might. When in jail again and again, Paul used this time to record God’s words to His
church, through the Holy Spirit’s revelation. I for one am thankful. It sets my feet to
dancing from the wonder of it all. Paul stood strong by the power of the Holy Spirit in
him, for this produced the fruit of the Spirit in Paul…. Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of
the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness,
Paul could have given up, given in, quit, given into discouragement and self-pity, but
he chose to trust God was with him and would never leave him or forsake him. We too,
must make the same choice. When the battle rages peak it aloud: “Lord Jesus You are
right here with me. The battle is Yours. I choose to trust You right now.” Then praise
Stop trying to fix it or insist on understanding ‘why’ it has been allowed in your life,
instead start trusting! My mentor said, “If you are trying, you are not trusting”. God is
there for you just as He was for Paul. God will lead and strengthen you. Make Christ
your focus. He gives hope. He sees the tears you shed, the tears you have not shared
with anyone else. He loves you immeasurably. He will carry you through.
I love this verse: Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as
you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Every believer is accepted by God the Father. Being justified by faith, we have peace
with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Rom 5:1) The peace is God’s toward us,
through Christ. Our peace is based upon this alone! Jesus made peace through the
blood of the Cross. (Col 1:20) We must never forget that His peace is founded solely
upon the work of the cross, totally apart from anything whatsoever in or from us (mjs),
since God commendeth His love toward us, in that , while we were yet sinners Christ
died for us. (Rom 5:8)
Be reminded God will never leave you nor forsake you. He invites you to give Him all
your fears and worries. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God,
that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He
cares for you. I Peter 5:6-7 The Prince of Peace will guide you and give you peace.
Peace is not something you work up by trying. It is something you receive by faith. It is
fruit of the Holy Spirit, not your fruit. There is a battle for your mind. Guard it. Put on
the whole armor of God listed in Ephesians 6:10-18.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or
praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or
heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with
you. Philippians 4:8 & 9b
I will leave you with one final thought:
Christ Himself is your peace!
Meditate on this truth! Memorize this scripture!
Praying for all of you, near or far, whether it is places I have never been or to those
who are denied freedom to have a Bible or worship. O God, Remind them You love
them and are right there with them in the thick of the suffering. I pray my brothers and
sisters will stand strong in You Jesus. Give endurance to those who suffer greatly.
Remind them they are not home yet. Come soon Lord Jesus, prince of Peace. amen
God’s word is the key to enduring suffering and the key to Peace.
Until every knee shall bow,