Peace Like A River

“You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You–in both inclination and character],
Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].”

Isaiah 26:3 AMP

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6‭-‬7 NASB

Try to live peacefully with everyone, and try to live holy lives, because if you don’t, you will not see the Lord.

Make sure that everyone has grace from God so that bitterness doesn’t take root and grow up to cause trouble that corrupts many of you.

Hebrews 12:14‭-‬15 GW

One of the outcomes, or fruits, of living a Spirit-led life is transcendent peace.

It’s a peace that exists apart from circumstances.

It’s a deep well of refreshment that springs up to life eternal in Christ Jesus.

Some people say they love the presence of God.

They camp out on some milestone in their spiritual journey instead of fully maturing.

It’s fine if God gives you goosebumps from time to time, but I think they’re missing the point.

There is a greater glory.

Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, God’s presence dwells within you.

The real question is: are you obedient to the Spirit?

We should be hearers and doers of the Word, not spiritual junkies looking for our next fix.

You know how junkies are, they’re always getting high and never do anything for anybody.

Anyways, I digress.

I think we spend too much time thinking human thoughts, trying to reason like humans do, when we should be fellowshipping and communing with God.

Isn’t that what life is all about, both in the here and now, and in the eternal afterlife?

Knowing Christ is knowing the Gospel of peace.

Everything revolves around the Gospel.

Before I knew the Good News, I was a miserable person.

I tried anything and everything to numb the pain and to fill the void in my heart where God should be.

They say we all have a God shaped hole in our hearts.

When we hear the Good News, and respond to its invitation of spiritual rebirth, His Presence comes flooding in like a river breaching its banks.

There’s no mistaking that feeling.

That weight lifted.

That sense of knowing.

Knowing that everything is going to be alright.

God no longer holds our faults against us.

Jesus Christ took the punishment that we deserve for our sins.

We could never make up for all the wrongs we’ve done, but God freely chose to forgive us in Christ Jesus.

God made peace with us.

Jesus said, “It is finished.”

His blood sets us free.

So we’re free, now what?

Go back to sinning?

God forbid.

We use our liberty to worship and serve God.

I don’t know why some people are so hostile towards God.

Perhaps some self-righteous hypocrites left a bad taste in their mouth.

But that was yesterday.

Today’s a new day.

We’re not here to judge and condemn others.

We’re here to love.

We’re here to build each other up.

We’re here to encourage, equip, and edify.

We are a force for good, truth and righteousness.

We no longer have to strive.

It’s not me versus you, us versus them.

There’s one body.

We’re all in it together.

Some are awakened.

Others need help waking up.

Show the way.

Speak the truth.

Abide in Christ.

Don’t worry about anything.

If God can remedy our sin problem, I’m sure He can handle everything else that you think is on your plate.

Maybe it’s time for portion control?

Just take what God gives you day by day.

And rejoice, because He loves you and is taking care of you.

This will all be over soon.

Try to set a good example.

I pray that you will fully know Him as He fully knows you.

I pray that His peace would flow from within you like a river.

And that His love would guide your heart into all that He has for you.

In Jesus’ Name I pray.

Amen.

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