Reflections: We must be able to recognize true peace from false peace.
There are some people that will be mislead by the anti-Christ and his new platform of peace. I pray you will not be mislead. Remember, peace is not in a platform presented by this world system. It only comes from the Savior, Jesus Christ.
Philippians 4:7 "And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
The Puritan Thomas Watson put peace like this: God the Son is called the Prince of Peace. He came into the world heralded by angels announcing peace; "On earth peace..." He went out of the world with a legacy of peace, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you." Christ's earnest prayer was for peace; He prayed that His people might be one. Christ not only prayed for peace, but bled for peace: "Having made peace through the blood of His cross." He died not only to make peace between God and man, but between man and man. Christ suffered on the cross, that He might cement Christians together with His blood. As he prayed for peace, so He paid for peace.
Do you have peace today, or are you living in chaos and confusion? The Lord will safeguard the door of our heart against turmoil when we ask Him. If we admit to God that we need Him and we cannot exist without Him, He answers by becoming our Peace. He delights in the fact that we come to Him.
You cannot find peace in drinking, cigarettes, a bottle of pills, food, houses, jobs, different partners, etc. There are many places we look for fulfillment, peace, joy, and love. But I am here to tell you, there is only "One Way", and that is through the "Peace Maker," the Lord Jesus.
I will sometimes catch myself going through a process of elimination to try to figure out what would be the best results for me. That is like seeking to find the answers for your life outside of the will of God, the results of which will only add more pressure to come up with more solutions. That is the wrong way to find the peace of God.
The key is not in seeking answers to our problems, but in merely seeking and worshipping God who knows the answer. I say this often, 'It is all about Him and what He wants for our lives.” He sees tomorrow when we cannot. Our daily decisions tell where our point of dedication is found. Are we looking for God's peace, or are we looking for peace in all the wrong places?
In John 14:27 Jesus said, 'Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you, I do not give as the world gives.” The world gives us disorder, chaos, busyness and anxiety, Jesus makes it so simple. He gives PEACE, but we must first ask (Psalm 46:10) , and believe. He left His peace for us as a gift, but we must receive it with faith and trust in Him.
To reach for God's peace in the most difficult times of our lives is to show the world that we have found the truth. The Truth of God will set you free, free to make right choices that will affect not only your future, but the lives of others as well.
Psalm 4:7-8 says, "You have filled my heart with greater joy…I will lie down and sleep in peace." Have you ever noticed how hard it is to sleep when you are stressed? The Psalmist, David, had every reason to be stressed because he was surrounded by enemies. He had also made some very bad choices. David found that, trusting God, you can sleep with His peace in your heart. God is always there and will be the stabilizing power in your life. His Holy Spirit is here and active in the lives of those who say to Him, "You are welcome in this place." Hallelujah!
Prayer: I pray God's peace will overcome you, and that all fears and disappointments will subside as the Savior speaks, "Peace, Be Still." Amen.
Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
He that is void of wisdom despiseth his neighbour: but a man of understanding holdeth his peace.
How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!
And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.
And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
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.
© 2008 Joan Buchanan