Peace Like A River

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Oh, the “peace that surpasses all understanding” elusive dream! Some believe in it; others do not. How about you? Do you believe we can have piece in any situation, under any circumstance?

I do and if you are a believer in Jesus Christ you most certainly should as we were given peace the moment we accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. It just so happens, like many gifts of the spirit, we don’t recognize or activate it.

Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Isaiah 53:5- But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The punishment that brought peace was upon Him.

Did you catch that last line? The punishment for our peace was upon him. We have the peace. Praise the Lord!

But wait… what if we don’t feel the peace? I don’t know about you, but most of my life has been anything but peaceful. So, if we have this “peace” how come we don’t feel it?

As Beth Moore states in Breaking Free, we must allow the Prince of Peace to govern our lives and live completely surrendered lives to Christ. This is why sometimes we feel like a nut and sometimes we don’t. When we are walking in the Spirit, there is peace, but when we are living outside the will of God, there is no peace.

Recently I had a conversation with a close friend where I was explaining that I felt off. I couldn’t quite explain nor understand it. I felt God’s presence, yet something was missing. It wasn’t until yesterday that I realized what was missing. Yep, you guessed it, peace. I was missing “the peace that surpasses all understanding.”

If you read any of my blogs for the last month or so you probably remember me telling you that I felt like I was slipping a little bit. I made a series of choices or decisions that weren’t so Christ-like. A hurtful comment here, a touch of gossip there, a TV show over study time here, and I found myself out of sorts. I was out of sorts because my relationship with the Lord was not as strong. I was not living a surrendered life to my selfish wants, desires, and choices. I was choosing what I wanted over what Christ wants from me.

In order to have peace we have to live surrendered lives. In order to live surrendered lives we must pay close attention to the following:

Peace Activators

OBEDIENCE (Yo had to know I would work that in there somehow..hehe)

1 Peter 1:2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

Isaiah 48:18- Oh, that you had heeded My commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

Isaiah 26:3- You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

PRAYER:

Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

SERVICE:

Romans 14:17-19 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.

LOVE:

2 Corinthians 13:11 Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another,agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

TRUST & FAITH:

Isaiah 12:2 “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”

Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

Isaiah 26:3- You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.

Yes, I know peace doesn’t seem very practical in our everyday lives, where kids throw up on new rugs, bills need paid, best friends betray, etc. I know this. I experience it too. But I also know that if it is written the Bible, it is true. Now biblical peace may not be what we imagine it to be. Some of us tend to think of peace like a calm pond when in fact the Bible says peace is like a river.

Yikes! Like a river sounds dangerous. Some of you may think it is exciting. Either way, biblical peace is not the calm pond we imagine it to be.

Peace like a river

In other words, having peace doesn’t mean we won’t have exciting moments. It doesn’t mean we won’t have turbulent times. No, it means that no matter what our circumstances are we are okay because we are trusting in and on God to take care of us. We trust, we believe that God is working everything for our good.

Where is your peace-barometer today? Does one of the 5 (obedience, prayer, service, love, trust/faith) need a bump? Rest assured, you are not alone.
Peace o meter
Be blessed and be a blessing,
Missy

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