Keeping in Perfect Peace!

 “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the LORD always, for the LORD God, the LORD is the eternal Rock.” ~~Isaiah 26:3-4

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This message is about Keeping in Perfect Peace. Some people tend to believe that peace is simply the absence of problems, valleys and trials. Not so! Peace is a calm confidence that the Lord of the mountains is still on the throne – no matter how deep the valley may be. Trials become opportunities to trust God when peace reigns in a heart. That kind of peace can only be found in God. Have a wonderful peaceful day in His presence.

Notice that I did not say we find peace in church membership, in doing good things, in giving large sums of money to a charity or ministry, or even in being a really good person. Peace is a gift. When we enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we enter into true peace.

We cannot bargain for or earn peace my friends, but we will experience peace when we are willing to move away from our sin and turn to the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. Then, and only then, will we find rest in Him. Do you long for just one minute of peace? Don’t settle. God offers a lifetime of peace if we are willing to trust Him. I know the list of trials and storms is long. I understand that the problems we deal with every single day can weigh us down; but I also know that every problem can be given to God. When we surrender the weight of our trials and pain to Him, we will experience peace. As we allow God to carry the weight of our worry, the burden of our anxiety and the penalty of every sin in our life, peace will reign and leave no room for the deadly trap of stress. Today, I pray that you will trust God and rest in Peace.

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Peace I leave with You!

“Peace I leave with You, My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

Jesus told His followers that after He returned to Heaven God the Father would send them the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, who would teach them all things and remind them of everything Jesus had said. He knew that His followers would need a Helper, an Encourager and a Comforter to keep them sharp in their faith and to fill them with this peace. He knew that they, and eventually us, you and I, would need to be reminded of the things Jesus taught and of the peace that He has for us. He gives us one instruction as He promises this peace. He tells us, “Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” “Do not let ….” Here again it sounds like we have a choice to make … and we do. We can choose to ask the Holy Spirit to fill us with this peace and we can choose to remember all Jesus taught us about living in His strength. We choose. Faith and fear cannot occupy the same space nor can peace and turmoil occupy the same place in our hearts. So if you’re going through a difficult time in your life, run to the Lord and asked the Holy Spirit to fill you with peace. Then daily trade in the fear that comes to rob you and daily you will receive the peace that the world could not understand. People may even think you are in denial of your problem. But rather you are simply living in the promise of peace that has been given to each of us as Jesus’ followers. And the world cannot grasp this kind of peace. Today if peace is short in your heart and mind remember that it has been given to you by Jesus. His Holy Spirit is there to remind you and to teach you how to live in that peace. Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with it. When fear comes to nibble at your heart or rush through your door to trouble you – stop and remember that you can make a choice …. “Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid.” Though the trouble may remain the peace of Jesus and the help of the Holy Spirit pouring peace over your heart, will carry you through.

Father God, Today we need the help of the Holy Spirit in allowing Your peace to fill our heart and soul and mind. May we not live in turmoil but choose to trade in our fear and our troubled heart for Your amazing peace and strength. It’s a gift we receive from You by the power of Your Holy Spirit. In the strong name of Jesus I pray, Amen.

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