The Substance of Peace

“Be anxious for nothing, but in all things 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 minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7)

The Apostle Paul experienced some of the most intense persecution from those who could not wrap their mind around his message. He was beaten and left for dead, imprisoned and ship wrecked… but he continued to posture himself in a way that enabled him to hold onto his peace. His trust, patient endurance and testimony of overcoming all difficulties; make him a role model for believers everywhere!

He knew that peace was not the absence of struggle, but the Presence of a Person… Jesus!

From a prison cell he penned these words, “…in all things …let your requests be made known to God” because he understood how peace, the Presence of Jesus in your life; was the most vital force in the Universe.

Its Part of a Believer’s DNA!

I love the promise communicated by the Prophet Isaiah who said, “You (God) will keep him (us) in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isa 26:3) Trust is the key to keeping our eye focused upon Christ. Our ability to carry heavy burdens or win great battles is not on how we handle the stress, but who we focus upon. Trust is all about where you put your focus! Paul focused all of his attention upon the prize of knowing Christ, staying connected and living the Spiritual life. He lived with a belief that Christ was his peace (Eph 2:14-15). That through the Cross of Calvary, Jesus the Messiah destroyed the barrier that the Old Testament Law seemed to create… between God and humanity. A freedom was purchased that gave access to Heaven’s richest reward… God’s Heart.

Paul exhorts us to… “let the peace of God rule in your hearts.” (Col 3:15)

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