Pursue Peace 

Psalm 37:37 “Consider the blameless, observe the upright; a future awaits those who seek peace.”

God’s love invokes our desire for peaceful minds and hearts.  We long for peace that transcends the world’s understanding…peace that comes from God.  Observe the peaceful followers of Christ around you; they remain close to God. Actively pursue peace from God.  Seek His peace with an open mind and willing heart that receives.  We become future peacemakers by first pursuing peace. God longs to give you His peace, a fruit of His love.

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The God Resident 

Romans 8:5-6  Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 

When Christ resurrected from the dead and ascended to Heaven, God’s Holy Spirit – in the same likeness as God, the Father, and Christ, the Son – descended into the hearts of believers. His Spirit testifies and reassures we are God’s children.  We are “in Christ” because of God’s Indwelling Spirit. His Spirit, to quote Charles Stanley, is “the God resident” in us!  And so, we who live by the Spirit of God in us, desire what His Spirit desires for us.  His Spirit is the solution to all of our fears and failures, for His Spirit brings life and peace. Abide in God’s peaceful, Indwelling Spirit. 

Photo: Sedona, AZ

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Joel 2:13-14

Change your life, not just your clothes.
    Come back to Godyour God.
And here’s why: God is kind and merciful.
    He takes a deep breath, puts up with a lot,
This most patient God, extravagant in love,
    always ready to cancel catastrophe.
Who knows? Maybe he’ll do it now,
    maybe he’ll turn around and show pity.
Maybe, when all’s said and done,
    there’ll be blessings full and robust for your God!

Come home.  God wants you to return to Him. He is slow to anger and patient when we stray; He compassionately holds us with His loving arms.  He is our loving, forgiving, gracious Father.  He changes our hearts to fall in love with Him.  Wear love as an outward symbol of an inner homecoming. He blesses us in softening our hearts and welcoming us home.  We are His beloved. Be at home in God’s love.  

Photo: Retreat of Robert Frost, Vermont


God Answers with Peace

Philippians 4:4-7 – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

God is close to us. He gives us peace to guard our minds.  We can’t will such peace; it is beyond our control and transcends our understanding. It is God’s gift to us.  He cares about every prayer request, and wants us to joyfully ask Him for anything, with grateful hearts. He answers our requests with peace.  He is our Prince of Peace. He guards our minds in Christ; we cannot be shaken from our peaceful position in Christ. We do not need to be anxious, ungrateful or lacking joy for anything.  The Lord is near to us, and He brings everlasting peace. Ask Him.  

Photo: Iceland


Faith Replaces Fear 

Psalm 56:3 When I am afraid, I will trust in you.

Romans 8:31 If God is for us who can be against us.

Fear tries to steal us of our peace and hope in God’s loving plans.  Fear is unbelief.  Faith re-centers our minds and hearts on the truth that God is for us.  He will not forsake us.  His love never ends.  His purpose will prevail. His Word is true:  when we are afraid, we trust in God.  Fear cannot be against us because we have faith in our all-powerful, all-loving God!  Faith is belief in action.  Faith steps into the shoes of fear and walks us toward God.  We experience the love of God, by faith in His Word, His Will and His Way!  God replaces our fears with living and active faith!  

Photo: Bull Creek, Austin, Texas


Live in Peace 

Romans 8:5-6  Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 

We literally receive peace and life when we allow our minds to be filled with God’s Spirit.  Our anxious thoughts are laid to rest.  Our hearts are calmed.  Our minds are stilled.  Our souls are restored. Even our desires align with God’s desires.  We want what He wants for us: love, joy and peace.  Invoke the Spirit of God, through the Word of truth and the Father’s love, to abide in your heart, soul and mind.  It will allow you to sleep, dream and live well.  You are the Indwelling place of His Spirit.  God surrounds you, encircles you, and fills you with His peace.  

Photo: Italian Fisherman


God Equips You for the Journey

Hebrews 13:20-21 Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Through God’s peace and His promise of eternal life fulfilled in Christ, He equips us to do His will.  He already has supplied our equipment for successfully carrying out His calling every day. We just need to connect to Him. Pray He continuously equips you in the morning for the day’s challenges, He equips you in the night with rest and peace, He equips you with unconditional love in your relationships, and He equips you with eternal hope in His redemption.  He not only longs for you to follow His good, pleasing and perfect will, He equips you for the journey of faith.    He supplies you with the love, grace, forgiveness, fortitude, hope and Spirit you need to fulfill His Will. Amen! 

Photo: The Backpacker


Peace and Gratitude 

“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15 (ESV)

Two of our deepest spiritual needs are peace and gratitude.   God calls us to a peaceful existence with grateful hearts.  When we experience a flood of restless thoughts or wave upon wave of hardship,  we are to be grateful for God’s lasting peace to weather and endure the storms.  In waiting on God and enduring hardship with gratitude, we are sustained fully by the gift of God’s peace.  

Noah experienced the peace of God in a flood that overwhelmed the world for 40 days and nights; he waited calmly for the sign of land, continued to believe and trust God, and was delivered a dove and olive branch. Noah then knew God’s peace came over the whole earth. 

“After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth.”

Photo: Yosemite National Park, California


Christ’s Peace 

“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

Christ gives us HIS peace.  He leaves His peace with us, after the resurrection.  His peace is not of the world. The world’s peace is momentary, fleeting, and conditional.  

Can we even imagine Christ’s peace? His peace sustained Him through 3 years of ministry that resulted in others’ betrayal, accusation, fear, doubt, and pain. His peace allowed Him to suffer silently while He was beaten and crucified by those who praised Him just one week before.  His peace gave Him supreme confidence and conviction to carry out God’s supreme purpose for the redemption of humanity.  His peace carried Him through the cross to the empty tomb. His peace centered on His love for all of us.  

You have His peace to sustain you through suffering, to convict you of truth, and to center you on love for God and others.  Christ’s peace be with you always. 

Photo: Riverbend Church – Austin, Texas


Peace like a River

Romans 8:6 “the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”  Belief turns to trust as we allow God’s Spirit to enter in and guide our minds; and trust in God produces peace.   “Peace of mind” is a mind filled with God’s Spirit.

 John 7:38 “Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”  The Spirit brings overflowing life and peace, like a river.  Our springs will not run dry; they will flow with living water by God’s replenishing Spirit of peace. Trust God’s Spirit to renew your mind and replenish your peace.  

Let us pray.  Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Photo: Colorado Bend State Park, Texas