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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Homecoming 

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

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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.  

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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.  

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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