The PEACE of God SURPASSES Our Mortal Thoughts (Week 4)
“As He approached and saw the city, He wept over it, saying, “If you knew this day what would bring peace — but now it is hidden from your eyes.” Luke 19:41-42
“What would bring you peace—Literally, the things that make for, or tend to, peace. The Greek is the same as that translated “conditions of peace” in Luke 14:32; in this case, obviously, the “things that make for peace” are repentance, reformation, righteousness.” Ellicotts commentary
Repentance: Please take a moment and honestly examine one of your sins. Consider how low the weight of the guilt of that sin presses and sinks you. While the weight keeps you pressed low, from that vantage point you now see all the other things that have been pressed low and those things will now be your influence. These ‘low things’ will teach and guide you and offer their wisdom to you and there you remain tied down and will easily accept the lies that keep you there. Oh, but there is good news! Repentance from that sin will remove the weight of guilt. Repentance will free you and restore peace to your heart and mind. This is your peace. Do not shut your eyes to the things that concern your peace. Not one of us is outside of time. We each have our day and our time of grace, may none of us be found sleeping concerning repentance and be past our time of remedy.
Reformation: The legacy of the Reformation is, “Let the man who would hear God speak, read Holy Scripture.” (Luther) God speaks to his people in the Book and it is the place where we hear his voice. From the Word, the Spirit works in us internally and brings our internal thoughts and external experiences in line with the Truth. The power of reformation is the people of God meeting personally with Him through his very words. This pattern is powerful enough to reform any heart, any family, any church, and any nation. This is your peace.
Righteousness: We are told that ALL have sinned and ALL have fallen short of the glory of God but we are justified by HIS grace through the redemption found in Christ Jesus. Through Jesus, God has removed His wrath from all that have faith in the blood of His Son. God, therefore, declares you righteous if you have faith in Jesus (Romans 3:22-26)! We are in right-standing with God through Jesus; we are justified (just-as-if we never sinned). All of this because of His amazing grace ~ God’s unmerited favor. This is your peace.
Jesus plainly informs us, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.” Peace is knowing we have received in us, through the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ peace. All the peace concerning the providence of God is given us through the Spirit He Himself gave us. We receive HIS peace; he does not create our peace nor does His peace come alongside our peace. We share the peace Jesus has. Hallalujah!
Some verses highlighting peace:
He is the Prince of Peace and God of peace. (Isaiah 9:6, Romans 15:33)
To set your mind on the Spirit will be life and peace to you. (Romans 8:6)
The kingdom of God is peace. (Romans 15:13)
Be at peace and the God of love and peace will be with you. (2 Corinthians 13:11)
The God of hope fills us with peace as we believe in Him so that we overflow with hope. (Romans 15:13)
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. (Romans 16:20)
Peace comes by being born again. (Galatians 6:16)
The God of peace Himself sanctifies you completely. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
Peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ in truth and love. 2 John 1:3
We can envision peace even if there is currently no peace. (Ezekiel 13:16)
God’s peace surpasses every mortal thought in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
Live the truths of the Bible and the peace of God will be with you. (Philippians 4:9)
You, chosen according to the foreknowledge of God, may peace be multiplied to you. (1 Peter 1:2)
The fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who cultivate peace.” James 3:18
Friends, yield yourself to the Spirit of God and allow the peace of God to surpass your mortal thoughts, understanding, logic, and wisdom. HIS peace does not always make sense according to what our sensory perceptions are revealing to us. This is why we walk by faith and not by sight. Thank you, Lord that you have given us Your Spirit. Without Him, we would never truly experience REAL peace.
Remember: Review the post dated Oct. 24th regarding the weekly schedule concerning the Fruit of the Spirit. (Thursday we fast and pray. Friday consider what the Lord reveals to you and repent as the Spirit leads. Saturday, manifest/be aware of God’s peace in you at least once, Sunday at least twice, and Monday at least three times.)
In His grace,