Sunday, July 17, 2005

peace

From a "Kingdom Dynamics" sidebar piece in the Bible I use. It is in commentary to Isaiah 9:6:

For unto us a Child is born
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (NKJV)

Peace comes from God (Romans 1:7) and is an evidence of the rule of the Messiah – whose character as the "Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6) waits to instill the settledness of His own rule in our souls. Just as the saving power of His death and resurrection makes it possible for us to have peace with God (being reconciled to Him, Romans 5:1), and the indwelling of His life and character through the holy Spirit’s work in our lives is intended to help us learn to abide in the peace of God, Jesus said to His disciples, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you" (John 14:27).

Surrender to His will and submission to His Word will bring inner rest, as we allow the peace of God to "rule" in our hearts (Colossians 3:15), that is to let God’s peace act as umpire 1) over decisions that would trouble us, 2) overruling doubts that would disturb us and 3) overthrowing the Adversary’s lies that would defeat or deter us. Perfect peace is available when the heart and mind keep focused on God’s promise, power, and presence. Trust Him. "You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You." - Isaiah 26:3

Fuschia Pickett

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