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Living in the Peace of God

     It is possible to live a life of continual peace? The answer is YES. But people cannot experience this peace continually without accepting the Prince Peace, the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior. 
     Yet, the heart of man yearns for peace. People all over the world desire to live in peace, not turnoil. But despite all of man's weak efforts to bring peace, the world is filled with turmoil and strife and hatred.
     Just think about it!! If all the people in the world would accept Jesus, then the world would have this peace. The time is coming when this will happen during the Millenial Reign of Christ.
     True peace in the natural realm is only found by those who have been reconciled to God through new birth and have recieved God's supernatural peace which surpasses human understanding (Philippians 4:7).
     Pease is one of the spiritual blessings promised to us as believers. Isaiah 53:5 says, "...the chastisement for our peace was upon Him..." (This was the method used to bring us into favor and peace with God).
     Ephesians 1:3 says,"...blesses with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places in Christ."
     Psalm 29:11 says that peace is a gift from God. "...the Lord will bless His people with peace."
     God says in His Word that it is possible for us to live in peace and tranquility even when the storms of life rage all around us.
     Isaiah 54:10 says, "But My kindness shall not depart from you, not shall My covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has mercy on you."
     Therefore, circumstances should never determine whether or not we have peace.
     From my own personal experience, I can tell you that when the storms are raging in life, as you realy draw near to God, you can come into that secret place of the Most High God (Psalm 91:1-2) and you can experience supernatural peace that surpasses human understanding.
     But the truth is, so many believers move in and our of the peace of God according to their circumstances. The reason being that they really do not know how to trust God. Even though God has given us peace, it is up to us to live in that peace.
     We cannot afford to become caught up in the emotion of every little test or trial instead of keeping our eyes on Jesus and trusting God for the outcome.
     The devil wants to take these tests and trials and try to steal your peace. But know this: the devil CANNOT steal your peace because you have been delivered from the power of the enemy (Colossians 1:13). 
     The devil CANNOT take any of God's blessing from you when you know your authority in Jesus Christ and obey the Word of God.
     Isaiah 48:18 says, "Heed My commandments - your peace will be like a river."
     Let's look at a few principles that will help us stay in peace when we are faced with difficult circumstances: 
           1. Isaiah 26:3- God will keep us in perfect peace when our minds are continually resting upon the 
               Lord. We need to be aware of the Lord's presence and His providence in every situation of life                  by meditating on His Word and communing (koinonia) with Him throughout every day. I know                    this works because I have done this.
           2. Renew your mind with God's Word (Philippians 2:5). As we renew out minds with the Word of                    God, we will be able to have the mind of Christ.
     Our minds play a crucial part in out ability to live in the peace of God.  If the mind is negative and fearful, there will be no peace. 
     Again, if we continually set out thoughts and attention upon the Lord and His Word, instead of upon natural circumstances, then God will keep us in His peace. 
     You see, only the peace of God is perfect peace which lasts a lifetime throughtout every kind of situation and circumstance- good or bad.
            3. John 14:27 - "My peace I give to you... let not your hearts be troubled neither let them be                           afraid."
     Here we have a choice on whether or not to allow our hearts to be in turmoil or fearful. Colossians 3:15 Paul says to let peace rule in your hearts. Only you can decide to let the peace of God rule and reign in your heart, and not allow your heart to be troubled or to be in fear.
     In Ephesians 4:6-7 Paul tells us how to have peace rule in our hearts. Do not worry or have the spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7).
     Fear is a spirit and it is not from God!!!
     By refusing to worry, we can drive out the spirit of fear and have peace.
     Also, watch the words of your mouth (Proverbs 6:2). Just don't let imaginations and worries clutter your mind. 2 Corinithians 10:5 says to take those thoughts into captivity and cast them down.
            4. We must learn to live in peace with one another and especially with our brothers and sisters in                   Christ Jesus.
     2 Corinthians 13:11 says, "... Be of good comfort, be of one mind (being of mind concerning the things of God), live in peace, and the God of love and peace  be with you."
     As we fellowship together in one mind (the mind of Christ) and in one accord, we will live in peace and unity together as the family of God.
     Today, the choice is ours. We can choose to live a life with tormented minds and troubled hearts. We can choose to live in strife and division with other believers. Or we can choose to obey the Word of God and live in the peace of God. 
     Accept the  Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. Refuse to allow the devil to steal your peace. Refuse to allow circumstances and other people to steal your peace.
     Cast down vain imaginations and fear and set your mind steadfastly on the Word of God and on serving Him. Allow the peace of God to be manifested in your life like a mighty river.