Philippians 1:28 - "Don't be afraid of your enemies; always be courageous, and this will prove to them that they will lose, and that you will win because it is God who gives you the victory."
Peace is spirit power. Your peace, your immovable stand upon the Word of God, is a sign that you are positioned correctly in perfect submission to the will of God. The very fact that you are not frightened by your adversary is a sign that you have authority over him.
Isaiah 26:3 - "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee."
Peace is not the absence of conflict -- it is the absence of inner conflict.
Romans 8:6 - "For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace."
Galatians 5:22 - "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith"
UNDERSTANDING OUR SPECIFIC CALLING
Ephesians 1:4 - "He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love."
The believer is called to rest in God, but we must also labor with God. In this labor, we most find His purpose for our life.
God who is so particular and specific knew what He was creating us for before the world was even created. We each have a very specific calling in Christ. We will never know a true peace and fulfillment in our hearts until we understand and implement our fruit-bearing potential in God's Kingdom.
THE PEACE OF CHRIST IN OUR SPIRIT IS OUR GUIDE
Colossians 3:15 - "And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from the Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts to which as members of Christs one body you were also called to live. And be thankful, giving praise to God always."
If we are irritated and upset about things in our life it is very hard to receive quiet guidance from the Holy Spirit. Sometimes a certain action is in question; so we let the peace of Christ be our guide. Through the subtle inward witness of the Holy Spirit He guides us to the action we need to take.
Revelation 4:6 - "And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal."
The source of God's Peace is God Himself. The glass sea is a symbol: there are no ripples, no waves, no anxieties troubling God. The Lord is never worried never in a hurry nor without an answer. The sea around Him is perfectly still and totally calm. All our victories flow out from being seated here with Him.
2 Peter 3:14 - "With this to look forward to, do your utmost to be found at peace with Him, unblemished and above reproach in his sight."
CHALLENGED AND CHANGED
We want a peace that temporarily comforts and coddles because we do not like to be challenged or changed.
The peace that flows into us from the Lord satisfies the soul with full assurance that He is still for us, even as we are being taken through fire -- in which we can be changed into His likeness.
2 Corinthians 3:18 - "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory even as by the Spirit of the Lord."
Galatians 5:16 - "But I say, walk by the Spirit, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh."
I AM DEVELOPING MY OWN HUMAN SPIRIT, AND I AM BECOMING MORE SENSITIVE TO THE SPIRIT OF GOD.
I HAVE ACCEPTED THE CALLING OF GOD ON MY LIFE TO LEAVE THE LOW LIFE BEHIND, AND I AM FOLLOWING THE SPIRIT OF GOD TO A HIGHER REALM, WHERE I UNDERSTAND HOW TO BEAR FRUIT FOR THE KINGDOM THAT REMAINS (John 15:16) AND LIVE IN CONTINUAL PEACE, JOY, AND VICTORY.
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