Everlasting Peace

John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  Isaiah 9:6 says that He is our Prince of Peace.

Ephesians 2:14 says that He Himself is our peace.  It is His everlasting gift to those who put their faith and trust in Him.  His peace flows through us like a river.  A gift is something we don’t earn.  We cherish it and keep it.

We will never lose His gift of peace because as the above verse says, He is our peace.  Yet we can override it with our worry, fears, doubts, and negative dialogue.  Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”  There is our key to walking continually in His gift of peace.  He is the subject of our thoughts.

Faith and trust are the heart-keeper of our peace.  Ephesians 6:16 says, “Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”  Fiery darts come in the first person.  “You are not…, you cannot…”  It is a personal attack against our faith.  Job’s attack from satan was personal.  It affected his entire life.

Recognize satan’s tactic: to drawn us away from our focus on the Lord.  If we accept the fiery dart lie, it will penetrate and begin to rule internally.  When satan attacks our faith, we counter attack with our faith in God’s word.  Colossians 2:7 says, “Rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.”

We are taught that faith comes by hearing His word (Romans 10:17).  When the fiery dart hits, we don’t give it another thought.  We immediately turn our thoughts to God’s word.  His eternal truth quenches fiery dart lies.

Here is the governor for our heart.  Colossians 3:15 says, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which you were called in one body, and be thankful.”  Both verses in Colossians talk about being thankful.

I will close with 1 Thessalonians 5:18.  It says, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  An attitude of gratitude is like a spiritual sponge that absorbs the negative atmosphere around you.  We also create an internal atmosphere from our negative thoughts about ourself, others, or our circumstances.

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