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Monday, October 27, 2014

Romans 5:1  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

There is much power in the subject of this verse.  “Peace”!  I suppose every human being has a great desire for peace.  Many times we get reality turned around and seek peace within our fleshly carnal being.  The carnal side of us can only find temporary peace.  Peace that satisfies the flesh is only momentary thing.  This feeling totally depends upon situations and circumstances.  I have mentioned many times about the exciting time of vacation each year with my brothers and sisters and all their spouses and children.  We have a big time enjoying fellowship among each other.  As time draws near for our trip I have great peace and happiness in my flesh.  I am excited and can hardly stand the anticipation.  It gives me much relief to know this exciting time is approaching.  Then the day arrives that we are to leave.  We have spent hours packing and loading kayaks and beach equipment.  We hop in the truck and away we go.  We spend a week with no stress!  And then… it’s over.  It almost seems ridiculous that the week speeds by so fast.  You see, that was just temporary peace.  It is great to have these “get away from it all” times, but it only last for a short time.  But our verse speaks of an eternal peace.  This peace last forever and ever!  This peace can never be taken, stolen or destroyed.  This peace is a peace in our soul.  This is a peace with God.  Just think for a moment, through salvation in Jesus Christ, we have eternal peace with The Great Sovereign Creator of eternity.  Glory Hallelujah Amen!  Now the devil desires to hang a dark curtain of doubt between us and this eternal peace.  He will offer a worldly life and many other detouring things to attempt to darken our knowledge of this wonderful peace.  He knows that a person with this type peace and joy is a threat to his evil plan.  The enemy may disturb us with doubt for a short time, but then it is just a matter of time till the Lord reminds us of reality and refreshes our memory of our position in Him.  Praise the Lord this morning for eternal peace in our soul!  Peace, peace, wonderful, eternal, glorious PEACE!  Amen. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Psalm 119:165  Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

Great peace!  Peace definitely makes everything much more wonderful.  As we have preached, taught and the Word of God proves, true peace only comes through being born again.  True blood anointed salvation is the only promised avenue for real eternal peace.  True salvation comes with the powerful presence of the Spirit of God.  This presence of God instills peace within our soul.  Amen!!  This peace is renewed and refreshed regularly through the things of God.  Our verse today reminds us of the peace renewal we have through the Word of God.  Our verse calls it the “law”.  This word means God’s precepts.  Show me a child of God that loves their Bible and is enthused by the Word of God and I will show you a person of peace.  If we neglect the Word then we soon began to doubt the abilities of our eternal God.  If we neglect the Word we soon began to doubt our connection through grace to God.  Neglect of the Word is a dangerous thing.  We must saturate ourselves with His Word.  Personal study, preaching and reading of the Word will increase and refresh our peace.  I have dealt with many Christians who have neglected the Word of God for a period and the enemy soon attempted to convince them that they were lost without Christ.  My friend, we must stay near the Word.  The Word of God instills our souls with “great peace”.   But lastly, notice that these people that are in love with the Word are not easily offended.  The devil works in and around our life attempting to arrange situations that will offend us.  You see, offended people leave the church.  Offended people break fellowship with the family of God.  Offended people will put a distance between them and the Spirit of God.  Allowing our self to be offended is a poison to our faith.  But…there is a remedy!  Fall in love with the law of God.  Learn to love your Bible.  Spend much time in the Word.  Build a relationship with the Word that cannot be easily broken.  Amen! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Praise the Lord for peace!  Our verse speaks of “the peace of God”.  The peace of God is the peace above all peace.  This peace only comes through Him, in Him and by Him.  This peace is only acquired and enjoyed by the saved by grace.  This peace provides great power to the child of God.  There are many things in this life that make zero sense to the carnal mind.  We have all experienced many circumstances of life that just boggle our minds.  No matter how hard we try to understand the situation, we just can’t seem to put it together.  Many things are just not for the carnal mind to comprehend.  You see, this life is a Spiritual plan controlled by a Spiritual God.  The Lord has a sovereign eternal plan and He is arranging the pieces of this life to fit His plan.  This internal peace that grace provides fills this gap.  Our verse reminds us that it goes beyond our understanding.  This peace gives us peace that everything is going to be alright.  Amen!  It is an internal spiritual soothing that assures us that God has this under control.  Not one single thing happens in our life unless God either allowed it or provoked it.  Verse 7 gives us great peace in knowing that this grace peace will allow us to keep our sanity.  Many are turning back to their old life and many are just quitting on the Lord.  Why?  Because they do not have this peace.  This peace fills the gap my friend! And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  It may look bad, but it will be good.  It may look hopeless, but it will be arranged to His glory.  It may even feel bad, but it will eventually feel right and holy.  He’s got this.  Yes, the Lord has this and that … yes and that too…under His control.  Relax.  He is God.  Amen!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Ephesians 2:17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

First of all we must determine who this subject is that our verse refers to.  The previous verse describe him well. Eph. 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14  For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:  17 And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.  Praise the Lord!  Yes, He is our peace.  Without Him we have no peace.  The particular verse that I want us to look at this morning is verse 17.  It tells us that He preached peace to those that were far from His will and to those that were close to Him.  Preaching is one sure way that the Lord renews His peace within our souls.  Thank God for preaching!  The world thinks preaching is silly and obnoxious.  The world prefers a speaker that controls himself with much human dignity and much properness.  1Cor. 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.  My friend, the carnal flesh cannot understand the things of the Spirit. Here is a plain verse to explain.  1Cor. 2:14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. Romans 8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Oh my friend, it is so obvious that the Lord distributes fresh peace through His preachers.  Thank God for old time preaching of the Word.  The power that He empowers His preachers with makes no sense to the lost, but to the saved it is great peace.  Powerful preaching excites the child of God, but powerful preaching irritates the world.  It makes no sense unless the Lord touches them with understanding. 1Cor. 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. Praise the Lord for peace distributing preaching!  Amen  

Friday, October 31, 2014

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

There are many things in this life that are standing in line waiting its opportunity to rule our lives.  We must be on continuous guard against worldly, carnal things that wish to overtake our life.  We can look around us and see many who have already been overtaken by an evil ruler.  We see many that alcohol  or drugs have become their ruler.  Then we see those that have allowed their jobs or success to rule their every decision.  My dear friends we must allow the peace of God to rule our lives.  When we become a saved child of God, His Spirit moves in as a permanent resident in our soul and spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit Himself that gives us this eternal, powerful peace that goes beyond all human understanding.  Is the matter of fact, it is this same peace that called us from a life of doom into a life of salvation.  If the Spirit of the Lord is peace then it was peace that drew us to be saved.  If the Spirit of the Lord is peace then it is peace that preserves us as a child of God.  If the Spirit of the Lord is peace then it is peace that will see us through this sinful world to the other side into our eternal home of glory.  Amen!!    My friend, it is His Spiritual peace that confirms who we are on a daily basis.  There are thousands upon thousands of religious souls that are headed to Hell this morning.  Someone conned them into repeating a prayer and joining the church and to be baptized and now they think they are ok with God.  Oh, it’s not the prayer that saves a soul.  It is not joining the church that saves.  It is not baptism that saves.  It is the blood anointing of Jesus Christ that saves the soul.  This peaceful Spirit of God calls and draws the lost soul to the regenerating power of salvation.  It is then and only then that the soul can be justified, sanctified and glorified in Christ.  Some of you may be wondering this morning if you are one of these truly saved souls.  Well, it is not the date that assures you.  It is not the preacher that assures you.  It is not even the baptism that assures you.  It is the peace of God that assures you!  I have visited many saints of God that are living in their last chapter of life.  Their bodies have give out, their minds have give up and their will has almost give in.  BUT their saved soul lives as vibrant as ever.  They may not can run the isles of the church, they may not can remember yesterday and their will may be begging to pass on…BUT their saved soul is shouting and dancing and praising God!  These people will always be still praising the Lord in the last chapter of life.  They may be mentally challenged by dementia, but their soul is still saturated with the peace of God.  Hallelujah!  My friends, the peace of God is priceless, powerful and persuasive!  We must live our lives accordingly.  Don’t allow the temptation of sin get between you and peace.  Refuse to allow the deteriorating worldly atmosphere of sin to fool you.  As a child of God you have eternal peace.  Let peace rule in you life.  The world is going to Hell, but we that are saved are living in the powerful, assuring  peace of God.  Amen and Amen. 

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God
Eph 2:8.

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