Thursday, December 20, 2012

"Peace Conveyed"

    Every thought or feeling of insecurity provides born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ with opportunity to trust God for His peace and assurance.     "What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee" (Psalm 56:3).    "Afraid" can refer to any sense of jeopardy or uncertainty, regardless of nature or measure.  Our Heavenly Father desires the tranquility of our hearts in all things.  "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee" (Isaiah26:3).  Tiny seeds of fear can and will sprout into rooted plants of fear if we do not quickly and decisively confront the challenge of our spiritual enemies to thwart the peace of the Lord Jesus in our hearts.  "Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines" (Song of Solomon 2:15).    
The Apostle Paul commanded that we "bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ" (II Corinthians10:5).  Notions of fear and insecurity, however seemingly insignificant upon first consideration, must be countered by our determination to trust the Lord for His leadership, provision, and protection.  "The name odd the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it and is safe" (Proverbs18:10).  Believers live from a place and position of such strength and security in Christ that we can live "bold as a lion" (Proverbs28:1).  We should.  We must!  A world steeped in fear awaits to see the peace of God in our faces, our attitudes, our words, the tone of our voices, and our Christ-secured demeanor.  The Lord Jesus is more than able to confront every challenge we will ever face, and has in fact already done so.  As we trust in Him in our "what time I am afraid" challenges, such moments will become blessed experiences of "the peace of God, which passeth all understanding" (Philippians 4:7).  Moreover, peace experienced becomes peace conveyed unto others.  Few opportunities present themselves that have more potential for impacting our particular spheres of influence for the glory of the Lord Jesus.

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."(John 16:33)

"Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."(Philippians 4:6-7)

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