The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
Scripture declares the Lord Jesus Christ to be "the Prince of life" and "the Prince of peace." It also teaches that "to be spiritually minded is life and peace" (Acts 3:15; Isaiah 9:6; Romans 8:6). Thus, to consistently live with an assured and tranquil heart means that we walk in relationship and fellowship with the Prince.
"To live is Christ" (Philippians 1:21).
"We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1).
Our flesh resists this truth. "The flesh lusteth against the spirit" (Galatians 5:17). Human, earthly perspective tells us that life is something other than God and proper relationship with Him. "My career is my life… My family is my life… My hobby is my life… My church is my life…My possessions are my life." On and on the list of error and inevitable disappointment goes, providing moments of happiness, but never satisfying the heart with the true life found only in the Lord Jesus. "I am… the life" (John 14:6). The flesh (along with devilish influence) also tempts us to believe that peace involves circumstance, condition, and situation rather than the grace of the Prince and faith in Him. If this were the case, our hearts could never rest because not a one of us can control our lives to the degree we know for sure what lies around the nearest corner. As the Lord Jesus Christ mentioned in the parable of the rich man with full barns, "God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?" (Luke 12:20).
Only the Prince, the Prince of life and peace, can bestow living vitality and secured assurance throughout the kingdom of our hearts. Indeed, find His most joyful subject in this or in any hour, and we will discover the life and peace of the Prince where our earthly and fleshly reasoning would never expect Him to be. That subject may well be in the most dire of circumstances, conditions, and situations. However, the challenges that moved them to look to the Prince led them to find the life and peace known only in His presence and faithful bestowal to the kingdom of the heart. Because His is a "peace… which passeth all understanding," a peace where it seems it should not be. And His is a life "more abundant" because it is His life, again, revealed where it seems it could not be (Philippians 4:7; John 10:10). Yes, for life and for peace, we look to the Prince, the Prince of life and of peace, and we look to Him only.
"The Lord will bless His people with peace."
Weekly Memory Verse
Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.
(I Thessalonians 4:1)