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Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. Romans 5:1-2

One day a King summoned two artists into his palace. He commissioned them to paint a picture depicting peace. The picture that best depicted peace would be hung in the castle and the artist would become famous.

Both men returned to their studios to paint their depiction of peace. Soon they were summoned to show their creations to the King. The first artist painted a beautiful picture of a pristine lake at dusk. The reflection of the trees was perfectly silhouetted in the glassy water. A deer and fawn drank quietly in the foreground and a campfire betrayed a young couple camping on the far side of the lake. “This, said the king, is peace.

The second painting was quite different. It was a picture of a stark mountain with a waterfall pouring into the valley below. Lightning exploded from thunderclouds above and windswept rain pelted the barren cliff wall. Hidden, almost unseen, behind the waterfall was a single green shrub. Within the shrub was a nest with a bird peacefully and safely riding out the storm.

At first the king was puzzled, even disgusted at the picture. Then, a smile came to his face when he caught the true meaning of the picture. “Ah, yes,” He smiled, “This is the winner. This is peace. For peace is found in where we find security in the midst of the storm.”

When life hands us turmoil and hardship it’s easy to focus on the problem and how to avoid the pain. We may seek comfort in new jobs, new relationships or drugs. We may even seek peace in religion. The problem is, peace doesn’t come from our surroundings. Peace comes from within. When we are at peace internally, outward circumstances have little or no effect

peace with GodOften we look for peace in unfulfilling places. The only peace that lasts is peace with God. Paul tells us that because of Jesus we can have peace with God. Some may say, “I’ve tried the God stuff and got no peace.” Often we confuse peace WITH God and peace OF God. Peace WITH God is positional and completely reliant on the forgiveness we receive through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

The peace OF God is conditional. The peace of God is what we experience with we are walking close to him and following the guidelines for life as written in his Word, the Holy Bible. One cannot live for self and experience the peace of God. But if we live all out for Jesus we can experience peace in the midst of storms.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I know all about your love but sometimes life throws me a curve-ball. Help me draw close to you in the midst of life’s battles. Show me your peace. In your name I pray. Amen

I pray that the Lord, who gives peace, will always bless you with peace. May the Lord be with all of you. 2 Thessalonians 3:16

True Peace begins with me, is empowered by Christ and thinks eternally.

This is the phrase that came to me as I was pondering what it meant to be truly at peace. We live in a world where peace is merely spoken of as a wish, a dream, a hope we know deep inside of us will probably never come. We have just come out of the Christmas season in which we speak of “Peace on Earth and Goodwill towards Men”. We look forward to a new year in which we always hope for life with a stronger economy, more solid relationships and better health.

True peace, the kind of peace God promises us isn’t dependent on circumstances, nor can it be taken from us by other people. True Peace begins with me, is empowered by Christ and thinks eternally. True peace, God’s peace is best exemplified with the Hebrew word SHALOM. SHALOM peace reaches to the very soul. SHALOM peace encompasses the seen and the unseen, the things I can control and the things I can’t.

True Peace begins with me, is empowered by Christ and thinks eternally. While True peace is initiated by God, I must make a decision to make that peace a part of my life. The great enemy of our souls wants us to believe two lies. One is that we can’t do anything to change ourselves. The other is that the only way we can get better is to pull ourselves up by the bootstraps and try harder. Both lies have partial truths in them. We must make decisions in our lives that will lead to healthier living spiritually, emotionally and physically. One day Jesus met a young man who was unhappy with life. Jesus told him the best way to gain the fulfillment he sought was to give away all he had and follow Christ, Christ alone. The man had a decision to make. He chose to walk away.

True Peace begins with me, is empowered by Christ and thinks eternally. The false part of the enemies lies is that the outcome depends on us. The outcome never depends on us. If it does we are destined to failure. The power to change our attitudes, actions and reactions can’t come from us. It must come from the power of Christ in me. The Apostle Paul tells us “Then, because you belong to Christ Jesus, God will bless you with peace that no one can completely understand. And this peace will control the way you think and feel. (Philippians 4:7) Our minds are guarded from defeat not because of our own power but because of the power of Christ that protects, strengthens and guides us.

True Peace begins with me, is empowered by Christ and thinks eternally. The ‘eternal thinker’ realizes that the trouble of this world, no matter how devastating, is temporary. Everything we can see, touch, hold, hear and taste ends at death. But our heart, our soul lives on eternally. The ‘eternal thinker’ spends his/her energy on things that build for eternity. Jesus says, “I have told you this, so that you might have peace in your hearts because of me. While you are in the world, you will have to suffer. But cheer up! I have defeated the world.” (John 16:33)

PRAYER: Father God, as I move into a new year, let me live a life of true peace. True Peace that begins with me, is empowered by Christ and thinks eternally. Amen.

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