Peace…it is something we all long for and find ourselves seeking. When we seek to find peace in the things of the world, we will leave frustrated and disappointed. We can experience peace in this world, even amidst conflict and turmoil.
Peace — (Merriam Webster Dictionary) — a state in which there is no war or fighting; a state of tranquillity or quiet: as freedom from civil disturbance; a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom; freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions; harmony in personal relations.
Our true source of lasting peace is found in God’s presence, because He IS peace!
Peace — (Old Testament) shalom — completeness, soundness, safety, quiet, tranquility, contentment. Jehovah Shalom —The Lord is Peace
Peace — (New Testament) eirene — a state of national tranquility; peace between individuals, security, safety; metaphorically, peace of mind, tranquility arising from reconciliation with God and a sense of divine favor; the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is.
Spend some time today just soaking in the Word of His Truth. As we have done before in our summer series, read slowly, stop and ponder the verse you’ve just read, allow God’s truth to wash over you and flood your heart and soul with His presence and peace.
As you read today’s verses, notice God’s Word confirms for us that fixing and focusing our minds upon the truths of Scripture are key to peace in our lives. When we rehearse God’s Word we are affirming and reminding ourselves of who He is. And His presence is peace!
As you read today, note the connection between our trust in God and our peace. They are always connected!
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. —Isaiah 26:3
May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace! —Psalm 29:11
Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble. —Psalm 119:165
And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever. My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places. —Isaiah 32:17-18
For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. —Isaiah 54:10
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. —Isaiah 9:6
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. —Romans 5:1
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace. —Ephesians 2:13-14a
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. —John 14:27
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. —John 16:33
For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. —Romans 8:6
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.—Romans 15:13
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…—Galatians 5:22
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me — practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you .—Philippians 4:6-9
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. —James 3:17-18
Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all. —2 Thessalonians 3:16
Spend some time reflecting on the verses from today and on the fact that God is our Peace!
It’s my prayer that through this series we will, “from the rising of the sun to its setting”, focus on and praise our amazing God! We’ll take the Word for the day and think about it, ponder it, pray it and practice it. We’ll allow it to really SOAK into our hearts and lives. And then we’ll SHINE — boast, rave, praise and celebrate God’s presence in our lives, reflecting Jesus to those around us.
May the God of peace be with you all!
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