Glory Seed Devotional 09/12/2014

A Glory Seed Devotional

Don’t think about Peace – practice Peace…

There are times when I find myself wondering why some people (especially me) question the absence of peace in their lives. I am sure Jesus knew what he was talking about when he said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you—not as the world gives, I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” (John 14:27, LEB) And I don’t think he was talking just to hear himself talk.

Lydia Chorpening in her book Bigger than Impossible: Keys to Experiencing the Impossible through God writes, “Peace is a gift Christ has given us. It is a portion of our sound mind. Christ’s peace doesn’t depend on the absence of tests and trials, but it is ours to ravish during dire and difficult times.”

Please do not miss these words nor fail to understand them, “Peace is a gift Christ has given us.” Not speaking specifically of peace Paul writing to the Philippians wrote, “Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are right, whatever things are pure, whatever things are pleasing, whatever things are commendable, if there is any excellence of character and if anything praiseworthy, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8, LEB) The point Paul was trying to make is that we need to think about those things that illustrate peace in our lives.

Paul goes on and gives us the key that unlocks the prison door where the peace Jesus has already given us is locked away. “And the things which you have learned and received and heard about and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:9, LEB) “Practice these things,” Paul writes. Just thinking about peace doesn’t go far enough when we find ourselves surrounded by the storms life throws at us it is not enough just to think about Jesus it’s about reaching out (in faith) take Jesus’ hand then put one foot in front of the other “and the God of peace will be with you.”

The prison officer who locks our peace behind prison doors goes by the name Un Known. Yet when we come face-to-face with Un Known leaving (in faith) the outcome to God Un Known turns and locks himself away. How can we know we can count on God? Chapter 18 of Judges gives us this promise, “And the priest said to them, “Go in peace. Yahweh is in front of you on the journey you want to go on.”” (Judges 18:6, LEB) September 17, 2013 as I went into heart surgery I knew (in faith) I was accompanied by the Holy Spirit and at the same time I knew (in faith) God was waiting for me in the recovery room.

Whatever journey you are on I know (in faith) the Holy Spirit is with you and I also know (in faith) God is waiting for you at the end.

Believe it! Experience it!

Grace and PEACE,

Gary

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“Turn to the Lord! He can still be found. Call out to God! He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6, CEV)

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Scripture quotations marked (LEB) are from the Lexham English Bible. Copyright 2012 Logos Bible Software. Lexham is a registered trademark of Logos Bible Software.

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