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PEACE THAT PASSES UNDERSTANDING

2 Thessalonians 3:16 “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way.”  

God doesn’t intend for His peace to be an infrequent surprise.

Additionally, peace is a fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control”.

God has given believers a life that includes the presence of the Holy Spirit.  So, if we are believers, how can we not have peace?

As Christ-followers, having peace should be a Spiritual fruit evidenced in our everyday lives, winning any battle with anxiety or fear handily.  God’s intent is for us to live lives of love, joy, and peace; to exhibit patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  When we completely submit to Him, the fruit is evident and life in a turbulent world is one of peace because Christ is the Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6 tells us, “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 uses peace often in his prophecy and one of the most memorized verses of the Bible is Isaiah 53:5, “But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”

What does this Scripture say about peace?  God has paid the price for our peace.  

So, if we don’t have peace, has God paid the price in vain?  

What would happen if we lived totally under God’s authority, completely turning our lives over to Him?  He told us in Isaiah 48:18, Oh that you had paid attention to my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea;” God’s peace is the river and the obstacles of life can’t stand against the power of God’s river of peace.

In a season where hustle and bustle are the norm, live Christ and live peace…at all times in every way.

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