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The Peace of God, which Passeth all Understanding [podcast]

"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7

Peace has come to us at the highest, infinite price ever paid.

Jesus is the “Prince of Peace” and He “made peace by the blood of his cross” so that we now have “peace with God,” peace among the brethren, and peace in our hearts (Isaiah 9:6-7; Colossians 1:20; Romans 5:1; Ephesians 4:3; Psalms 133:1; Philippians 4:7, etc.).

“And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” Colossians 1:20

There was a price to be paid for peace between God and fallen man and it was Christ’s blood. Jesus “made peace through the blood of his cross” and the only way we can have peace, “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,” is through the cross – by being truly washed in the blood of the “Prince of peace,” and “crucified with Christ” (Isaiah 9:6-7; Colossians 1:20; Philippians 4:7; Galatians 2:20). Any other prescription for peace is a lie. Beware of the cross-less counterfeits which Paul specifically warned us of (Philippians 3:18-19).

Hint: If the cross isn’t in the middle of a man’s message, it’s not of God – it’s not the original Gospel, it’s “another gospel” (Galatians 1:6-9).

God brought peace to the world, to mankind, through the death of His only begotten Son. And, He has ordained that peace come to those who truly follow Jesus the “Prince of Peace” which simply means to die and let Him live in your personal daily life – which according to Jesus, is the only way to follow Him (Luke 9:23-24). His peace will then possess your life and there are no shortcuts.

Today we see countless, continual promises of peace which are misleading at best and hopeless. We see the same people trying to cope and have peace who were doing the same 20-30-40 years ago.

If you want peace but not the “Prince of peace,” you’ll have neither. No Jesus – No Peace.

For His fallen race, there were no shortcuts. Christ, of necessity, had to come and die and when He did He defeated our enemy the Devil and conquered sin by dying (Isaiah 59:16; Ezekiel 22:30). Where there is sin, there is no peace. Where sin is forgiven, the subject is washed, and there is peace. The LORD is “Holy, holy, holy” (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8).

“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” Hebrews 2:14-15

Wherever there is separation from our “Prince of Peace,” there is no peace in us. Union with God and peace possessing us go hand in hand. There will be bondage and not peace until there is oneness between the individual and the LORD, His Maker and Redeemer.

Notice that Jesus Christ paid with His own blood to grant peace between God and fallen men and also for those still “in earth,” to walk in His peace. Christ’s blood exclusively satisfied the claims of the Father’s justice to reconcile fallen man back to Himself (Isaiah 53:11).

The cross of Christ is at the center of our peace. In fact, there could not have been peace between God and fallen mankind without Christ’s perfect sacrifice on that cross which fully satisfied the Father’s claims of justice to redeem mankind.

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of OUR PEACE WAS UPON HIM; and with his stripes we are healed. … 11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.” Isaiah 53:5, 11

Jesus secured your peace – in Him! And as long as you remain “in Him,” – that is, on His terms and no other – His peace will possess your heart.

“For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;” Ephesians 2:14

Through the blood of Jesus, there is now but “one body in Christ” made up of both Jews and Gentiles (non Jews). Read Ephesians 2.

Peace in our hearts is more important to peaceful sleep than an expensive bed.

There is “no peace” to the wicked. Peace from God comes only when the individual is brought to repentance and saving faith in Christ, the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6-7; 57:21).

The man who won’t do things God’s way, will never have peace, never. God’s way is the cross – the cross of Christ and the cross He mandated that we take up “daily” (Luke 9:23-24).

Being possessed by Christ is being possessed by His peace that passes all human understanding!

Many today take drugs to help them sleep which is a mere band aid. Drugs don’t get to or solve the root of their issue which only God can do.

“For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. 15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; 16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction, 17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man. 18 He keepeth back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.” Job 33:14-18

Did you see the cross in this passage above? – That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.” Only the cross can separate us from our own purposes unto God and crucify sinful pride out of our lives.

The Christian life will not work without the power generator of the cross. Let the addiction begin – as the resurrection life of Christ fills, teems in, and works through His crucified saints! (See 2 Corinthians 4:10-12.) Are you ready to exchange your sin, guilt, misery, and shame for Christ’s resurrection life? Cross – Resurrection Gospel Life

God Provided the Divine Remedy for All that Ails Us!

As the Great Intercessor, our LORD Jesus, Heaven’s KING, ever lives to provide what He died to purchase for His people, His body (Hebrews 4:14-16; 7:24-26).

Are you struggling with lack of peace, with lack of good sound sleep?

Are you battling to walk in an abiding relationship, fellowship with Christ?

Is there mental anguish at hand?

Is your sleep disturbed?

Be not surprised, we are in a war. Those who fight – God’s way – will be blessed with the spoils of His peace.

Prayer: LORD Jesus, please teach us to “fight” the way YOU have ordained. We here and now acknowledge that we do not fully understand this and ask You now to teach our hearts. Father, we ask this in the name of Jesus.

He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.” Psalms 18:34

“A Psalm of David. Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:” Psalms 144:1

The Fight, the War New Testament Saints Fight

What happens when you kick a dead dog? Nothing.

What happens when you kick a live dog? He bites you, right?

Are you alive in self-will or are you crucified with Christ, presently?

Have you died the death?

Have you cried with Jesus “not my will, but thine, be done” (Luke 22:42).

The cross is the only – the only – exclusive place that we are found in His rest from all the “noise,” the turmoil that seeks to disturb our peace of mind. When I am not in the cross, I am not in His peace. Christ and His cross are inseparable. The cross and peace are inseparable (Colossians 1:20). Returning afresh is what God is leading me to do, daily.

“If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.” Colossians 3:1-4

God will fill no vessel with His peace until that vessel surrenders – consents to be crucified with Christ, truly.

The “mind of Christ” only dwells in His crucified vessels – who therefore serve God and others, not self (Philippians 2:3-5).

“Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh (the cross), arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin (the cross) … Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:” 1 Peter 4:1, 12

Whew, personally this disciple is no stranger to the war that rages over the mind. Every disciple of Christ can surely attest to this war.

THIS is the fight – to remain dead and buried so Christ alone is reigning in us! Think about this …. The mind of Christ is specifically defined as elevating JESUS and others above ourselves which is the fruit, the outworking of the crucified life (Philippians 2:3-5).

…. Oh and there is also Isaiah 26:3, right? When I am in Christ, in His prescribed cross, I am dead and buried and at rest, at peace with Him…..

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Isaiah 26:3

The believer is kept in Christ’s “perfect peace” as he choose to remain dead and buried – crucified with Christ.

Walking in divine peace is more than simply controlling your thoughts and thinking on the things of God. It’s most important to consent to your own death and burial so that Christ can raise you up! When Jesus is filling and raising you up, your vessel will be full of all of His bless-ed fruits, including the peace of God that passes all understanding.

We are in a war saints! This war will not end till we are with Christ!

“But I KEEP under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.” 1 Corinthians 9:27

Notice the words of Paul – “I KEEP under my body.” This denotes the necessity of remaining in the cross, “daily” (Luke 9:23-24).

You must “fight the good fight of faith”! (1 Timothy 6:12)

“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:” 2 Timothy 4:7

The “Work of faith, and labour of love”

When Jesus is truly the “first love” of ours lives, HE is first priority and we labour in His love by faith to maintain that abiding relationship (John 15; Revelation 2:4-5).

“Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;” 1 Thessalonians 1:3

Are you fighting – the good fight – to be dead and buried with Christ? Is this not the “rest” we are to “labour” to enter into?

“Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” Hebrews 4:11

Are we laboring to enter the rest of the LORD through the crucified life He’s called us to? If not, peace will allude us and the opportunity to consent to dying and experiencing His resurrection peace lies before us. God blesses those who simply choose to do things HIS way (Matthew 6:33).

To be presently, practically “crucified with Christ” is to be “hid with Christ in God,” right? (See Galatians 2:20; Colossians 3:3.) How can there be unrest, lack of peace, or turmoil in Christ? No such thing. Impossible.

If we will hearken to the LORD, adhere to His cross message, there will be no fear in us!

“But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.” Proverbs 1:33 (A memory truth!)

Okay now here is some amazing imagery of the blessings of God. Check this out:

“Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.” Job 5:21

“Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.” Psalms 31:20

How can Satan and his confusion possibly find those who are “dead” and buried and whose lives are “hid with Christ in God”? (See Colossians 3:3.)

Satan is the author of sin and lack of peace (James 3:13-18). “God is not the author of confusion” (1 Corinthians 14:33).

“The secret place of the most high” is the cross!

“He that dwelleth (camps out) in the secret place of the most High shall abide (remain) under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 4 He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; 6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.” Psalms 91:1-6

Yes God is our “refuge and my fortress” and yet simply confessing this truth does not secure the blessings thereof. We must be crucified with Christ.

The divine economy is a cross economy.

God’s Word informs us that Satan is the very accuser of the brethren and the way we overcome is “by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony” (Revelation 12:10-11).

“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death (the cross).” Revelation 12:10-11

More than simply confessing and declaring the blood of Jesus over our lives, is the need for us to be in that cross of Christ – dead, buried, and raised up in His power! This is the Gospel re-enacted in our daily lives! (2 Corinthians 4:10-12.) Jesus is the very “Prince of peace” and as we are in Him – crucified with Christ – we are at rest, at peace, in His peace (Isaiah 9:6-7).

Memory Verse:

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20

Remember that according to Colossians 1:20 “the blood of his cross” secured our “peace,” our place with God in “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, (which) shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

The cross is how we truly “seek peace, and ensue it.”

“Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.” 1 Peter 3:11

Praying for HIS rest in your heart and mind and life….

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