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

“Great podcast. It helped me see how much the Lord has done a mighty work in me. I struggled with insomnia and not sleeping sometimes for days. That can be very hard on your body. As I laid down more of my self and my worries I was able to sleep better. It was lack of faith and trust in God that caused me to not be able to sleep. If you don’t trust God you won’t have peace. Psalm 4 speaks about sleep. Especially verse 8. I will lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety. I can sleep in the peace and safety of Jesus!” Karen

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.

Do you desire the deep and divine peace that only the Prince of peace can give? Are you willing to follow the Lord’s prescription for such?

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” Psalms 119:165 

ANY person who is not immersed in God’s Word – daily reading, studying, and meditating upon it, is not in the will of God, is not abiding faithful in Christ, and does not have “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding.” (Philippians 4:7) We declare this boldly with not one exception, on the final divine authority of God’s Word. And, the only people who would argue with this self-evident fact are the unrepentant who have to this point chosen not to return to the LORD afresh (Hosea 10:12). Until we “repent” – return afresh to Christ – we cannot and will not be blessed by Him with “times of refreshing (which) shall come from the presence of the Lord.” (Acts 3:19)

WHO are they that God says have no peace?

“There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.” Isaiah 57:21

Prayer: LORD Jesus, please teach us to “fight the good fight of faith” 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.

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