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Topic: Peace (03/15/04)
TITLE: Peace! be thou still!
By calvin moss
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As the body of Christ, our peace is one of the most important things to us. Peace allows us the opportunity to get through the day at work etc, without letting our flesh or someone else flesh get in the way. When we were in the world, some of us responded to certain situations negatively and ended up stressed out, beat up and upset. We cursed and fought whoever wanted to fight whenever and wherever they wanted to do it. In those days, the worldly way of achieving peace was going shopping for clothes, drinking, drugging, whoring and who knows what else. Getting peace this way pleasurable but pleasure was sin in God`s eyes.
Now, as Christians, it is very important that we guard our peace because the moment we accepted Jesus into our hearts, his peace moved in our lives. Our job is to cultivate peace since it is a fruit of the spirit. According to Galatians 5:22-23, Apostle Paul says “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance against such there is no law. Obviously, we know that peace is a spirit.
Jesus said in John 14:27,“peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”.
We must learn to be peaceful especially through the storms of life. Our peace must be tested and will be or else how are we going to grow? A perfect example of a storm is in Matthew 8:23-26. It mentions that Jesus entered a ship and his disciples followed him and behold there arose a great temp test in the sea, in so much that the ship was covered with the waves: but Jesus saith unto them. Why are ye so fearful? O ye of little faith? Then he arose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. See the revelation here is that Jesus is peace. No matter how big the storm got, the peace of Jesus who is God surpassed it. Peace! Be thou still! In fact, Phillipians 4:7 says “And the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”.
In conclusion, we must strive to be peaceful men and women unspotted from the world. We should not be taken by wrath or anger. Peace must also be made with ourselves because some of us still have not forgiven our past sins. In Matthew 5:9, Jesus says “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God”. I pray that the presence of God continually increases in our awareness. In the name of Jesus Christ.