Benefits of Having Peace

Peace: freedom from disturbance; tranquility.

I believe everyone wants to have peace in some form or fashion. There is nothing like enjoying peace and quiet, especially when you have a chance to get away from everything in your daily life.

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No matter what is going on, we can have peace. We can have peace if we know where true peace comes from, and that is God. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 This is Jesus speaking in this verse, and we see see that peace is through Him. Christ so clearly states that in Him is peace and in the world is tribulation.

Have you ever wondered why you are going through rough times. It seems that life is just full of storms, maybe you have too much world in your life and not enough Christ in your life. Christ will bring peace to your life if you let Him!

How do we gain peace through Christ. Simple, have a relationship with Him. Read His Word. Talk to Him daily. Serve Him with your life.

The true peace that comes from Christ has some benefits to it.

Peace through Christ will give protection to your mental and spiritual well-being. “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 We see here that the peace of God will keep our heart and our mind through Christ Jesus. We are weak, we are defenseless in this world if we don’t have Christ. If we are a saved, child of Christ, having a close relationship with Him, we can have the peace that will protect us from the attacks of Satan and the world. In the following verses of Philippians 4, we see that we are given instruction on how to think and what to think on. We are given instruction on being content. Then we also see that we should have confidence in Christ as He will help us in all things.

Peace through Christ will give a passive spirit when wronged. “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” Psalms 119:165 I don’t read this verse as a verse that says that we should never get offended, I read it as a verse that says that when we are wronged by family or friends or whoever, we won’t be offended. I believe that we should be offended when the world pushes sin and evil and wickedness down our throats, but when someone says something bad about us or gossips about us or hurts our feelings, we shouldn’t get offended. We should be passive when it comes to petty things in life. We let the littlest things offend us and get us off track of serving God! We need get in the Word of God and love His Word and we will learn how to forgive and forget like He does, and we won’t be offended over every little thing that comes our way!

We need peace through Christ if we are going to live a life for Him. “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Romans 8:6 Our thoughts, our actions, our talk, everything we do should be based off of the Bible, we need to be spiritually minded if we are ever going to have peace. If we let the world, the flesh and the devil rule our minds, we will be confused, we will have trouble, and ultimately death…whether it be physical death or spiritual death!

You can have peace! Live your life following Christ and His Word and you will find peace!

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Arm Yourselves

Arm Yourselves.

A phrase that as soon as most people hear it, they think of grabbing a weapon or something and being ready for a fight of some sort.

The word ‘arm’ in this phrase means to furnish or equip with weapons, to furnish with something that strengthens or protest, to equip or ready for action or operation, to prepare oneself for struggle or resistance.

In Sunday School yesterday, we read a verse in the Bible that had this phrase in it. Since then, I have been thinking about it quite a bit.

“Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;”

I Peter 4:1

This verse tells us to arm ourselves with the same mind, the mind of Christ. We see in this verse that Christ suffered in the flesh; yet, while in the flesh, he ceased from sin or he did no sin.

We, as humans, are born sinners. There is no other way around that fact. We have to be taught how to be good. We have to be taught how to do right. I don’t have to teach my children how to lie, steal, disobey, throw fits, misbehave…they already are experts at that. I do have to teach them how to tell the truth, not steal, obey, be level headed, and do right.

Because sin just comes so naturally to us, we have to arm ourselves. We have to protect ourselves, we have to strengthen ourselves, we have to be ready for action when sin is presented. We are in a constant spiritual battle everyday between right and wrong, good and evil. Many times, Christians go to battle unprepared, unarmed and they lose and they fall. We have everything we need in the Word of God to arm ourselves and fight against sin.

I like reading and studying about the armor of God found in Ephesians 6. In that chapter, we only see one thing that we can use to fight with. Yes, there is a whole list of pieces of armor to put on for protection, but only weapon. “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” Ephesians 6:17 Hebrews 4:12 states, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

Matthew 4:4 says “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Jesus was tempted by Satan in this chapter, this story is the only temptation of Jesus we see in the Bible. To combat Satan and this temptation Jesus used Scripture. We can make a long study out of the mind of Christ and what we should arm ourselves with, but simply we need to think like Christ and use Scripture to fight sin. This is why we are commanded to use it in Ephesians 6:17.

Trying to live the Christian life without the Bible is like trying drive a car without fuel (or power for all the electric cars out there) you just can’t. You don’t see soldiers going into battle with flip-flops and a beach towel, no, they are geared up, they are armed with weapons, they are ready to fight.

We need to arm ourselves with the Word of God, everything in there is what God wants you to know. There is instruction on how to live right and how to avoid sin. If we use the Word of God to fight against sin with, you will sin less.

As a parent, I find it crucial to teach my children the difference between right and wrong. Not because I decide something is right or something is wrong, but because the Bible says it. At some point my children will have to arm themselves with the Word of God and fight against sin, because daddy and mommy won’t be there to help them. I want my kids to know what the Bible says about lying, about stealing, about disobeying. I want them to know what the Bible says about having a walk with God, going soulwinning, attending church. I want them to know what the Bible says, believe what the Bible says, so that one day they can fight their own battles against sin.

Have you armed yourself today with the Word of God? Are you ready to fight sin and temptation today? Are you going to defeat sin today or are you going to be defeated by sin today? It is your choice if you arm yourself. No one is going to make you arm yourself today. Pick up the Word, read the Word, practice the Word, arm yourself with the Word!

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4 Ways to Build Your Life

Colossians is one of those books of the Bible, that although it is short, it is packed with many truths! I love reading Paul’s epistles as they are all pointed, practical and powerful and if we take the truths that are found in them we can perform, persevere and prosper in the Christian life like he did.

“For this cause we also, since the we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;” Colossians 1:9-10 The goal of the Christian life is to walk worthy unto the Lord. Living a life where everything we do is pleasing unto Him. Where we are fruitful in good works. A life where we increase in knowledge unto God. In vs 9, we see that Paul was praying for these things for the church of Colosse. Praying for these things in others is a good thing. But just because you pray for someone, it is up to them to live for Christ. Same if someone is praying for you, it is up to you to live for Christ.

How do we live a life that is worthy unto the Lord? Well, we have to build our lives in Him.

  1. Build Downward. “If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;” Colossians 1:23 We need to be grounded and settled in the faith. We need to be grounded settled in the Christian life. If our faith in Christ is settled, than we will be able to build upon that. Foundations are built below ground level, where no one can see them. We know they are they because there are buildings all around us that have withstood strong storms, due to their foundation. We don’t always think about the foundation of the building, but it is there and it is doing its job. Our foundation of faith needs to be grounded and settled, others may not see it, you may not even think of it daily, but it needs to be there so when that storm comes, you do not waver, you stand strong. Build downwards in your life, build that foundation of faith…as that is the first building block you need to walk worthy unto the Lord.
  2. Build Upward. “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7 The first part of vs. 6 says “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord…” That is building downward with your faith in Christ. Than these verses go on and say “Rooted and built up in him…” You can’t build up until you are rooted. You can’t build up until you build downward. You will never see a roof before a foundation at a construction site, it is not smart building. Same with the Christian life, if all you have is some walls and a roof and you have no foundation in Christ, you will be gone with the first storm. Once you have the foundation, you begin to build upward by walking with with Him everyday in Bible reading and prayer.
  3. Build Inward. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” Colossians 3:1-3 The way you build inward is by setting your affection on the things of Christ. When you do this, your life will reflect that. What is in your heart will come out in your attitude and your actions. Your affections affect your attitude and actions. If you have your faith in Christ, if you are walking with Christ, and if your heart is set on the things of Christ; then you are on your way to building a great life with Christ.
  4. Build Outward. “Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.” Colossians 4:5 Once you have built yourself up in Christ, it is time to help others build themselves up in Christ. We waste too much time on our own selfish reasons that we forget that the Christian life is all about others. Once we realize that living for others, serving others, telling others about Christ is the main thing of the Christian life…and we do it. Once that happens then we can say that we have built our life in Christ and on Christ. We will never be able to build outward and build others until at first we build ourselves.

Build your life on Christ, in Christ and then help other build their life in Christ. Each one of these four steps is a necessary step in building our Christian life, but you have to build in order and then get to a point to help others to have a successful Christian life.

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