A consideration of the subject of peace was begun in the previous article -- peace with God and the peace of God.  The blessed truth for believers in Jesus Christ is that peace with God is settled matter because of the gift of eternal life, God’s kind of life. The Apostle John gave assurance to fellow believers during the Roman persecution in the form of a legal deposition … “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.  He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life” (1 John 5:11-12 NIV). Paul, in writing to the churches in Rome addressed the fact that peace with God was a result of the individual placing their faith in Christ … “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand” (Rom 5:1-2 NIV).  These apostles stated divine realities, unalterable and irrevocable positions that God has granted in grace.  These truths are not dependent on the behavior or character of the believer but on the integrity of God.  That having been established by Scripture, another issue is presented in God’s Word -- the peace of God. This peace also is from God, for He is the source of all peace.  While peace with God is a permanent position upon salvation, experiencing the peace of God in one’s spiritual life requires the use of God’s grace provisions – the Word of God and the filling of the Spirit. The Word must be taught, learned, believed and applied to life and that can only occur when there is no unconfessed sin in the believer’s life.  Here is where the spiritual hitch occurs and it is often caused by the sin of worry.  It behooves all of us to be reminded of the admonition given to the Christians in Philippi … “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:6-7 NIV). In today’s vernacular, Paul is saying “stop worrying.”  That is the negative mandate, but something must fill the cavity of expelled worry.  That magnificent replacement to worry is found in just two words – “in everything.”  Nothing is too minimal or insignificant to take before the throne of grace.  There is no need to sheepishly approach the Father as if He were tired of hearing us.  He desires our total dependence on Him and even instructs the believer how to approach Him … “Let us therefore come boldly [with confidence] to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:16 NKJV). Paul fills in the details of this approach before the Father’s throne.  It is to include thanksgiving along with our requests.  Too often that first part is omitted; we ask but we forget to give thanks for either previous answer to prayers or for the provisions of both the physical and spiritual life.  Peter reminds us that God has made sufficient provision for the totality of our lives, therefore there is no place for worry.  “His divine power has given us everything we need for life [physical] and godliness [spiritual] through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” (2 Peter 1:3-4 NIV).  As Christians we have no excuse to live a life of worry and fear for our Lord desires that … “Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2 NIV). 

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