IGODíS PEACE PROCESS - PART 2 & 3-1797
IGODíS PEACE PROCESS - PART 2 & 3
t is precious, wonderful, and at times, rare. The world longs for
peace but it always seems to be elusive. It is said of the Ottoman
(1300-1922) that there were only 24 consecutive years of peace
throughout its entire history; otherwise, they were either fighting to
take territory or to retain it.
While the world survived two world wars and a cold war, today there
remain global hotspots, particularly in Asia, that are like dry tinder
in a hot summer. One misguided spark and the region, if not the world,
could go up in flames.
Add to that how even in the relatively prosperous and peaceful western
world, many people lack personal peace, even as Christians. Be
assured, this is not Godís will and He does have the best way forward.
In Part One, we learned that God has peace that surpasses all
understanding. It is freely given, universal in scope, and eternal in
duration. We learned that the pre-requisite to receiving this peace is
to make a decision to obey Jesusí command: donít let your heart be
troubled or afraid (John 14:27).
Here in Part Two, we want to learn how to establish Godís peace in
In regard to the cause of conflict, even war, we need not go any
further than the Book of James:
James 4:1-3 (MEV): Where do wars and fights among you come from? Do
they not come from your lusts that war in your body? 2 You lust and do
not have, so you kill. You desire to have and cannot obtain. you fight
and war. Yet you do not have, because you do not ask. 3. You ask, and
do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your
Bad as this - that our lusts cause conflict and war - there is
something even worse. Humanity is serious danger of incurring the
wrath of God, in part because of the lusts, greed, and sin. The Book
of Romans says that Godís wrath is being stored up against all
ungodliness and unrighteousness (1:18), hardness and impenitent hearts
(2:5), and contentious people who do not obey the truth. Though we are
made in Godís image, our sin nature and actions have put as in enmity
towards God. The carnal mind is on a collision course with God and it
cannot be subject to His law (8:7).
Frankly, it is the most dire situation to be an enemy with the living
God, but thatís what Romans tells us. Yet, God unilaterally instituted
a solution to rectify this situation.
It is called the gospel of Jesus Christ. He died for our sins, was
buried and rose again on the 3rd day; this is the gospel in a
nutshell. Believe this and receive Him and an amazing thing happens.
We are Ďsavedí and Ďjustified,í which means we are declared not guilty
Do you want to enter the peace process? From the very outset, Godís
peace will come upon your heart and mind. A tranquility beyond your
own enablement will enter in. How do you get it?
Say ĎYesí to the gospel and the Prince of Peace Jesus Christ, receive
justification, and look what comes next:
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ ó Romans 5:1
It couldnít been easier or clearer. When the Prince of Peace comes
into your life, you are reconciled with God, adopted into His family,
grafted into Israelís olive tree (Romans 11:17-24) justification sets
in, and a peace beyond all understanding will take control of your
Till this day, I will never forget the feeling of joy and peace I
received when I asked Jesus into my life. That peace has stayed with
me ever since. What God has done for me, He will do for you.
Unlike the manmade Ďpeace process,í where peace is given in
instalments, God gives you complete peace on the spot. Yet, it is
possible to grow in peace, like you can grow in grace, faith and
glory. In fact, you can come to a place of great peace, perfect peace,
and permanent peace.
Our upcoming articles will show you how.
Verses to Ponder
Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved
from wrath through him.
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.
It is instructive, even frightening, how many people in the relatively
peaceful and prosperous western world suffer from mental health
issues. These include anxiety, excessive stress, and depression. Even
those who claim to be believers and attend church are not exempted
from these things. Of course, if the root cause of this malaise is
spiritual, then the solution will be equally spiritually.
God offers a spiritual solution: it is peace - His peace - and
available to any and all who will receive it. Once received, the
mental health issues clear up, wholeness is gained, and joy returns.
Like the Ďpearl of great price,í Godís peace is worth everything to
obtain and will not disappoint.
So far, we learned that the pre-requisite to peace is to recognise
that it comes from Jesus. All the Lord asks is that before we receive
peace, we make a decision to cooperate with His to refuse to let our
heart be trouble or afraid (John 14:27).
The second thing we learned is to establish a beachhead of Godís
peace, we have to be reconciled to God by the new birth. This comes by
believing in the gospel of Christ: He died for our sins, was buried,
and rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures. In other
words, you canít have Godís peace until you are willing to receive in
your heart the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, as Saviour and Lord.
When this happens, we are justified by faith (not by religious works)
and have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
God offers a Ďpeace process.í Unlike the worldly version, which comes
in instalments and can be incomplete and temporal at best, Godís peace
comes freely, fully and permanently. We can and should grow in Godís
peace, as we do in Godís grace, glory, and faith.
The next step is important. Godís peace can be likened to a personal
body guard. Any force that would try to harm you or cause you to fret
and worry can be thwarted. This protective, prevailing peace will
guard your mind - which can be a battle field of negative, anxious
though. It will guard your heart, from which flow the issues of life.
Prevailing peace means that no challenge will go unmet and no
challenge will succeed - Godís peace will prevail against any and all
attacks. When you are peaceful in heart and mind, nothing can rock
How do we obtain Godís protective, prevailing peace? We learn about it
in Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV):
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7And the
peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts
and minds through Christ Jesus.
So here is the secret to growing in the prevailing, protective peace
of God: it comes through prayer. Like the air we breath, prayer is
indispensable for Christian life and growth. Without a lifestyle of
prayer, you will become weak like any other man. Great people of God
have said: A prayer less Christian is a powerless Christian.
If you have the desire to be a person of prayer, but find it difficult
to get started, here are two things you can do. 1) Read about prayer:
in the Bible and also Christian literature. There are plenty of books
on the subject. More importantly, 2) Find an Ďon-fireí prayer meeting,
attend it regularly, and remain a part of it until you catch the fire!
Even before you pray, or at least when you pray, make sure you follow
the first part of the advice: Be careful for nothing. Make a decision
that you will not worry or fret about anything. This will require
Godís grace, of course, but hand the burden to God, let Him do all the
heavy lifting, and then proceed to pray.
Note Philippians 4 speaks of prayer (a broad term about seeking God in
faith and utterance), supplication (where we make our requests to
God), and thanksgiving. The latter is essential because, like people,
God responds very well to an Ďattitude of gratitudeí (I Thessalonians
In summary, hand your burdens to God, pray all kinds of prayers, give
thanks to God in everything.
Years ago I wonderfully learned this lesson. Flying from my first ever
visit to the Middle East, the airline gave me an obligatory stop in
London - at my expense. Twenty-two years old, with little money,
having been informed that ĎLondon is expensiveí and Ďall the hotel
rooms are full,í I contemplated sleeping on the seats at Heathrow
Airport. In fact, on the plane I started to feel distressed and
anxious. Then I remember Philippians 4:6-7. I wanted to shout it from
the housetops, but that would not be appropriate in flight. So I found
the one place that would afford me privacy - the lavatory on the plane
- and confessed to the LORD: Heavenly Father, I claim the promise of
Philippians 4:6-7. When I walk out of this place, I thank you that I
will experience your protective, prevailing peace on my heart and
mind. In Jesusí Name, Amen.
Without exaggeration, once I opened the door, the peace of God
descended upon me. The worry and fear were gone. Once I arrived in
London, everything fell into place, I found a clean, quaint, and
affordable hotel room for the night and my money stretched far enough
to get me a London Indian curry!
God may or may not give you an immediate answer to your prayer. Yet,
what you will receive - on the spot - is Godís peace in your heart and
mind. His word guarantees it. Itís time to grow in the peace of God -