Christ Jesus is the prince of peace, and once we are perfected in Him, we are perfected in peace. Peace is only given by Jesus and all the things that go along with peace will only be reachable through faith. God is at peace; it does not matter what. Seasons in the world come and go but God never gets anxious about anything. Otherwise, He would speed up the returning of Jesus, but He is the God of patience! In Luke 1:68-79, it says we have been delivered out of the hands of our enemies and He has given us light and will guide our feet into the way of peace! We must make our abode with God and keep His sayings if we want to be perfected in peace (John 14:23-27). His peace, He left with us! In that past generation, Jesus was already encouraging them to not let their hearts be troubled nor to be afraid! The world has peace when they have everything right, but even when everything goes wrong, we still can have a sound mind and peace given by Jesus! Even when the disciples had left Him alone (John 16:28-33), He knew the Father was always with Him, and we should walk in the same level of peace even having tribulation and tests in the world. We must overcome the world just as He has! I am not saying that we are justified by works, but by our faith in Him that gives us peace. He has overcome the world and in Him, we are overcomers by His blood and by our faith in Him, but our faith is not a one-time event. It is something that has to be ever-present. “Will He find faith on Earth when He returns?” (Luke 18:8). Faith without works is dead (James 2:17), so my faith is based on His work for us and because of this we do and keep doing until He returns. “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing” (Matthew 24:46).
Everybody in the flesh is trying to be perfected in the flesh, but only through His peace we can walk in perfection. Look at His promises in Matthew 11:28-30. Taking His yoke upon ourselves and learning of Him is the only way to find rest unto our souls. Many are relying on a scripture that talks about peace without relying on His peace. Once we rely on the Prince of Peace we are in peace! You can be crushed by God and still be in peace! You can be crushed by the world and still have peace. Even Jesus hanging on the cross still remained the prince of peace! In the Old Testament, peace was a land! Now, peace is a man, it is Christ!
Unbelief will kick you out of your peace! (Hebrews 4:4-12). You can never enter into His rest without faith. Some “entered not in because of unbelief” (verse 6). Today if you hear His voice, ignore it not. Hearing His voice is the way to be guided into peace! “There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God” (verse 9). Many cannot cease from their own works because they have never entered into His rest, and if they have entered, they walked out because of unbelief. Everything that God said is already done. Are you part of the “done” part or are you part of the “being done”? Everything is “finished”! But are we still trying to do with our own hands what is already done? We must remind ourselves that we can rest because all is “finished”. Now we obtain what is done by the works of faith, and not the works of the flesh.
Every turmoil comes from our soul. God is spirit. He never goes to bed. He never sleeps or slumbers. But He is always resting! When you bring your soul under submission to your spirit – who is at peace – then you begin to rest! “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged 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” (Hebrews 4:12). The intentions and thoughts can be revealed by the Word of God! A tormented mind, a tormented heart, is never at peace.
Let’s split the word REST-ORATION. As we REST, He restores us. You can have peace in the process of REST-ORATION! If you don’t have peace, you cannot have rest. Only peace gives you rest. Some people try to rest without peace and at the end of the day they are still tired! We must walk in the peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:6-9). The peace of God shall guard your hearts and minds. You can never rest when you are in disobedience to the one it is given by.
What are you meditating upon? “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (verse 8). Every doer of the Word is perfected in peace. “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” Do it! And be perfected in His peace! Satan is the prince of anxiety and worries. Jesus is the prince of peace. Only when we do the acceptable, good, and perfect will of God (Romans 12:1-3), we are always walking in peace! Whose will shall I be doing? Don’t think more highly than you ought to think, but think soberly meditating on the faith within you!
What is the mind of the Spirit? (Romans 8:26-28). It is the mind of Christ. Who is Christ? The prince of peace. When you are controlled by the Spirit, your mind is always on things above, and you experience peace from above. We must have our minds being renewed or we will never obtain this peace that Jesus left behind for us to feed ourselves. Many are being shaken. When the storm comes, they are always tossed instead of sleeping in the boat! In the mind of the Spirit, there is not even one ounce of worry! To be dead in the spirit is to be disconnected from God. We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). The mind of the Spirit is who tells us what to meditate on. A carnal mind will never bring you peace. When we are connected to Him, we think like Him, we know all things, and we meditate on all the heavenly things! To be dead to the flesh is to be totally connected to God.
What is the opposite of peace? Worry, anxiety, drama, fear. No man can serve two masters: soul and spirit! (Matthew 6:24-34). You will always hate one and despise the other. You cannot serve faith and unbelief at the same time. Religious people will try to say that this scripture is referring only to mammon. But no. We live by the whole Word. So, a double-minded man is whatever you are sharing your focus with. You cannot believe two masters. Matthew 6:24-34 says to take “no thought” for your life! God wants us to learn how to obtain His peace. That is why He is saying, don’t worry and you will be perfected in My peace! He wants us to have kingdom instinct! Can you add any cubit to your day? What shall we eat? What shall we drink? Our heavenly Father knows that we have need of all these things. O ye of little faith! Be perfected in His peace! The idols in our lives always take our peace. The greatest idol is ourselves! A bad witness of Christ Jesus is the one that worries the most. Once we start manifesting the peace of God in the middle of tribulation, the world will want what we have and who we represent. Solomon was loaded! Imagine! All of the worrying all the time about being overtaken by another king or having his possessions taken. He never experienced the peace that the lilies of the valley experienced. Solomon should be jealous of the peace that we all can walk in right now! Joy, PEACE, and righteousness are for those who seek His kingdom and His righteousness first! “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof” (verse 34) - God is asking us, “Why are you so fearful?” (Mark 4:35-40 and Luke 8:23-25). We will never be able to stop tribulation, but sometimes God uses storms to teach us to be still! Sometimes people want us to pray for them to come out of a situation. All they want is to find peace. But sometimes all they need is faith to enter into His peace. All we need to do is to pray that their faith fails not as they face their own storm (Luke 22:32). It is not about praying for peace, but being connected to the Prince of Peace all the time! If I really believe that the cross is the best thing for me right now, I am taking it! If I really believe that He would do what He promised me, I would be in peace all the time! Most of the time we are praying just to keep our peace because God never lies and He has got this!
Peace is essential! Peace was prophesied even before peace came. His peace shall have no end! The mind of Christ is the mind of peace. Because You have peace in this world, we have peace, too. There is rest for the children of God. Lead us into your perfect peace, lead us into the rest reserved for the children of God! Peace will rescue us! Peace will perfect us! May God keep us in perfect peace, Amen!
“Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep him in PERFECT PEACE, whose MIND is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in THEE. Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.” (Isaiah 26:2-4)
“The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil. For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian. For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, THE PRINCE OF PEACE. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:2-7)
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