Sunday, November 8, 2015

Peace & Serenity in Christ

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

I have always felt that Sunday was a day of rest based upon Exodus 23:12 Six days you shall do your work, and on the seventh day you shall rest, that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female servant and the stranger may be refreshed.” A time to worship our Creator Father God, rest and relax from our work. But, times seem to have changed. In the words of the Rascal Flatts song “Mayberry”: “Sometimes it feels like this world's spinning faster, than it did in the old days. So naturally, we have more natural disasters from the strain of a fast pace. Sunday was a day of rest. Now, it's one more day for progress. And we can't slow down, cause more is less. It's all an endless process.” The world has, also, seemed to have gotten more and more violent and dangerous. I read an article that characterized these days as fear, worry and anxiety. If you are like most, you have to confess that you are often disturbed by these troubling things. We live in a time of Luke 21:26 men’s hearts failing them from fear”, where peace is elusive and never lasts.

Calm, quiet, rest, stillness, tranquility, silence and serenity; how much do we have in our life? “Shalom” is the word in the Bible for the "peace" that includes security and wholeness. The article points out how tragic that million who have never found the solution to the sin problem are trying to find this shalom and the fruit of the Spirit "peace" that brings spiritual health and prosperity in some other way. That can never be done. It just will not work. We must have the forgiveness of God before we can have serenity and peace of mind. Jesus Christ is the “Prince of Peace”, and He offers us the peace of God. Without the grace of God, there is no peace. Rest in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

Ephesians 2:13-14 But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall.”

In Christ, Brian

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