Good Monday morning to everyone! Last week we started a series titled: “Seek First The Kingdom Of God And His Righteousness!” (Part 2)
If we want to experience success in our lives, or businesses and occupation, we need to know what God has done for us through Christ, and discover our identity in Him! John G. Lake said; “The only difference between Christ and us was His understanding of who He was”. This is a profound statement, and important to grasp. God left nothing out of our redemption, and He brought us up into the Trinity, He set us at one with Him. 1 John 4:17 As He is, so are we in this world.
Last week we looked at righteousness, this week we will look at Peace. Peace in Romans 15:17means; prosperity-one, peace, quietness, rest, + set at one again.
The second of the three (righteousness peace and joy) is peace. Knowing you are righteous affects your peace. Hebrews chapter 4 speaks of entering into God’s rest. Without peace, there is no rest, and without knowing your innocent (righteous) there is no peace. Peace comes from knowing the debt was paid, and that God loves you so much that every provision you will ever need in life was richly and abundantly provided for you before you were ever born, by His grace; this includes health and healing, everything provided at the cross. He has set us at one again with Him, Praise the Lord! He loves us! Peace doesn’t come from being self-occupied, but from being Christ-occupied. God doesn’t measure or judge you based on your performance today; He looks at Jesus, and as Jesus is, that is how He sees you! (1st John 4:17)
Everywhere you look these days you see peace signs, and ‘pray for world peace’ bumper stickers, and the more peace stickers we see the less peace there is it seems. The world thinks if we can just get everything calmed down around us, then we will have peace. That kind of peace comes from external circumstances, and is not really lasting peace; whereas God’s peace comes from the inside, knowing who you are in Christ. This peace cannot be taken from you.
Peace from God is a free gift, and you can enjoy the peace of God even in the midst of a storm. Jesus bequeathed His peace to us in John 14:27″Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you: not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”. The peace Jesus left with us is not like the world gives, as in “can’t we all just get along”. The world is ‘striving’ and attempting to find peace, and sadly many Christians are also striving to try to find peace, to no avail. Striving for peace is to try to make peace happen with your own self efforts and works righteousness, and usually externally. According to Webster’s dictionary strive means; to make efforts; to labor hard; or to rely on our own efforts to try to make peace. The law always says do more, grace always says done. When you are striving to make peace in your life, you are laboring under the law.
Jesus made peace with God by going to the cross for us, He reconciled us back to God. In other words Jesus did all the work then bequeathed His peace to us. All you have to do is receive what He gave you. Here is the peace Jesus gave you; the sin debt between man and God has been paid, youhave been made righteous and innocent, your salvation includes His peace, you don’t have to strive for it. Learning who you are in Christ, your identity in Him is important in receiving His peace. This is an internal peace (let not your heart be troubled). If you think God is mad at you, or upset with you because you forgot to confess a sin, then you won’t experience His peace the way He wants you to. Isaiah 54:9 “For this is like the waters of Noah to me; for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you, 10 For the mountains shalldepart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace (shalom) be removed,” says the Lord, who has mercy on you.
This verse was given in Isaiah 54, showing that after Jesus went to the cross for us (Isaiah 53) that He would never again be angry with you! Why? All of God’s anger was exhausted on the body of Jesus on the cross. Praise the Lord!
Isaiah 53:5 …The chastisement for our peace was upon Him… Or the punishment for (or so that we could have His peace) was upon Him, He paid for our peace. This is what shalom means; safe (safety) well (wellness) happy, health, prosperity, peace, favor, (good health) + perfect as in health, prosper (prosperity prosperous) Rest safe (all is well). That is the Strong’s definition of shalom.
Righteousness, peace and joy is the Kingdom ofGod. When you have turmoil or anxiety in your heart, you are no longer in the peace that Jesus bequeathed to you. Both definitions of peace I gave you contain ‘rest’ as part of peace. God wants us to enter into His rest, our Promised Land of Hebrews chapter 4. When we face a challenge in life, it is imperative that we know who we are in Him. The challenge you face, no matter what it is, did not take God by surprise. He prepared your victory and provision for you before you were ever born, so rest in the finished work of the cross, and let God take care of it. Rest is the Promised Land; nothing is sweeter than being forever in peaceful rest, knowing that God has taken care of everything for you.
Righteousness, peace, and next week joy. Righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, that’s the Kingdom of God, and it is in you! Reign as a King in life today!