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          “These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. 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. You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I” (John 14:25-28 NKJV).

            True peace does not come within the treaties of men. While these may bring war to a halt for a short period of time, such treaties are soon broken. There is a peace which mankind can depend upon. Paul called it “the peace of God” (Philippians 4:7). He stated, “Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, 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” (Philippians 4:4-8).

            The song states, “I’ve got peace like a river, I’ve got joy like a fountain, I’ve got love like an ocean in my soul.” The author of what is called an “American Spiritual” is unnamed. The date of the song is not given!  However, this peace that is written of can only be found in one place, that is, in “Christ Jesus our Lord.” It is a peace which endures all. Paul, in spite of all the problems which he faced (II Corinthians 11:16-33), was able to maintain a peace which allowed him to say, “But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need” (Philippians 5:10-12). Paul explained this ability to persevere by stating, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).

            “Genuine Peace” is given to mankind “through Christ” (Philippians 4:7). Jesus promised everlasting peace to all who obey the will of God. He told His followers that He would come back to take them to a home in heaven. He stated, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:1-3). There is no trial, here on earth that is too great for us to overcome by the grace and power of God. Paul told the brethren, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). Jesus did not promise that we would not have trial or troubles in this life, but promised to help us overcome these.

            God does not take away the lusts of the flesh which allow us to be tempted. He did promise that He would provide strength in our time of need. Paul wrote, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, Who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (I Corinthians 10:13). To have the power and peace of God it is necessary to be fully established in the things of God. Paul wrote, “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him: Rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Colossians 2:6-8).

            Some have always tried to blame others for their sinful ways (Genesis 3:12). However, the scriptures tell us that we will all be held accountable for our own actions. James wrote, “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death” (James 1:12-15). Paul stated, “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad” (II Corinthians 5:10). 

            On the Day of Judgment there will be only two crowds of people; the saved (obedient) and the unsaved (disobedient). Jesus told His disciples that each person would be judged according to the things which he had done in this life. He concluded, “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal” (Matthew 25:46). Do you have the “peace of God” ruling in your heart? Paul stated, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful” (Colossians 3:15).

 

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