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Saturday, March 12, 2011

Peace

Gnarly treePeace is being able to fully rely on the Lord—to rest in Him. It is knowing that He will work things out to His glory and the best good of His children...everything, not just the good things. 

Peace is knowing that nothing ever happens to us without His superintendent care, His providential watchfulness. Even in the midst of the most difficult, gnarled situations, we have peace that is beyond comprehension, beyond the ability to be understood by the world.

God the Father: How can we not have peace when we know that God and very God, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, the one and only God is watching out for us, calling us His children, providing for our needs, loving us? He is always making sure that everything is moving forward toward the fullness of time, carrying out His perfect will. Faith realized.

The Prince of Peace: the Lord Jesus Christ, who has single-handedly rescued every believer on the planet who ever has or ever will live by dying an unimaginably horrible, agonizing death in our stead - obtaining for us not only forgiveness from sin, but permanent, irrevocable, blessedly unimaginable eternal life...in Paradise, with Him! Death conquered. Sin forgiven. Future secured.

The Holy Spirit: Teacher, Illuminator, Comforter, Indweller, constant Companion, Seal of Promise. He draws us to, saves us by, gives us understanding of, and guides us through His truth. He takes our prayers and makes them fit for the ears of God. Fellowship perfected.

Nothing else is needed to afford absolute peace in the heart of a believer. Nothing else is powerful enough to do that. We are blessed beyond anything the mind of man could ever conceive of. We are safe in the loving arms of the all-powerful God. Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! O what a foretaste of glory divine!*

"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1).
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*Find the words to this song at hymnsite.com.