November 30, 2017

Philippians 4:7 (NLT) — 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Yesterday I said that Peter was able to sleep while in prison chained between a couple of guards. He was able to sleep even though his life was being threatened by Herod. Peter was able to sleep, not only because he had the DNA of peace but because he knew the word of God. Do you remember what one of the last things was that Jesus told him?

John 21:18–19 (NLT) — 18 “I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don’t want to go.” 19 Jesus said this to let him know by what kind of death he would glorify God. Then Jesus told him, “Follow me.”

Peter had a promise from Jesus that when he was old and unable to dress himself that he would be killed and his death would bring glory to God. So I am sure that Peter’s mind was fixed on this promise of Jesus and he knew that his time was not yet up. Yes he was going to die but not today!

I know that I stress over and over that we should know the word of God and his promises. Peter did the same things for his people.

2 Peter 1:12–15 (NLT) — 12 Therefore, I will always remind you about these things—even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth you have been taught. 13 And it is only right that I should keep on reminding you as long as I live. 14 For our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me that I must soon leave this earthly life, 15 so I will work hard to make sure you always remember these things after I am gone.

God’s promises bring great peace into our lives. There is a promise in the bible for every situation that we might find ourselves in. If we search for these promises and believe them they will bring us peace. They have to because they are words that are spoken by the God of Peace, the Prince of Peace, and the one who produces the fruit of peace in our lives.

Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) — 3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

If our thoughts are fixed on God and his word then there is no room in our hearts and minds for thoughts of anxiety. There is no room in the inn so to speak for anxious thoughts. They have move on. It is like there is a sign on us saying, “No Vacancy”.

Sometimes when I have gone to a website to order a certain product there is a sign there that says, “This  item is no longer available.” On this one particular item I checked ten other sites and they all had the words, “This item is no longer available.” Jesus took our sin of worry on himself on the cross. Worry is no longer available to us so quit checking around for it and instead fix your thoughts on the promises of God.

Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) — 3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

John 14:1 (NLT) — 1 “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me.

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