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Vital signs- Wednesday, November 29th, 2023

Peace of God

Jesus’s death on the cross and His resurrection three days later is a gift that brings us eternal life when we receive it. Once we receive this free gift, our salvation is never in question and brings us peace with God. But life can spiral out of control, either by circumstances or our poor choices, and when that occurs, the peace of God feels distant and perhaps even nonexistent. 

Even when Jesus has saved us and we have peace with God, we’re still susceptible to the worries and concerns of this world. Some situations that occur can wreak havoc in our lives. Not only that, but our sinful desires get in the way of us choosing God’s best and trusting Him. We worry, complain, and fret over so many unnecessary things. We may be saved, but we’re still a work in progress. And because we allow external pressures and internal battles to have their way with us, the peace of God is not always apparent in our lives.

To experience the peace of God, let’s dive into two Bible passages to see how we can make the peace of God our constant reality.

Romans 8:6-11
A Spirit-controlled mind leads to life and peace, and letting our sinful nature reign brings death. Think about it. When we cave and entertain sinful thoughts that are far from God’s best, our minds don’t have the peace of God. Not because God isn’t near, but because our sin has put a barrier between us and God. The peace of God and our sinful nature are at war. They cannot co-exist. But when we simply submit to our good God, trust in His ways, and obey Him, we’re no longer succumbing to our sinful nature and instead experience His perfect peace.

Philippians 4:6-7
The peace of God covers us like a blanket when we stop worrying but pray about everything instead. That’s right—everything. We turn every burden or hardship that we’re carrying over to God and when we do, His peace that “passes understanding”  floods our hearts and minds. It’s so beyond our understanding. It’s not something we can create but something we obtain when we choose to trust, obey, and walk in faith. 

If you’re a follower of Jesus, find comfort and hope that you’re at peace with God. And then, seek God in all your ways so that nothing will be in between you and the peace of God. 

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6‬:‭33‬-‭34‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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