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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Peace That Endures"

Date published: 06/18/2017
Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast,  because he trusts in You.” (NIV) 

   Peace is a commodity of immense value. At every stage, point, and aspect of life, we desire peace. As hard as we seek peace, we see how quickly life’s worries can suffocate it through anxiety. 

   Many people promote methods to peace, yet we are still consumed at every corner of life with turmoil and anxiety. True peace ultimately depends on trusting Jesus and learning to walk with Him. Jesus, while facing death, stood before Pilate in John 18:36a and declared, "My kingdom is not of this world.” (NIV) As I read this verse, I wondered how much “difficulty” it would take to change my life from being God-centered to self-centered. Money, life-threatening issues, friends, and the pleasures of this world are all temporal when seen in God’s eternal destiny. Jesus knew His heavenly home and His heavenly Father, which allowed Him to boldly stand for truth.  

   Your ability to live in peace will always flow out of the intimacy of your relationship with Christ. Intimacy with Christ is not a casual prayer when you are in the middle of a sporting event with 78,000 of your best friends. Jesus defined intimacy with God in John 4:34 as, “‘My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.’” (NIV) It was no mistake that Jesus picked food to describe His need. Food is the very sustenance of life.  Lack of food begins to immediately affect a person’s life. Whether you know it or not, lack of Jesus and lack of doing His will begins to immediately deplete your soul. My wife and I have struggled to keep our flowers beautiful. We have come to the conclusion that no matter how carefully we plant, how exacting we are in feeding and fertilizing, and how diligently we water, beautiful flowers planted in poor soil will make ugly, if not dead, flowers. The same is true with peace. No matter how great a job you have, how safe and secure you have made your life, and how much you have outfitted your life with today’s conveniences, you will still have no peace without a deepening, thriving relationship with Christ. Paul reinforced this in Romans 15:13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (NIV) Going deep into Jesus provides rich soil for your peace and satisfaction to flourish. Find your peace in Jesus by making Him your sustenance. 

Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (NIV) 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “Transformation – Part 1” and “Transformation – Part 2.” 

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