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Perfect Peace from a Perfect God

With anxiety and depression on the increase, even in peaceful prosperous nations like Australia, people are spending millions of dollars to find relief. Yet, the best peace, indeed, perfect peace, you can receive for free.

The road to ‘perfect peace’ is found through God’s peace process.

So far, we have learned the following steps to God’s peace process:

1.        Pre-requisite to peace: Make a decision not allow your heart to be troubled or afraid, because Jesus is sending His peace to you (John 14:27).

2.        Peace established: When you say ‘Yes’ to the gospel, you have reconciliation and peace with God (Romans 5:1);

3.        Protective, prevailing peace: God’s peace is like the body guard that keeps your heart and mind safe in Christ (Philippians 4:6-7).

4.        Great peace: As you grow in God’s peace, it will build a protective shield against hurt and offence. When people get offended, they build a ‘Berlin Wall’ around themselves as a prison. With God’s peace, the wall comes crashing down (Psalm 119:165).

As always in God, there is more and more and more. The same applies to his peace process. For in this fifth and final step, you are invited to reach out to God’s ‘perfect peace.’ Once achieved, you will be in an enviable state that cannot be shaken, rocked, dislodged, or distressed.

An example of ‘perfect peace’ is found in Psalm 46:1-3 (KJV):

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah

When you can stay cool, calm and serene while the earth is moving under your feet and mountains are being thrown into the sea, then you have a ‘God-type of peace.’ Since God Himself is a rock, all who build their lives on Him will never be shaken.

So how do we achieve ‘perfect peace?’ The same way that you enter into the heavenly peace process in the first place. By coming unto God and obeying His word.

Regarding perfect peace, we come to Isaiah 26:3-4 (NKJV):

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.4 Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH (JEHOVAH), the Lord, is everlasting strength.

This passage is a great encouragement during times of waiting, uncertainty, even crisis. So let’s see how to apply in one’s life.

Perfect Peace comes when you focus on God

When a fighter pilot wants to attack an opponent, they take their view-finder, locate the target, ‘lock-in on it,’ and then press the button. This is guaranteed to achieve the objective.

We actually do the same thing with God, though with a different motive and outcome. Cutting out the multi-tasking, multi-minded distractions, we put our sole (and soul) focus on the Lord and keep it there. God is the God of Peace (Romans 15:33; 16:20; Philippians 4:9; I Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:20); and Jesus Christ, God’s Son, is the ‘Prince of Peace’ (Isaiah 9:6). As we single-mindedly focus on the Lord, God downloads all the peace we need!

To fulfil the condition of having your mind stayed on God, it involves a few practical things:

1.       Devotional Bible reading: Read the word as part of your daily quiet time - if you don’t have one, its time to get one. Without ‘quiet time,’ you will not enter into God’s peace process and/or be a fruit-bearing disciple of Christ.

2.       Bible study: Take time - short or long - to learn more of the Word;

3.       Meditation: Joshua 1 and Psalm 1 promise that those who meditate on God’s Word will prosper in everything they do. This means to relax, focus on God’s Word, go over the promised verse again and again, putting an accent mark on different aspects. For example, in our key verse, meditation means we think and/or say aloud softly:

   You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You;

   You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You;

   You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You;

   A focused mind brings perfect peace;

   Perfect peace comes from trusting God;

   God keeps (continually) us in perfect peace;

   Trusting God is the key to perfect peace.

Repeat this process again and again until you are filled with insight, wisdom, and peace.

With so much emphasis from worldly sources about the benefits of meditation, remember that it is a Biblically-endorsed practice provided you are focusing on the Bible and, most importantly, the God of the Bible.

Perfect peace comes from trusting God

Trusting is something even a child can understand. Yet what we all need to understand is that trusting God is a commandment, it is disarmingly simple, the secret of superlative blessing, and it is the source of unshakeable, perfect, and everlasting peace.

The word ‘trust’ is found 134 times in the Authorised Version.[1] It means the following:

1.     To be totally confident in God;

2.     To draw strength from the Almighty;

3.     Seek refuge in God;

4.     Hand over all control to God;

5.     Let God carry you and your burdens. As one Bible teacher put it: ‘Let God do the heavy lifting.’

Neither I nor anyone I know, after having posted a letter in the bright red postbox, tossed and turned at night worrying that their letter would not arrive at its destination. The reason is that we ‘trust’ Australia Post to be reliable and competent enough to deliver our mail, despite the vast distances of this island continent.

The same thing applies to God: Like the letter to the postbox, we commit all our needs, desires, prayer requests, literally everything to the Almighty. Then we trust God to bring it to past. We stop controlling, worrying, or percolating over the issues - it is in God’s hands so we can, like a slow-cooker in the kitchen, ‘set and forget.’

Focus and trust in God will fast-track you from fear and worry to peace and strength. You will live your life in the LORD, the solid rock, and you will be unshakeable.

Enter in now to God’s peace process and you will have what the world doesn’t know and money cannot buy.

[1] "KJV Search Results for "trust"." Blue Letter Bible. Accessed 8 Jan, 2016. http://www.blueletterbible.org


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