Friday, August 28, 2015

Living Peace

Once we receive peace from God, it cannot be taken away from us.  I know this may sound a little crazy, but it's true.  Once we come home to the Father through the Son and receive the Holy Spirit, no one can take the Holy Spirit away from us.  We are able to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:3-5).  Through the power of the Spirit we are able to put to death the deed of the body (our rebellious actions against God) (Romans 8:10-13).  We can, through the power of God's Spirit, choose words that are a gift to those who listen (Ephesians 4:29).  We can turn over, place by place, our hearts to God and allow the peace of Christ to rule in our hearts (Colossians 3:15).  Finally, when we pray, we can turn over those things that steal our peace and the peace of God will guard our minds and our hearts (Philippians 4:6-7).  We can live a lifestyle of peace (2 Corinthians 13:11) (Philippians 4:8-9).

How about you?  Do you live peace?

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NIV)

But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation--but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. (Romans 8:10-13 NIV)

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29 NIV)

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. (Colossians 3:15 NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV)

Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you. (2 Corinthians 13:11 NIV)

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me--put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:8-9 NIV)