Wednesday, February 19, 2014

February 19, 2014 … Peace – Really!!

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 50

Devotional Song: Go to this link …   Please go to this video link to an unknown praise chorus singing the poignant and powerful traditional old hymn, Peace, Peace, Wonderful Peace, … reminding us that we stay in the surrender and faith to the grace of God, He can – and will – cover us with His peace

 Highlight Passage – NKJV: Isaiah 2: 4 [NKJV] …  
4 Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.
Highlight Passage [Context] – NKJV: Matthew 24: 3-14, Chapter 5, Verses 1-7 [NKJV] Go to this link  Note Verse … 13 But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

Reference Passage #1: Psalms 23: 1-4 [NKJV] … Go to this link

Reference Passage #2: Isaiah 26: 3 … [NKJV] …  
3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. 

Reference Passage #3: Romans 5: 1-2 … [NKJV] …  
1 You Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 

Reference Passage #3: Philippians 4: 6-7 … [NKJV] …  
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 

My Journal for Today: In today’s Our Daily Bread devotional, the historical facts of the end of the first World War were related: … that on 11/11 in 1918, @ 11:00am, the treaty of peace was signed by all warring nations, ending that world conflict; and it was supposed to the be “war that ended all wars.” Well, we know, from subsequent history, how much of a pipe dream that was; … because we still have wars and unrest going on all over the world. including the other world war in the 20th century.

But a time has been prophesied [see today’s highlight verse] when nations rising against other nations will end, … when the lion will lay down with the lamb, … when there will be peace … when REAL PEACE will be realized forever. But that will only come when Jesus comes back for His Bride, as he predicted in the Matthew, Chapter 24 passage, linked above.

So, until then how do we find “PEACE” in our lives? Well, the first type of peace can only come from a faith relationship with Christ, which is peace WITH God. That’s the peace of God’s salvation (see Romans 5: 1-2 above), which is imparted when one – anyone – comes in repentance for their sin and receives God’s free-gift of saving grace, mparted for eternity by Christ’s atoning blood on the cross. Then, once a Christian has their peace WITH God, he/she is entitled to claim and receive the peace OF God, when one humbly surrenders everyday in faith to receive that enabling/empowering grace [see Philippians 4: 6-7].

Do we have God’s peace – the real deal peace – sung about in the beautiful old hymn (see link above), Peace, Peace, Wonderful Peace? I pray we do as we begin this day.

My Prayer for Today … Lord, I humbly come in faith, with a thankful heart, to receive your peace today. If there be anything in me which I need to receive that grace, show it to me so that I can have Your peace which cannot be understood by man, this day. … Amen

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