Thursday, May 31st, 2018
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid..” John 14:27
Kingdom peace comes to God’s elect through the Gospel of God’s Righteousness that constitutes Jesus’ baptism. death and resurrection. Furthermore, only those who are established in the righteousness of faith and trust in the Word of God experience the kingdom peace. Nearing the time of Jesus’ captivity and death, He gave a message to His disciples that all of us yearn for : “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid..” In reality, our hearts do become troubled because we live in fear of safety, health and finance. Sometimes the slightest aggravation can upset us for the rest of the day.
I call it ‘kingdom peace’ because ‘outer peace’ in the world is always short-lived and fleeting. This condition arises as an outcome of sin and its pervasive grip on us. Kingdom peace has nothing to do with the circumstances and events of the world. In fact, if we are divinely born and divinely nourished, even turmoil could permeate a purer heart peace, also the heavier the griefs, the more serene kingdom peace reigns within our hearts.
How then can we have this kingdom peace in our spirits? Isa 26:3 gives us an answer : “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”
Kingdom peace in a born again spirit originates from God. Our mind is the governing seat of power of our body. What is in our heart or whatever emotion is vying for control, signals are sent to and from the brain after which we take some action. Rightly so, Isaiah tells us that for kingdom peace to come, our mind must be focussed on the Lord. Who is the source? Jesus Christ. The point of governing in the Lord is important because in any governing seat of power we want to have the right person in control.
Most of the time we think we are in control but when we get angry, anger may take control of us. Often even God’s elect may lose the kingdom peace for a moment. Isaiah is saying we ought to keep our mind steadfast in order to maintain kingdom peace in our spirit at all times.
Therefore, if we want kingdom peace to reign within us, then we must allow the Prince of Peace to be in charge.
Isa 26:3 claims that God will keep us in kingdom peace when our hearts and minds are focused on him. However, staying focused is no simple matter because we are constantly distracted by other carnal thoughts and desires. Often we talk about attention deficit disorder among children but it is also rare for us to keep our attention focused on anything for long. Still the jewel of kingdom peace requires a mind fixed on God. Isaiah highlights that the key for a focused mind is in trusting God and His Word. Unfortunately, too many unanswered prayers, too many reversal in one’s life, too much pain and difficulty can cause more distrust that causes us to doubt God. Trust in the Lord is an indispensable ingredient to maintain a high level of focus on God to attain kingdom peace. There is a statement that the psalmist made about the kingdom peace, He says in Ps 119:165 “Great peace have those who love Your law, and nothing causes them to stumble.” Kingdom peace resonates when we love God and negate our own emotions and feelings. Only God’s Word must reign supreme in us.
It is a sheer vain effort on ourselves to attain kingdom peace without placing total trust in God Who is in control of all things. Kingdom peace is a divine gift that only Jesus Christ can give according to His will and pleasure. God wants to give kingdom peace to God’s elect who have put their confidence and trust in the Gospel Word of God’s Righteousness. Only those who steadfastly abide in this Salvation Truth are demonstrating genuine trust in God’s love and His Word. God’s elect who trust in Jesus Who is the Prince of Peace and the source of control will enjoy a sense of peace in matters that pertain to God’s will and purposes. When we constantly operate within the mind of God instead of our own desires, a greater opportunity of experiencing the kingdom peace is made available from the Throne room of grace.
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