FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT SERIES: PERFECT PEACE (I)
Bible NUGGET 0608 [ISAIAH 26:3-4, KJV]
3Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
4Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:
Our God is a God of peace. Peace is a fruit of the Spirit that keeps our heart steady even in the midst of turbulence all around. When Jesus was in the midst of a storm on the sea, the bible says he was asleep. His disciples came to wake him up and exclaimed “master, do you not care that we are about to perish. Jesus simply got up, went to the side of the boat addressed the storm and said, peace be still. Mark 4:37-39
37And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
38And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
39And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
You need to tell your soul from time to time peace be still, because a time will come when the enemy will stir you up and gauge the level of peace in the inside of you. The Psalmist, David encouraged himself when he was downcast by reassuring his soul to hope and trust in the LORD. You can self-talk words of peace to yourself too like the Psalmist did. Ask yourself (your inner man) the same question and reassure your soul to hope in God. You will begin to enjoy his peace, joy and your life will become full of spiritual vitality.
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
And in Psalm 42:11.
Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
Note that the Psalmist had to reassure himself twice in the same breath (chapter) to hope in God, and while waiting to continue a life of praise.
The opposite of peace of course is fear, and fear is of the devil. He also raises doubt in the heart of a man and wants you to doubt God’s word and your abilities. We are told to give no place to Satan because he is a master deceiver. It was the devil that deceived eve in the Garden of Eden and Man fell, lost the glory of God and became subject to the Law of sin and death. It was also the devil that filled the heart of Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus. Thank God because the death of Jesus was not in vain. He resurrected from the grave. And Jesus while on his earthly Ministry said my peace I leave with you. God wants you to triumph and enjoy his peace in all spheres of your life.
His word says,
and the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly [Rom 16:20, KJV].
The amplified version makes it clear in case you did not catch the word bruise. It says:
20And the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. [Rom 16:20, KJV].
Is that not reassuring? God will take the responsibility for doing the crushing of Satan, not me or you, nor your parents or pastor. So relax, put your absolute faith in the LORD and you will surely see the salvation of God as he proves himself mighty on your behalf.
Prayer Points 0608
- Oh Lord, thank you for your peace. I proclaim peace over every situation in my life in Jesus Name.
- Father Lord, fulfill your word in my life. Let your covenant of peace be my portion in Jesus Name.
- I command every plan of the enemy concerning me to be ship wrecked. Satan you belong under my feet. Continue to remain under my feet as God crushes all your works in my life in Jesus Name.
- Say with all energy you have within your inside seven times: “You my soul: I say hope in the LORD and see the salvation of God in the mighty Name of Jesus”. Amen.