Doesn’t everyone like peace and quiet? Sure we do. I know there have been times when my world was turned upside down and the last thing I needed was more turmoil. It is during those times that I need some peace and quiet so I can gather my thoughts and plan my next course of action. Unfortunately for some people peace is a luxury item. They may find some quiet time every now and then when things seemed to calm down somewhat, but other than that their life is full of stress. Under normal circumstances people wouldn’t do some of the dumb things they do, but during high stress times they will do just about anything and strike out at just about anyone to remove the pressure they are under.

But God thought of everything when He created us, and even though the Christian may come under pressure every now and then, He has given us a way to release that pressure before any real damage is done to us, or to someone else. The Apostle Paul said it this way when he was writing to the church in Galatia, “Grace to you and Peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Notice the words Grace and Peace in line one; God’s Grace is extended to you; meaning you cannot earn your salvation because it is a free gift, and the peace we receive is to be used to rebuff the pressure and roll the pressure buildup over onto the Father and the Son. Notice in the phrase both grace and peace come from the same place. These are not natural by-products of our present environment. These are gifts given to us from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. You cannot purchase them at Halmark, Walmart, or any other place. They are freely given to us as gifts from a loving Father. Now notice why they were given. “Jesus Christ the Son of God freely gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age.” This present evil age is where sin abounds and the pressure buildup comes from. If the Christian is to function normally in God’s Kingdom; he must understand peace prevails because Jesus Christ is the King of Peace, and a life becomes stress free when he rolls his problems over onto the Father and the Son. They are our relief valve so to speak that releases the pressure that builds up in us. [Matthew 11:28-30] The price tag for the grace and peace the Christian enjoys – was one life. It was expensive for the Father to give us a way to relieve the pressure in our life. But He thought we were worth it, or He would not have made it available to us. Thank you, Father.

You may not have thought of these scriptures in the light I have presented them, but what words did Jesus speak to the storm at sea? “Peace! Be still.” [Mark 4:39] What was it that calmed the sea? The power of Peace. The peace that God gives is a spiritual force that overwhelms the opposition. What is it that removes the pressure build up in us? The power of Peace. The Peace that God gives us is the most powerful force in creation and will rebuff any disturbance that exalts itself against it, and when we understand the power of God’s Peace, we will learn to roll our problems over onto the King of Peace. Do you now understand why Jesus said in [Matthew 11:28], “Come unto me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest?” The mind of a resting person is clutter free. His sleep is peaceful, his dreams sweet. This is the picture Jesus is presenting to those in the audience that day. It wouldn’t be proper of me to tell you about the picture Jesus is presenting; and not tell you how to get God’s Peace operating in your life. The Apostle Paul tells us to “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say, Rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things. The things which you have learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of Peace will be with you.” [Philippians 4:4-9]

The Apostle Paul concludes with the words, “According to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” It is not God’s desire for a person to be without grace or peace operating in their life. People choose the results of evil and the pressure buildup in their lives over grace and peace because they love the pressure and the results of it more than they love peace and the Peace Giver. DThrash


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