Peace With God
The world wants peace. They believe it is attainable without Christ. There is no real peace without the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ! When we receive Jesus as Saviour, we receive many incredible things from God, not the least of which is peace with Him.
Romans 5:1: Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
You may not be aware that before receiving Jesus you were at war with God, that you were an enemy of God.
Colossians 1:20-21: And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled.
We have peace with the God of peace through the Prince of Peace.
Romans 15:33: Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.Isaiah 9:6. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
There is no peace like peace with God. It may be hard to see in our lives or the lives of other believers, but we have changed sides in the on-going war between Satan and God. We were the friends of Satan and enemies of God. Peace with God means war with Satan. If you are a Christian Satan is at war with you.
I Peter 5:8: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
Jesus has defeated Satan.
Hebrews 2:14: Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
We can defeat him with the help of the Lord.
I John 4:4: Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
James 4:7: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Notice that resisting alone won*t do it. You must first submit to God.
Philippians 4:6-7: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Isaiah 26:3: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
The thing that can disturb our peace with God is sin.
Isaiah 59:2: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
The peace can be restored.
I John 1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Proverbs 13:10: Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom.
If you are not enjoying peace, check yourself for pride.
There is a wonderful old hymn in many hymnals entitled Wonderful Peace. Here are three of the verses followed by the chorus:
What a treasure I have in this wonderful peace,
Numbers 6:24-26: The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.