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Synopsis of Building Peace and Relationship
Good and joyful day today to all Christian brothers and sisters on this the day the Lord has made. Pull up a chair, pour yourself a cup of coffee, or tea, or milk, or whatever is your favorite, we’re about to slice a piece of the Bread of Life, the Word of God. And today’s slice comes from:
1 Timothy 2:1-4 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
We must pay attention to the icing on today’s slice: For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour. The United States is going through many changes right now, and it is hard for the average American to keep track of all of them. In a time when most of us look at the future with uncertainty, it is vital to remember that the greater our peace in God, the better we will be able to hear His voice.
Fear tries to strike at the heart of God’s people. It causes us to think, I’m just trying to survive! I know I will no longer be successful in life. What about my family? What about my career? What if none of this works out?
Fear makes us concerned about us, and the more concerned we are about our own lives, the fewer people we impact, because all of our effort and energy is directed toward keeping ourselves afloat. So lets talk about building peace. Just how do we grow peace in our lives when we are facing many things that could cause us concern?
Paul just told us to pray and give thanks for all people. We are to pray for every person—not just rulers and leaders, the “important” people who govern the land, but all people. We give thanks for one another and for the authorities God has placed over us. Do you pray for the government? Do you bring its officials before God, asking for His mercy and guidance? Do you thank Him for the president; like him or not? Do you thank Him for the different political parties— or as Paul just said: “..for kings and all who are in authority”?
What is the result of such prayers? Peace! Paul says that the result of praying and giving thanks for “all men” is that we have peace in our lives. The Holy Spirit of Peace produces peace in us when we allow Him to produce peace in us. We choose to set our minds on things above, not on things below. We spend time with our Father. We make Him our delight and our focus. We obey His Word and learn His ways.
Paul wrote that he was content in every circumstance. His contentment came from peace, and his peace came from setting aside a time when, without distraction, he could think on things that were noble, things that were good, things that were holy, things that were just, things that were virtuous (Philippians 4:8). He thought on God, and the anxiousness was driven from him. Depression could not lay hold of him, and he learned to be content in all things.
In the Old Testament when the Lord restored Job’s losses, He gave the man twice as much as he (Job) had possessed before. When did the Lord do this for him? He did it when he prayed for his friends. Job received a double anointing when, in the midst of his own pain, he stopped thinking about himself and started praying for others. It is the same principle that Paul talks about in today’s slice of the bread of life.
As we pray for other people, God’s voice becomes clearer and our hearts become calmer because we are looking to Him. The more of Him within us, the greater our peace and the more He can show us what is to come (John 16:13).
Contrary to modern Western thought, peace is a fairly violent word. In Greek, peace means to obtain quietness by removing what seeks to distract and destroy you. It is not a compliant serenity but an aggressive taking out, a forceful extraction. Peace has a very similar meaning in Hebrew. When we study the Hebrew pictographs, or hieroglyphs, that comprise the word peace, we find that it, too, is not merely a state of mind; it means to destroy or remove the chaos and anarchy around you. So based on this understanding, when Jesus said, “Peace be with you,” He was not simply greeting His disciples. No, He was issuing a command to the chaos and anarchy in their lives. Essentially, He was saying, “May the chaos and anarchy that are trying to keep you from doing what God wants you to do be removed from your life.”
Peace is not a passive word. The peace of God has the strength to root up and demolish every single work of darkness that is meant to keep God’s Kingdom from advancing. Bro. Dick, how do we go about building peace in our lives? Peace, same as authority, is not a spiritual gift that we were born with; it is something we experience and carry more and more …. the further we venture into God’s heart. The more we get to know Him, the more peace we will have because we trust Him and know His name. Isaiah 26:2 : Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. 3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
You see, peace is directly proportionate to authority, because both are the fruit of relationship with God. The more authority we have, the more peace we have and the more we will be able to speak, “Peace,” to our circumstances. When Jesus said to the storm, “Peace, be still,” He was rebuking the waves that were responding to the anarchy driving the storm. The peace He carried erased the devil’s plan around Him. It forcibly removed the chaos and anarchy, and therefore, the waves became still.
The next time you ask God to bring peace into a situation, remember what peace actually means. It means to obtain quietness by removing the chaos and anarchy that seek to distract and destroy you. So when you ask for peace, you are not asking God just to help you trust Him in the midst of a difficult situation — He is His peace. He destroys the works of the devil and completely removes everything that threatens you.
But we must be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. The Bible says that God calls us by His name. Isaiah 43:7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
Also, that He writes His name upon us: Revelation 3:12 : Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. Or as the New Life version says it: All who claim me as their God will come, for I have made them for my glory. It was I who created them.”
This divine bond is an intimate Spirit-to-spirit connection, a fire to fire — a union that goes beyond that of a man and woman in marriage. It is a bonding in which the Spirit of God says, “You are in Me, and I am in You. Let Me breathe through you. Let Me use you. Let Me flow through you to others. You are flesh of My flesh and bone of My bone.”
But back to hope and expectations. Where they collide, faith is birthed. Many of us in the Church have used up our hope, and so our expectation in Him has become almost non-existent. Why? Even in the most intense times of God’s presence, many of us do not expect Him to do what He has never done before — to touch what has never been touched or to heal what has never been healed.We are not ready for 1 Corinthians 2:9, which states, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” We know that verse is true, but it is as if we know it from a distance; we have a hard time believing it is always true, all the time, in every life.
Unfortunately, our belief system has taken us to a place where we “believe” God will do something, but we do not really “expect” Him to do it. We need to undo that mental process and begin to approach Him again like little children. They don’t know what to expect, but they know it is going to be good. We try to make things so complicated, and in the process, we lose the simplicity of His existence. I think that as we rediscover His simplicity, we will rediscover our hope.
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