His Peace Calms

Friends,
For those who begin to serve the Lord and get whacked broadside… let’s remember that Satan doesn’t want to chance the Gospel going out, and especially not through a holy, strong vessel, so he’ll do his best to try to nip one’s energy and zeal right at the start. Because that’s often when we can most likely feel defeat and that it isn’t worth the trouble; so then we toss aside the Holy Spirit’s promptings concerning God’s plan for us and go on to something easier.

However, we already know that the Bible warns us that we have an enemy and that he is also the enemy of the Gospel going forth, as well as the enemy of anything good. As Eph. 6:12,13 tell us, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against… the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes you may be able to stand your ground…” –To be able to stay calm. For as Isa. 26:3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is focused on You; because he trusts in You.” And we can confidently say “that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Rom. 8:28)

What do we do when the enemy comes in like a flood? We raise the banner! The banner of praise and confident faith. “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Heb. 11:6), but with it we can move mountains. (Matt. 21:21,22) And praise? Oh, the enemy flees that! He hates hearing it. I praise out loud and I say verses a lot, and I believe the evil realm really doesn’t like to hang out with me at all. And because God inhabits the praises of His people, they really get scared off by THAT presence! Yes, the evil spirits are stronger than us, but we do have One in us that is way more powerful than all those evil hosts combined.

So praise and faith is how we focus, and how we put on the armor is through praise, faith, and “living out” the armor. Like, one example –the belt of truth. Do we practice truth –speak it and uphold it and meditate on it? Because when we put this armor all on, that’s how we withstand the enemy. He’ll try to frighten us at first, but then when he sees we mean it –our genuine faith and praise and armor living– he’ll leave.

Ps. 37:7-9,11 are wonderful reminders: “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways… Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret –it leads only to evil. …but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land. [Yes,] the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace.” Peace… Isn’t this what so many want? Well, true peace only comes from the Lord. When we please Him, He rewards us with peace.

So, let us not be afraid. Fear is probably our worst enemy (and Satan knows it.) Just think, even death isn’t too bad except for the fear factor; like fearing the pain, the fear itself, and fearing for those left behind. Or even fearing that we didn’t do enough for God and will have regrets at the Judgment. No, we put fear from us, casting it to Jesus who takes all our burdens. The only one we are to fear is God. Not man. Not devils. Not death. Not ourselves. Not even pain. Because when we walk through the valley, He will breathe into us what we need –if we call on Him to do so.

I like Ps. 120:1 –“I call on the Lord in my distress and He answers me.” It’s a promise. And He and His Word cannot lie. ALL His promises are for His trusting, obedient children who are “IN” Christ. (2 Cor. 1:20) (If any promise we ask to have appropriated for us, but God’s best is not to apply that one for a given situation, He will clearly let us know that too as we pray about it; and He will gently change our desire to fit our greatest benefit.)

I sure do also like Ps. 56:3,4 –“When I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me?”

All of God’s Word is beautiful –and living… and it gives life… and comfort… and healing… and rest… and wisdom… and peace… So let’s read the Word. Let’s soak in it like it’s our true food –like we’d die without it. Because we WILL die without it. Or at least be weak or flung about by the enemy… or fearful…

His peace to us all,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on November 30, 2009.

 
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