Philippians 1:2

2Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

We should know that this is a Pauline greeting from the book of Philippians. Paul usually greeted this way.

This is a very appropriate greeting. Many times we don’t greet people with peace and love and joy or even grace for that matter. The month of December is supposed to be a month peace and joy on earth and goodwill to all men. The problem is that people say this, but they don’t have Christ in front of this statement. Most people are cranky and uptight. Most people have a Scrooge mentality.

I can admit that I don’t much care for busy crowds in the stores. People hustling and bustling around. The spirit of Christmas can get wrapped in hurry and disgust. Can you find peace in this time of the year? Does peace leave you? If we were to really evaluate this scripture about grace and peace we can see that peace will never leave us. Psalm 122:8 For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. God wants us to have great peace!

We should have peace like a flowing river. If your peace is like a small dried river bed then in reality you really do not have peace. Peace is never dry! Peace is like a river in your soul. But Pastor, how can I have peace when I don’t have a lot of money and my life feels messed up? You can still have peace because you have the Lord Jesus as your best friend. You have a heavenly Father who looks after you always. Our God is a God of peace and refuge, and He gives peace that is beyond our understanding. No matter where you are in life God extends His peace to all of us. Isaiah 57:19 I create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, saith the LORD; and I will heal him. God’s peace brings healing to your life and circumstances.

If you are sensing a great storm in your life then speak to the storm and raging seas. Rebuke them and say peace be still to your storm. Mark 4:39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. God will help you work it all out. Our river of peace needs to flow or otherwise it will become stagnant. Our river of peace needs to be deep within our soul. God’s Word says in Psalm 34:14b …seek peace and pursue it.       

Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.  The world and all of its facets can not do what my God can do. The world tries to offer forms of peace but it is just a facade. Look at this scripture…John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. So if God says that He will leave us peace and His peace is given unto us… Then what do we need to worry about? What do we need to be afraid of? God also tells us in this scripture to not let our hearts be troubled or afraid. Why? Because if we let our hearts be troubled and afraid we open the door to the devil to run our river of peace dry. If we are dry then how will we pour out? We need to be full of peace, joy and love. We need to put our feelings aside and start focusing on the Lord who is our peace and refuge. Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them. God is our eternal refuge and you can lean on His everlasting arms of great peace and strength.

Isaiah 25:4
For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. Remember when the storm starts to get brewing then you need to lean back on your scriptures of peace and stay there. We need to remember to keep our peace even through the rough times. Remind yourself daily that you have peace like a river because of John 14:27. The world can not give you peace but your God who is mighty can.

 

Blessed by the Best,

Pastor Philip Roman

Love Walk Christian Center

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Comments
  1. buttermilk80 says:

    There is a peace sought by those who know the Lord Jesus. It is that peace which allowed Him to sleep while those in the boat with Him feared death at the storm. I encourage the storms these days. I look forward, in each one, to the testing of my faith. He has my back. He has the ground under my feet. He has my front and both sides. And He is above me. In all things, I am learning to be at peace even while the storms rage all around.

    As for the greeting of “Peace”: There is no peace for those outside His Grace. Guilt follows them everywhere they go and it will be there to greet them in the morning. Peace to my brothers and sisters in the Lord! To all others, may the guilt you feel cause you to drop to your knees in search of God’s Mercies. Amen

    By His Grace.

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