Proverbs 12:25 – Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
Let’s consider some of the basics of Christianity today. The just shall live by faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. And the conclusion of these truths . . . get into the Word, my friend, to build your faith, please Father, and to live in victory, for this is the victory that overcomes the world, even your faith.
Let the mind of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom. The mind, or the thinking, of Christ dwelling in you will produce the peace of God that passes understanding. The peace of God, or as the Hebrew tongue would say, SHALOM, means nothing missing, nothing broken. It is a state of union with the Lord that is free from strife and contention with Him, resting in that union with Him as unbreakable and inseparable from Him.
It is when we attempt to use our own powers, our own prowess, our own insights, and our own reasonings to lift ourselves above the debates, strivings, arguments, and attacks of the world that we begin to wear ourselves down, weaken ourselves, and often, without understanding what is happening, throw our bodies to the wolves of darkness, whose devourings leave us weakened, sickly, and even spiritually emaciated. When we live in this manner, we are doing exactly what the Lord has warned to us avoid, and that is failing to discern the body of Christ. We are attempting to handle deeply spiritual issues utilizing carnal devices, processes, and thinking.
Dear reader, Jesus has been made to be our peace. The chastisement of our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we were healed. We must not try to separate the peace we have in Him and the healing He has provided for us through covenant. Outside peace with God, there is only brokenness and lack. ONLY in the peace of God is there “nothing missing; nothing broken.” ONLY in the peace of God is there perfect wholeness and completeness. The chaos of our present world is likely the greatest thief and damager to our peace with God. With all that has presented itself against us in our walk with the Lord, especially in this current year, the child of God MUST return whole-heartedly to the place of rest found ONLY in God’s Word. Remember, great peace have they who love God’s Law (the Word), and nothing shall offend (take peace away from) them. Return to the Word, my friend. Read it, meditate upon it, study it, learn it by heart, commit it to memory, keep it in our mouth at all times. It shall be life to those who find it, and health to all their flesh. The Word of God is that unshakable Rock upon which your peace (nothing missing; nothing broken) is established.
Manna for Today – Proverbs 13:12; Proverbs 15:13; Proverbs 17:22; Proverbs 18:14; Proverbs 29:18; Hosea 4:6; Psalm 119:65; Isaiah 54:13; Philippians 4:4-9; Colossians 3:15; 2 Peter 1:2