Friday, April 13, 2012

Peace Within

"The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever."
{Isaiah 32:17}
There is a peaceful river that flows through a heart that has been wrapped in the righteousness of Christ that is completely indescribable. It's a quiet, strong confidence found in those who have chosen to enthrone the Prince of Peace in their hearts and minds and who have deliberately allowed His kingdom to reign over all the subjects within. Peace is found within those who have submitted to the rule of an Almighty and Sovereign God... found in those who are content to be where they are... who have the wisdom not to rush into a battle, to not occupy themselves with matters too great for them, and who have a sincere trust and confidence in their King.

It is possible to have great internal peace even in the midst of external turmoil. It is also possible to bring that peace into that external turmoil. However, you cannot contribute that which you do not have- you cannot bring peace into a world of chaos without first having it within you.

God desperately desires that we be a people marked by peace; not by strife or stressPeace is an outer disposition of an internal condition. It is an external fruit of an internal root.
What is your life marked by? What flows out of you is a direct result of what is already flowing in you... Do you have peace like a river? Joy like a fountain?

Today, choose to submit to the rule of a great and Sovereign Lord and King- to make Him Master. You can trust Him. Really, you can.

"Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgements, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him? For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen."
{Romans 11:33-36}
My house may be filled with the hardship, mess, and chaos of construction right now, but I know that if I want there to be peace within its walls, there must first be peace within my heart. The same is true for you no matter what confusion, chaos, hardship or pain you may be faced with right now.

 "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
{Romans 15:13}
Today, may you choose to invite the Holy Spirit to saturate your heart and mind and fill you with more of Himself... that He might increase... and that you might decrease. Allow Him to lead you into the tranquil waters of His peace even while troubles may surround you. Soak up His Sovereignty and get lost in the constant overflow of His grace and mercy. Allow it to saturate the very heart of your being. Only then will you be able to experience the joy of having a fresh supply ready to flow through you into the lives of those around you! Only then will you be able to walk in power and face the world with an unswerving confidence that you have One who is in you who has overcome it!
"... in me {Jesus} you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
{John 16:33}

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