Guarding Peace

February 18 2019

Last week we talked about making sure that we are not complicit in our own oppression. This week I want to talk on the subject of how important is the protection of our God given peace. You know the Scripture that is quoted often from Philippians 4. “Be anxious for nothing, but in prayer and supplication, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace that passes all understanding will guard our hearts and mind.”

There are two things that we can never replace. We can never replace time. Once that it passes us, that particular time will never be replaced. In God’s mercy and grace, He can restore what we have lost in time, but the actual time, we cannot get back. We can also not replace peace. We can, however through God’s grace and mercy, restore peace. But here’s the deal! If we take precautions and actions to protect that peace, then we don’t have to worry about it being restored. Part of a strong vision is protecting that peace that passes all understanding.

One of the reasons it is so important to protect the peace we have been given is that it protects us. Again, hard choices and conversations might have to be made to keep toxicity out of our lives. This toxicity might come from a particular environment we find ourselves in, or from people. Whatever or wherever toxicity that is stifling the peace that God has bestowed on us in our salvation, it needs to be removed. As sin itself drowns us, allowing the peace of God to be masked or covered can be as devastating to a Christian. Proverbs 26:11 says “like a dog that returns to its vomit is a fool who repeats his folly.” Now that is just downright horrible to think about. But that is us if we continue to allow the toxic ways or people to drain us of our peace.

I have said this a few times, but what I am finding over and over is that it has to be my decision. If I want to live in peace, then it is my choice. It is not anyone else’s choice. It is not God’s choice even. He has poured out his grace of peace on us, but we have to allow it to control our thoughts and mind.

Part of the way this can work in a Christian’s life is by having accountability surrounding us.

We will talk about that subject next week.

This week in the service, we begin with a song that has become one of my favorite Getty songs. The choir sings “May the Peoples Praise You.” We sing “Make a Joyful Noise” by Tommy Walker, “Hosanna” by Paul Baloche, and a song we began singing a few weeks ago by Kristian Stanfill, “More Like Jesus.” There is a song that has been around for a while that I believe we have not used in worship here. I want to introduce us to “Build My Life.” The offertory is an arrangement by Ben Pauley of the “Doxology” that I believe you will truly be blessed by.

Okay, I will see you Sunday. Thank you so much for being a part of these blog series. I pray they are helpful, motivating, and maybe even sometimes life-changing.

Love you always,

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