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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Obedience Leads to Peace

In review of Philippians 4:6-7 it says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

Bottom Line:
Don’t worry or be anxious, instead pray about it.  Let God know what I need.  Thank him for what he has done.  Soak in his peace.  It is something that surpasses all understanding.  It’s a peace that will guard my heart, mind and thoughts.  It is all part of living in Christ.

What this means to me:
This verse reminds me that I should never worry or be anxious about anything at all.  Instead, I should pray ask God about everything.  Let him know what I need.  Then with a thankful heart thank him for all he has done.  When I do this, I’ll experience God’s peace, a peace that which exceeds anything I could possibly understand.  It will be a peace that will guard my heart and keep my heart, mind and emotions safe.  It will all come from my union with Christ.
If I find myself feeling overwhelmed and confused about a decision, it likely that I am caught up in myself and not hearing God’s voice. The Bible says, “God is not a God of disorder but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33a NIV). He is not the author of confusion. So if I’m feeling confused, its because I’m not hearing God’s voice speak. Possibly the only time pressure I feel could be legitimate, especially if its something God’s told me to do, but I keep saying “no” to. There will always be peace when I say “yes” to what God’s asks me to do. I am to be obedient to what he asks. Satan wants to drive me compulsively, but God wants to draw me compassionately. Satan wants to take advantage of my compulsions and use them to drive my life. But God is my Good Shepherd. He wants to draw me in toward himself and peace. In summary, this verse tells me to not worry or be anxious, instead I am to pray about everything. Let God know what I need. Thank him for what he has done. Then soak in his peace.  It is something that surpasses all understanding.  It’s a peace that will guard my heart, mind and thoughts. It all comes from living in Christ.

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