Food for ThoughtIsaiah 26:3 - Perfect Peace (Version 2)
Food for Thought
An all-creatures.org Guide to Kingdom Living

By Marni Montanez

Isaiah 26:3 New King James Version

3. You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.

This instruction is simple and straightforward and very effective if you do it; keep your focus upon God and you will walk in not only peace, but perfect peace.  The world doesnít understand this kind of peace.

Philippians 4:7 English Standard Version

7. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

His peace cannot be duplicated.  Godís peace is unique and lasting. It is a personal extension of who God is. He is peace itself.

John 14:27 New King James Version

27. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

We live in a world where peace is a superficial imitation of what true peace is.  God has a peace that restores and refreshes our soul; He gives us the option of embracing or rejecting it.   It is only by our choice that allows us to experience the depth of His peace.    Our choice can bring us into the rejuvenating presence of God or entangle us into a web of oppression that at first disguises itself as peace.   This kind of false peace where we feel itís presence only when things are going our way is a destructive lie that hinders are maturity.   The worldís peace is conditional and short lived.  It promises but does not deliver since it is dependent upon a stress free and easy life.   

God embodies the fragrance of peace and invites us to bathe in its intoxicating aroma of true rest.  In this place of trust we are compelled to submit to Godís compassionate authority and stand confident as our world is falling apart and in disarray. Even in the direst of circumstances if we pursue Godís peace, we can remain in the quiet of Godís presence.   

Challenge:  Practice letting go of the temptation to fix life in our own strength.  Call upon the Lord and ask for His wisdom and intervention then verbally receive His peace.

God bless,

Marni

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lamb-rightThe purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.