There's peace, calm, serenity, and the general sense of well being that we all need and crave.
And then there comes a time when we need something bigger. Larger. Greater.
We need a great peace.
I sense that today.
I sense it in what I see going on around me.
I sense it in myself.
Something bigger than just "less stress" needs to prevail.
Philippians 4:6-7 (Amplified Bible) "Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. (7) And God's peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
Yeah, that's it.
That tranquil state of the soul at rest in Jesus.
A complete absence of fear (calm enters when fear leaves).
Contentment in the midst of attack (big medicine there).
I need a "garrison of guards" surrounding my mind and heart (acknowledge the angels dispatched to you).
I need Jesus (Come to Me if you are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest).
You know the feeling. It sometimes come with disturbing news overload.
When corroboration comes in the form of others saying "Pastor, what's going on?"
An offensive mounted by enemy forces aimed at believers.
That's when the need for GREAT peace comes in.
I'm already feeling it. I have to let it wash over me, and start sending it out to others.
Paul says "God's peace shall be yours".
I want you to receive that today.
God's peace is yours today.
If you're in that place today where the scale is tilted a bit toward the downside, heavy laden with cares and woes, take joy and comfort that God's great peace is yours.
Be blessed. I am in it with you.
Jesus is in it with us together.
Keepin' it Real,
Pastor Kevin <><