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Posted on March 2, 2019 at 9:40 AM

Walking Your Faith

Romans 5:1-2 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” NKJV

Beloved in Christ,

Peace is mentioned over 400 times in the Bible. The Hebrew word for peace is Shalom, which means wholeness and health in every area of life. The Apostle Paul used an interesting salutation in most of his letters: "Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ." I have never met anyone who claimed they had enough peace in their life. All of us want more peace, but sadly enough, most are not willing to go to the Source, which is God. If you are not at peace in your life, the fault lies squarely with you. No one has the power or authority to take away your peace. You have to give them that power; you have to give them that authority. Whether it is the difficult boss or the unexpected bill, giving your peace away is, quite frankly, your choice; of the dubious “questionable benefits” we profess as “our free will”.

John 16:33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” NLT

Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” NKJV 

Indeed… how wonderful is the peace of grace? You can lay your head down on your pillow at night because you have peace with God. How incredible is that? You cannot find that anywhere except at the cross. In Jesus, there is grace and peace. In the world, there is tribulation. Which do you choose?

Walking your faith? Jesus gives us peace. We can give our peace away or we can keep our peace. Shalom!

ABBA, Father God,

Thank You for providing me grace and peace. Forgive me for times when I have turned my peace over to frustration or anger. You love me and You have forgiven me. My peace is secure in You. In Jesus' precious name and for Your glory. Amen.

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