Posts Tagged ‘The peace of God’

Pursue the Peace of God

September 15, 2011

Psalm 34:14 AMP … Depart from evil and do good; seek, inquire for, and crave peace and pursue (go after) it!

How hard do I seek the Lord’s peace? Do I ask Him for it? Do I crave it? Do I run after it?

Philippians 4:4-9
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. Rejoice always, -1 Thess 5:15-16

Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. -1 Thess 5:17-18

Lord Jesus, thank You that You are our peace and joy. Help us to rejoice in You always. Show us how to pray without ceasing, and in everything to give thanks. Thank You Jesus that thru You, we have the peace of God which guards our hearts and minds.

Jesus, help us each confidently trust You. Keep our minds stayed, fixed on You. -Isa 26:3

The Peace of God – The God of Peace

January 21, 2011

This is an interesting look at a familiar passage, from: Phil 4:1-9 Study.

There seems to 5 things we can do to have ‘The Peace of God’ guard our hearts and 2 more to dwell/abide with ‘The God of Peace’! I never looked at this passage this way before. Hope this encourages you as it did me.

  • 1. Live in harmony

    I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony{agree} in the Lord -Phil 4:2

  • 2. Help fellow workers

    Indeed, true companion, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. -Phil 4:3

  • 3. Rejoice in the Lord always!

    Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!-Phil 4:4

  • 4. Be gentle, humble, patient

    Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. -Phil 4:5

  • 5. Pray out anxiety

    Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. -Phil 4:6

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. -Phil 4:7

  • 6. Dwell on Truth

    Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. -Phil 4:8

  • 7. Practice Truth

    Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. -Phil 4:9

And the God of peace will be with you. -Phil 4:9

Let us pursue ‘The Peace of God’ which surpasses all understanding by seeking the face of Christ thru faith in ‘The God of Peace’ – the Prince of Peace!

The Fragrance of Rest – Peace

September 13, 2010

Philippians 4:6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

This morning I was feeling the Lord’s peace,
a peace beyond understanding,
a supernatural peace only given by the Lord,
a peace that descends as a dove
a peace that protects and guards
a beautiful peace that gives rest.

Genesis 8:11, 20-21 Then the dove came to him in the evening, and behold, a freshly plucked olive leaf was in her mouth; and Noah knew that the waters had receded from the earth. … Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. The LORD smelled the soothing aroma; and the LORD said to Himself, “I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man’s heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done.

Noah’s offering – complete surrender and dedication to the Lord.
The Lord ‘smelled’ Noah’s offering and accepted it with delight.
The smell of Naoh’s sacrifice quieted God’s wrath and produced tranquility.

Amos 5:21 KJV I hate, I despise your feast days, And I will not smell in your sacred assemblies.

I had just been looking at the above verse yesterday and noticed that when the Lord rejects an offering He takes no delight in it and therefore does not release His scent, His fragrance or smell in the place where the offering is made. Putting this together with the above and Noah’s offering.
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The Lord not only smelled, accepted, delighted in Noah’s offering
— He was quieted,
— His wrath soothed and so He ‘smelled in’ this offering also.
He not only ‘inhaled’ the pleasing scent, He breathed it out.
The fragrance of rest
The fragrance of peace
The fragrance of the dove.
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From the NetBible Gen 8:20

Noah [05146] means rest
comes from the root word nuah [1323]

Footnote 1 sn Offered burnt offerings on the altar. F. D. Maurice includes a chapter on the sacrifice of Noah in The Doctrine of Sacrifice. The whole burnt offering, according to Leviticus 1, represented the worshiper’s complete surrender and dedication to the Lord. After the flood Noah could see that God was not only a God of wrath, but a God of redemption and restoration. The one who escaped the catastrophe could best express his gratitude and submission through sacrificial worship, acknowledging God as the sovereign of the universe.

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From NetBible Gen 8:21

sweet [05207] means soothing, quieting, tranquillising
Also comes from the root nuah [1323]

1 tn The Lord “smelled” (וַיָּרַחvayyarakh) a “soothing smell” (רֵיחַ הַנִּיהֹחַreakh hannihoakh). The object forms a cognate accusative with the verb. The language is anthropomorphic. The offering had a sweet aroma that pleased or soothed. The expression in Lev 1 signifies that God accepts the offering with pleasure, and in accepting the offering he accepts the worshiper.