Continued from Steps to Abiding in the Peace of God posted earlier.
The Apostle Paul was no stranger to hardships and adversity. Yet he confidently encourages each of us as follower of Christ to have our heart and soul firmly fixed on the Lord of Glory.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, 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, let your mind dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:7–8).
- God promises to keep us in perfect peace if we will keep our heart firmly fixed upon Him. (Isaiah 26:3)
- This is the battlefield our mind, the devil is always seeking to play mind games with us.
- We must learn how to keep our mind and thoughts focused upon the sure promises of the Word of God.
- As we build our life upon the solid foundation of the Word of God we can weather any storm.
- Matthew 7:24
Paul consistently withstood the hardships he faced because he did not major on his hard times, rather he gave God glory.
Paul looked more toward the eternal than just the temporal.
“Knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you…Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal”.
-2 Corinthians 4:14–18
Peace That Passes All Understanding
All things work out for the glory of God – Romans 8:28
Even when we are going through persecution and trial, abuse and betrayal, heartache and bitter disappointment, we can have perfect peace that passes all human understanding.
Never forget God has a plan to use even the difficult and disappoint events in our life to bring us into a deeper walk with Him.
The devil means it for harm and hurt but God will use it for good.
This peace is possible because we have the promise that we are coming through!
The Promise of Coming Through
It is important to notice that God uses the two most powerful things known to man to describe our trials; that being “ fire ” and “ water .”
In Psalm 66:12 it says, “We went through fire and through water; but You have brought us out into a wealthy place.”
- The water is to cleanse and the fire is to purify.
- The word wealthy does not mean just finances; it means “a wide abundance, a place of recovery, of refreshment, the place of His provision and presence.”
The key word in this passage is the word “through.”
As a child of God we are never overrun in the flood, and we are never consumed by the fire—we pass through!
Job says in Job 23:10, “When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.”
Notice the triumphant words, “I shall come forth.”
Job is still in the furnace in the midst of the fiery afflictions when he makes this statement of faith.
It is one thing to testify after you have passed through, but he is in the midst of the furnace.
Now is the time to declare the victory of God in your life.
This is not a time to pull back but rather this is a time to push forward in the Kingdom of God.