Thursday, May 14th, 2015
Soldier's Orders (Part 36)
Seek peace and pursue it.
Psalm 34:14, 1 Peter 3:11 (NKJV)
Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.
Hebrews 12:14 (NKJV)
So then we pursue the things which make for peace...
Romans 14:19 (NASB)
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Matthew 5:9 (NKJV)
'The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding' (Philippians 4:7), is a stunning blessing. It blesses us, as we stay in peace through troubled times. It stuns others, as they wonder how we cope so well.
For example, a deep-in-the-Spirit Dallas mom recently lost her husband. It was an unexpected shock. Yet her peace (and the peace of her son, who is an AMTC grad) impressed everyone. The way they handled their ordeal was a great calling card for Christ.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You are the good news patrol: traveling by media through every town, giving hope, love and joy with never a frown. You're not just keeping your peace to yourself, but also spreading God's peace to the world. It's your Great Commission.
By your peacemaking, you will be called children of God. In other words, God will be seen in you. 'The people who sat in darkness have seen a great Light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned' (Matthew 4:16).
While Christians argue about Gay rights, drawing a line in the sand like Custer's last stand, you seek peace and pursue it. You realize one thing others forget: It's not our job 'To judge those outside the church' (1 Corinthians 5:12).
Before we ride high on holy roller coasters, before we talk big like righteous Bible boasters, before we burn others like religious roasters, we must look at ourselves: 'For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God' (Romans 3:23).
If we can agree the Holy Spirit is our Teacher, if we can agree by Him God convicts us of our sins, if we can agree only God alone is right to judge, if we can agree the power to change comes from God's grace, if we can agree God's grace should be seen in us today...
Why would outsiders want to join God's School if we condemn them by words of war, instead pursue them by acts of peace? So be peacemakers, patrolling earth's highways and byways by means of media.
'Now may the God of peace Who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the Blood of the everlasting Covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His Sight, through Jesus Christ, to Whom be glory forever and ever. Amen' (Hebrews 13:20-21).
To Be Continued...
* Our Responsibility to be Messengers of Peace: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Malachi+2%3A5-7&version=NKJV
* God's Perpetual Covenant of Peace: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+54&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Soldier's Orders series.