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  Northfield, NJ 08225

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03/14/2008

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Real Peace


"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:7).

The preceding verse (6) tells us to "pray and petition with thanksgiving." Why? So that we can have "peace with God through Christ Jesus." Our problems may not always be removed, but we can have peace instead of anxiety. Its easy to have peace when we have a little "cushion." The cushions of friends, a home and family, health, some "fall-back money." But God's peace sustains us when trouble comes, and our hearts may be breaking.

Just before He left the earth, Jesus made a promise to His disciples(and us). It is recorded in John 14:27). "Peace I leave you with; my peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled." This is a peace that does indeed "pass all understanding." We know that Satan is on the prowl. One of his ploys is to keep us in turmoil. To keep us upset and worried. But Jesus promises to keep our hearts and minds at peace. In a trade for our problems He gives us peace. A peace that "transcends all understanding, will GUARD our hearts and minds." The word guard indicates that it will act as a line of defense to prevent anything from upsetting our inner peace.

We can have peace during the storms of our lives. "For he himself is our peace" (Eph. 2:14). Peace is more than just unrest. It is even more than tranquility. It is the perfect security in the midst of the storm. A quiet trust in our Lord Who only does His best for us. It is a personal peace. It is designed just for me!

The paradigm for peace instead of worry; "Be careful for nothing; be prayerful in everything; be thankful for anything; be peaceful in all things."

Have a wonderful Friday....Make a difference... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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