“REENTRY THROUGH SELF SURRENDER”

Day 9
 
March 23,2021
James 3:13-18

            I hope you all had a great day yesterday. What does to be peaceable look like to you? This is the topic up of discussion today. The second characteristic of God’s wisdom, is being peaceable. A formal definition is not being contentious or quarrelsome, free from strife or disorder. Let’s talk about peace being first and foremost a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Biblical peace is more than just the absence of conflict or state of rest. It means completeness or wholeness and it points to being in God’s presence. A lack of conflict and freedom from fear of violence between individuals or groups.

John 14:27 says Peace I leave with you …. Let your heart not be troubled not afraid I have overcome the world. Peace was Jesus dying inheritance to us. It does not come from the world. Peace is having balance in your life in your spirit man and your flesh. Otherwise, if you’re not in tune with where yours is. The “flesher” (My name for the flesh) will take over. Lack of peace will become the norm. Let go of your fear, remember the source is Jesus to be our peace not what we think it should look like.

Ephesians 4:3 encourages us to endeavor to keep unity of the spirit in the bond of peace. “Spoudazo” in Greek means our “do diligence.” It takes our action to go after it at all costs just like Christ did for us on the cross. When He died for us, we have been justified (like we had never sinned) by faith, we have peace with God. Asking forgiveness and giving it, is the key to peace. The first words Jesus spoke when he was hanging on the cross was Father forgive them, for they know not what they do. Everything God does has purpose. This is the main one, so we could be forgiven and saved.

In this atmosphere of peace, it first must be not only with God but ourselves and then we have that fruit produce multiply to give to others. Forgiving ourselves is a must. This goes beyond asking God for it. It is releasing yourself from any condemnation, blame, and judgement. To make peace with yourself. Are you at peace with you?  The peace in James 3:18 is this type because it’s sown in peace because we make peace. Peace is a choice of our own free will. God freely extends to us if we ask, if we confess not just ask out of our great need for it. You may say what is the difference between asking and confessing? Simply the answer is this, one says, “God, will you?” The other says, “God this one is on me, it’s my responsibility.” We can’t pour out peace to others if we don’t have it. I’m not sure why The Lord keeps saying this, as I type, but it is for someone and is therefore important. Jesus loves you so much.

Peace is to be pursue or followed. Hebrews 12:14 says to follow peace with all men, and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord. Why does it say follow here? I propose, it’s because Jesus did it first when he forgave us. He did tell us to take up our cross to follow Him. Inclosing, the process of keeping, making, and being at peace with God, ourselves and others means staying in balance. Walking in the Spirit and not in the flesh, forgiving ourselves and others, going after peace with everything you are by following Jesus’ example. Being impartial here in rebuilding the Lord’s kingdom in us and others with no bias. Wouldn’t it be great to have the absence of strife, quarreling, disorder, or frustration of any kind in your life? Jesus is our Peace.

Let’s pray…Lord You are our Prince of Peace. Thank You for providing for us such a priceless legacy which we can give to ourselves and to others. Help us to know places of unrest within so we are to be in balance spiritually and then able to sow peace elsewhere. When those areas are revealed aid us in forgiving where needed and have peace to give away. Give us the resolve to make it, no matter what it may cost me. Without it we die a gradual death towards tearing down all Jesus died to give us. Lord help us to not make Your sacrifice for nothing.