Alignment with Great peace
It isn’t enough to talk about peace - one must believe in it.
And it isn’t enough to believe in it - one must work at it. Eleanor Roosevelt
By Pastor George Lehman
Alignment means: “You take effort to something that is important and put it into a sequence to be successful” - So I can be a peace maker because I’m a peace Liver
It’s possible because of Jesus. Isaiah 53:5 (Ampl) – But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.
We must align ourselves with peace – because it’s available to us.
Psalm 34:14 (Amp) – *Depart from evil and do good; seek, inquire for, and *crave peace and pursue (go after) it!
*Depart from evil = Don’t just leave evil. Change to a new way of life.
*Evil = It’s any action, thought or attitude that is contrary to the character or will of God.
*Crave = How many actually crave for peace?
So how do I come into alignment to get it?
Psalm 119:165 – Great peace have they who love Your law; nothing shall offend them or make them stumble.
2 Peter 1:10(NIV) – If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him.
Proverbs 3: 1-2 (Amp) – My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments; 2For length of days and years of life [worth living] and tranquillity and prosperity [the wholeness of life’s blessings] they will add to you.
What does ‘great peace’ mean?
‘Peace’ automatically suggests an absence of war, not battling, no fighting - all is calm (everyone gets along).
1 Thessalonians 5:2-4(NIV) – 2For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3while people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4But, you brothers are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.
But, under temptations and trials, a battle always rages. – To destroy our peace.
In such a case, no peace exists. Much less, ‘great peace’.
The spiritual war we fight is caused by 1) Temptation from Satan, 2) our own human nature and the 3) world.
Remove temptation and the war stops. What remains is ‘great peace’. – I don’t go hide on a mountain like a Monk, NO! I live in the world with Great Peace.
How do we achieve not only peace, but ‘great peace’?
The last half of Psalm 119:165b tells us: Nothing shall offend them or make them stumble. – Tell me that’s not Great Peace?!
What causes a human to stumble? Temptation!
Temptation(dictionary): Enticement to wrongdoing. = 3 Things – The devil, the flesh and the world.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (Amp) – For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ability and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently.
We need to be sheltered from it.
Psalm 119:165 (ASV) – They have no occasion of stumbling.
Psalm 119:165 (YLT) – They have no stumbling block.
It’s clear from these and many other translations to mean: That not even the opportunity to stumble is present.
Psalm 121:3 (NLT) – He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber.
1 John 2:10 (Amp) – Whoever loves his brother [believer] abides (lives) in the Light, and in It or in him there is no occasion for stumbling or cause for error or sin.
Jude 24 (Amp) – Now to Him Who is able to keep you without stumbling or slipping or falling, and to present [you] unblemished (blameless and faultless) before the presence of His glory in triumphant joy and exultation [with unspeakable, ecstatic delight]—
God, through the Holy Spirit, is the only power in the universe that can accomplish such a feat[prestasie].
If God does not place that shield around us, we have NO HOPE of success.
Alone we are powerless in the face of temptation.
We overcome it not by our strength but by aligning ourselves with God’s power, and the shield of faith.
1 John 5:4 (Ampl) – For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith.
It is given to us as His gift. It’s our ONLY sure defense.
To acknowledge God and to pray always - is to be in alignment with one of Christ’s most basic principles found in:
Matthew 6:33 (Ampl) - But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides.
Praying always is stepping out in faith, believing that if we seek God first, He will add all the things we need.
Including the strength and ability to overcome, to finish this journey and to enter His Kingdom.
Philippians 4:19 (Ampl) – And my God will liberally supply (fill to the full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
When faced with the many decisions and choices we have to make during each day…
…if we are not acknowledging God’s presence, we have placed ourselves in the position of fighting our battles on our own.
Most of us here carry the scars from the battles we have lost.
Our deceitful human nature has in its arsenal countless ways, reasons, plans and excuses to avoid confronting the real issue of life.
Aligning our lives by bringing God into the picture unleashes forces that will not only help us overcome but will also protect us from stumbling and falling.
And we will experience “GREAT PEACE”
Philippians 4:6-7 (LB) – Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.