Let the Peace of Christ Rule in Your Hearts

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.

How happy it is to be thanksgiving! Come let us reflect upon the blessings of this holy spiritual discipline. There are so many things to cause unrest in the soul. Our trials are various and ongoing as we are constantly tempted and bombarded with thoughts of despair and discouragement. This life has many tides and currents that crash against us as the sea billows of anxieties roll such tempests against our peace. We fight and wrestle in great struggles in pursuit of peace and happiness. Here in our text is divine help. It is a life raft of salvation from the tumult of being tossed to and fro with fear and pain.

Let us first take notice that there is a peace that is of Christ. He is the prince of peace and says to all his beloved “My peace I leave with you”. Jesus is a source and substance of peace. He is a peace maker and a peace giver. He made peace by the blood of his cross and brought many sons to glory. He paid the price to fully redeem and pardon iniquity that sinners might be reconciled from wrath and enmity to peace and joy with God. One must have Christ to have this type of peace that surpasses understanding. A peace is offered in Christ that can allow the saint to sing with rest in the midst of great unrest distress. It is a peace of Christ because he is the one that initiates it and offers it and gives it to his people. Jesus has given faith to sinners and has given His Spirit as a deposit of their secured and everlasting peace.

The Holy Ghost is a great comforter and a reminder of the truth as He guides the believer in the pathway of peace. Notice the great battle as we are admonished to let this peace of Christ rule in our hearts.  The heart is a battle field and is deceitful as well as desperately wicked. The human heart is constantly shaken and can seek to cast away all peace. The seat of emotions can tempt us to feel unloved and insecure. It is as if the devil seeks to shovel the peace of Christ out of the heart with each passing trial. A constant war continues to rage against that peace that is of Christ. But my dear believing friend, do not overlook the call to “let the peace of Christ rule in your heart”. There is something you can and must do to maintain that peace of Christ. Let it rule! Do not take that peace off the throne. Do not allow unholy thoughts of doubts and fear to quench your peace. Take those thoughts captive and let the peace of Christ rule! The peace of Christ may not rule in your physical circumstance but you can let it rule in your heart.

Observe how the peace of Christ and its ruling grace is connected to an attitude of gratitude. We are told to let the peace of Christ rule “and be thankful”. A thankful heart is one that is filled with affections for the peace of Christ. Peace comes when we are thankful and peace rules when we are thankful. The Christian can always find reasons to be thankful. It is reason enough that we have the peace of Christ to be eternally thankful. He has promised to provide for all of our needs. He has promised to never leave us all alone. He has prepared us a table of great grace before our enemies.

How can we sit at His table to eat His body and drink his blood with hearts that are not thankful? We have been made to sit at the table of the king of kings! What a five star table has been prepared for us that are in Christ. He has forgiven us of all our sin and put out a spread of treats and trimmings to satisfy the soul with fatness. Take and eat and be thankful for all the grace that has been freely bestowed upon you. Count your many blessings and focus on all that you do have rather then what you do not have. Place your thoughts on these things above and let the peace of Christ rule in your heart. Be thankful in heart and you will enjoy the peace of Christ as it rules your life circumstances.  Do not allow Satan to steal your joy in the Lord with his attacks of unrest.

Do not be a Grinch of ungratefulness or a Scrooge of ingratitude. Sit and feast on Christ and let that peace that is of him and from him rule in your hearts. Be thankful and enjoy Him with your family and friends!

Brother Chris

The Battle is the Lord’s

1 Samuel 17:47  “And that this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear: for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands”
Hello my dear believing friend. Come with me to mine this text for pearls of great price. It is a young David as the Lord often chooses the foolish to confound the worldy wise man. That giant Goliath has been taunting the people of God.  He had placed great pride in his strong stature as well as the use of his sword and shield. David was a shepherd boy who knew that the Lord’s people did not need great strength of their own to be victorious in their life battles. He had wrestled with Lions and Bears and triumphed as a ruddy youth without any physical armor or carnal sword.
Can I ask you how you are fighting your life battles? To what or whom are you looking for strength to come out victorious?  Let us notice how David (after taking off the armor and sword given to him by Saul) had something to teach the assembly of Israel.  “That this assembly may know”.  You would think that the children of God would know full well that our weaponry is not carnal for we wrestle not against flesh and blood. This helps us to see the weakness and vulnerability of God’s people.  We tend to get spiritual amnesia as Christians and forget the key to victorious living. The Israelites were doing well until a giant came with a bigger sword.
Oh my dear friend. Beware of the Giant! He will come and taunt you and make you feel very weak.  He will tell you that you are an easy target for his attack. He will mock your desire to fight in your own strength. He will laugh as you put your trust in riches and people. Do not allow his schemes to terrorize your soul. Your battle is the Lord’s battle! You have Jesus as the author and finisher of your faith. You have a sword of the spirit for the pulling down of strongholds.  You have a helmet of salvation that shall overcome all spiritual wickedness in high places.
Do you know by experience that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear?  Why not accept this truth by faith so that you do not have to learn it by your current circumstance? Do not trust in your own strength for victory in your life battle! Trust in the Lord. Your battle to live godly in Christ Jesus is the Lord’s battle. You are not your own but have been bought with a price. He is the Captain of your salvation. He has promised to never leave or forsake you. He will provide all of your needs according to His riches. It is when you are weak that His grace will make you strong. Faith is the victory and fear shall be your defeat.
So take off the notion that you can have success without the Lord. Throw away those thoughts that you can make it through life all alone. You need Jesus more now then when you first believed! You have a great adversary that roams to and fro seeking your destruction. The grace of Jesus is completely sufficient to carry you safely to His heavenly kingdom. He has given you His Spirit as a guide into all truth. You have a great comforter to remind you that “the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear: for the battle is the Lord’s”.  Look unto Christ for salvation and sanctification.
Jesus has shed His blood to purchase your triumph over all your enemies. Sin and death one day shall be no more. Take your bag of precious stones and cast them at the head of your giant. The church militant shall soon become the church triumphant. You will make it into the promised land where Jesus will wipe all thy tears away. Smile as you travel and fight the good fight on this side of heaven. Let the joy of the Lord Jesus and His promised care give you strength for your current life battles.
Brother Chris

The Gentleness of the Lord

Ezekiel 2:9 ” Then I looked, and behold a hand was extended to me; and lo, a scroll was in it” ….. 3:2 “So I opened my mouth, and He fed me this scroll”.

Good day to you my Christian friend. Come let us sit at the feet of that great prophet of old Ezekiel as he shares about when the Lord called Him to minister. He had a vision of the glory of the Lord Jesus and then heard a voice speak.  As the voice spoke, the Spirit entered our brother and he understood that he was being sent to proclaim Gods truth and grace. The voice of the Lord told Ezekiel to open his mouth and eat what is given.  It is here where Ezekiel shares ” then I looked, and a hand was extended to me”.

What a picture of the gentleness of the Lord Jesus as He extends His hand to feed His people. Oh how the arm of the Lord is outstretched towards His people! The Lord has prepared the best sweet news and personally delivers it to the souls of His people. The hand of the Lord is extended with mercy and kindness. The hand of the Lord is extended with the strength of grace. He has reached down from heaven to extend spiritual bread of life.

“The hand was extended to me”. Ezekiel has no doubt heard of how the hand of the Lord was extended to many others in the past, but now he is about to eat from the Lords hand for himself. What a blessed experience to be hand fed by the Lord! Notice that when the hand of the Lord was extended and opened, “lo, a scroll was in it”.  It was writings from God that Ezekiel was told to eat. He would chew on the Scriptures as a cow chews its cud. He would hide the words of this scroll in his heart that he might not sin. He would meditate day and night so his way would be prosperous. Ezekiel understood that he must not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

“So I opened my mouth” was his response to the extended hand with the scroll. How easy of a response that the Lord required. Even a small child can open his mouth. Who would close a mouth to the benefits of this scroll? Why not open wide and eat all the more as the day is approaching. What anticipation must be going on in the heart of Ezekiel as he waits with open mouth. His taste buds are stirred like waters ready for dipping. He has tasted much of sin and death in his life thus far, but now is ready to taste divine truth and grace. The Spirit has come and wet his appetite for more about Jesus. There he is with mouth open wide “and He fed me this scroll”.

Can you relate with the joy unspeakable when Ezekiel mentions “He fed me”? Do you know any of this experience? Surely Christ has extended His hand to you. Can you recall when you first chewed on the gospel and found it to be like honey to your soul? Don’t let your taste buds grow weary and dull to the sweetness of Jesus as he is found in the scroll. Take, eat His body and your hunger for righteousness shall be satisfied. You still have the scroll once delivered for all the saints. An open mouth means having an open Bible. You may not see His hand but as you read he will be sure to feed you.

Do you feel weak? Go to the scroll and get some honey for your life today. Do not live on bread alone. Feed your soul more and your soul shall be more strong and healthy.  Just open your mouth and he will feed you. Tell the devil that you will no longer close your mouth to the scroll.  Eat more and you will become more like Him who saved you by His grace. Eat more and you shall find more joy in your trials. Eat more and your soul will be satisfied with that peace that is beyond human comprehension. Let the cup of your life today runneth over with the honey of Jesus as you feed on His words to you.

” I will never leave you”.  “I will provide all of your needs”. “I will carry you safely to the heavenly kingdom”.

Brother Chris