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April 22, 2010
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
“Peace beyond understanding.” It’s one of the many descriptions that we use to describe what it’s like to have a relationship with the Lord Jesus. It’s an accurate description of course, (Philippians 4:7) and yet there’s a longing to find the perfect phrase to explain it to others and even to somehow better understand it ourselves. A contentment so real and complete that it could never be enhanced by any of the worlds accessories or rewards. A continual springing up from within of living water which cannot be hindered by external circumstances or threatenings. A glorious hope in knowing that, when this earthly tabernacle shuts down, we have an everlasting habitation in the presence of the Lord Jesus. Every senario in the natural, be it one of relative ease or one of one of continual upheaval, will come to pass. But when we know the Author of life and our heart resides in the realm of the everlasting, we are no longer held captive by those things which are unable to pursue us beyond the physical realm.
The peace of God is only a portion of what’s been in the forefront over the past several days. Another portion centers around the word “sovereign.” The fact that “God is” and that there is none beside him. He has his way in the whirlwind and holds in his hand, the breath of us all. With a word, he can dislocate mountains, dissolve a storm, promote whom he will, or bring down a mighty empire. All of our status, agendas, security measures, and kingdoms are, at their best, vanity. Temporary senarios that remain for a brief season before fading from the scene. But God has always been, will always be, and is unchanging. He literally inhabits eternity (Isaiah 57:15) and can make manifest his will by simply speaking a word. He is not subject a higher power and will never be dethroned. It’s astonishing to consider that there was a time in which one of his created beings thought to do just that; set himself up in the place of his Creator. All of the subsequent woes, tribulations, and eternities of everlasting lamentation, stem from this single seed of ungrateful arrogance.
Revelation 11:10 “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”
Another pondering that’s been in the forefront is “providence.” Knowing that the Lord will meet the needs of those who love him. Over the weekend, as we were thinking on some past events, Mrs. timbob made note of the fact that, regardless of what has come up over the years, things have always worked out “just in time.” We are living in a house that, in the natural, would have been impossible to obtain. Even more astonishing is the fact that this came about during the years when I was profoundly backslidden. We may not be living in this place a year from now, but at the moment we are protected from the elements. Trusting in Gods providence is not being fearful of what may take place tomorrow or panicing when all means of acquisition have failed. Most of us are familiar with Matthew 6:24-34, however most of us fail to live this to the fullest. (I know that I have growing to do here) Scripture is awash with examples of “just-in-time delivery” such as the children of Israel being sustained during their wilderness journey by manna that appeared every morning. Likewise Elijah, a widow woman, and her son were sustained by a barrel of meal and cruse of oil that failed not, while Ahab was searching frantically for enough water and grass to keep some of the horses alive.
I’ve had a somewhat unusual path toward finding peace in this area and still have growing to do. In past years, I suffered from chronic apprehension; even to the point that I would lie awake all night considering the ever-present potential for disaster on a number of fronts. (Now the only time that I’m awake all night is when I’m doing this, although lately this hasn’t been possible) It was a continual parade of “what ifs.” What if this happens? What if that doesn’t work out? What if, what if, what if? The problem was largely solved with a question. “Would the manifesting of the absolute worst possible senario cause me to abandon my faith?” I determined the answer to be no. No situation, regardless of how unpleasant it may be, would cause me to turn away from the Author of life. Any situation in this life is temporal at its best and loses its authority at the moment of departure. Kind of like:
Daniel 3:17-18 “If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
But if not, be it known unto thee O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”
Either way; be it by a firey demise or a miraculous event, these three men understood that a deliverance was at hand. (Revelation 12:11) God is able to sustain us in the most inhospitable of environments, but even if we should be overcome by situations in the natural, our faith should remain intact as we operate from an eternal perspective. This is where loving not our lives in this world is so imperative; especially as we’re fastly approaching a time wherein folks will have to consciously receive a mark in order to buy or sell. (Revelation 13:7-10)
When these attributes of God begin to resonate in our hearts, the supernatural peace of God will be unhindered. A rest that defies explanation; available to all who are in Christ and walking in obediance. That place wherein a person is so content that they are in want for nothing. Trying to find adequate words of description is impossible because they reside beyond the limits of our vocabulary. The above title stems from the “default image” as it were, that oftentimes comes to mind when the peace of God is considered. (This will sound kind of strange) It’s like being in the midst of a vast prarie that stretches to the horizon in every direction. Here, on a pleasantly warm, late summer afternoon, standing between the earth and sky as a gentle, yet steady breeze blows across the landscape. The blades of grass sway in agreement as they stretch toward the brilliant blue sky; releasing an almost entrancing harmony. The whole of the place is awash from the light of the sun…and…
The whole of the place is awash from the light of the Son.
For a moment, one is taken to a place that will abide forever; long after this fallen world is but a distant memory. A holy city that’s never been contaminated by offence or sorrow. And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. Its citizens hail from every tribe and generation of the world that was. Though once lost and undone, each one is now washed in the blood of the Lamb, has taken on immortality, and will forever remain in his presence along with the great cloud of witnesses. An indescribable pristine freshness permeates the ambience, along with melodies so incredible that they could never be duplicated in a theater of atoms. There are no shadows as the very light of God shines upon every aspect of this creation. Darkness never falls and the 12 gates; each one being a single pearl, are continually open. “And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there a tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”
Well I have to close for now as there’s much to done this morning and this post has surpassed fourteen hundred words. Despite the events that are developing upon the earth, the peace of God will be ever present in the lives of those who trust him completely and do not harbor a love for their lives in this world. A perfect peace and confidence in knowing that “if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
Blessings always in Jesus name.
Psalm 23:2-3 “He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness.
04/25/2010 Hello again. It’s been a sleepless night in which I came across the following posts:
JESUS IS REVIVAL (Scottish Warriors)
THE MAGICIAN AND THE STRONG DELUSION OF THESE LAST DAYS (Flee The Wrath)
SPIRITUAL TRIBULATION (Flee The Wrath)
All three of these posts contain information and encouragement that’s critical as we see the end approaching. To love the truth, to love not our lives in this world, and to abide ever closer to Jesus. A routine prayer request is that, each day, we would be closer to the Lord Jesus than we were the day before.
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6 comments

  1. Just wanted to say hello. Haven’t seen that man on the corner since I gave him the postcard with the services on it. I think of him and pray for him. There’s so many more like him out there. I am going to really make an effort to talk to more people and give them a tract. We should all try to remember the last time someone witnessed to us.


  2. Hi Timbob,

    It is amazing how many times the same Word or theme runs throughout the body of Christ around the world.

    Just another confirmation that we all have the same Spirit and that the message doesn’t change!

    “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8

    Blessings.


  3. Hi Code. I pray that this man will come to the truth that can make him free; along with the palm reader. It’s awesome to know of all that you are doing in that venue. We go out; never knowing who we will meet or what will transpire. We never know where a tract will end up. I mean, someone could take one, examine it briefly, throw it down, a gust of wind carries it over the river, it lands in an alley in the Bronx, a person at their wits end finds it and the Holy Spirit opens their eyes to the truth that Jesus is the one who can make them “free indeed.”

    The senarios are endless, but the truth remains the same. I’ll continue to keep you in prayer. Thanks so much for stopping by.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.


  4. Hi Fivepeas. This has fascinated me for a long time. How the Lord can be working in our heart about a certain thing and then we find that others are likewise being dealt with the very same issue. This happens often with CR and I. I’ll call and mention a passage of scripture and he’ll reply “I was just reading there yesterday” Or he’ll call and mentiona passage that I was just visiting a short time ago. It’s “really cool.”

    As you mention, Jesus never changes. Thanks so much for stopping by. Blessings always in Jesus name.


  5. Hi Timbob,

    It’s been a while since I’ve been to your site. Church and life in general has been keeping me real busy. I am so thankful to have experienced “the peace of God that passeth all understanding” of which the Bible speaks. This morning at 2:15 a.m., somebody rang our doorbell. I heard it, the dog started barking and I wondered who would be at our door at that hour in the morning. My first thought was maybe if I just layed there, whoever it was would go away. Our son came in our room and few seconds later and said, “Dad, someone’s at the door.” My husband woke up from a dead sleep and went down the stairs and answered the door. I started listening to the conversation between my husband and the man at the door and realized that our van was about to be repossessed. The man and my husband talked at the door for about 10 minutes, but there was really nothing the guy could do to stop the repossession. He was just doing his job. Anyhow, to make a long story short, this man lives in our city, and my husband was able to witness to him and invite him to church. My two teenagers threw on some clothes real quick and went and helped their dad remove our belongings from the van. My daughter thanked the man for letting us get our stuff out of the van before he took it. The guy apologized several times. He told us he’s done close to 4,000 repos and has never felt this bad about taking someone’s vehicle. When my husband and kids came back in we spent some time praying for this man. I would just love to see him come to church and receive the Holy Ghost! God is certainly able. Anyhow, this does leave us with a slight transportation problem, but I believe God will somehow work things out for us. (I stand upon Romans 8:28!) I had to be at work this morning at 8:15, and my daughter was able to drop me off before she went to work at 10.(her car is payed for 🙂 )After I got off work, I had to walk a little ways and then catch a bus to get home. As I was walking to the bus stop, I was thinking, “This is just incredible. There is just such a joy in my spirit and a peace about this whole thing.” There was a time in my life where if this happened, I would have majorly freaked out, but I’m so thankful for that peace of God. I’ll have to keep you posted on how this all works out.

    Blessings always,
    Carol


  6. Hi Carol. It’s great to hear from you. I was thinking of how great it would be if this situation results in a soul being added to the kingdom of God. A city on a hill shines the brightest in the night season. During times in which most would come unglued.

    The words of the guy doing the repossession speak volumes as, in 4000 like situations, he had never felt as bad as he did on this night. This encounter will remain with him for the remainder of his time in the valley of decisions.

    Thanks for sharing this testimony. Please let me know of future developments. That seed is going to grow. Blessings always in Jesus name.



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