September 5, 2016

God’s Peacekeeper

Written by Boyd Bailey

God’s Peacekeeper 9.5

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – September 5, 2016

Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword. Revelation 6:4

God’s peacekeeper is His son Jesus Christ. His first provision of peace is between God and man. When we trust Christ alone as our Savior and Lord, we are at peace with our heavenly Father. Before we placed our faith in Jesus we were in conflict with the Almighty. Our soul was restless, at odds with its Creator. But once we surrender our selfish ways, we enjoy the selfless way of peace with God. Once we make peace with God, we enjoy the peace of God. We look to Jesus alone as our keeper of the peace.  His gift is to rest in His grace.

The anti-Christ will offer a counterfeit peace that looks good on the surface. It’s alluring and exciting, but only offers a temporary escape. In the days of tribulation on earth, Jesus describes an anxious world obsessed over “wars and rumors of wars” (Mark 13:7). These rumblings of a peace-less people prove to be a harbinger of what’s to come: world war, famine and judgment. A promise of outward control offers a false sense of serenity—only Jesus gives inner peace.

“He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin” (Malachi 2:6).

The peace of Jesus gives us peace with ourselves. The guilt of past sin is gone. If we shame ourselves over issues Christ has already covered by His thorough cleansing—we sin. The demons of depression have no jurisdiction over the Justice of the Peace–Jesus! Trust in Him empowers our tranquil soul. When we behold our Prince of Peace in uninterrupted worship, we receive His radical peace-loving assurance. Our peacekeeper Jesus is our loyal ally. Our flesh mopes around afraid, but we have no need to fear, since Jesus is near. He is our peace!

Christ can even make your enemies be at peace with you. They may not believe like you believe, but they believe you believe what you believe. Your love and respect toward others is a peace offering God uses to extend His grace. The calm Christ puts within you is a testimony for those in turmoil. A person who acknowledges their anxious heart is a prime candidate for the peace of God. Stay surrendered to your Savior and your peaceful presence will draw others to Him—as God’s peacekeeper Jesus Christ settles your soul.

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts” (Colossians 3:15).

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, by faith I receive Your peace to guard my heart and mind in Christ.

Application

Do I truly trust in my Savior Jesus to guard my heart and mind with His peace?

Related Reading

Numbers 6:26; Proverbs 16:7; John 14:27; Philippians 4:7

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Comments

  1. Michael Catalino says:

    I for the most part appreciate the work of the daily emails I receive from this ministry. This one in my opinion is misleading in that scripture from Rev 6:4 is referring to a false Christ prophesied from Matthew 24:5. White is normally associated with righteousness but keep reading; the rider held a bow, looked righteous but was bent on conquest. These are the false Christs from Matthew.

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Michael,
      Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us with your thought provoking comments. I can see where you may find it a bit misleading considering the said scripture verse is quoted right after the title “God’s Peacekeeper”. However, as the reader continues to read the entire devotional, we see that the author (Boyd Bailey) refers to the one and only Peacekeeper, Jesus Christ. “God’s Peacekeeper is His Son Jesus Christ.”
      We are always thankful that are readers in the Wisdom Hunter’s family are diligent in their reading and share their thoughts with us. It is truly a blessing! Thank you!
      We look forward to hearing from you again in the future. In the meantime, please know that we are grateful that you are a fellow wisdom hunter!
      Blessings,
      Gwynne
      “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace.” Ephesians 2:13-14

  2. Earl Burgess says:

    Jesus is NOT a peace”Keeper” .. HE IS a Peace”MAKER”, and we are called to be “Peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9). Peacekeeping doesn’t result in reconciliation and restoration like peacemaking does. This teaching of peacekeeping is what we are trying to get some of our unhealthy Christians to move beyond and become peacemakers by speaking the truth in love with healthy boundaries and honesty rather than being enablers and rescuers. You missed the right perspective, which is disappointing especially since you are always on tract Biblically and that is what we appreciate about this devotion/blog. Thanks for the other good wisdom you have shared in the past and we look forward to in the future.

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Earl,
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us about “peacemaking” and “peacekeeping”. We appreciate your thought provoking comments about peacemaking. It is definitely “food for thought”.
      I think Boyd’s statement in the devotional sums up the beauty that shines when we hold tight to our “Justice of Peace” Jesus.
      “Stay surrendered to your Savior and your peaceful presence will draw others to Him- as God’s peacekeeper Jesus Christ settles your soul.”
      There is just nothing that compares to that feeling of Peace and Security that only He can give.
      Thank you, Earl, for reaching out to us with your thoughts. We always are blessed to hear from our Wisdom Hunter’s family and look forward to hearing from you again.
      Blessings,
      Gwynne
      “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7


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