March 25, 2020

Steps Toward Peace

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – March 25, 2020

Stand on your feet alert, then you’ll always be ready to share the blessings of peace. Ephesians 6:15, TPT

When we have peace with God we are at war with the devil! Satan does not take our serenity in our Savior Jesus without fighting back. Indeed, peace is a primary fruit of the gospel—the good news that we have peace with God and peace within our heart to guard against godlessness. We are able to stand our ground because we are grounded in grace with our feet protected by the gospel of peace. Yes, we stand secure as ambassadors of God’s peace, to bless and to battle.

Two millennial before Larry Munson, the iconic college football radio announcer, flowered his color commentary with the archaic term, “hob-nailed boot”—a Roman soldier was issued this cleated footwear to stand his ground in battle. Secure on secular surfaces, a follower of Jesus in similar fashion stands on the gospel of peace. The inner peace of God gives a soldier of Christ the outer resolve to resist the devil, to stand his ground and face the twin foes of fear and shame. In the middle of chaos, a Christian is able to model a quiet peace and strength to a stressed world. 

“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace and salvation, the news that the God of Israel reigns” (Isaiah 52:7, NLT)!

Are you able to be a peace broker to those on the verge of panic? Point people to first find peace with God through trust in Jesus Christ, so they can then experience the peace of God. Being a peace broker is a privilege of those who proclaim the gospel with their loving life and caring words. Truth and grace are able to penetrate the enemy’s lines scattered with lies and defeat the devil and his demons. Walk in the gospel of peace, as Christ calms anxious hearts. 

How is your heart? Riddled with pain or robust with peace? If restless, do not allow the fiery darts of the devil to distress you. By faith watch them harmlessly disappear into the force field of your heart covered by your childlike trust in Jesus and His faithful love. The peace of God pounces on the enemy like a courageous beast conquers his prey. Peace gladly receives the love of the Father, while fear remains confused and stuck in insecurity. Rest in the peace readily available to a humble and broken heart. Peace is your super power to stand firm. 

“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you” (Romans 16:20).

Prayer

Dear Lord, help me walk in peace trusting you, so I can bring calm to chaotic circumstances, in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Application

What do I need to let go of so I can be available to support someone else who is stressed?


Related Reading

Job 22:21; Psalm 85:8; Luke 1:78-79; Romans 14:17


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Being a peace broker is a privilege of those who proclaim the gospel with their loving life and caring words. #WisdomHunters #peace #truth #Jesus


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Comments

  1. Kathy Cline says:

    Dear Wisdom Hunters,

    I read your devotions each and every day and often pass them on to others. Encouragement comes in so many different forms, but for me, the written and musical forms are the most inspiring. Thank you so much for being passionate about edifying and lifting up the body.

    I’ve included a poem I wrote yesterday which speaks of Christ’s body. If there is any way that this poem can encourage others during this uncertain time, please feel free to pass it on to whomever most needs to see it. I’ve also included the tie ins that you usually use in your devotionals.

    I will send the poem in another attachment as there may not be enough characters to include it here.

    Application
    How can I be an active member of the body of Christ especially during critical times?

    Related Reading
    1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Psalms 73:26; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Ephesians 5:22-23; 1 John 3:16

    Post/Tweet Today
    “For all that’s been given, from God whom we trust, we’ll do as He wills; we’ll do what we must.”

    Worship Resource
    “Love Lives On” BCC Worship from the MORE album (can be found from Apple Music or Spotify)

  2. Kathy Cline says:

    HEAVEN KNOWS — A POEM OF ENCOURAGEMENT AND APPRECIATION

    Written by Kathy Cline on March 23rd, 2020

    Quite a pandemic how over the world
    One novel virus could quickly unfurl
    Spreading with fury, unknown in its wrath
    Unknown is its anger, and why it attacks

    It tries to continue, its crushing domain
    Marking the history books, leaving a stain
    It tries to consume, wreak doom far and wide
    Knowing few boundaries while sweeping the tides

    But Heaven knows better, how GOD’S IN CONTROL
    How God spreads His mercy, heals, and makes whole
    For Christ is the body, all Christians His parts
    His hands and His feet, His mind and His heart

    God’s gifted His children: Yes, we are that vessel!
    The Spirit pours through and empowers to wrestle
    For even in chaos, God always prevails
    His glory revealed, His power unveiled

    Through nurses and doctors who lead the crusade
    Through tireless sacrifice lending us aid
    For researchers, scientists, lab techs, clinicians
    And all visionaries who form coalitions

    From behind-the-scene clerks, overworked pharmacists
    Respiratory therapy, anesthesiologists
    To all health-care workers with risks monumental
    To heeding advisements from our Surgeon General

    To all of our counselors, psychiatrists,
    Calming the storm that’s here in our midst
    To all first responders and soldiers on guard
    For every official who’s working the yard

    Our farmers, producers, entire food chain
    To warehouses, post office, for all things sustained
    Truck drivers, delivery, goods shipped round the clock
    For cashiers and stockers protecting the flock

    Custodians, maintenance, our brave cleaning crews
    Mechanics, assemblers, informants of news
    Recycling and refuse and curbside assistance
    Grocery and gas stations, places that serve us

    From government leaders who handle tough calls
    Engineers, contractors, putting up walls
    Appraisers who do all the cost valuations
    To agencies offering much-needed extensions

    And organizations, community vibes
    And social distancers staying inside
    Our stations and businesses — bold volunteers
    Who give and collect amid trials and fears

    From teachers and parents instructing new ways
    To childcare protection for kids night and day
    For elderly care, for compromised needs
    The meals and provision, and the prep that precedes

    To all our musicians who bare humble hearts
    To all our creators sharing fine arts
    To all of our writers, designers and such
    Your frank contributions are needed so much

    God’s called up His pastors, moved church inside out
    His own living water to cover this drought
    So prayers of believers from axis to poles
    Can weave hope together and lift up our souls

    For all that’s been given, from God whom we trust
    We’ll do as He wills, we’ll do what we must.
    For GOD IS THE LIGHT and through darkness He shines
    GOD IS THE ONE through which all goodness lies.


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