The result of righteousness…
May 12th, 2019
When you consider our world today, there is turmoil everywhere you look. The delicate balance of negotiations for peace vs the threat of war both on the battlefield and in the boardroom are constantly swinging in the balance.
There are few that study the scripture, who do not believe that the end times are close at hand. The Word says that no man knows the day and hour of our Lord’s return.
The wars and speculation of impending war will further escalate.
You are going to hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, because these things must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these events are the beginning of labor pains.
Matthew 24:6-8 (CSB)
This turmoil has been foretold in prophecy. It has to be because God said it would be. But despite conflict in every corner and risk at every turn, this turmoil is not something for those who trust in Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
These “labor pains”, are to come and will increase as the day of Christ Jesus’ return grows ever nearer.
We as those washed by the blood of Jesus are not to be fraught with fear over this turmoil. Instead of fear we are to abide in the peace and comfort that “All things work together for good” for those who love God and are called to his purpose.
The result of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quiet confidence forever. Then my people will dwell in a peaceful place, in safe and secure dwellings.
Isaiah 32:17-18 (CSB)
The quiet confidence will prevail in our hearts because we know the outcome, we know the winner of this conflict and we have sided with him. This results in an ability to “dwell in a peaceful place, in safe and secure dwellings”, even when the turmoil leads to the destruction of country and property.
During this time, it is altogether appropriate that we are going through a transformation of our minds, so as to be prepared for the inevitable conflicts that are coming.
Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
Romans 12:2 (CSB)
Anyone in their right mind would be troubled with the current state of events, but if this turmoil increases and threats escalate into military and financial actions, nation to nation, and conflict internal and external. It will only get worse, and as it does, we must seek this transformation by the nonconformity to the world.
It is only because of a transformed mind we step forward with confidence and maintain joy amid peril.
Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 (CSB)
Nonconformance to the world, transformation of our minds, so we might cast off worry about anything and submit everything in prayer with thanksgiving to God. Doing this, we are no longer subject to the turmoil that exists around us and thrive in the “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding”, knowing that Christ Jesus himself will guard our hearts and minds.
Effectively removing the effects of the turmoil surrounding us in these times of desperation and fear.
“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be troubled or fearful.”
John 14:27 (CSB)
If we’ve never considered the scope of this decree by Jesus, God in the flesh, take a moment to realize who is saying this. That context makes all the difference, literally, in the world!
Jesus says, “My peace I give to you.” It’s been there all along, but we tend to miss the point of just what the peace that God the Son has. He knows the outcome! That knowledge has to provide total and unmitigated confidence in what is transpiring before us.
If Jesus is giving us ‘his peace’ then we should share in that level of confidence. No doubt in our minds that this outcome will result in our favor and God’s Glory, even to the point of death of this physical body.
We need to be ready for anything and everything; the failure of social structures, persecution of believers for their faith, conflict, and more. But take heart because these are the birth pains as Jesus tells us, and with every morning we are that much closer to his return.
We can remove the effects of turmoil from our lives.
It requires a transformation and casting out fear, “in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Therein, resides the peace that passes all understanding.
You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world. Therefore, what they say is from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Anyone who knows God listens to us; anyone who is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of deception.
1 John 4:4-6 (CSB)
We need not be subjected to the eminent turmoil approaches. We are not of this world, but we remain for a time in this world. God is greater than those in the world. He lives in us. We can and should have peace. He’s made a way, all we must do is walk in it.
In the Grace of Jesus!