PEACE PARTICULARS

What are the particulars of peace? Particulars are specific items or details of information. Peace is a state of tranquility or quiet.  It is important to know the who, what and why of peace. Ponder on the particulars of peace.

Peace is a promise. A promise is a reason to expect that something will happen. A declaration that one will do something. God promises us peace.

The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace. Psalm 29:11 (KJV).

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3 (KJV).

Peace is a position. Position is a place you should be. Be in a position n of peace.

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. Hebrews 12:14 (KJV)

Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. Romans 14:19 (KJV).

Peace is a possession.  A possession is the act of having or taking control or ownership. Not that we have peace, we must fight to keep it. It is ours to keep.

 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. Psalm 34:14 (KJV).

 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. 1 Peter 3:11King James Version (KJV)

 Peace is a provision. A provision is to supply or provide. We must provide peace to others.

 And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness] James 3:18 (NLT)

 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. Romans 14:19 (KJV.)

Peace is a protection. God promises when our ways pleases Him, our enemies will be at peace with us.

When a man’s ways pleases the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. Proverbs 16:7 (KJV).

 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (KJV).

Peace profits.

 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace. James 3:18 (KJV).

Peace must be pursued.

Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. Psalm 34:14 (KJV).

Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me. Isaiah 27:5 (KJV).

Peace is a privilege.  Peace is a right, benefit or advantage. It is a special opportunity.

 For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee. Isaiah 54:10King James Version (KJV)

Peace is power.

The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace. Psalm 29:11 (KJV).

SERENITY NOW

The term Serenity Now was a line taken from Seinfeld, a comedy sitcom. A character, in the comedy, recited this term when his blood pressure was in danger of going up. The word, serenity, means to be serene, or clear and free from storms or unpleasant changes.

Peace is a state of tranquility or quietness. Or, a state in which there is no war or fight. I am going to pose these questions. Do you have the state of tranquility, in your heart, and a friendly attitude toward yourself and others, no matter what is going on in your life? How can you offer peace to others, when you lack it within yourself? Or, do you go out of your way to attempt to give peace to others and you have no idea how to get it for yourself? Do you know how to pursue peace and keep it?

First of all, peace is something we have already been given, by God. And He placed peace, in our hearts. It is a free gift among many other gifts God has given.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith… Galatians 5:22 (KJV).

The challenge is the fight to keep your peace. The peacekeeping battle may come daily, hourly, and other times minute by minute.

I would be remiss in not reminding you that, the Accuser, the devil wants to rob us of all good things that includes our peace. He will use people and situations to carry out his dirty deeds.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10 (KJV)

How do we keep in our hearts and stop the devil. The battle begins in our minds. The Word of God is the only medicine to battle against all negative things we say about ourselves, what other people say about us, and all trials that may arise. One scripture, I recite, when I feel my peace is being attacked.

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. John 14:27 (KJV)

Out of that one scripture there are 5 components God wants us to ponder.

Peace I leave with you… In this section, God states what he is giving us. He freely gives the present of peace. Peace is one of His greatest treasures.

My peace I give unto you… This clearly reflects who gave the peace. Peace came from God, My peace. God’s peace.

Not as the world giveth… This portion of the scripture delineates God’s peace from the world’s peace. The world wants to sell us peace and peace of mind through purchases. Car alarms, home security, expensive electronic gadgets on our phone offers peace of mind. Purchasing extra life insurance policies and pre-arranging your funeral arranges are other examples of how the world sells us and our loved ones peace. There is nothing wrong with owning any of the above, however true peace cannot be bought.

Let not your heart be troubled… God will never instruct us to do something that He did not give us the power to achieve. We can do all things through Him. He states do not let your heart (character, spirit, soul) be agitated, irritated, anxious, distressed or disturbed. All of these terms reflects to be troubled. If God says not to be anxious, He has given us the ability not to be anxious.

Neither let it be afraid… It refers to our hearts. Don’t let your heart be fearful, scared or frightened. This is not to indicate that we will never feel scared, afraid, anxious or distressed.  We will feel all of these feelings and more. But, when we put our trust in God, the feelings will be abated by His Word.

When the hot emotions of irritation and fear rages in your heart, the cool emotions of God’s peace douse them out. Serenity now Allow the peace of God flow in your heart.

BEFORE THE PEACE

We all are searching for something. That particular object, substance, or someone to enhance our lives. It may be a career, home, spouse, car or a better life. Before obtaining any new venture, there is a preparation process, things may need to be researched or accomplished before receiving whatever you are seeking. Peace will enhance life. The hunt for peace, at times, seems unattainable. Especially if your life is chaotic, full of stress and distress. Before peace can be pursued and preserved there are things you must know and realize.

There are three questions that must be addressed and answered. Who gives the present of peace (and so many other gifts)? Where are the instructions on how to keep the peace? Why is peace given? The three questions to give attention and to receive a correct response are: Who is God? What is the Word? Who are you?

Who is God?

God is so many things to us. It is difficult to describe all the roles God plays in our lives. At this time, I will address 4 major roles.

God is love. People will shake their heads and say I know. Tell me something I don’t know. But the truth is, the word love has been watered-down and recycled in the world’s definition. Today, love is synonymous with lust, selfishness, pride and control. God’s love is an unselfish, loyal, kind, generous, unconditional affection for us.

Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 1 John 4:7-8 (KJV)

God the beginning and end. God was there in the beginning and will be here until the end. In our lives, God has been there in the beginning, middle and end. God knows all about past mistakes or failures, we have made. And He can clearly see our future. With this concept, we can rely on God to help us with our yesterdays, todays and tomorrows.

 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. Revelation 1:8King James Version (KJV)

God is our Almighty Father. There are many who grew up without a father, mother or any type of parent. Others who had fathers, but the male parent did not live up to the guardian role or desired role model. We must remember, be taught or realize we have a Father in heaven. Who is there for us and will never let us down.

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:9-10 (KJV.)

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. Deuteronomy 31:6 (KJV).

God gives gifts. Because God is love and our Father, He provides us with tokens of His affection. One specific present, He gives is unmerited, undeserved favor, which is grace. God grants us grace, not because we are good, because He is good.

 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8. (KJV).

In the Holy Bible, gifts are also described by fruits. Fruit is a result or reward from activity or action. God supplies us with His fruits because of His activity of love and His action of His affection.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV).

What is the Word?

God gives us an instruction manual, the Holy Bible. The Word are the scriptures that gives us, God’s instructions and directions. The Word is given to learn about God, life and ourselves.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. 2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV).

The Word will teach the power of God.

… Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God? Mark 12:24 (KJV).

The Word is God’s way of thinking and His insights.

In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:3 (KJV.)

Who are you?

We are the righteousness of God. Once we can recognize, embrace and live with this realization, our lives will be transformed.

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV).

We have protection, because of the righteousness of God.

No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord. Isaiah 54:17 (KJV).

The end results of the righteous is peace.

And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever. Isaiah 32:17 (KJV).

In conclusion, to keep peace, we must know who God is, what is the Word and to know who we are in God. And, for all things we must acquaint yourself with God and peace will come and stay.

Or let him take hold of my strength, that he may make peace with me; and he shall make peace with me. Isaiah 27:5 (KJV).

Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee. Job 22:21 (KJV).

Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (KJV).