This is a repost of a blog I posted in January 2016. With fear permeating the world and our country due to a Coronavirus, COVID-19, this message is more relevant than ever. When people are fearful they need truth and peace. The Family of God is the place they should receive the truth. Too often, the world finds Christians in just as much fear and confusion as they are like they did during 9-11. Being anchored to Christ Jesus is peace because He is The Prince of Peace. The government has a responsibility during this health issue, however, the Ekklesia has a responsibility as well and they are not the same.
The Apostle Paul, in closing his letter to the Romans, gives a warning in chapter 16:17-18. He said to “…keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves, not of our Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting”. This sounds like a warning that would be given today. One we should take note of.
God of Peace
After he said this, he then praised the Romans for their obedience and exhorted them to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil. He then followed that up with a promise; The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you, Romans 16:20 (NASB).
The God of peace? He could have used any one of the many names or references to the Lord, but the Holy Spirit through Paul chose, “the God of peace”. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. Why peace?
2 Corinthians chapter 10 tells us that we have divinely powerful weapons of warfare at our disposal. These weapons are not according to the flesh or carnal in nature. 2 Corinthians 6:7 says we have weapons of righteousness. God has given us weapons that do not make sense in the natural or by human reasoning. Peace is one such weapon. Peace is part of the armor of God in Ephesians 6:15, shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Our feet shod with peace gives us a firm footing and keeps us stable and steady.
In Philippians 4:7 the Bible says, the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Jesus said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful”. If Jesus said He is leaving us with something you can bet we will need it. He is also saying in this passage that if we receive His peace it will keep our hearts from being troubled and fearful.
The current events of our time is causing many to be anxious, worried and fearful. These are some of the weapons of the domain of darkness used against the people of God. The world and it’s systems are shaking. I am so thankful that the Lord has given us a Kingdom that cannot be shaken!
The peace of God is not a luxury for us, it is a necessity in this hour. Philippians 1:28 tells us, in no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God. Notice it says that a lack of being “alarmed” is a sign of destruction for our opponents. Residing in divine peace when there is chaos all around us is a sign to our opponents that they are finished! Amazing!
Take note of this verse in Revelation 4:6, before the throne there was something like a sea of glass, like crystal. A sea of glass like crystal is a metaphor for what is calm, at peace and rest. There are no waves or even ripples causing any kind of worry or anxiety whatsoever. God is at peace and rest and He rules on His throne from peace and rest.
…in no way alarmed by your opponents—which is a sign of destruction for them, but of salvation for you, and that too, from God, Philippians 1:28
Divine peace is an internal state of being, it is not contingent on outward circumstances. Jesus was in peace even in the midst of His arrest and His crucifixion. Regardless of what is going on in our world or all around us we can dwell in divine peace and rest of heart and mind. This is the true sabbath rest the Lord has for us.
Peace is a divine weapon that our opponents have no answer for.
Not only can we dwell in this place of peace and rest but we are to rule from that place. The Bible tells us that we are seated with Christ in heavenly places. We are to rule with Christ over the earth from a place of peace and rest not worry or fear. Fear, worry, and anxiousness will cause us to misinterpret what the Lord is saying and showing us to do.
The more we know the God of peace the more of the peace of God we will walk in. Peace is a divine weapon that our opponents have no answer for.