Peace! In HIs Word 12-17-18

Peace in His Word 12-18-7-18
This is the season we sing about peace on earth and mercy mild, right? But look around you and ask yourself if you see the peace?
Things can pile up with work related parties, and gift giving secrets, food to bake, and gifts to buy and no time to do it all. It is not any wonder why so many people get stressed out when they think about what to get for people. The fact is any people spend over their means in the Christmas, or Holiday season. They have a free-for-all kid of shopping experience and try to make things best for their kids, or family or friends doing things they wish someone would do for them.
They sing about peace then go home to argue with family members about random stuff. I want you to know God knew this would happen! We think God came to bring us that peace all the time? Think about it…Jesus said;

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies will be those of his own household.’ Matthew 10:34-36

We will have times of not peace, and times of peace as well because of the fact there will be strive we need peacemaker abilities. We need to know how to address a situation and calm the seas in our lives. Sometimes people are seas.
Blessed are the pure in heart,

For they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:9

Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. Mark 4:9
He said be still, after the peace. Did you ever think of that? Not only did he calm things but he said “CHILL!” when Jesus said “be still”. I have to laugh because I sometimes get all frantic and try to do everything at once when I get stressed over a pile of things to do. But then God takes over!
I could become like salt that looses its flavor because of the lid being left off or moisture getting in a container. Or just like old salt.
Not having peace is like this. Here is a visual; salt brings flavor like God brings peace and stillness.

Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another. Mark 9:50

When we add the salt it brings out the flavor, when we add spiritual salt to our disputes it can either rub salt in the wounds or it can cause the flavor of our relationships, or lives  to flourish!
Of course this brings peace!
Through the tender mercy of our God, with which the 'dayspring' from on high has visited us: to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace."
... the child grew and became strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his manifestation to Israel.Luke 1:78-80
Jesus was set to us, came to us, to guide our feet into the way of peace. He came partly to show us how to walk in peace. And partly to show us what peace really is because peace is not even about how we feel, but how we live. It is a physical spiritual and yes emotional calming of the heart and mind that happens when we keep our minds set on Him, His goodness, His Word and Him in general.
The Bible says; He will keep in perfect peace whose mind is stayed, or kept, on Him.
How can we keep our mind on Him? How can we find that perfect peace?
Jesus sent us, or left with us, the Holy Spirit who will bring us consistent peace.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I. John 14:26-28

When the Holy Spirit is acknowledged in our lives we realize we have the peace that passes understanding and that means that perfect peace.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your peace today. Help us to trust you more so that we may keep in that perfect peace always, in Jesus name.
Suggested reading: Luke 2- whole chapter. John 14:1-31, and Isaiah 26:1-21