Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Peace Exchange

"You will keep in perfect peace
him whose mind is steadfast,
because he trusts in you." Isaiah 26:3 NIV

Steadfast. I looked up the word 'steadfast' in the Noah Webster's Dictionary and this is what it says; (a). Not fickle or wavering; constant; firm; resolute; unswerving; steady. Wow! That is a pretty tall order. Do you find it hard to be steadfast? What is in your life that you can claim that you are steadfast about?

What would you do to have perfect peace in your life? Isn't that what we all yearn for? Perfect peace? I know I do. Peace that isn't based on what we do or what others do to us or how they treat us. Peace not based on what we have or don't have. Peace not based on who we are or aren't. Peace not based on where we are or our surroundings.

How do we obtain this perfect peace? By keeping your mind steadfast--not fickle or wavering; constant; firm; resolute; unswerving; steady--on Jesus' words and purpose. We make it too hard. We get caught up in the world's definition of how to obtain peace and we miss the boat entirely. The world's way keeps us from peace. It steals it away--like a thief in the night--with no apology.

Jesus' way is straight and true. You keep your focus, spirit and heart pointed in the right direction and just open yourself up to what the Lord wants to give you. It's that simple. The only hard thing that you have to overcome by doing it Jesus' way, is the habit of feeling that you have to 'do' more. Stop it! Break the cycle!

All Jesus wants is to give you this gift that He has paid a mighty price for--His very life. What is the exchange rate? Pretty cheap. You give Him your trust and He gives you His peace. Simple. Sweet. Complete.

Can you do it? Will you do it? The choice is up to you. What do you have to lose?

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives." John 14:27 NIV

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