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Pursuit of peace part 1

     In today’s high pressured, fast paced, overly impatient society, it is nearly impossible to maintain peace even while simply driving down the road. There are forces around us constantly working to disturb what little peace we may have if any.

    We are not unlike Job, who one day found himself completely devastated by an attack on his peace. Job was minding his business while the forces of good and evil consulted about his righteousness behind his back. God never batted an eye concerning Job’s faith as Satan plotted and carried out a wicked attack to test him.
     These types of plotted attacks continue on us everyday as we try to operate in spiritual war territory. As a result of devilish strategies, inner peace, relationship peace, and workplace peace are disrupted. In some cases, peace is disturbed beyond repair by human effort. The attempt to counter attack on peace requires us to gain a deeper understanding of peace. 
     To better understand peace, we must realize that peace is faith based. At the center of peace are God and his son, Jesus Christ. Jesus was deemed the Prince of Peace in Isaiah 9:6, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  A relationship with Christ is an essential puzzle in our pursuit of peace. As stated in the scripture, Jesus had the government on his shoulders. We have heavy weights on our shoulders on a daily basis.  Yet, Jesus keep his attitude in check adhering to his many titles, including Prince of Peace.  
     Our attitude significantly affects the peace we have. If we doubt there can be peace in certain areas of our lives we communicate mistrust and disbelief in God.  If our faith is rooted in doubt, our peace factor will be null and void. Psalm 14:1 and Psalm 53:1 echo the same premise that fools doubt God’s very existence. “The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.” Doubt is a root of wickedness, therefore revealing the presence of sin in our hearts. There is no peace for the sinful minded. Isaiah 48:22 and Isaiah 57:21 affirm, "There is no peace," says the LORD, "for the wicked."
     By reversing our mentality of the power of God, we can begin to trust that God can grant us peace. Isaiah 26:3-4 acknowledges full well that God, “will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal”
     God wants our whole-hearted trust. In exchange for our trust, God grants us peace. Peace is a divine blessing from God. Psalm 29:11 says, “The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” On a daily basis, we must examine our level of belief, trust, and faith in God and his power. Not only will we gain the strength to stand firm against attacks, but we will freely experience peace as a result of trust based on our faith.
     The pursuit of peace requires self-examination, biblical application, and a willing heart of correction. Without the aforementioned disciplines, peace will always be an unattainable accomplishment. Taking these first steps can increase the chances of peaceful days ahead.

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