Eph 2:12-16 KJV 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13 But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
So many time life catches up with us and chaos ensues. Many struggle with the life we have been given. By no means will I ever say life will be perfect. Life because of the fall in Adam has been made hard, full of work, sweat and toil. The question comes, “what must I do to find peace in the tumult?” Well, we must find a starting point, that’s the easy part. We must start by fixing the only relationship that will matter in eternity. Our relationship with God must be the first to come to peace. The Bible declares that we are at war with God. Let me explain. Sin by definition is the “transgression of the law”(1John 3:4) But “who’s” law? God’s law of course. We have transgressed by our very nature, we are set at odds with Him. Now I know what you are thinking. How have I come to be at odds with with God? Why is God mad at me? That’s just it. Our sin against Him is innate, we are born with it. I know it doesn’t seem fair that we by our very birth nature are automatically set against God. But you are ahead of most. Most people have not recognized our sinful state. Here is what scripture says;
Rom 3:20-23 KJV 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Rom 5:12-14 KJV 12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: 13 (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
So now what how do we fix this the most important relationship and find peace. Good question! because God knew that we would be born withthe nature of sin from our forefather Adam, He made a plan. A plan that would redeem us back from our sinful nature and replace it with a new nature, found in His righteousness. The way to this restoration is the same way you would approach someone you have offended. It starts with humility understanding that you have offended the God of th universe. And in that understanding become penitent, and ultimately repentant, confessing your sins before Him. (He already knows anyway) Then asking him to forgive them.(scripture) He promises that if you will ask, He will forgive. And when you have been justified by God it is forever because of His eternal nature. It is here that peace with God begins because the relationship has been restored. However this forgiveness came at a premium God’s own Son sacrificed himself to pay for your sin(s) and sin nature, so that you could be redeemed and restored. Thus peace with God is restored because His wrath with your sins has been satisfied by the sacrifice of Jesus. Glory to God! He has set us free from the bondage of sin and made us justified towards Himself. Peace!
Rom 3:24-26 KJV 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
From here once this relationship has been re-established then we can begin to establish peace in our relationships around us. The best peace is not in the environment around us but in the relationships that we have. Circumstances and environments change, but relationships we have should be the place of peace for us. Be at peace with God first and let that be your guide for peace in the tumult around you.
Stay Positive and stay in the Word!
The Positive Pastor