Peace With God, Peace From God

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peaceRejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all [b]comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:4-9

There are two kinds of peace we can experience in our lives. One is peace with God, the other is peace from God. Paul explains how to allow God to deliver us from anxiety and worry. It comes through prayer and meditation (godly thinking). It all begins with an attitude of thankfulness and rejoicing in our salvation, realizing we are at peace with God and our sins will not be counted against us. We can know He is near (I will never leave you or forsake you, says Jesus). And then, we can bring our prayers about situations in life before God. Finally, we can dwell or meditate upon God’s character and His virtues found in our world.

How peaceful am I on the inside? Am I rejoicing that I have peace with God?

Lord Jesus, thank you that You made this all possible by Your life, death and resurrection. I am so glad I am freed from the penalty of sin. By the power of the Holy Spirit help me think rightly and meditate upon Your Holy Word and in it all find peace today.

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