TOPIC: ALL-ROUND PEACE 1
MEMORISE: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” – (Isaiah 26:3)
READ: Isaiah 26:3-4 (KJV)
3. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee.
4. Trust ye in the LORD for ever; for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength;
Peace is described in Proverbs 17:1 as being more valuable than riches. Peace is essential for progress and success whether for an individual or a group of people. I pray nothing will take away the peace of God from your life in Jesus’ name. There are however different categories of peace. There is environmental peace – this has to do with physical security. Increasingly, nations have to grapple with terrorism, kidnapping, armed robbery and several other societal ills that threaten their peace. Environmental peace clearly also affects the peace of mind of individuals.
Glory to God – Jesus our Lord is the Prince of Peace. What this means is that He is the controller, giver, sustainer and nourisher of peace for man. Lack of peace brings fear, causes confusion and leads to bondage. No vision, development or progress is made where there is no peace. Peace, at the highest level, can only be found in God Almighty. That is why no one else can boast of security except by coming to Jesus. This in turn makes Jesus the author of peace.
The Lord will keep evil away from you (Psalm 91:10) – be it kidnappers, armed robbers, assassins and the like, thus ensuring that you dwell in peace. Your mind will be at peace also. You however, must continue to love and trust Him with all your heart as well as resources. Psalm 91:1 says: He that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. There can be no peace unless protection or security is guaranteed, according to Psalm 125:2 which says: As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about His people from henceforth even forever.
These are the words of the Lord that cannot lie. Unfortunately, many children of God are ignorant of His promises. Read His word, meditate on it, believe it, confess it and claim it. It will surely work for you. We need to pay attention to today’s Bible text. The Bible encourages us to put our trust in God. This is the only way we can secure peace like a river in our hearts, homes, towns, cities and countries.
ACTION POINT: Pray for peace in Nigeria and all nations of the world. Pray that the gospel will thrive in all nations of the world, in the mighty name of Jesus.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Proverbs 8-9
HYMNAL: HYMN 12 – IN CHRIST ALONE MY HOPE IS FOUND
1. In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand.
2. In Christ alone! Who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
Till on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live.
3. There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
4. No gift in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the love of Christ I’ll stand.
Thank you for your time in reading Today’s Open Heaven 4 September 2021 Saturday – All-Round Peace 1. God bless you!