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Day 5 - The God of True Peace

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Isaiah 57:18-19 (NIV)

I have seen their ways, but I will heal them;
I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel’s mourners,
creating praise on their lips.
Peace, peace, to those far and near,”
says the LORD. “And I will heal them.”

Ephesians 2 (NIV)

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. 19 Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Philippians 4:4-9 (NIV)

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Reflection

Jesus Christ is our true peace. Through His life, death and resurrection, Jesus has destroyed all hostility and barriers that separated us from God. We now have true peace and union with God through Jesus Christ! We can now know God, who is holy! But God is also building a new household, a new people being joined together to become a holy temple in the Lord – His church – where He lives by His Spirit. His presence with us through the Holy Spirit is our true peace. No matter how different we look or sound from each other, no matter where we have come from – the power of the Gospel brings us together as His church. Together we can now sing His song of peace to the ‘nations’ and go and love others so they too may come to have our God of true peace living in their lives.

Response

Let’s pray that this song of God’s peace would increase and mature in our churches. Let’s continue to pray for our friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors, that they may hear this song and believe. Let’s go and sing this song together with ever-increasing passion.

Day 4 - The God Who Was Crushed to Heal Us

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Day 3 - The God Who Creates New Hearts

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Day 2 - The God Who Saves and Invites All to Come

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Day 1 - The Holy God Who is the Glorious King

Monday, September 24th, 2012