“And the effect of righteousness will be peace [internal peace and external peace], and the result of righteousness will be quietness and confident trust forever. My people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, in safe dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” (Isaiah 32:17-18)
The other morning in church, the Lord spoke Isaiah 32 to my spirit and these two verses jumped out at me. What is righteousness? It is the state of being in right standing with God. In other words, you and God are at peace with one another. There isn’t anything coming between you. No open or hidden sins. No unforgiveness towards anyone. No anger or bitterness. No compromise. Your slate is clean with Him. Your heart is pure before Him. What a blessed state this is to be in!
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “cause and effect.” For every effect there is a cause. Something causes everything that happens. The cause of righteousness has the effect of peace on every side. What is peace? Peace is the knowledge and confidence of safety and the ability to enjoy life to the fullest. Peace is the comfort of resting in the palm of the Most High and enjoying unhindered fellowship with Him. The peace of God goes with all His people and they leave it in their wake.
Recently, I visited some friends in Arkansas for a few days to minister to them and their friends. The other day I was talking with my friend and as we were on the phone she walked into the room I had stayed in and she marveled and said she could feel the same peace in that room as when I was there with her. Jesus told the disciples if they were rejected to take their peace with them. So we, can leave our peace everywhere we go as a testament of His salvation.
Peace is the hallmark of the presence of God in our lives. If we are believers, and there is nothing but chaos around us, then we need to get with God to find out the root problem and deal with it. The effect of our righteousness is peace and safe places to dwell in. Anything less is of the enemy.
The Bible tells us to guard our hearts, so we need to take a close look at the motives of our heart, our actions and words. Do they line up with the Word of God or do they fall short of His glory? The Bible is the standard we measure ourselves against. If we see we have fallen short, just go to the Father and repent, ask for forgiveness and help in these areas. He will father you because He is a good, good Father!
The children of God are the ONLY people who have God’s peace. God’s peace passes all understanding. It has the ability to be strong in the face of adversity. There is a place in God, where we can actually be content in even the hardest of circumstances because of who He is. When this peace is displayed to the world, they marvel. It passes all understanding. It defies logic. That is God’s peace.
The world’s peace is based on emotions and circumstances, which can changes with the winds. It isn’t firm. It’s like building your house on the sand. When a hurricane Harvey comes, it destroys everything. God’s peace is built of the Rock of Ages and a Harvey can’t destroy it.
What kind of peace do you have? Is it built on the sand or the Rock? If you have no peace in your heart, come to the Rock of Ages: Jesus Christ and He will fill you with joy and peace that nobody can take from you.
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