Devotion No. 4
Galatians 5:22- “The Fruit of the Spirit is Peace…”
Peace… There are two meanings of this beautiful word… and before we can understand the one meaning we must understand the other first. The first meaning of peace in the word of God is to have peace with God. We must have peace with God before we can ever experience the peace of God or produce peace. Having peace with God can only come from the Lord Jesus. It’s through the payment he paid for us on the cross of Calvary that we get this peace. In Romans 5:1 it says, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” And Colossians 1:20 says, “And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself, by him…” When we accept the gift that God has for us, which is his Son and recognize our sins as God sees them, then we can have peace with God. Because before we get saved, we are at war with God, we keep rejecting him and want nothing to do with Him. And this is because of our sin. God can have nothing to do with sin so he has to separate himself from us. But that’s where Jesus comes in. He became the wall breaker. He broke that wall that’s between us and God, Ephesians 2:14, “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.” So without Jesus Christ we cannot obtain that peace with God.
So after we have obtained peace with God we can experience the peace of God. The peace of God is something that we need daily and something that we can have whenever it is needed. We need this peace when we’re in the midst of a stormy trial… or when we’re in the midst of trouble. We need this peace when we have no clue what to do with our life and when we have daily questions about what to do in situations. It’s given to us whenever we need it as long as we keep our focus on God. Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” If we keep our mind on him he will give us the peace that is needed. When we stay in him and we keep our hearts and minds on him that peace is there (Phil. 4:7,9). When you have things in your life that you’re not sure about, he will reveal them to you because he is not the author of confusion, but of peace, he will not leave you in the dark about your life, he wants you to know what he has planned for you (1 Cor. 14:33).
Having peace, whether it is the peace of God or having peace with God, is simply the sacrifice of trust. You’re making yourself put trust in God. Trusting that He will take care of you and that he will always be there for you in every aspect of your life. So to obtain this fruit of the Spirit, you must place ALL of your trust in Him. And keep your mind and heart completely on Him.
Have you trusted Him today with your entire heart? Please remember that you have broken the Law of God. It was with that one lie…something you took that didn’t belong to you…lustful thoughts…taking God’s name in vain…dishonoring our parents…One broken Law is all it took to not have this PEACE I have been talking about. Can you imagine the person who sets in jail day after day knowing they broke the law, and judgment has rained down on them for the crime they committed? There cannot have a real experience of peace.
This is what we must examine in our own lives. We have broken the law of God, and will be separated for all eternity. I suppose we can look at it like our eternal jail sentence. A sentence that can NEVER be reserved in eternity. You must trust Christ now, while there is HOPE of a Saviour on this side of Heaven, and Hell.
It is a simple act of trusting in Jesus like you would trust a parachute to save your life. If you jump out of a plane at 35,000 feet the thing that will save your is the parachute. You will have put your complete faith and trust in it to save you from the sure death.
This is the “TYPE OF FAITH,” I am talking about. Someday all of us will take the jump. That Jump will be death. Will you have strapped the LORD JESUS CHRIST to the heart of your soul before the jump? I can tell you that I can sleep like a baby tonight knowing that I have found peace with God through the suffering of His dear Son. Please say it this way,
“LORD JESUS I am a sinner…I have broken your law, and understand that without you I will take a leap into Hell for all eternity. I want to put my complete faith, and trust into your care, so that when the day comes, that I leave this world; I will spend eternity with you in Heaven. Not because of what I have done, but because of what you did for me at the Cross over 2000 years ago! Save me from Hell, and forgive me for breaking your laws. My faith rests only in you…IN JESUS NAME I ASK THESE THINGS…AMEN!!!!!!!!!!”
If you have prayed this prayer, and believed it with your entire heart…Not just words, but words with faith as there driving force, please contact me. I would like to send you our new CD, “There is a Remedy,” And a Bible, and study material to get you on the right path with God. If you are not familiar with a good church in your area we have contacts around the country. We can get you pointed in the right direction. We would love to help you. God Bless You!
My next devotion in the “Fruits of the Spirit study,” will be “Longsuffering.” This is one that lots of us struggle with. Patience! This is difficult for me at times. So start studying ahead if you’d like. I know the Lord will help us in this area as well.
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Just email me at My sisters and I will pray that you will find the peace of God which passeth all understanding. And if you don’t know the Lord as your Saviour that you will accept him in your heart today! I pray this devotion was a help to you, and that you continue to serve him. God bless you!