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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Peace Like a River Part IV

Please read “Peace Like a River” Parts I -III

Thirdly, there is peace in obedience. When we live our lives within God's parameters, we have peace in the knowledge that we are pleasing our Father. This is a logical peace as well as a spiritual peace. Enjoying the presence of the Lord ensues from obedience and friendship with Him. Exodus 33:11 speaks of this friendship, “And the Lord spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.” This is not to say that we must be perfect, as it is obvious that no man can be. Romans 3:23 informs us this truth, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” The Grace that the cross has afforded us allows Christ's righteousness to be imputed to us. We are covered by His Blood and cleansed by acceptance of His precious sacrifice. Whether or not we fall down under pressure or intentionally walk away in sin, Christ's blood covers both scenarios as we come to Him, repent and turn away from our sins. Are you obedient to Christ in your own life? Are there sins in your life that you know you have not repented of? The Psalmist David cried, “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. When I kept silent, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long” (Psalm 32:1-3). Jesus is asking that you repent of your sin and come to Him in obedience. Most definitely, there is nothing worth holding on to compared to the freedom and peace of living life in obedience to Christ. I pray that we bend our knees to Him and allow Him to cleanse us of every sin that so easily besets us. Jesus please help us to do just that. Amen.


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