Definitions of the word peace: 1) freedom or a period of freedom from public disturbance or war; 2) a quiet and calm state of mind; 3) agreement and harmony among people; 4) an agreement to end war

Of all the wonderful words we find in the Bible one might wonder why I would choose to share my thoughts on the word peace before any of  the other great words in the scriptures. I certainly realize that there may be a number of words that carry a greater degree of importance. I also understand that everyone has their own opinion regarding what should be the more important words. But for me, no other word really sums up the totality of the results of the salvation experience. It is a word that has become the very essence of my ability to describe what has happened in my life since I have been saved. So, let’s take a look at this wonderful word of life.

Obviously, the Bible has a lot to say about peace and  it is used in a number of different contexts. In the King James Version the words translated peace are used over 400 times. As we study God’s Word, we find that there are different types of peace. These include peace of God, peace with God, peace with man, inner  peace and false piece just to name a few. However, an in-depth study of all these would take many hours and  is a matter of subject for a later time. What I would like to do is look at what peace means to me and I hope what it means to other believers.

 Although I have been saved for many years, God has used many things throughout my life to teach me truths that I otherwise would probably have not discovered on my own.  One of those experiences happened about 25 years ago during a critical point in my life. I had made a very difficult decision to make a career change that would have a significant effect on my financial situation and in turn create  a great deal of stress in our family. But I was convinced that it was what God wanted  me to do. However, after many struggles with no positive results I began to develop the feeling that God had abandoned me and my life was not counting for anything worthwhile.

During this time, the owner of the company I worked for was visiting my office and we spent all day together making calls on potential clients. We didn’t have much success and it was apparent he was becoming very irritated. When we returned to the office we sat in the car and talked. Then suddenly he asked me a question I didn’t expect. His question was this; “How can you remain so calm? What is it you have that I don’t have?” Without thinking I said “I have a peace that goes beyond human understanding because it comes from God.” There is no doubt in my mind that God gave me those words and proved that He was still there. This led to the opportunity for me to share a witness with him.

This man did not respond to the gospel,  but this became a significant event in my life. For the first time, I realized that God had given me that peace and that I was totally secure in Him. This peace is a gift from Him because of His love for us, His mercy on us and His wonderful grace. There is no better way, in my opinion, to describe what He has done for me than  to know that I have the peace of God and that I have peace with God because I have trusted in what Jesus did for me on the cross.

He is my Peace! Is He yours?

Wonderful Words of Life – Preface

The change that occurs in a person’s life who has truly accepted God’s offer of salvation and eternal life is very dramatic. The change is so remarkable that they begin to develop an attitude of gratitude especially for what God did for them. There is a sincere feeling of wonder and awe as to why He would do that for such a sinner. It leads to a new understanding of who is in control and a willingness to obey Him and share with others what has happened. It is truly a new birth.

Something that I have discovered about this experience is that certain words used to describe the change and results of this new birth have a completely new meaning than they had before. Many of them are common words that are written, read and spoken every day and the same words I have used many times myself. But now their meaning is much deeper than I understood before I was saved. As a matter of fact, the depth of their meanings seems to increase as I grow older and as I grow spiritually from my study of God’s Word.

What I hope to do in this series is take a few of these familiar words and try to develop a better understanding of their meaning in the context of what God has given us and what He expects. Many of these words will be familiar as fruits of the spirit and others will be words used by the writers of the scriptures but inspired by the Holy Spirit. This will be a challenging journey and I realize what I share will be from a personal perspective. However, it is my intent to make sure that it is founded on God’s Word and is sound from a theological standpoint.

As I pursue this endeavor I would welcome any comments or suggestions that the reader would like to make. I know that iron sharpens iron and I can always use more sharpening.

We will begin the series by looking at the word peace in the next session.

New Series Planned

I want to thank all of you for the kind comments with regards to my recent series called “The Gospel Revived”. When I started out with it, my intent was to show how simple the real gospel is and how easily it can be shared. The fact is, as I got involved again in the scriptures that I used, the Lord did a new work in me by reminding me that it is my responsibility to not only live out the gospel but share it with others more than I do. I pray that I will continue to have the awareness that I need to recognize the opportunities when they present themselves and then the boldness I need to share.

The other goal I had with the series was to present the gospel that I have been exposed to for many years, the gospel I was taught, the gospel I received that resulted in my salvation and not some diluted or misguided version that seems to be rampant these days. I hope I have made it clear as to how I believe and that I will not be shaken from my faith. I know that it is by His grace that I have been saved but I also know that I had to make a choice between His grace or my works. I’m so glad I made the right choice! I pray you have too.

I’m working on a new series that I believe will be of great benefit to me and some others that may need an encouraging word. I plan to call it “Wonderful Words of Life” and I will be looking at various single words that describe what we have received from God as a result of our saying yes to His call. I’m working on the first one now and hope to have the first session in the series ready by next Saturday. You will need to stay tuned to find out what it will be but I’m very excited about it.

Again, thank you for the words of encouragement and being such an influence on my life. I thank God for each one of you. And another reminder. If for some reason you would prefer for me to remove you from my circulation list I will certainly honor that. I love each of you and hope that God blesses you in a mighty way this coming week.


The Gospel Shared

In the previous eight sessions we have attempted to share the true gospel in the simplest way we know how. We have used a number of scriptures in Romans to show how God has revealed His plan to us for why and how man is to be saved from eternal death and restored to a right relationship with Himself. The intent was not to just share the gospel but does so in such a way that the reader could take the Word of God and do the same with someone else. Therefore, I think it would be prudent to review what we have seen and thus be prepared to share it when the opportunity arises. So let’s get started.

  • Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” Every man is a sinner and therefore cannot measure up to God’s holy standards.
  • Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Man has earned eternal death and separation from God as a result of his sin nature. However, God 0ffers a gift that results in eternal life because of Jesus Christ.
  • Romans 5:8 – “But God demonstrates His own love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” God proved how much He loves us by giving His only Son as a sacrifice and fully paying the sin debt we owed.
  • Romans 1o:9 – “that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” When we decide to accept the gift He offers and confess Jesus as Lord and believe He is alive we will then be saved.

For the record, these are not my words but the very words of God Himself revealed to the writer being inspired by the Holy Spirit. This is the simple gospel. This is the gospel revived. This is the gospel that saves. I hope these words have made the impression that they were intended to do and that the reader will ultimately share them with someone else. May God bless you and His word!