Vol. 32, No.11 November, 2008
GREAT PEACE HAVE THEY
By Dr. George Mills
“Great Peace have they which love Thy Law and nothing shall offend them.”
Nothing shall offend them, nothing shall upset them, and nothing shall cause them to stumble.
I suppose that the one thing the world needs most is PEACE. The Bible says that in the last days, “Men’s hearts failing them because of fear.” (Lk 21:26)
Fear of world war 3, fear of recession, fear of the stock market. Fear of financial failure. Fear of failing health, fear of the future, fear of death. Men fear a thousand things. Fear is a good thing. It is given by God. Just suppose how bad things might be if no one had any fear. Fear, like all of our God-given attributes, is designed to help us through life. However, not one thing is to control us. Fear, or worry, or any one of our emotions should never control us. When fears seem to get the best of us, that’s bad. Man needs peace. And peace is available today. If your heart is troubled, and you need peace may I have
your attention for a few minutes? Let us first of all consider…
1. THE SEARCH FOR PEACE.
The Bible says, “But the wicked are like the troubled sea when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is NO PEACE saith my God to the wicked.” (Isa 57:20-21). The same Prophet said, “Thou wilt keep him in PERFECT PEACE whose mind is stayed on Thee because he trusteth in Thee.” (Isa 26:3) Between “NO PEACE” and “PERFECT PEACE” there is a wide gulf that only a Holy God could cross. God came down in the Person of Christ and bridged that great gulf. “For He, (Christ) is our PEACE and hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.” Between Jew and Gentile, and between God and man, (Eph. 2:14). “And came and preached PEACE to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.”
Man without Christ is like the “Troubled Sea when it cannot rest.” The troubled sea can toss about large vessels as though they were just toys. The troubled sea gives us a vivid picture of the unsaved man, or woman. The Lord Jesus stood on the deck of a vessel and said to the storm “PEACE, BE STILL.” And there was a great calm, (Mark 4:35-41)
I am so very grateful that He said to my storm tossed life, “PEACE, BE STILL.” And my search for peace was over.
But let us take a look at man and see the various ways and places he looks for peace.
(A) POSSESSIONS. Somehow, many have convinced themselves that peace comes with possessions. Now there is nothing wrong with possessions. They just can’t give that inner peace. King Solomon is the writer of the Book of Ecclesiastes. He lists some of his possessions in Ch. 2. He lists houses, vineyards, gardens, orchards, pools, servants, maidens, “And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them,” v10. When Solomon had accumulated all these possessions, he said, “All was vanity and vexation of spirit,” v11. Solomon found that there was no real, lasting peace in all of his possessions.
(B) PROSPERITY. Again, there is nothing wrong with prosperity. It cannot give that inner peace. Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 2:8, “I gathered me also SILVER and GOLD and the peculiar treasure of kings..” In fact, Solomon was one of the wealthiest men who ever lived. Solomon also said of riches, “Vanity and vexation of spirit.” All of the treasure he owned could not buy the peace that his inner spirit longed for. In recent years several of the world’s richest men have died. What a miserable lot they seemed to be. Some people have won the lottery only to find that riches were more of a curse than a blessing. No, there is no inner peace in prosperity. Man’s search here is in vain.
(C) POPULARITY. There is nothing wrong with popularity, it just does not give what people really need, down deep inside.
I love the old Hymn,
“Oh the Peace that Jesus gives,
Never dies, it always lives.”
Many today have achieved popularity. We know them at a glance. Some are so popular they are recognized simply by using their initials; MM, OJ, EP, etc. Their popularity did not bring them inner peace.
(D) PHILOSOPHY. Some choose to adopt a religious saying, or slogan written by one of the ancient philosophers, you know, like the sayings of Plato, or Socrates, or Aristotle. Slogans are fine until the need for real help arises, then wise sayings seem so empty, and offer no help. Oh yes, these “sayings” seem so good when everything is going good, but you need something more than Philosophy in the storms of life. There is no peace in Philosophy…and so the search for peace continues..
(E) PHILANTROPHY. You know, giving, benevolence, The Red Cross, various charitable organizations, the Church, or other needy groups. Certainly we are to give of our finances. We should be happy to share with those who have need. But some give large sums of money thinking that this will bring them real peace. Doing so may bring some happiness, but happiness is not real inner peace. Happiness is fleeting, real peace is lasting. Dear reader, apart from Christ, there is no real lasting peace.
2. THE SETTING OF PEACE. The problem with man is not “PEACE OF MIND” but it is “PEACE WITH GOD.”
There is no peace until the Prince of peace lives in the heart of man.
(A) MAN IS A SINNER. Romans 1-3 makes the case, and the verdict is clear; “For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.” (Ro. 3:23). The Bible is very clear. Man is a sinner. “The way of PEACE they have not known.” (Ro. 3:17).
(B) CHRIST IS THE SAVIOUR. He is THE Saviour. He is not one of many. He is “The Way, the Truth and the Life.”
Again, the Bible says, “For He, (Christ) is our PEACE” (Eph 2:14).
(C) FAITH IS THE SUBSTANCE. “Therefore being Justified by FAITH we have PEACE with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ro. 5:1). The enmity between God and man is forever settled in Christ. The ONLY way that one can have peace with God is by FAITH in Christ.
The SETTING of PEACE is simple. Christ took all of the burden of sin
in Himself. The SINNER, who will acknowledge his condition before God, that he indeed is a sinner, and who will, by FAITH alone look to the Finished work of the Cross of Jesus Christ, and with a repentant heart call upon the name of Christ, Immediately, the issue of PEACE is settled. “And having made PEACE through the Blood of his Cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself.” (Col 1:19). I trust that this is a reality in your own life. And if not, TODAY, Call upon the Lord while He is dealing with your heart. “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name.” (Jn. 1:12). The Holy Spirit is there, where you are. God will hear your cry of FAITH.
3. THE SETTLING OF PEACE. As I have stated, PEACE with God is a settled thing, (Ro. 5:1) You can never be separated from the finished Work of Redemption. The deep inner peace is to be maintained. We must adopt the Biblical lifestyle in order to have that daily peace. REMEMBER, the issue of peace with God is settled; however, Things come into our lives that hinder peace, that rob us of our joy. Constant Peace for the Christian involves;
(A) GREAT PEACE HAVE THEY WHO LOVE THY LAW. The source of all peace is God. God speaks through His Word. Begin your day by looking into His Word. “My son, forget not my Law, but let thine heart keep my commandments. For length of days, and long life, and PEACE, shall they add to thee.” (Pr. 3:1-2) The Word is like Good News from afar. Like medicine for the soul.
(B) GREAT PEACE HAVE THEY WHO PRAY. “Be careful for nothing, but in everything by PRAYER and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the PEACE of God shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
(Phil 4:6-7) Peace WITH God comes by the way of the Cross. The Peace OF God comes through Prayer. Our daily communication with God through prayer is an avenue of peace we must maintain. “Evening and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud, and He shall hear my voice. He hath delivered my soul in PEACE from the battle that was against me, for there were many with me.” (Psa. 55:17-18). Have a meaningful prayer life.
(C) GREAT PEACE HAVE THEY WHO ARE LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be Spiritually minded is life and PEACE.” (Ro. 8:6) “For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink but Righteousness, and PEACE and Joy in the Holy Ghost.” (Ro.14:17) Your best Friend is the indwelling Holy Spirit. He is there to guide you through life. He will guide you through the Word, and He will constantly be that PEACEFUL inner voice. Bid Him good morning and seek His guidance early.
(D) GREAT PEACE HAVE THEY WHOSE MIND IS STAYED ON THEE. “Thou will keep him in PERFECT PEACE whose MIND is stayed on Thee.”(Isa. 26:3) This is the renewed mind that Paul wrote about in Romans 12:1-2. Daily our minds are bombarded with the philosophies and ideologies of this world system. The world system is anti-God, anti-Christ, anti-Bible. There must be a daily renewing of our mind. Satan’s target in the beginning was the MIND. God’s target is the MIND. Let each one of us keep our Minds on Christ and His Cross. The Psalmist said, “I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto Thy Testimonies.” (Psa 119:59). The great problem today among Christians is that we do not take time to THINK.
(E) GREAT PEACE HAVE THEY WHO LOVE OUR LORD JESUS. He is the Prince of PEACE. He loved us with an “everlasting Love.” We have found our PEACE in Christ. “Having made Peace through the Blood of His Cross.” Jesus said to His disciples, “PEACE I leave with you, My PEACE I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (Jn 14:27). The more you learn of Christ, the more you love Him. The more you love Him, the greater will be that inner Peace. I have tried to serve Him for almost 50 years. I have never regretted a moment. As the old song says, “The longer I serve Him, the sweeter He grows.”
I must close this message. I have enjoyed preparing it. There is so much more. Paul said in Phil. 4:6-9 that the peace of God will guard our HEARTS and MINDS.
The HEART is the center of our emotional being.
The MIND is the center of our mental being.
The Peace of God will not allow you to have a Mental breakdown, or an Emotional breakdown. The Peace of God will constantly be on guard. Praise God for His Great Love for His own.
Peace is to be maintained. These brief points I trust will help each of us.
This, our home Church; Yukon Baptist Church here in Jacksonville, Florida is located just west of the Jacksonville Naval Air Station. All day long Navy Jets are taking off and landing. They fly very low over the roof of this Church. These aircraft fly daily patrolling our coast. They are watching for enemy aircraft, or ships, or storms. These planes are not looking for war, they are just maintaining peace. Peter warned us to “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion walketh about seeking whom he may devour.” (1Pet. 5:8). Remember this:
Peace WITH God will never change. The Peace OF God must be maintained. These things will help us in that.
By Pastor George mills
“Great Peace have they who love Thy Law.” (Psa 119:165).
Great Peace have they who love Thy Law,
And nothing shall offend.
For those who use the Spirit’s Sword,
Great Peace without an end.
In perfect Peace our God will keep,
The mind that’s stayed on Thee.
In Peace I lay me down to sleep,
Peace reigns constantly.
Great Peace through Holy Spirit power,
Indwelling every heart.
Peace to guard thee every hour,
Great Peace, God does impart.
Great Peace with God through Calvary’s Cross,
As His Blood poured on the sod.
Great Peace because He bore our loss,
Great Peace with man and God.
Great Peace have they who love Thy Word,
And nothing shall offend.
Great Peace flows from our Blessed lord,
Until the very end..
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WANDERING THROUGH THE WILDERNESS.. Answers, and comments.
1. KNOW YOUR BIBLE! The most important issue of our time is the issue of the Bible. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the flood of new “bibles” are simply up-dated versions of our King James Text. THEY ARE NOT. There are two texts from which we get our Bibles.
(A) The Received Text, from which we get our King James Bible. There are some 5,600 existing manuscripts.
(B) The Critical Text, from which the flood of new versions come. There is basically only two manuscripts in this text. From this “Critical Text” vast changes in the scriptures have been made with many additions and deletions.
Some ask, “What’s the difference?” “Does it really matter?” Of course it does. Satan’s attack has always been against the authority of God and his Word. In the very beginning, Satan only changed ONE WORD. He added one three letter word; “Ye shall NOT surely die.” (Gen 3:4) He only added “NOT.” The world is in the shape it is because of one three letter word added to God’s word.
The Bible (KJB) says, “For the Son of Man is come to save that which was lost.” Mt. 18:11.
If you look for that same verse in one of these new “versions” you will not find it, or it will be bracketed to a foot-note.
This verse in Matthew’s Gospel tells us why Christ came. Why leave out such a verse? There are hundreds of other examples.
THE BLESSING OF ABRAHAM.
I have covered this subject in past issues of the WILDERNESS. Let me re-say what I have said on this subject.
“That the Blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Gal 3:14)
Some, (especially TV preachers) are teaching that this verse in Galatians that since we are saved, we are children of Abraham and heirs of his promise, that is, heirs of the covenant that God made with Abraham in Genesis 12, 15, and repeated to Isaac, and to Jacob. This is not true.
God made a covenant with Abraham and his descendants. God said that He would bless Abraham, and he did, that Abraham would be a blessing, and he is, and that in his seed (Christ) all the families of the earth would be blessed, and we are. God fulfilled His promise to Abraham, and will continue to fulfill, and will ultimately fulfill during the millennial reign of Christ. The seed of Abraham, (Israel) failed in their part of the covenant, time and time again. Now, as a nation, God has set them aside, Romans 9-11. For the last 2000 years, God has been calling from all nations a people of faith called the Church. After the Church is completed and taken out of this world in the rapture, God will continue to work his plan with the seed of Abraham, and will fulfill every word of His covenant. The Abrahamic covenant God made has nothing to do with the Church. They are not the same. What then, did He mean when He said that “the blessing of Abraham might come on the gentiles through Jesus Christ” The subject, or theme of the Book of Galatians is; JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH ALONE. The blessing of Abraham is that Abraham was saved by Faith alone, See Romans 4:1-8. And so is everyone, Jew and Gentile saved the same way, by Faith alone. To place the church under the Abrahamic covenant is “another gospel.” The blessings God promised the Church by far exceed the promises God made to Abraham and his seed. See the “much more’s” of Romans, ch.5. Let’s not put the Church under Law, or under the Abrahamic covenant, or the Palestine covenant. The Church, the Born Again Blood Washed Church is the Heavenly Bride of Christ and citizens of the Heavenly city, Phil 3:20-21. Now there is no doubt that God will supply all our NEED according to His riches in Glory, (Phil. 4:19). Should God choose to bless you with money or riches as He did Abraham, so be it. But let us not wrest the Scriptures to make them say what they do not say. The Church is the Spiritual seed of Abraham and NOT the natural seed.
My sincere THANK YOU to each of you who take time to write. Every letter, every gift is received with much gratitude. Some of you help distribute this Publication in various ways. Again, thanks very much.
If this Publication has touched your life or has caused you to examine your life before Christ, of if we have had some influence in your Spiritual life, in your growth, in your witness for Christ, then we are glad. That’s what we are here for.
KJB: “The God of our Fathers hath Glorified His Son Jesus.” (Acts 3:13)
NIV: “The God of our Fathers has glorified His servant Jesus.”
Why change “Son” to “servant?”
“DO YOU BELIEVE IN A DELIVERANCE MINISTRY?”
Yes, I most certainly do…(2Cor 1:10)
1. We WERE delivered from death by the Sacrifice of Christ.
2. We ARE delivered daily by the Life of Christ.
3. We WILL be delivered from the tribulation period by the Coming of Christ.
NOW, THAT’S DELIVERANCE!
And again… “Do you have a prayer language?”
Yes, I most certainly do. I pray in the language my Mother taught me to speak, and God answers me in that same language, which is ENGLISH. God has no problem with the English language.
“Do you know who the Anti-Christ is? Do you have an idea?”
“I do not know, nor does anyone else know. He will be made known AFTER the Church has been raptured, or caught up, or caught away, (2Thess 2:6-8). If someone says that he knows who the Anti-Christ is, he is only showing his ignorance.
“Is Israel back in the land to stay at this time?”
“This is something we can only guess about. God said of Israel; “I will scatter them among the nations.” He also said, “Fear not for I am with thee. I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west. I will say to the north, give up, and to the south, keep not back, bring my sons from far and my daughters from the ends of the earth. (Isa 43) The gathering of Israel in her homeland is encouraging, but this, to me, does not appear to be what God promised. This is only a shadow. What is happening in Israel today is man’s doing. Today, men get together to vote on what is best for Israel. Israel is back in the land because of a vote of men. I have seen a copy of President Harry Truman’s declaring Israel as a nation. I am for Israel. I am for helping them all we can. I am for their defense. But, in the meantime, God said “I WILL BRING YOU BACK TO THE LAND.” What man does falls short of what God will do when He calls ALL of Israel home. I think perhaps the preaching of THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM after the Church is gone is what will bring ALL of Israel home. (Mt. 24:14).
THINK ABOUT IT…The Bible (KJB) is not the BEST BOOK on Salvation, it is the ONLY BOOK on Salvation.
The Christian life is not the BEST life, it is the ONLY life.
WHAT MUST I GIVE UP IN ORDER TO BE SAVED?
Being saved is GETTING, Salvation is RECEIVING. I know that many have the idea that in order to be saved, we must first do something and then Christ will save us. We must stop this or that, or start doing this or that, etc. The problem then is, Salvation becomes part of our works. This could never be. I have no way of knowing if I stopped enough, or started enough.
Salvation is receiving Eternal Life by Faith alone, and NOT by our doing something.
WHAT MUST I GIVE UP IN ORDER TO BE SAVED?
You must give up any hope or trust in any other than Christ. That includes your works, your religion, your thoughts on Salvation, or anything other than Christ. You receive Him, By Faith alone as your Saviour. He paid the full price for your sin by His death on the Cross and his resurrection from the dead. We must GIVE UP any hope for Salvation other than Faith in Christ alone. “But as many as received Him to them gave He power to become the sons of god, even to them that believe on his Name. Call upon him Just Now.
Begin TODAY to live FOREVER!