I heard a statement this week that caught my attention.  It was; “if you protect your peace, your peace will protect you.

I pondered this statement for a few days.  While I knew it was true, I was searching for a scripture to confirm it.  I did not have to look very far.

Philippians 4:7 says; And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

I found some interesting things as I studied the word keep.

In the Strong’s Concordance, this word means; to be a watcher in advance, to mount guard as a sentinel (post spies at gates); to hem in, protect, keep (with a garrison).

It further means; to guard, protect by a military guard, either to prevent hostile invasion, or to keep the inhabitants of a besieged city from flight.

Lately I shared with you that peace is an aggressive weapon.  We now see, it is also a guard and a protector.

But first, you must have peace in your life…in your heart and mind.

Peace is not something I sense on most people, even Christians.  Personally, I don’t think people realize the power of peace.

Jesus said in John 14:27; Peace, I leave with you, MY peace, I give to you.  Not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Do you see what He is saying?  He gave us HIS peace.  The same peace that carried and protected Him through crowds who wished to stone Him.  The same peace that carried Him through the cross.  The same peace that carried Him, that garrisoned about Him, through hell.  The same peace that led Him out to rise again.  THAT peace is the peace He has given you and me.  A peace that rules and reigns if we will allow it to.  A peace that protects and guards.

So, how do you begin to get this peace?  That answer is found in Isaiah 26:3;

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in you.

We can’t keep our mind on the problem and walk in peace, we must keep our mind on God, His word and His promises.  Then and only then will we walk in peace.

Once we have peace, we must protect it.  We can’t allow things or people to come in and steal our peace.  And trust me, the enemy will do everything in his power to steal your peace.  However, he can’t touch it if you don’t allow him too.  Jesus gave it to you, it is yours.  Yours to keep or yours to let slip away.

As you cultivate and protect peace in your life – that same peace will protect you.

Just as the scripture says, that peace will watch out for you and warn you in advance.  It will garrison about you and protect you.  It will help you to stand your ground when things try to invade your atmosphere.  Peace is an aggressive weapon and a strong protector.  And it is yours for the taking.

 

Meditate on this

The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.  Psalm 29:11