PEACE WITH GOD: A WEAPON OF OUR WARFARE
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It’s Hard to do Laundry with Bullets Flying Over Your Head
Pretend for a moment that you’re a woman living in a war-torn country. You know—like all those women we see on TV—hanging onto their babies, running from madmen with assault rifles. What do you think you would long for most?
The obvious answer would be peace.
The lack of peace would affect everything around you.
It would be almost impossible to focus on anything but the enemy trying to destroy your home, your family, your very life. You would have no time or energy for anything else.
How could you plant a garden or sell goods at the market with bullets flying over your head?
You wouldn’t have the weapons to defend yourself, so you would constantly be trying to evade the enemy. You would give up territory that rightfully belongs to you because your adversary has moved in and claimed it as his own.
We may not live in a third-world country, but we are at war. The devil is our adversary, and he’s trying to prevent us from living focused, intentional lives. Like the women in those war-torn countries, we need peace.
Do you sometimes feel like you have bullets flying over your head?
Can you identify an area of your life where the devil is attacking you? Write it down, please.
How is that attack affecting your everyday life? List the ways.
Please read the following scripture:
Isaiah 54:10 (ESV) “For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
Please answer the following questions:
What does the scripture say will not depart, even in such terrible circumstances?
What does the scripture say will not be removed?
God has made two promises to us in this scripture. (write them down please)
Satan is at war with us, and the battle is being fought in our brains. If he can keep us concentrating on the bullets flying over our heads instead of God’s steadfast love, and His covenant of peace, he can keep us from living productive, victorious lives.
God has promised us peace!
For further study:
John 14:27 Romans 5:1 Philippians 4:7
There’s a Difference Between the Peace of God and Peace with God.
We need the peace of God in the midst of Satan’s attacks, but to get it, we must first have peace with God.
What is peace with God?
I would say the obvious answer is: being at peace with God is not being at war with Him.
Before we were born again, we were natural enemies of God. We set ourselves against Him. It might have been more obvious in some of us than others. The apostle Paul persecuted the early church. He jailed Christ-followers. He was a blatant enemy of God’s Son until He met Him on the Damascus road. Acts 9:1-6. But being indifferent to the sacrifice God made of His Son on the cross would put us at enmity with Him just as well.
Jesus said it Himself.
Matthew 12:30 Whoever is not with Me is against Me, and whoever does not gather with Me scatters.
When we became believers in Christ, we ceased to be at war with His Father.
According to Thayer’s Bible dictionary, the definition of peace is as follows: . . . the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God, and content with its earthly lot, of whatsoever sort that is.
What are the three indicators of peace in this definition? Write them below, please.
Do you think your salvation depends on what you do?
Are you afraid God might revoke your salvation if you sin?
How does that affect your peace? (list the ways)
True peace is to be assured of our salvation through Christ. To know that God will never forsake us. He will not accuse us. No matter what we’ve done. That’s why Satan works so hard to make us doubt.
We are Guiltless Because God Says So
God corrects us and guides us, and sometimes allows us to feel pain, but we have no eternal retribution to fear from Him.
Because our soul is assured of its salvation through Christ! What peace that knowledge brings! Satan has nothing to accuse us of, because our sins are covered with the precious blood of the Lamb.
So if we have peace with God, we can have the peace of God when we’re in trials. We can trust that God’s not holding a grudge. Not out to get us. He’s not giving us what we deserve. This is the most wonderful, amazing, freeing knowledge.
We are saved from the wrath of God through the blood of Jesus! He bought and paid for our peace. It’s a gift. We don’t earn it. We have peace with God. All the time! The problem is, we don’t always feel it. And when we don’t feel it, it’s hard to believe it.
But we have to believe it if we’re going to fight the devil!
Do you still feel guilty over sins you’ve sincerely repented of? Write them down, please.
Do you believe the blood of Christ is more powerful than your guilt?
Take a red pen and mark through every sin, thanking God for the blood.
Romans 5:9 (Amplified) Therefore, since we have now been justified [declared free of the guilt of sin] by His blood, [how much more certain is it that] we will be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
Write down your answers to the following questions.
What do you think it means to be “declared” free of guilt?
What do you think the “wrath” of God is?
How does the blood of Christ save us from the wrath of God?
We have been declared free of the guilt of sin. Declared?
Do you mean God has simply declared us not guilty? Even though there’s more than enough evidence to convict us? We will be saved from the wrath of God?
In the Greek, the word “wrath” means punishment or anger. Not only does God not punish us. He’s not even angry with us.
When Satan accuses you again, remind him of that!