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July 16, 2010



PERFECT

PEACE

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Introduction



This is Part 2 of "Perfect Peace." It would be of a great advantage if you were to read Part 1 of "Perfect Peace," before reading this part. The information in Part 1 will help you to understand how God has planned for you to have perfect peace at all times in your life. If you do not have perfect peace in your life, you need to find our why?

In Isaiah 26:3,4 it says, "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee...Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength." This is a prophetic message for Christians today. Actually, the Children of Israel could not obtain unto perfect peace, for the Spirit of Peace was not given until after Jesus arose again from the dead.

The kingdom of God is the reign of God here on earth and in heaven. The kingdom of God is the Holy Spirit carrying out the will of God here on earth and in heaven. Without the Holy Spirit in operation as the one who causes the Word of God to manifest in the natural, men could not have perfect peace.

King David, a type and example of Jesus did not have perfect peace. David had situations in his life that kept him from having perfect peace. There were always some in whom King David needed to use force against because of what they did. Yet, God's plan of perfect peace comes without force. It is an inward peace that goes beyond all understanding.

To obtain that "perfect peace" a person must first be born again, and then baptized in the Holy Spirit. Following their baptism in the Holy Spirit they need to enter into the kingdom of God, which is the reign of God the Holy Spirit in their lives. When the Holy Spirit is in control of our lives, we will have perfect peace.

In Romans 14:17 it says, "For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost." Perfect peace only comes when God is in control of what is happening in our lives. As long as people think they can do it without the LORD and the Holy Spirit, Satan still has power to control much of what happens in their lives. The works of the flesh must be overcome by the working of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit in our lives.

What many Christians do not understand is that God's plan for our lives and our desires and our will do not agree. Either we will agree with God and His will for our lives, or we will give Satan control in much of what we do in this life.

When Christians think they have control of what is happening in their lives, they are still walking after the flesh. If we walk after the flesh, we become enemies of God. In Romans 8:5-8 it tells us, "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit...For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace...Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be...So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God."

If God is not pleased in what we believe and what we do, God cannot give us "perfect peace." Perfect peace only comes when God is pleased in what we do. In Amos 3:3 it asks the question, "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" If we do not agree with God, we cannot walk with God. That is the way it is in this creation.

Lucifer, who is now the Devil, thought he could be like God by doing his own will. It did not work for Lucifer. He was cast out of the third heavens and will never again be in the third heavens.

When Christians think they can do their own will, they also can lose their inheritance in eternal life. Many Christians do not believe the Truth. They have been believing the lies of the Devil so long, that their minds have been blinded by the god of this world. They have eyes to see, but they cannot see. They have ears to hear, but they cannot hear. They have followed the wrong spirits, and have not permitted the Holy Spirit to guide, help, comfort, lead, and teach them the things that God has planned for them.

Our victory over the Devil and the spirits of this world is in Jesus Christ, and the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Of our own selves, we do not have power over the works of darkness. The power is in the Word of God manifested by the Holy Spirit.

God is well able to do whatsoever He promises to do. The promises of God usually require something on our part as well. In these verses it requires that we keep our mind stayed upon the LORD, and that we trust in the LORD.

Why is it that Christians have depression, fear, and other tormenting conditions in their mind? It seems they are not doing what we are told to do in Isaiah 26:3,4. With every promise of God, there is a condition. The conditions that apply to us are laid out in Isaiah 26:3,4, just as they are laid out in many other places in the Scriptures. If we meet the conditions that the Word of God has laid out for us we will have perfect peace in our minds.

Perfect Peace for Christians



When Jesus came ministering to the Children of Israel, He was also prophesying of things to come. Included in all that Jesus was, He was also a prophet. In Deuteronomy 18:17-19, Moses said, "And the LORD said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have spoken...I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him...And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him."

Moses was speaking of Jesus, whom the Father sent as a Prophet to speak to the Children of Israel and all who are born again Christians. If we do not harken to the Words that Jesus spoke to us, we will not have perfect peace. Perfect peace can only come when we obey the LORD, and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit.

What was written in Isaiah 26:3,4, is also spoken of by Jesus in John 8:31,32. It says, "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed...And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Our freedom is not freedom from what people do. It is freedom from what the spirits of this world are doing in the lives of those who do not submit to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit does no do anything of Himself. He only does that which the Father and the Son sent Him to do (John 16:13-17). Everything Jesus said concerning the kingdom of God and the work of the Holy Spirit is very important in our lives. Without the Word of God, the Holy Spirit, and the Blood of Jesus we cannot have victory in our lives over the spirits of this world.

Perfect peace comes when we are totally submitted to the helping, guiding, comforting, leading, and teaching of the Holy Spirit. When we do what Jesus told us to do, that is "Abide in His Words, and keep His Words abiding in us," the Holy Spirit will be in control of all that we do.

What Jesus taught in Luke, Chapter Eighteen, is still for us today. Luke wrote "And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint" (Luke 18:1). This is very important for Christians today. One of the important parts of what Luke wrote is "...that men ought always to pray, and not to faint."

Prayer is a very important part of a Christian's life. If we do not pray, how can God answer our prayers? Everything that happens of any value in our lives is "what God is doing, according to His will for us." God is not going to do our will in our lives for us. That is where most Christians miss it. They think if they ask God to do what they want Him to do, He will do it for them.

That kind of thinking is not from God, that is the flesh. God is only going to do His will in this world. God will only do what He has already declared as done from the foundation of the world. God does not change, and never will change. We are the ones that must find out what God's will for our lives is and then do God's will in our lives.

What happens with Christians today is, they do not search the Scriptures for themselves to see what God's will for them is? Then they do not study the Scriptures to know what the inspired written Word of God actually says.

Many have heard or read what it says in the English Versions of the Bible in Psalm 37:3-5. In the King James Version it says, "Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed...Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart...Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass." If we study this out in the Hebrew, verse three is correct if we read it correctly. But verse four does not say what many Christians think it says. It does not say that God will give you whatsoever you desire in your heart. That is contrary to the Word of God from Genesis 2:1 thought Revelation.

In Genesis 2:9 the LORD revealed that there was in the garden of Eden a "Tree of Life." It was always God's will that people would eat of the Tree of Life and have eternal life with God in heaven. But, God does not force man to eat of the Tree of Life. God did nothing to stop Adam and Eve from eating of the Tree of Life. God did not even tempt Adam and Eve to eat of the Tree of Life.

In Genesis 2:16,17 it says, "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat...But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." The LORD God only told Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The LORD did not tell them they could not eat of the Tree of Life. The LORD did not tell them they should eat of the Tree of Life. That was up to Adam and Eve if they wanted to, they could eat of the Tree of Life? The choice was up to Adam and Eve.

Christians know what happened to Adam and Eve in Genesis, Chapter Three. God has not changed. God will not change. The choice of what mankind will do is up to man, not up to God. God has already done His part, now it is up to us to do our part.

Therefore, in Psalm 37:4, God is not telling us that He will do our will. But what it truly says in Psalm 37:4 is that if we do what it says in Psalm 37:3 first, then if we "Delight thyself also in the LORD," which means, "if we submit ourselves to the will of God, God will put His desires in our heart." God's desires for us go way beyond our natural thinking or understanding. God's desire for us is to become like His Son, Jesus Christ, and walk and live in His image. That is what it tells us in 1 Corinthians 15:49, where it says, "And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly."

Anyone who thinks that God is going to do their will in their lives did not read what it said in Psalm 37:3-5. They only listened to other spirits that keep trying to get people to do the same thing that Lucifer did when he was in heaven. Lucifer wanted to do his own will, not the will of God. When Christians think that God will do their own will instead of His will, they are listening to a wrong voice.

Once Christians have done what it tells them in Psalm 37:3,4, then God will bring to pass the desire that He put in our heart. That is what it tells us in Psalm 37:3-5. That is confirmed in the inspired written Word from Genesis through Revelation.

Jesus set the example for us. Jesus never did His own will. Jesus only did the will of God the Father. In John 5:30, Jesus said, "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me."

When Christians get this attitude in them (the same attitude that Jesus had), then God will do His will in their lives. When God does His will in our lives, then we will inherit eternal life with God in Christ Jesus for all eternity.

God has a perfect plan and a perfect will for every person born into this world. To know what is the perfect will of God for our lives, we must do what we are told in the Scriptures. We can find that perfect will in the Old Testament. We can find that perfect will in the life and teachings of Jesus. We can find that perfect will in the Epistles.

It all has to do with the desires of our heart. What is the desire of our heart? Is it to do the will of God or our own will of the flesh? According to the will of our heart, so shall it be. Jesus said, "O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh" (Matt. 12:34). Where is our heart? What is the desire of our heart?

Christians who do not pray, will not get answers to their prayers. When Christians who pray amiss "asking God to do their will of the flesh," God will not answer their prayer. James 4:3 says, "Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts." That is walking after the flesh, desiring the things of the flesh.

God is not going to go against His Word. God is not going to help us serve the Devil. If Christians' want to follow the Devil, God will let them, just like the LORD let Adam and Eve do what they did in the garden of Eden. The LORD gave Adam and Eve His Word in Genesis 2:16,17. Then the LORD left it up to Adam and Eve to do whatsoever they desired about what He told them.

God has not changed, and He will not change. It is up to Christians to make the changes necessary to come into agreement with God.

When Jesus came teaching on prayer, and the need to pray always, He could not teach everything they needed to know about prayer. There is a lot more about prayer that Jesus could not teach at that time. Therefore, Jesus made mention of the Holy Spirit coming to teach us all things.

Jesus said in John 16:12-16. "I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now...Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come...He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you...All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you." This Jesus spoke to His disciples the same night that He was betrayed and taken to be crucified.

After Jesus arose again from the dead, He spoke to His disciples concerning the Holy Spirit. In Mark 16:15-17 it says, "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature...He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned...And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues." When Jesus mentioned about being Baptized and speaking in tongues, He was not talking about water baptism. Jesus was talking about the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.

After the Baptism in the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues, Jesus said, "They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover" (Mark 16:18). This is all a part of what Christians should be doing today.

In Luke 24:47-49 it says, Jesus said, "And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem...And ye are witnesses of these things...And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." Then in Acts 1:4,5, it says, "And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me...For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence." Jesus was making it clear that Christians needed to receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. Then in Acts 1:8 Jesus said, "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."

The most important thing any Christian can do is receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. This is the same anointing that Jesus received when He received the Holy Spirit following His baptism in water by John the Baptist (Matt. 3:16). Without the same Holy Spirit working in our lives we cannot do the same works that Jesus did. Jesus did not do the works He did by His own ability. It was God the Father working in Jesus by the anointing of the Holy Spirit (John 14:10).

In John 6:45, Jesus said, "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God..." Before Jesus died and arose again, His disciples could not be taught by the Holy Spirit, for the Holy Spirit was not given until after Jesus was glorified (John 7:38,39). Now that Jesus is gone to be with the Father, He has sent the Holy Spirit to do the same works in our lives as He did in the life of Jesus.

When Jesus went about teaching His disciples, He was teaching them by the anointing of the Holy Spirit within Him. Jesus was not teaching according to His own ability, it was the Holy Spirit working through Jesus that enabled Jesus to teach. Now, it is the same anointing of the same Holy Spirit that is to be teaching Christians what to do and how to do the will of God. In 1 John 2:27 it says, "But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him."

Now that the Holy Spirit is given to Christians, we need to see what the Holy Spirit inspired the Apostles to write in the Epistles concerning praying.

In Ephesians 6:18 the Apostle Paul wrote "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints." We are not told here in Ephesians 6:18 to do any praying in our natural language. That does not mean we should not pray in our natural language. But it does mean that praying in tongues is better than praying in our natural language.

In Jude 1:20 it says, "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost." Here we are told to build up our most holy faith, by praying in the Holy Spirit.

In Romans 8:26,27 it says, "Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered...And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God." Notice in Romans 8:26,27 it tells us that before the Holy Spirit makes intercession for us, He searches our hearts to know what is the will of God for our lives? Then the Holy Spirit makes intercession for us according to the will of God, not according to the will of man.

That is a very important part of praying always. Men ought always to pray, but when we pray it should be according to the will of God, not the will of man.

Yes, we can pray in the Spirit and in our understanding. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 14:14,15, "For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful...What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also."

Which prayer is God going to answer? According to all that is revealed in the Scriptures, God is only going to answer the prayers that are prayed according to His will, not the prayers that are prayed according the will of the flesh. Yes, men ought always to pray, but when they pray it should be according to the will of God not according to the will of flesh.

If Christians want the perfect peace that God has offered to them, then they need to do things God's way, according to God's will, not according to the will of man.

Why are there so many Christians today, walking away from the Churches, and without their needs being met? Why are so many Christians today, having difficulties in their lives, walking in fear, torment, confusion, not getting their prayers answered?

It all comes down to one important thing, they have left their first love, which is the first commandment of our LORD, and have gone the way of the world, thinking they were doing what God said to do. They have been following the teachings of men, rather than the teachings of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus said, "...If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed...And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free" (John 8:31,32). Many Christians today are not free, because they did not continue in the Words of Jesus. They followed the teachings of men, rather then being led by the Holy Spirit, and taught by the Holy Spirit.

In many Churches today, we see Christians going around with little books, called "The Promises of God." They keep repeating the promises of God over and over, but they forgot that with every promise there is a condition attached. They leave out the conditions, and claim the promises. As some would say, "That is ignorance gone to seed."

God never made any promises without a condition attached. We must do what God says in the inspired written Word, and then we will receive the promises that go along with the conditions. Jesus said in John 6:45, "It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me." Jesus said, "...Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me." How can we become taught by God? If we go back in Isaiah 28:9-11, we will see how God teaches us today, in the new covenant. It says, "Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts...For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little...For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people." Being that is the way God is going to teach His people, we should do it God's way, not the way many Christians are trying to do it themselves.

It is important that we do things the way God says to do them. That is when we will obtain the promises that God has made from the foundation of the world.

In 1 Corinthians 14:2 it says, "For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries." This is important for Christians to understand. God wants to teach us the mysteries of God. But, God cannot do what He wants to do in our lives if we do not do what He tells us to do.

When we speak in tongues, God uses our tongue to speak His Word into the world, that God can bring it to pass. It says in Isaiah 55:11, "So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." How does God's Word go forth out of His mouth? God uses the mouths of those whom He chooses to speak His Word. That is how God got His Word into the world by the prophets of old, "they spoke as the Holy Spirit gave them the utterance" (2 Peter 1:21).

When Christians speak in tongues, it is God speaking through them by the anointing of the Holy Spirit. The words they speak are given them by the Holy Spirit, therefore, God's Word is being spoken into the world, so that God can cause it to prosper.

What Christians do not realize is that it does not say anywhere in the inspired written Word of God that men must speak in their own language. It only says that men should pray always, but it does not say pray in their own language.

There is a language of men, and there is a language of angels (1 Cor. 13:1). God has His own language that He uses to get His Word into the world so He can cause it to come to pass. We could say, that is what is called "tongues" in 1 Corinthians 14:2.

If you want to have perfect peace in your life, in every area, do it God's way. Pray always with all prayer in the Spirit, and let God be GOD in your life. Perfect peace comes when we are doing the perfect will of God in our lives. Perfect peace comes when we enter the reign of God in our lives. Romans 14:17 says, "For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost."

In John 14:15, Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my commandments." If we love Jesus, then we must also love the Word of God for Jesus and the Word of God are one (John 1:1-3). In keeping Jesus' commandments, it would include receiving the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. In Acts 1:4,5 it says, "And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me...For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence." God is not a respecter of persons. If Jesus commanded His disciples to receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, He would also command us to do the same.

The question is, If you cannot trust God with tongues, do you truly trust God? God is love, and God's desire is that we do His will, not our will of the flesh. If we truly want to do God's will, then we should be willing to pray in the Spirit, speaking in tongues. Trust the Holy Spirit to put the right words in our mouth as we speak the Word of God in this world, that the will of God can be done, not in our life only, but also in the lives of others all over the world.

We must always keep in mind to "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding...In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths" (Prov. 3:5,6). When God is in control of what we speak, God will work all things together for our good.

If you keep your mind stayed upon the LORD, and keep the Word of God alive in you every day of your life, God will protect and preserve you unto eternal life in heaven when you leave this earth for the last time.

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