Carriers of Peace

Priming the Pump

“The steadfast mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 NASB

We’ve been saying for some time now that “true peace is not the ABSENCE of conflict but rather it is the AWARENESS of the presence of the King in the midst of war.” I love this thought. In fact, I repeat it often and use it to minister all over when folks are wrestling with being overwhelmed by circumstances such that they have “lost” their peace. This week, however, I was listening to a Bethel Church podcast featuring Bill Johnson and he said nearly the same thing. Only, he said it better (I know, right? Shocking…) He said:

“Peace is not the absence of SOMETHING, it is the presence of SOMEONE.”

I’ve been thinking about this all week, because it really is right along the same line as the things that Jesus has been speaking to me lately about PERSPECTIVE and so on. It seems almost identical to what we’ve been saying all along, but there is a slight difference. And, subtle as it may be, it’s worth looking at. Stay with me for a moment now. Let’s think about this, last week I made the statement…

“…I must learn to rest and to live from His LIFE-SOURCE rather than the death that was handed down to me through Adam. So then, we do have the capacity and capability to create good spiritual produce; but not I, Christ who dwells in me, and this life I live I live by faith in the Son of God who gave Himself for me.”

…and if this is true, then whether or not I operate as an “everyday Christian,” a change agent, an ambassador isn’t relative to capacity or capability. It’s not about whether I can or cannot. I don’t need more of Jesus to be a proper ambassador. I have all the Jesus that I’m ever going to have. I’m not filled with a measure of the Holy Spirit…

You can’t measure the immeasurable because you can’t place boundaries on something INFINITE…

Ok. So, back to perfect peace… if true peace is the AWARENESS of the presence of the King, then whether or not peace is present in my NOW is contingent on my awareness. But, I’m not sure that this is entirely consistent…

For the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. -Romans 14:17 NASB

So, peace is IN the Holy Spirit, which means that it’s not at all contingent on my awareness. It is here. It is present. As Jesus and His Kingdom are here and are present, so is perfect peace. It never comes or leaves, never waxes and wanes, never falters or never fades. My awareness only effects whether or not I am CONSCIOUS of peace (or PERCEIVE it), not whether it is present or is not present…

Are you tracking with me?

So, when we talk about living in perfect peace what we have is not an issue of capacity or capability, but an issue of PERSPECTIVE. I need to stop thinking in finite terms of what is here and present. Instead, I need to think in terms of who Jesus is and the FACT that HE IS HERE…

now…

with me…

in me…

working through me…

perfect peace personified…

Walking in perfect peace doesn’t mean that we stick our heads in the sand and pretend that adverse circumstances and difficult situations do not exist. It simply means that we choose what we allow to have a place of INFLUENCE over the perception of our present reality… circumstances and situations… or the FACT that Jesus is here, and He’s God, and He’s good, and He loves us, and He has an agenda…

* Selah *

Expectantly,
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