Do You Have Peace?
Dr. Brodie I. Johnson, Pastor, Cornerstone Institutional Baptist Church, Bible Study, Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.
Romans 5:1-8, 6:1-2, 23 1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; …8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Do you struggle in the area of having peace? If you want peace with everybody, you may not achieve it. The first thing you need to do is have peace with God. It is sometimes difficult to have a “straight line” relationship with people. You have to allow the word of God to come between you. Without his word, you will only have chaos and conflict.
When both parties operate in the arc of God, peace will happen. Some people only get “part-time” word when they come to church. They don’t even bring a Bible. And there are some who like confusion and arguing. At some point you have to get to a state where God is in the middle. Your struggle happens when you try to find peace by your own name or by where you work. Believers know when they operate outside the word of God because they won’t feel right.
5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Your rejoicing may not have happened yet, but you are happy because you know it will come. When you operate in the word of God, you can expect to be blessed. Keep that expectation in your spirit. You should expect a blessing, a miracle, and/or deliverance. It’s time that you rise above the bondage that you’re in. 5:3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
You have to get happy even when you’re catching hell — give God glory anyhow! You should have learned some things in the previous years of your life. The older you get, the more these things shouldn’t bother you anymore. Now that you have the experience, you can now hope for better. Do not lose hope of what you think would get better. 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. Should we keep doing wrong just because we can get away with it? Keep being late for work and leaving early? Keep taking 25 minutes for a 15-minute break? Shall we continue in sin? Never take God for granted just because you have been getting away with being sinful. There is a high cost for low living. Do you want real peace? Christ was the perfect sacrifice so we could be blessed.
Trust God for what you cannot see!