Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Have You Experienced True Peace?
Charles Spurgeon once asked his congregation, "Are you pacifying your own conscience by crying,"peace, peace when there is no peace"?
He was speaking to people who were living in sin (fleshly desires), blatant rebellion against God, all the while telling themselves they were fine..."God doesn't expect me to give up promiscuity, drunkenness, cursing...etc." Actually he demands it for His child! See for yourselves by reading Galatians 5..
Many have a false perception of Jesus, meaning, they "believe" in their head that He died on the cross for their sins and to many this means they can keep living according to the flesh...after all, didn't Jesus forgive me that day on the cross!?
Truth is, Jesus had to die a horrible death, in order for sinners to be reconciled to God. Our sins were placed on the Innocent Lamb of God so that we could be made right with God! Being made right with God, or reconciliation, means to have peace with God! The Bible is clear...
2 Corinthians 5:17-21(NLT)
"This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin,so that we could be made right with God through Christ.
Until you truly surrender of your life to Christ, you will only experience a temporary artificial peace. To have lasting peace, one can only have it through Jesus Christ, KNOWING He is the Prince of Peace!
It all starts at the foot of the cross! "I am crucified with Christ, and I no longer live but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:19b-20