This morning I finished Week 5 of the Living Beyond Yourself study. Yes, I am lagging behind, but I’m giving myself grace and not taking on guilt over it. And that’s part of the peace that comes from abiding in Him.
I loved this final lesson on Peace. It ended with the prerequisites for peace:
- We receive peace with God by accepting His gift of grace on Calvary.
- Peace belongs to Jesus and He imparts it to those who trust in Him.
- God gives us peace through His Holy Spirit.
- The key to peace is a mind that is controlled by the Holy Spirit, those whose minds are steadfast.
- Peace is maintained through prayer, petition, and thanksgiving
I ended my quiet time with my reading in the Two Year Bible which included the last half of one of my favorite Psalms:
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul.
The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are clear, giving insight to life.
Reverence for the LORD is pure, lasting forever.
The laws of the LORD are true; each one is fair.
They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold.
They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb.
They are a warning to those who hear them; there is great reward for those who obey them.
How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults.
Keep me from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me.
Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.
May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to you,
O LORD, my rock and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:7-14, NLT)
In the grip of His grace,