Yesterday I wrote a blog about peace through strength. It was focused on the impact of a man who is very troubled and his speech at the University of Florida where a large number gathered to express their opposition. There was much concern about violence which the speech might generate. But in a land that cherishes free speech which is also in a world where God has granted us free will, the university reluctantly but correctly allowed his appearance.
A large contingent of law enforcement officers was on hand to make sure that the peace was maintained. The man spoke and the peace was maintained. It didn't go perfectly, nothing ever does, but it was clearly a case of strength maintaining the peace in a secular world.
On today's Sunday Morning Coming Down, however, I want to briefly cover how peace through strength is also critical in the spiritual realm, the realm that can offer eternal life to those who believe through faith in God through His Son, Jesus Christ. This is a realm of everlasting peace, a peace which transcends all understanding and offers us a future that is so beautiful that we can't even describe it and one of us deserve without the grace of God.
As the Prophet Isaiah wrote in the opening scripture verse, he tells us that everlasting peace comes from the strength of God, and if only we open ourselves to Him will we attain it. It's a strength that can withstand anything, but it takes commitment and living for Him to reach it. If we do, however, true peace, something not attainable in this world, will be ours in the Kingdom of Heaven.
And think of it this way. God turned Satan loose on this earth to do his will, but He also gave us free will to make the choice between good and evil. Following Jesus' resurrection and ascension, He sent us the gift of the Holy Spirit, a spirit of God to live within us to help us stay on course. God wants us to make the right choice, but He also knows it wouldn't be very meaningful if he just made it so. The gift is there, we just have to commit to the Savior, who died for us, and accept His offer,
Just as the law enforcement officers stand between conflict in a community when earthly trouble brews, the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of God, fills that role for each of us. Although He is within each of us, it is up to us to open our hearts to Him so that He may guide our way. We each make our own decisions; we each receive our just rewards accordingly. It's not a difficult concept to understand, it's just difficult to do without faltering since we are all sinners.
Choose wisely, my friends, the choice is yours.