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A Difficult Devotion

Late last night, as I lay in bed reading my bible, I stumbled across one very difficult message from one of my devotionals. This was just before I closed my eyes to sleep, so naturally, I imagined that I wasn’t fully grasping the message of the devotional because I was tired.

I’m reading another one by Oswald Chambers in my well loved and well trusted YouVersion Bible App. If you’re on there, add me!

Here is what the devotional said:

(As always, my thoughts in italics)

Peace: Life in the Spirit.

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The idea of peace in connection with personality is that every power is in perfect working order to the limit of activity. That is what Jesus means when He says “My peace.” Never have in mind the idea of jadedness or stagnation in connection with peace.

I don’t understand the first sentence. Every power is in perfect working order to the limit of activity. Does that mean you’re as good as your activity limits? Or your power is expressed by the limits of your activity? You’re only as powerful as your limit? I don’t know, what do you think guys?

I do understand the ideas on stagnation. I know that peace is the absence of turbulence. But often, I equate activity with turbulence. Peace often is depicted with a beautiful white dove, calming palm trees, a quiet beach, but we forget that as much as tranquility and peace are synonyms they’re not the same thing. You could have peace even in the most turbulent storms! You could be in hell and still be at peace. But not to worry, you’re not going to hell because you’re a child of God. That’s sappy but I just couldn’t resist! :p

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Health is physical peace, but health is not stagnation; health is the perfection of physical activity. Virtue is moral peace, but virtue is not innocence; virtue is the perfection of moral activity. Holiness is spiritual peace, but holiness is not quietness; holiness is the intensest spiritual activity.

How do we perfect our moral activity? How do we ensure that every little thing we do is “moral.” What is moral? For one, I know living in consistency with the will of God ultimately will lead to virtue. What does “holiness is not quietness” mean? I would equate holiness with quietness of spirit. Friends, please help!

The profound realization of God makes you too unspeakably peaceful to be capable of any self-interest.

When you come into the full realization of God, you’re too peaceful to care about anything else, even (or should I say especially) yourself! This would be pure bliss, wouldn’t it?

Reflection Questions: In what ways does inactivity give a false sense of peace? Why is activity required for peace? Why does self-interest have in part in peace?

Now head on to the comments section and answer the reflection questions, please and thank you! If you’re too shy, you can send me an email at msalheri@gmail.com

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Hey, my name is Alheri and I'm obsessed with Jesus. This blog is me keeping my promise to Him for answering a prayer. Purple is my favorite color and my favorite scripture is Jeremiah 32:27 which says "Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?" (KJV) You can contact me at msalheri@gmail.com

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  1. So Alheri, I agree with your Dad on this one. (Is that your real Father?)
    But just a few thoughts on Peace and Holiness. I personally don’t get the activity thing. But I know and trust that Peace is a person – Jesus Christ. He is called the prince of Peace [Shalom]. Shalom means complete peace of/in our being. I also want to believe Holiness is a person – this same Jesus Christ (God). Be Holy just as He is Holy!
    And He is even also the embodiment of virtue. After all, the virtues listed in Galatians 5:22-23 are fruits of His Spirit and He is also righteousness.

    So like Paul said in Philippians 2:12-13 “…work our your own salvation…for it is God who works in you…” We can only work out that which we’ve allowed God to work in us. So if anyone comes into contact with Peace (Jesus) and allow Him to work in them, I trust health, virtue and holiness becomes easy for us to live out.
    This also means, outside Jesus who is Peace, there is no real peace. We can try to be on time, be efficient and productive; we can exercise and try to be in good shape or try to act right an be perfect but if they are all outside Jesus, I think it produces false or short term peace and self-righteousness at best. Remember He said “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you; not as the world gives do I give…” (John 14:27) So there is a peace He gives and a peace which is not from Him.
    So again, it’s all about Him if we want true peace. 😀

    What sayeth thou? 😀

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    • Haha, yes it’s the Egor-Egbe himself. I don’t know how my daddy fond this blog, but he now even calls me on the phone to discuss my posts. 🙈🙈🙈

      Anyway, thank you for the angle that peace is a person. I think that it’s very easy to forget that Jesus is both a means and an end all by
      Himself. In fact, the trinity of God is a means and an end. The Holy Spirit is not only the one who gives us peace, He is the Spirit of peace Himself. Same goes with God the Father and Jesus.

      I think the devotional is trying to debunk the myth that peace is a destination. Again, I’m using peace to represent all the good things that come in God. But you know- the whole ides that we arrive at a “peaceful state” and then work hard not to disturb that equilibrium. The devotional is saying that you must continue to work out your faith, because being in Christ is not a destination that you arrive at and then stop moving. We continue to be holy by making small choices to abide in Christ daily. We experience peace even while we go about our daily business, and making Jesus that center of it all. Makes sense?

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  2. Egor F. Egbe says

    The spiritual books we see or wish to read today are full of idiomatic expressions. Even some “Men of God” so fansy BIG ENGLISH that the audience seldom ever make out anything after delivery of such very long sermons. We greatly fail in communication when the intended audience fails to be on the same page with the speech maker. When involved in “work in the vineyard” the main purpose and idea should be to: 1) pass the message in simple terms, 2) convince the listener; 3) convert hard hearts. But alas! what do we have today? Preachers and writers who chose to be noticed in what they wear and ride, how eloquent they speak, and where they live worship rather than talk of simply spreading the word of God.

    It does not pay us Christians if we spend long nights to carry out research in the Oxford dictionary inorder to seed out words and phrases that would help us prepare an homily or a reflection which the congregation cannot comprehend upon an eloquent delivery. Is it not supposed to be inteded for them? Are you happy that only less than 10% of the congregation can decipher and diggest what you have preached?

    I know that our Lord Jesus taught mostly in parables. But great men of God should be able to break down these parables to terms understandable by the congregation. The “Knowledge” without which we ‘perish’ should be affordable to all and sundry in terms of common words and straight forward phrases in Christian write-ups and oral delivery of the Word.

    Those who think using philosophical expressions in delivery of the Word of God should know that they are greatly mistaken. Not many belivers and unbelivers would have the luxury of time to refer to language textbooks, novels and dictionaries to understand the Word of God delivered in whatever form. Be simple.

    Alheri, sorry I cannot for one, interprete or anwer the questions you have raised on the exact meaning of the phrases in the ‘Reflections’. I always cherish general purpose writers of homilies and reflections because I always want to leave every story having picked up something. Christian spread of the Word should be palatable, attractive and comforting so that unbelivers could be converted without much ado.

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    • Haha Daddy this comment made my day. And I definitely agree with you. Communication must be simple and understandable for it to be effective!

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  3. Hi! I was struck by the sentence “holiness is the intensest spiritual activity”… I immediately thought of spiritual warfare and that the engaging of it is holiness. Peace comes from knowing that we know exactly what we are fighting for? I was getting ready to go to bed, but I decided to read your post really quickly and I found it so interesting! I’ll have to answer your reflection questions tomorrow. Good night!

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    • Thank you! I cannot wait for you to come back tomorrow, I’d so love to hear your thoughts. But for now, I like what you say here: “Peace comes from knowing that we know exactly what we are fighting for,” and I’d like to add that peace comes from knowing what we are fighting for and knowing that WE HAVE THE VICTORY! Can I get an Amen?!

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      • Hi! You know what, I looked at the questions again and I think I answered one already. If holiness is an active state, engaging/fighting spiritual warfare, and peace comes with holiness, then inactivity is not holiness or peace. And yes!! Amen for victory!!

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