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Why do we sometimes lose our peace and become anxious and irritable and behave badly when Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]" (John 14:27)? There must be something that we are failing to grasp or understand when we fail to appropriate or receive the promises that God has made to us in His Word.
If Jesus has become our everything as described in 1 Cor. 1:30 below, why does it sometimes not seem true of us? "But it is from Him that you have your life in Christ Jesus, Whom God made our Wisdom from God, [revealed to us a knowledge of the divine plan of salvation previously hidden, manifesting itself as] our Righteousness [thus making us upright and putting us in right standing with God], and our Consecration [making us pure and holy], and our Redemption [providing our ransom from eternal penalty for sin]." This article examines what must be the main reason for our failure to live as God has directed us in His Word.
PHILIPPIANS 3:1.... FOR THE rest, my brethren, delight yourselves in the Lord and continue to rejoice that you are in Him. To keep writing to you [over and over] of the same things is not irksome to me, and it is [a precaution] for your safety.
Before we can rejoice over our being in Christ, we have to know that we truly are, and that kind of confidence or faith comes from hearing or reading the Word of God (Rom. 10:17). As our knowledge of Christ grows, we increasingly experience the benefits of the grace of God that flows from that knowledge; then, our joy and rejoicing cause us to appreciate God’s blessing and to guard against deception (2 Peter 3:17-18). Thus, to daily remind ourselves of the privilege and benefits of dwelling in Christ becomes one of the best safeguards against falling away.
PHILIPPIANS 3:7-16.... But whatever former things I had that might have been gains to me, I have come to consider as [one combined] loss for Christ's sake. Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (the Anointed one), and that I may [actually] be found and known as in Him, not having any [self-achieved] righteousness that can be called my own, based on my obedience to the Law's demands (ritualistic uprightness and supposed right standing with God thus acquired), but possessing that [genuine righteousness] which comes through faith in Christ (the Anointed one), the [truly] right standing with God, which comes from God by [saving] faith.
10[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope] that if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].
12 Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own. I do not consider, brethren, that I have captured and made it my own [yet]; but one thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.
15 So let those [of us] who are spiritually mature and full-grown have this mind and hold these convictions; and if in any respect you have a different attitude of mind, God will make that clear to you also. Only let us hold true to what we have already attained and walk and order our lives by that.
Paul had served the Lord for about 25 years, and was in prison when he wrote this letter to the Philippians. But because Christ had become so precious to him, he had learned to rejoice regardless of the circumstances he found himself in (Phil. 4:11). When we are fully convinced of what God has given to us in Christ Jesus, the things of this world pale in comparison to them and lose their importance (3:8). If we lost all our worldly possessions, we would still be extremely rich far beyond our ability to imagine; "I know your affliction and distress and pressing trouble and your poverty – but you are rich!" (Rev. 2:9a). When Jesus becomes our life – "For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Phil. 1:21), everything else becomes rather insignificant; as the old hymn says – "then the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace." The grace, not to mention our inheritance, that God has extended to us through Christ Jesus is far beyond comparison with anything else known to man. Jesus is the one we should learn to rejoice in, not our circumstances!
We should keep close watch over our affections, and can use them like a barometer; if we notice that something else is becoming more important than Christ, we are drifting out of our proper dwelling place. This then becomes the major reason for our failure to live as God would have us to live; we neglect to acquaint or remind ourselves of what Christ has provided for us, and therefore lack the faith to rely upon the Holy Spirit to make them true in us. The branch does not grunt to produce fruit, it merely clings to the vine (Jn. 15:4-5). What we have considered is a sampling of what it means to dwell or live in Christ!
PSALMS 91:1-2.... HE WHO dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand]. I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!
PHILIPPIANS 4:4-9.... Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice! [Ps. 37:4.] Let all men know and perceive and recognize your unselfishness (your considerateness, your forbearing spirit). The Lord is near [He is coming soon].
6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ( definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. And God's peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
8 For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them]. Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you.