Heart of Peace

“Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish.” (Psalm 25:17)  A troubled heart is not from the Lord, but from the world and our fallen human nature. We should guard our hearts because everything we do proceeds from it. (Proverbs 4:23) The enemy would fill your heart with regret, if he can and weigh you down with the cares of this life. Resist him. When the Holy Spirit convicts us He leads us to repent bringing healing and restoration. As soon as the Spirit reveals a wrong motive or failure we are to confess agreeing with God with respect to sin. Then as quickly get back with Him moving in the Spirit’s leading. He does not lead us in self flagellation and carrying a burden of sin. “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” (Proverbs 14:30) 

There is a fountain flowing from God that continuously washes over us. All our sins are forgiven by the blood of Jesus, but in space and time we apply His forgiveness through confession and in recognition of His truth and our weakness. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27) Our peace flows from relationship with Yeshua, His peace becomes ours. We dare not let anything disrupt our relationship on our part. For example, we might believe a lie that we are too bad, or that He will not forgive until we pay some price of good deeds or wallowing in self loathing. This is anguish, not from the Lord. He will never give up on us and gave himself for us while we were yet sinners. It is we who are fickle, weak, and prone to wander away from the light and path of righteousness, but He never leaves us. “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15) 

We are designed to recieve and commune in a relationship with God, who is three persons in one. He made us in His image giving us personality. This enables relationship, but that relationship can be hampered on our part. That’s what confession is for, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.” (1 John 1:9-10) The world is seeking to steal, kill and destroy us with guilt, worry, regret, sin, anxiousness, bitterness and anything that impedes our relationship in Messiah, Yeshua. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)