Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Peace In The Valley

               While reading Micah 4:3-5 quoted below, we must take note that Micah is prophesying about a yet unfulfilled future time.  It is the time when Jesus the Christ will once again walk this earth.  So, our selected verses are speaking of The Millennial Reign of Jesus.
               With this context, the song, “Peace In The Valley” is brought to my mind.  It describes the peace and the tranquility of a time in which we all yearn.  (Peace In The Valley was probably the first song, [religious song] I remember.  It was sung at my Father’s Funeral, along with “It Is No Secret.  Today, these songs are only remembered as “popular” songs, songs we heard on “The Hit Parade.”)  One speaks of God’s Power, the other speaks of His Peace.  (As far as I am concerned they are good songs.  I was told once when I requested, “It Is No Secret” to be sung at my Mother’s Funeral, only the Tammy Wynette’s of the world sing that song.)   
Our scriptures also speak of God’s Power and His Peace.  Only through His Power to save can we ever expect to have the Peace He gives through His Son Jesus the Christ.

Romans 10:9  That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Without our belief, where are we going?  God tells us in these verses that IF we will believe He [God] has raised His Son Jesus from the grave, and confess to others that we believe that God did Raise Jesus, God will save us eternally. With the eternity of Christ Jesus, His Peace is given.  It is given eternally.

John 17:1-2  These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:  (2)  As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, with conviction, and a sincere heart, eternal Salvation has been given.  It is never because you worked to earn your eternity with Jesus.  He gave it because of your belief.

Ephesians 2:8-9  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  (9)  Not of works, lest any man should boast.

You and I received the same “deal” with no strings attached.  It happened through your faith, your knowledge of Jesus, and your belief in Him.      
               “Reader, do you believe?   Do you have the Peace In The Valley?                                

Bro. John R. E Chastain

Micah 4:3-5  And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. 4  But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it. 5  For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever. 

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