Why will you never trust CPS
Peace, where is peace - for our peoples, our homeland and especially for our hearts and souls? The cry of desperation echoed through the centuries, but has been heard louder and louder as the world has been increasingly whipped and panicked. Is this also the cry of your heart, dear reader? Do you long for inner, all-covering calm in the midst of the prevailing dissatisfaction and unrest?
The jumble of hurry and noise, the tumult of intense activity, constant change and movement have created a wild carousel of confusion and chaos. Endless efforts to make the world a safer and better place have only made life more tangled and complicated. Although it is easier today than our parents, we are more scared. We are tired, irritable people. We definitely need direction and advice, security and confidence. We need and want peace of mind.
Peace of mind is man's greatest treasure. Only when we stop living in a state of frustration and fear and start living in serenity and calm will we have achieved the wonderful treasure, happiness. Inner peace brings us contentment and happiness and is a source of strength for ourselves and others.
Can this treasure really be found in a world of conflict and despair, confusion and sorrow?
The great search has begun! Countless people seek peace of mind in fame or fortune, in pleasure or power, in upbringing or marriage. Their heads are full of knowledge; their wallets are full of money, but their souls are empty. Others try to escape the harsh reality through the use of drugs or alcohol, but the peace they seek eludes them. All of their searching only leads them into a vicious circle of disappointment and uselessness. You are still empty and lonely, still troubled in a troubled world.
The key to finding peace can be found in these lines: "We would have inner peace if we only looked inward." We look for outward, tangible things, but forget to look for it in us. We fear what we might discover. We would like to blame our troubled minds on the troubled environment; but the answer to our dilemma lies within ourselves. That is where we must begin the healing treatment.
God has given us a living soul that longs to be united with its Creator. "As the stag cries for fresh water, so my soul, God, cries for you. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God ..." Only the living God, the living Christ and the living word satisfy the soul. So notice: you will never live in peace unless you live in peace with God.
Although our souls long for God, our sinful urges often violate His commandments. While part of us longs for God and another part longs for carnal pleasures, our hearts become a constant battleground for everlasting conflict. This inner struggle creates tension and extraordinary stress.
We are "like a rough sea that cannot be still, the waves of which throw feces and filth" (Isaiah 57:20). There can be no peace unless our entire life, mind, body and spirit are ordered by the One who made and understands us. Not only is He Lord of the World, He also knows your life and mine from beginning to end. He remembered us when He came into the world, "that He may appear to them who sit in darkness and shadows of death, and direct our feet in the way of peace" As Prince of Peace, He invites us to come to Him. “Come to me, all of you who are troublesome and burdensome; I will refresh you ”(Matthew 11: 28). When we come to Him, we will find redemption and refreshment in the freedom He has given. ". . . Your peace will be like a stream of water, and your righteousness like waves of the sea ”(Isaiah 48: 18), a living, bubbling peace that is refreshing and strong, a peace“ that is higher than all reason ”(Philippians 4: 7) . Will you come to Him, put your burden on Him and hear Him say again, "Peace I leave you, my peace I give you ... your hearts do not frighten or fear" (John 14:27)?
God created man and gave him a beautiful garden in which he could find peace, joy and happiness. But when Adam and Eve disobeyed, they were immediately charged with guilt. While they previously longed to be near God, they now hid in shame. Guilt and fear took the place of peace and happiness that was once known. Here was the beginning of a troubled world and a troubled soul.
The Bible says that this sin of disobedience weighs on us. “We all went astray like sheep. . . ” Isaiah 53: 6). ,,. . . They are all sinners and lack the glory that they should have with God ”(Romans 3:23). Guilt, fear, irritability, resentment, selfishness, and other hostile feelings plague us wherever we go. They bring exhaustion and mental exhaustion. How grateful we can be that Jesus came into the world, not "... that he judge the world, but that the world may be saved through Him" (John 3:17). “So God loved the world. . . ” (John 3: 16a). He came that we may have peace in Him (John 16:33).
Selfishness was the reason for man's first disobedience. It remains one of the dire tendencies that lead us down the path to despair and sorrow. When we become selfish in our desires and inclinations, we become fearful and scornful. The longer we walk the path of selfishness, the more depressed we become.
Instead of seeing ourselves as the center of our existence, we need to turn to God and make Him the center of our lives. Without God as the center, we fall into petty worries, self-pity, fear and anxiety. With God at the center, our whole life will stick out of misery like the spokes of a wheel; it will be rounded and worth living. Only a heart turned towards God is calm and peaceful.
The psalmist says, "My heart is ready, God, my heart is ready to sing and praise" (Psalm 57: 8). With his trust placed in God he can enjoy his peace of mind. With our hearts on God, we have inner peace in the midst of external difficulties. It is possible: “We are afflicted everywhere, but we are not afraid; . . . we are afraid, but we do not despair ”- 2 Corinthians 4: 8.
When Jesus said, "If anyone wants to follow me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me" (Matthew 16:24), He gave humanity the opportunity to have the most meaningful, life-changing experiences. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a New Creature; the old has passed away, behold, everything has become new ”(2 Corinthians 5: 17). Will you accept His invitation to “come to me”? It offers light instead of darkness, trust instead of doubt, peace instead of strife, joy instead of sorrow, calm instead of fatigue, hope instead of despair and life instead of death.
When, like our first parents, we are not in tune with God, fear and anxiety quickly build up. If we turn our attention to the uncertainties of life, to a changing, crumbling world, our security and confidence will be shaken. Our peace is disturbed.
Faith and trust are the means against fear and anxiety. It is comforting to trust the One God Who Is Everlasting, to have a friend who never changes, whose love never dies, that friend who always thinks of us, always protects us. So why worry and torment? Let us learn to follow 1 Peter 5: 7: "Throw all your worries on Him, for He cares for you". After the battle there will be peace, so why not surrender your life to the Lord? Remember, if you trust you need not worry, and if you worry you have no trust. “You always get peace after a certain promise; for you are trusted ”(Isaiah 26: 3).
Anger is a poison that robs us of our peace of mind. It leads to discouragement and hopeless confusion. It is difficult to forgive those who wronged us, but we must forgive if we are to be forgiven. "But if you do not forgive people their mistakes, your Father will not forgive you for your mistakes" (Matthew 6:15). Banish all rejection and bitterness from your thoughts and fill them with love and compassion if you want to experience forgiveness and inner peace.
Perhaps the weight of past sins weighs you down and you feel like you cannot bear anymore. If so, you will suffer needlessly, for "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and cleanse us from all wickedness" (1 John 1: 9). Through this you have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ
(Romans 5: 1). King David sinned and suffered the agony of guilt, but he confessed his sins and was forgiven. He let the great healer heal him through repentance, confession and forgiveness. In the 23rd Psalm he declares his trust in God and gives a very detailed account of the peace he has experienced, as well as the peace and community of those who enter into this vital community: with the Shepherd.
- “The Lord is my Shepherd, I will want nothing”. This good shepherd gave David peace, which brought him complete contentment and satisfaction. Likewise, when we "seek the Kingdom of God first," all of these things will be put together and all of our needs met.
- He gives us peace in a troubled world. He leads us into the peace and quiet of His love.
- Here David recalls the time when he had a troubled mind about his sins. The good shepherd forgave him and gave him back joy and peace.
- Even when the storms of life shake us and anger oppresses us, we fear no evil, for God is with us, redeeming, protecting and sustaining.
- This good Shepherd fills us abundantly with His goodness even in the presence of our enemies!
- The sheep of His flock are perfectly protected!
Do you know this shepherd Do you believe in Him and do you trust Him? Isaiah tells us that this gentle, gracious Shepherd “carries the lambs in His arms and holds them on
His bosom holds ”. Are you ready to be lifted out of confusion into the clarity of God's everlasting arms? Are you ready to confide in Him your past sins, your present temptations, your fears for the future, and give yourself completely to Him? The choice is yours, and only you have the power to do so.
If you come to Jesus Christ with all your heart, your search for peace of mind will be over. He gives a peace and quiet that only comes from trusting Him. You will have peace of mind in the midst of a troubled world!
Open the door to your heart for Christ - now - and one day He will open for you the gates of heaven where there is never-ending peace.
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