Luke Chapter 19 verses 41 and 42 indicate that the city of Jerusalem was happy and prosperous for sometime. But then God says that Jerusalem ought to have realized something, that is, it should have known things about heavenly peace while it is prosperous.
We too have times of prosper in our lives. Just because we are in peace and prosperity doesn’t mean that God is with us or our deeds are pleasing in God’s eyes. It is the time given by the Lord to make us realize. Where does this Godly or heavenly peace originate?
From the blood of Christ: Colossians 1:20, 1 John 1:7
Only the blood of Christ cleanses our sins that are between us and the Lord. This is the starting point of heavenly peace.
Jesus Christ is the cause or origin of our peace as written in Ephesians 2:13-17. His blood removes our sins, which are obstacles that stand between the Lord and us.
Because of this, Jesus Christ preached heavenly peace as gospel. Those who listened and obeyed to the gospel are cleaned by His blood and hence become vessels to receive heavenly peace.
Explicit deeds: Acts 22:16
Being washed by the blood of Christ is a hidden thing. Nobody can physically explicitly visualize this. But there are certain things that need to be done explicitly in order to acquire the heavenly peace.
They are (i) getting up, (ii) worshipping the Lord and (iii) obtaining baptism. This is because baptism is a covenant of the righteous soul with the Lord. Baptism is also alaw given by the Lord and hence if we follow His laws there will be heavenly peace according to Isaiah 48:18.
Prayer: Phil. 4:6,7
Even if we are cleansed by the blood of the Lord and follow His laws and get baptized, we still may lack heavenly peace. The reason for this is we are still in this world and not in heaven.
Therefore we might be attacked by worldly sorrows that take away the heavenly peace in us. In this case, God tells us to just inform Him of all our sorrows and He will take care of everything so that we are filled with heavenly peace.
We can inform things to Him through prayer and those who pray are free from worries and have heavenly peace (Matt. 6:25,27, I Peter 5:7).
Hold on to Him: Isaiah 26:3
Heavenly peace comes to those who strongly hold on to Jesus and Jesus alone. We should not try all possible things according to our own will and upon failure, come to Jesus in the end.
According to Psalms 125:1 and Psalms 34:22, those who hold on to the Lord will not be charged by otherssince they do not choose the path of sin according to their own will. Choosing their own path often leads to a lot of trouble and hence loss of peace.
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