It is one of modern culture's great tragedies: what many people seek and work so hard to achieve is, contrary to what they believe, not a product of all their accomplishments and effort. Millions of people are turning the world upside down looking for peace, while never realizing that the "genuine article" is simply not of this world. Money can't buy it; success and fame can never guarantee it. Until you have peace with God, you will never experience inner serenity at all.
But here's the good news: Since genuine peace is not dependent upon outward circumstances, it is possible to experience a tranquility beyond our comprehension, even in the midst of life's most difficult trials. But this real peace isn't possible unless there exists absolutely no impediment between us and God-and the only way the barrier of sin and self can be removed is by means of the cross of Jesus Christ.
If we'd simply bring our struggles and needs to the foot of the cross, we would find an abundant source of peace. A heart at rest is not rooted in some worldly principle or philosophy; it can be realized only through an intimate relationship with the person of Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:14-16).
The Devil will take every opportunity to destroy our calm by drawing attention away from Christ to things that may seem important at the time but in reality have no purpose other than to distract. Don't waste your life looking for peace in all the wrong places-just remember, the Prince of Peace is its only true source.
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