Let’s examine Paul’s classic battle with the world and understand how we can reclaim our rightful place as warriors for God. The power of our relationship with God has in many cases been damaged by wrong perceptions of God’s plan. We are not supposed to live at peace with the world. Jesus explained, “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34) There is no peace in the world. The only real peace is found in God.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. But that the world may know that I love the Father; and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence. (15) I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.” (John 14:27- 15:4)
If the world does not have peace, then the Christian should not be able to find any peace with the world. We must erase this worldly, idealistic, infatuation with peace and getting along with everyone from our psychological make-up. Getting along is not the focus. I do not espouse the idea of being a belligerent or argumentative people but we must recognize that peace from God among His children is the by-product of harmony amongst those traveling in the same direction. God must be the focus, not peace. The peace is found in God. We can not bear Godly fruit until we are with God. We must find the keep of God and get into it. We must abide in the Lord. We must abide in the keep. We must struggle through a non-peaceful world and seek the peace of God in His keep.