The Ninth Condition for Peace
“…never forget the nearness of your Lord.” (Philippians 4:5)
When Paul was experiencing his last horrible Roman imprisonment, visiting him was very dangerous. If you came to see him the Romans might chain you next to Paul. And nobody did. He writes: “They all forsook me. May God not lay it to their charge.” But he also wrote: “Nevertheless the Lord stood by me and ministered to me” (2 Timothy 4:16, 17). That is what he means when he prescribes: “Never forget the nearness of your Lord.”
This is why I am continuously emphasizing the ground rule that a personal relationship with the Lord is an absolute if you are serious about understanding and applying Paul’s prescription for maintaining the peace of God. If you would like to have a relationship with Christ, follow His directions. Our Lord prescribed:
“Ask and keep on asking and it shall be given you; seek and keep on seeking and you shall find; knock and keep on knocking and the door shall be opened to you. For every one who asks and keeps on asking receives; and he who seeks and keeps on seeking finds; and to him who knocks and keeps on knocking, the door shall be opened” (Luke 11:9, 10 Amplified Bible).
Seeking is intense asking and knocking is intense seeking. If you cannot really relate to the concept of “the nearness of your Lord” give yourself to the pursuit of God as described by Jesus in this passage.
There is comfort and peace to be found in a personal relationship with God. Millions have made that discovery. Join them and experience the peace of God maintained in your life.
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