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THE PEACE OF KNOWING THE LORD

Ken Nix

Tuesday, 1/18/2011

By Kenneth Nix

 

I recently received a message from the Lord Jesus. The message fascinated and intrigued me and I loved some of the first words given, “Kenneth, I could give you many things and there are endless stories and prayers that could be shared for these words come by the power of the Great I AM, so you could receive words from the past or the future.  I give you words spoken in the past by a man who was full of wisdom. This day you shall receive words from our faithful servant Job.”

 

The words received from Job, though spoken to friends at the time, were words that the Lord Jesus felt I needed and I have found strength in these words. At first reading of the words, I found my head hurting while trying to grasp all of the words given, but the Lord Jesus has given understanding.

 

For this article in the newsletter my Lord gave these words… “I am the Lord Jesus, your Savior and tender Shepherd… for the newsletter I desire my servant Kenneth to write an article about the peace of knowing the Lord. How does knowing affect your life? Use our word and messages to help see the power of knowing.  Based on these words I will be using previous messages given and will look to the power of their words. I will attempt to answer the question of how does knowing affect your life?

 

The message I first turned to was the one I referred to at the beginning of this article. It is entitled, “The Faith of Knowing” and this message has been shared and discussed with most of you. The words given were words I needed and all of us need. In the words of wisdom from Job we can see the power of faith, the power of knowing and the peace of knowing.  I desire to share a portion of this message again with you, “Faith is rooted in trust and surrender, which are to be rooted in knowing. To have faith we must know, to trust we must know and to surrender we must know. I cannot have faith in something unknown, unless the unknown is rooted in what is known.

 

How do the above words compare to the words found in what is known as the faith chapter in the Bible? Let’s look at the first couple of verses as written in King James in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen… vs.6 … But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is the rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 

We all have faith that we shall inherit eternal life. We all have faith in the resurrection of the dead. We all place our hope upon these things, yet we have never seen these things. In knowing these things we can have peace that our lives are not ones of hopelessness. Look at what Paul wrote in I Corinthians 15:16 - 20, “For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.

 

Why do we find peace in these words? Why do we believe? How can we know that all that has been given will occur? It is faith in things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Evidence in the scripture means “proof” and “conviction.” Where is our evidence? Where is our proof?

 It is in what Job is sharing in his words of wisdom. Our evidence, our proof is in the word of God. It is in promises given. It is in the beauty of God’s creation. It is in the hand of love seen. It is in the messages now received. It is rooted in things we know. Thus in the knowing comes faith and in the knowing comes peace.  Look at some additional words from Job, “I have great faith in the Almighty God for he is known of me. I know he is above all and I know he has no limit in his power. I know he is love and goodness and that he is perfect in all his ways. Based on what is known, I have faith even when his ways are unknown to me. With the Great God, the unknown is rooted in the known so what I know gives me faith.

 

So we know that God is love, God is goodness, God is all powerful. God is ever faithful, God changes not. In this knowledge comes peace, surrender and trust. With this knowing, we place our trust and surrender in absolutes. This is why peace is something that can only truly be in your life by being in the presence of God. We find it with knowledge of the absolutes of God. An absolute is something that doesn't change. It is complete, perfect, not limited by conditions, positive and definite. God’s love does not change; God’s mercy is constant and pure. By knowing God you can have peace when surrounded by ever changing circumstances or when faced with hardships or trials. You can have peace when faced with the unknown. Only the Almighty God knows all. We can have peace in this. As Job states he can have faith even when God’s ways are unknown. As the clay we must have trust, and surrender unto the potter. With all of this comes a great peace, a peace that is unknown to many in this world today.

 

So many in the world accept temporary peace not believing that a lasting peace is possible. So many can have peace of mind for only short periods of time. Then peace is taken when circumstances beyond their control occur. It is because their peace is built upon the temporary and not on the absolute truths of God. So often God has told us to trust in their perfect love and perfect will. When you fail to do this, when you have eyes of the flesh, you will lack peace.  So many want to know what lies before them, but so many know little to no peace in an uncertain future. God has revealed some to us, but most has not been revealed. But we can have absolute peace in the knowledge of God, not in the knowledge of his ways, not in the knowledge of the future, not in the knowledge of prophesy but in the  knowledge of the Mighty Ones of heaven. We must come to know God. The knowing comes with trust and surrender. We have to know God, not know of him. With this knowledge comes the peace that comes only from God.

We have some beautiful words from a man by the name of Thomas Henry in regards to joy and peace. It comes from a message from our Lord Jesus given on January 16, 2009 entitled, “A Journey of Peace.” “I now understand that to have joy I must trust in him and believe that his will for man is always perfect. God was always with me and spared my life repeatedly when I was in grave danger. Instead of praising him I came to believe that hardship had earned me the right to expect blessings, that God was indebted to me and should balance the scales of life and give me joy. I have learned that peace and joy do not come from life’s circumstances but must be within. Peace is a gift from God that can not be earned or acquired by our actions. When I reached the depth of darkness he rescued me once more and I understood that I deserved death for my sin, and by his great love, as seen in the death of Jesus, I had life and forgiveness. Now each day I praise them and I lift my hands in worship.”

The final words from our Lord Jesus in this message carries great truth and power, “My people, you must learn the power of trust and surrender and the power found in a life of praise. Lift hands in worship in sunshine or in sorrow, for we are ever with you and our will for your life is perfect. Do not judge with the eyes of the flesh but see the hand of power upon thy spirit. Peace is our gift unto those who trust and surrender and unto those who believe in our love and perfect will.”

 

In these words you can understand why this kind of praise and worship is possible. It isn’t built upon circumstances— it is built upon the absolutes of a perfect love and a perfect will.

 

In a message given on June 27, 2008 entitled, “Ways to Remove All Doubt,” the Almighty God expresses a desire for us to be in a place where we will not be shaken, a place where doubt will be no more. Doubt is an enemy to faith, trust, surrender and peace. God in this message gives us seven ways in which we can remove doubt from our hearts. These are interesting points but I will list only a couple of them.

“1. Doubt lives within hearts that seek signs.” In this point we know that our eyes are not upon knowing God, it is on things around us. In this point the Almighty God gives words that have changed my life, “Use the spirit and not your mind and believe that I AM that I AM. Belief is a choice, but doubt is also a choice, so choose to believe.

If we will believe by knowing the Lord we will have peace.

2. You doubt because you use the flesh to measure my power.

“6. Engraft my word and my promises upon thy spirit, heart and mind. Claim the things far off and unseen. Add your name to the names of the faithful that you read of in Hebrews, chapter eleven. Claim your victory with assurance, for you are purchased by the blood of my Son. Doubt is the tool the evil ones use against you. Why must you continue to test and prove me, do you not yet know that I am the Yakahalahyim, and the Almighty God above all things?

 

Peace is both a gift and a fruit. It is built upon an absolute law of light. In Parable 113, we are given additional insight on this gift and fruit. “….Peace is given unto the faithful, unto those who walk in the presence of the heavenly light. There is no peace outside the light of heaven. ….Peace is given as a gift of light unto those who yield and surrender and unto those who obey. Without obedience there will never be peace, for disobedience removes peace…

This is so important for us to understand for it is obedience that brings you to knowing God. Without obedience, God and Jesus are just interesting concepts from history that can be studied and disregarded. You will know of them but will not know them. It is obedience that brings true knowledge of them and their ways.

In this same parable there are many words on peace. “...People of the latter days, you must be filled with heavenly peace in order to stand in the days before you. Peace gives you the power to suffer for righteousness sake, peace gives you the power to stand in any storm, for you know that you are in their will when you have true peace.”

 

Peace must be in all of our lives. Stand in the peace that comes from knowing the Lord.

 

 

 

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