peace that stands on guard duty

ON GUARD! – CANADA DAY WEEKEND 2012

The Canadian national anthem repeats the phrase “we stand on guard for thee“. I hope it suggests the willingness of every Canadian citizen who sings it – and not just the willingness of those who officially watch over our peace and safety – to think and act in ways that value and protect this great land.

As well, I believe it must the motto/promise/slogan of all Christians who will stand their ground in faithfulness to their Lord and his kingdom. Preparedness and diligence are not only marks of a good Canadian citizen, but also describe the mindset of the devoted disciple living under the rule and authority of Jesus. Plus – get this – God also guards what is important to Him!

Standing Guard  in the Bible:

Part #2:

Philippians 4:7    And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

It really is quite logical – just take any concordance and look up the word “peace”.

  1. God is a God of Peace (see Philippians 4:9)
  2.  Jesus is The Prince of Peace.
  3. God gives peace.
  4. God expects peace between people, especially HIS OWN people. (see Philippians 4:2)

THEREFORE:  God himself will sustain/guard with peace.

Those who are already at peace with God because of justification through faith (see Romans 5:8) have a sentry at the door to their hearts and minds. We do not have to fear anxiety, anxious thoughts, or despair. God’s peace isn’t just a nice feeling, an absence of conflict, a blissful calm we drift in and out of depending on circumstances – God’s peace is so supernaturally powerful if defies explanation and actively defends. This is a gift – it is not something we attain. We don’t have to have it all figured out to make it work – thankfully! What God gives, he protects. What/who stands guard over you? I have the best security force watching out for me. And this is good, because sometimes I can be quite reckless, distracted and inattentive!

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About dougjohns

Doug Johns retired from ministry in Canada to devote more time to international work. Right now he pastors part time at the International Baptist Church in Bielefeld, Germany. He is a graduate of York Univ. (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Doug is married to Yvonne and they have four grown children plus eight grandchildren. Doug has had significant experience as a Presbyterian Minister in Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and New Brunswick. He has served as Associate Pastor at West Congregational in Haverhill, Massachusetts; Doug is committed to international ministry in Romania; and he has taken leadership in Christian Camping as Executive Director of Camp Fireside, NH; Glen Mhor Presbyterian Camp, Ontario; Timberline Ranch, BC. .... avid baseball fan of the Toronto Blue Jays ... Managed American Legion Baseball Team out of Creston BC in North Idaho League. Doug is a serious runner with many international half-marathons completed over the last 6 years.
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