“Our faith in Jesus transfers God’s righteousness to us and he now declares us flawless in his eyes. This means we can now enjoy true and lasting peace with God, all because of what our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, has done for us” (Rom. 5:1, TPT).
Have you asked Jesus to forgive your sins and be your Lord and Savior? Have you been born again? If the answer is yes, then you have peace with God. This is not a fleeting peace, interrupted by the slightest failing on your part. Rather, it is “true and lasting peace.” You have permanently come into a place of peace with Him.
The phrase “we have peace with God” can also be translated with the nuance “let us enjoy peace with God” (TPT note, Rom. 5:1). Do you hear that invitation with your spirit? Go ahead, Holy Spirit says, enjoy it. Enjoy the peace that you have with the Father. Relish it. Drink it in. Come in close to Him, basking in the favor that you have with Him, approaching Him with great confidence. He will never turn you away!
That word “peace” is eirene in Greek, and can also mean “to join.” So here’s another layer of meaning. Let us enjoy being joined to God. Let us enjoy, bask in, savor, delight in, our oneness with Him. We have been made one spirit with Him (1 Cor. 6:17). That’s how intimate this connection is. That’s how deep this peace with Him goes.
Think about this verse too: “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all” (2 Thess. 3:16, NET). Wow. You and I can speak and pray this Scripture over ourselves every day. We have peace with God, and we can enjoy this peace at all times and in every way. Again, that’s just… wow! Let’s do it. Let’s intentionally make space to delight in the precious gift of peace with Him.
Also, remember… your shoes. Holy Spirit invites us to shod up every day with the gift of readiness that comes from this amazingly good news of peace. Having peace with God at all times and in every way: it makes you ready for anything that might come your way today, or any day. So get your shoes on, dear one, and walk in the abundance of peace that is yours.
Now, may the Lord himself, the Lord of peace, pour into you his peace in every circumstance and in every possible way. The Lord’s tangible presence be with you all” (2 Thess. 3:16, TPT).
When you shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace, do you visualize it in your mind’s eye?