Sometimes when Christians don’t have inner peace (*raises hand*), it’s because they’re living two lives: talking about Jesus during the day, and getting smashed at night. Assembling on Sunday, and stealing on Monday. The ultimate problem is that they’re clinging to the deeds of the flesh from their pre-Christian days, and unwilling to leave it all behind.
Sometimes burning bridges behind us is entirely profitable. When Elijah found Elisha and threw him his mantle, Elisha was busy plowing with his oxen. It was Elisha’s livelihood, and thus his life, but Elisha burned the oxen and the implements and followed Elijah into a new life. (1 Kings 19)
If we want true peace, we also need to be willing to completely do away with the past deeds of the flesh. “The time past is sufficient to have carried out the desire of the Gentiles, having walked in sensuality, lusts, drunkenness, orgies, carousing, and abominable idolatries.” 1 Pet 4:3
Leave it all behind. Commit to a new future of righteousness.
PS—Also one of my favorite songs! I’ll update with my proof of that today, Lord willing!