Jesus promises you his vintage of peace! A peace that “guards our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). God takes responsibility for the hearts and minds of those who believe in him. As we celebrate him and pray to him, he constructs a fortress around our hearts and minds, protecting us from the attacks of the devil.
As the verse from the ancient hymn declares: A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing: Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing. Martin Luther wrote these words centuries after the apostle Paul had written his epistles. Yet had Paul heard the hymn, he would have sung it with hearty conviction. He knew firsthand the peace and protection of God. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. . .do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27 NIV).
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