Christian Living Diligence

Peace Without Falling to Pieces

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Gabriel Cross wrote recently on the site, Pure Glory about Sleeping in Heavenly Peace. According to him, the “peace that keeps us from falling to pieces” comes only from God. And this divine tranquility cannot be disturbed, because it keeps our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

When Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you,” (John 14:27) He wasn’t speaking hypothetically. Christ has the power to deliver such peace and He does!

But as Gabriel’s next statement points out, there is still danger for a child of God: “Therefore, all the devil can do is con you out of what already belongs to you.”

So watch out for the old “Slew Foot.”

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“A Slew Foot in hockey is an action where a player comes from behind an opposing player and trips him using his leg or skate, while, oftentimes, using his upper body, or arms, to further knock the opposing player off-balance.“


In other words, the devil and his demon buddies, resort to foul play in order to trip us up spiritually. They know the “peace that passes understanding” (Philippians 4:7) is guarded in our hearts by Christ Himself. So their best strategy is to sneak up behind and knock us off balance. The goal is to convince us that what Jesus says isn’t true.

And the enemy of our souls is an equal opportunity tripper.

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” (1 Peter 5:8-9)

When the Apostle Paul said, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith… (Hebrews 12:2a), he wasn’t speaking hypothetically either. Failing to abide in Christ can have serious consequences! (John 15:4-6)

En Garde, my friends!

Thank you, Heavenly Father, for the peace that passes understanding. Please help me to keep my eyes fixed on You and to be aware of the Devil’s tricks (2 Corinthians 2:11). May I always abide in Christ, the Prince of Peace. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.

By davidsdailydose

I'm just a regular guy who was
tempted to lose all hope but did not. It was God who made the difference.

26 replies on “Peace Without Falling to Pieces”

That’s right, CG! God is like the “enforcer” in hockey- a large, tough player who checks into the game when too many slew foots and hard checks are happening to his team. Except God is always checked in to the game.

Thank you for your comment.


You’re welcome. I’m glad you enjoyed the post! As I told another commenter, I only found out what a Slew Foot was after Googling the term. A dear Christian brother of mine used to call the devil, “Old Slew Foot.” I always wondered where that came from, but it sure sounded like a sneaky name.

Thank you for stopping by. Blessings!


Thanks for the hockey lesson! Such word pictures help me remember the spiritual lesson. I’m finding that God can use lessons from the writing process (to have persistence, patience, humility, etc.) to illustrate spiritual concepts. How awesome that He uses things all around us!

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Choosing love over fear, that which separates us from our peace. That’s what comes to mind after reading this David. Staying grounded within that love, which nourishes and provides peace, provided by our faith is the guiding force.

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This reminds me of the movie The Devil’s Advocate. Keanu Reeves’ character finally resists and rejects Satan’s (Al Pacino) temptation. As he departs in apparent victory, Satan turns up again, proudly telling us how he already has him in his next snare. “Pride! It’s my favorite sin!”

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Knocked off our feet, had the wind knocked out of us, caught off guard! Yikes 😳 it happens even when we think we have our guard up. When it happens we (I mean me) has to pick myself up and give it a go again. “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Gal 6:9

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