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.






26 responses to “Peace Without Falling to Pieces”

  1. davidsdailydose Avatar

    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.


  2. CG Thelen Avatar

    Good post. Slew foot. I have not heard that phrase. Sometimes I feel like those hockey players slammed against the glass, but God is there to defend me.

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  3. davidsdailydose Avatar

    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!


  4. scribelady Avatar

    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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  5. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I appreciate your stopping by! Enjoyed your post today about the new beach. God’s best to you.

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  6. davidsdailydose Avatar

    That’s a great scripture verse, and a great point, Matt. Jesus IS greater than the evil in this world! Fellowship among Christians is also a good safeguard. Thank you for your input!

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  7. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Manette. God Bless!

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  8. musingsofmanettekay Avatar

    I like the slew foot analogy! Great lesson, David.

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  9. jesusluvsall Avatar

    Fortunately, greater is he who is in us than he who is in the world. We need the fellowship of other Christians to help protect us too.

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  10. Island Traveler Avatar

    Needed to read this. It’s easy to live restless , anxious , i chaos in this world, but when God returns in our lives….serene , love, happiness. Thanks. God bless.

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  11. davidsdailydose Avatar

    You’re welcome, Alan. Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. Alan Kearns Avatar

    Great to have a ice hockey lesson that illustrates a spiritual point, thanks brother!

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  13. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Indeed, Barb! A friend used to call the Devil, “Old Slew Foot.” I googled the term and found the hockey connection. Thank you for reading my ramblings. Blessings!

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  14. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar

    Love the hockey lesson. God can use any situation to teach life lessons, can’t He?

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  15. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes it is. That’s why we keep our guard up and refuse to play their evil games. Thankfully, God is good and protects us from such nonsense. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  16. God Still Speaks Avatar

    Isn’t that just this the devil and his demons, never playing fair?!

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  17. davidsdailydose Avatar

    I’ve seen that movie, Jeff. I agree. The devil is relentless in his attacks.


  18. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Yes, Maria. Yes!! God Bless.

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  19. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you, Mandy! God Bless

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  20. Blue Collar Theologian Avatar

    Amen, David! Love this title!

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  21. MariaTeresa Avatar

    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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  22. Jeffrey H. King Avatar

    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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  23. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thank you for stopping by, Crystal. Happy Saturday to you as well!

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  24. Crystal Byers Avatar

    I like to pray the prayers that others write. Thank you, David. Happy Saturday!

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  25. davidsdailydose Avatar

    Thanks, Lorie. Yes, even when our guard is up life catches us by surprise. The verse you shared is a great one for this story. Blessings!

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  26. lorietalkslife Avatar

    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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