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The Peace of the Christian Life
Jesus Christ is quoted in the book of John where He makes an incredible statement which defies the turmoil of the world. He says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” () What a dynamic statement and so glaringly different from the fast paced world we live in with its tendency to cause nervousness and angst at every turn. John 14.27
“,” or stress, is a common issue among all age groups in the entire world. The Nervous breakdown, conflicts raging in Syria of civilians in Baghdad, gun fights in downtown Boston, other bombings, ISIL bombingpersecutions of Christians worldwide including America. Americans are feeling what the rest of the world have been facing for the last fifty years. ISIL, ISIS, IS and all the dogmatic Islamic factions are the source of much of the world’s persecution, stress and angst.
Contrast this with the Jesus Christ statement He made while preparing His group to face His death at the Last Supper. Let us review it again in a different translation. "I'm leaving you at peace. I'm giving you my own peace. I'm not giving it to you as the world gives. So don't let your hearts be troubled, and don't be afraid." Jesus Christ made that great saying on His last day on the earth. Jesus Christ stated that when you have peace, there is serenity. In peace there is power. With peace, there is the absence of nervousness. I could go on, but I have made the point.
There is a wide gap between peace and stress in a person’s soul. There is a battle going on in the world today for your soul. You will not find out about this struggle in the paper or television. This statement is important. What you possess does not make you valuable. What makes you valuable is who you are. Our next paradigm is critical to your understanding. Peace is not when you're removed from the storms of life. Peace is where you are in control and have Jesus Christ's peace during the storms of life.
You only have one thing that does not expire. When I buy milk at the grocery store, it pays me to look at the expiration date. Your car, your smartphone, your home and everything you own has an expiration date. It is your soul that never expires. God made you, and Jesus died, so your soul is eternal. If you are His, you can live in peace. says in the Amplified, “Depart from evil and do good; seek, inquire for, and crave peace and pursue (go after) it!” I love the Amplified Bible. Psalm 34.14
We are to search out peace and depart from evil. We are to inquire everywhere we go on how to have peace in our lives. Crave peace. Crave peace as much as you do for anything in your life. Pursue peace and go after it in your life in the midst of the storms of life. If you want to live under the umbrella of protection of an eternal God, then our lives must reflect what He says and does. Outside God’s umbrella of protection, there is turmoil, divisions, and death.
David said, “Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place, there shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent. For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service].” () Psalm 91.7-9
Here you have the same David who messed up and lived outside the umbrella of protection of God. But God forgave David for his sins and later in life he made the above beautiful statement. Nathan pronounced a terrible curse on David’s life for his actions, but God forgave him and put David back under His umbrella of protection. God can do this for you when you call on Him and ask God for forgiveness. Then depart from evil and seek, pursue, crave, and pursue and go after God’s peace over your life.
Here is the truth if you want to live in God’s peace. “But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.” () If a man is under the Lordship of Christ and single, he best seeks a woman under the Lordship of Christ. If a Godly young lady is under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, she bests find a man who is under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. 1st Corinthians 11.3
If you want peace and a reduction of stress in the home, then make Jesus Christ the Lord of you home as well. Live for the Lord Jesus Christ, instead of a life of anything else. Here we have the truth of God in a world under the control of Satan where the opposite is true. Isaiah 9.6 says Jesus is the Prince of Peace. It read, “For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace. [Re. Isaiah 25.1; 40.9-11; Matthew 28.18; Luke 2.11.]” The Prince of Peace is our Father, and we are His children who are growing in His knowledge, purpose, peace, and His Word. He says, “These things I have spoken to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16.33)
In Him, we may have peace if we will do good and flee from evil. Seek, inquire, purse and go after peace. We are not to be taken out of the tribulation of the world, but in it, we may have peace in Jesus Christ. I am not talking about the Tribulation that is God’s wrath against those that have willing not accepted Him as their Lord. That is coming as well. However, God’s people will be with Him. I am talking about the tribulation that Satan stirs up in individuals who are their own lord. We comprehend it in the headlines every day.
Some of your are bound up in lust, in possessions, in people, money and jobs. Idols keep people from God’s Lordship, forgiveness, and peace. Run from whatever idol keeps you from God. Paul says, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5.1) It is only when we make Jesus Christ our Lord that we have the peace of God. John 10.10 states, "The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).”
Paul told some folks that had just come out of some strongholds that include sexual sins how to get out of and grow from them. He states, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away, new things have come.” (2nd Corinthians 5.17) The way out of idols and strongholds is to make Jesus Christ our Lord. Then, and only then, will we defeat what it is that separates us from His umbrella of protection and peace in the midst of the storm.
Jesus said, “In my Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14.2-3; Re. 1st Thessalonians 4.13-18) Let this help you overcome what it is that is trying to keep you from His promise to come and take you with Him. Do not miss out on this. Cast aside the idols and replace it with His word. You will grow calluses if you work for the Lord. Roll up your sleeves and get started.
I will end with this. A staunch grown up Christian, not a baby or young Christian, can say this with confidence. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” () Philippians 4.6-7
The words of Jesus Christ say it all, "I'm leaving you at peace. I'm giving you my own peace. I'm not giving it to you as the world gives. So don't let your hearts be troubled, and don't be afraid." That is real peace. () John 14.27
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