John 14:26-27 (NKJV) But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Peace I leave with you. Are you at peace today? Is your heart settled and still? Do you walk in confident quiet and peaceful authority? Peace of mind is priceless. Peace in our heart is coveted. Peace changes our state of being from chaotic to calm in just one second. Are you looking for the elusive component of a well-balanced life today? Are you having trouble finding the peace that Jesus promised He left for you? Maybe just maybe God’s Children are going about it all wrong. Like the old country song that says, “Looking for love in all the wrong places, looking for love in too many faces, searching their eyes, looking for traces of what I’ve been dreaming of, hoping to find a friend and a lover, I’ll bless the day I discover, another heart looking for love.” Everyone is looking for love but until we discover God’s Love it will never satisfy or bring the peace everyone is looking for.
I believe we all are looking for love. Our natural inclination is to look to other people and certain things putting our expectation that something earthly can satisfy a spiritual longing. Trouble is that eternity is hidden in our heart which will never be content or fulfilled by temporary things. So we try counterfeits and substitutions along the way gladly offered by the enemy of our soul in an attempt to cause us to search for something not found outside of perfect peace. I have nothing to offer another human being until I have peace with God. Otherwise, I will always try to make them like God to me with unrealistic expectations of an imperfect human. God has given us the Holy Spirit to help us find peace today.
Matthew 10:32-34 (NKJV) “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.”
Jesus made a bold statement that is not dwelt upon too heavily. He said, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” Jesus is the Word of God that came to this world wrapped in flesh. The Word of God is a sword that cuts to the bone removing all things that are superficial and erroneous to expose the Truth in our life. (Hebrews 4:12) Why do you think so many people use it sparingly? We want peace on earth never realizing that is not what Christ gave us. This world will never be at peace with God. Darkness will never welcome the Light. Jesus did not bring peace to the world but offered me the privilege of peace with God again.
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) There will not be peace on earth until Jesus comes again and reclaims what is rightfully His Own. Until then, there will be tribulation, heartache, tragedy, brokenness, assaults and persecution. The good will die young. The wicked will prosper. Love will grow colder each day. Sin will be (already is) rampant. It is exactly how Jesus said that it would be. Trouble is most people to not dig deep enough into His Word, pray long enough, or search out His Spirit so they have unrealistic expectations based on half-truth, lack of communication and separation from the Will of God because they do not pursue Him. This world will drive you nuts. You will be overwrought and overpowered without Jesus Christ. He has overcome the world and we can to when we find peace.
Ephesians 2:14-18 (NKJV) For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
Sin puts us in enmity with God. Enmity is the condition of hostility, hatred, ill will and animosity against God. Sin will never be okay in the Kingdom of Heaven. The Lord will not abide where sin is welcomed or clearly overlooked. There is a difference between willful and mindful sin and those not yet discovery. To entertain and allow sin to have a place in our life is to live in enmity with God. Grace does not change God’s Opinion of sin. Would it you if you watch your child beaten, bloodied and tortured for it? Would you overlook the very thing that took your child from you in such a vicious way? Nah, me either. When we ask Jesus to become our Savior, it means to turn from our sin 180 degrees and walk the other way. To maintain peace with God requires seeing Jesus as our Lord and respecting His Authority and Power in our life. We do not have such things when we live contrary to God’s Kingdom or a life of double standards. Jesus Christ is our peace. He broke down every barrier between the Kingdom of God and mankind becoming the Way, Truth and Life so we can come boldly and confidently to the Father again. It is the moment that we choose to live in the Presence of God that we begin to discover what peace really is.
Psalm 34:11-14 (NKJV) Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Who is the man who desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.
Peace is a non-warring state of mind, soul and body. It is freedom from commotion and strife. Peace is a mindset on the Lord that is free from annoyance, distraction, anxiety and obsession. It is to live absent of war. To have peace we must pursue it. Peace has a Name. His Name is Jesus. We cannot have any kind of peace without Him because He is the Way of peace, Truth about peace, and produces a Life of peace for us. The world will continue to rally and war nation against nation right down to hand-to-hand combat one against another. Jesus did not come to bring peace to earth. He came to hand deliver it to you and me. We must learn to pursue peace at all costs and stop allowing ourselves to get caught up in changing the world. We are not here to bring peace on earth. Our mission, or commission, is to give others the precious gift of grace that has been given to us and pursue peace with God and man stopping at nothing until it is secure.
To be at peace is an occupied place. To live in peace is to make it inclusive. How do I do that every day when problems, trials and tests pummel me? The Holy Spirit produces peace in us. (Galatians 5:22-23) I cannot make peace a provision in my life. It is given to me by the Lord. The Lord is our gladness. (Psalm 4:7-8) He gives peace and rest when we decide that He is our happiness and joy rather than looking for love in all the wrong places. We must choose to dwell in God’s Love and allow Him the time to develop something beautiful in the barrenness of our broken heart given to too many who acted carelessly with it. The world cannot take away this joy in the Lord because it didn’t give it to us.
The pursuit of peace is marked by repentance and obedience that hates sin as much as God does and turns from it willingly and readily to face the Lord more and more each day. As we turn our eyes to Jesus, we will begin to follow Him in obedience that will release peace like you have never known as one aligns their heart and mind with Him. (Psalm 37:37) Religion does not give us peace but a true relationship with Jesus Christ allows us to live there free from offense, judgment or condemnation. (Romans 14:16-19) Our relationship with the Lord allows us to live in peace with God and at peace with others. God’s Word produces peace in us. (Psalm 119:165) Through knowledge and understanding, it keeps us steadfast and strong. God keeps in perfect peace those whose mind is set on Him. (Isaiah 26:3) He must place our thoughts and attitude on the altar each day for His Careful Inspection in order to allow His Peace to flow in us and through us.
Finally, meekness produces peace in our life. As we lay down our life for others, His Peace rises up in us as we live like Jesus. Giving way to others and thinking of them before ourselves allows us to experience a peace that passes understanding that comes directly from the Father’s Love. By transferring our expectation from the earth and all its many people to Jesus Christ alone allows us to have that peace that passes all understanding. (Philippians 4:6-7) The kind of crazy peace that is not depended on our circumstances or the current condition of our life but remains confident in the hope that we have in the Lord. (Romans 15:13)
James 3:17-18 (NKJV) But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons (and daughters) of God. Does peace prevail in your life today? Are you stressed out? Overwrought? Worried? Are sick and tired of being sick and tired? If so, the answer is no peace is not prevalent in such an existence. We have been given peace that passes all understanding in Jesus Christ. It is our gift from God produced plentifully by His Spirit in us along with very other spiritual fruit that we allow (yes allow) to be cultivated in our life.
You can have perfect peace today. It will cost you some things though. We must yield our way to the Way of Christ. Open our hearts and minds to His Will. He is our life. He will give us a rich and satisfying life that completes us if we will just give Him the mess that we have made of it. You are not going crazy. You have just lost your peace. It is easily regained the moment we repent and choose to make Jesus Lord of our life again. Peace with God is the only way to live a content and whole existence. It is our heart’s most inner desire to have freedom from all the stressors, worries and cares of life. Our confidence must be in Christ so that hope will allow joy and peace to rise up in us now and forevermore. That means that there will be some things that we do not understand and still must go through knowing that Jesus Christ is our Source of Life and has everything under complete control working all the details for our good! (Romans 8:28)
Are you pursuing peace today? You will find it when you pursue Jesus. I have heard it all before whose going to do it if I don’t? Or the reality is… The reality is that Jesus Christ is our peace…if we want Him to be. He will not force it on us but rather we accept it when we make Him our Savior and Lord. Jesus, please be my perfect peace as You have promised. Again, I put my trust in You!
Hebrews 13:20-21 (NKJV) Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.