“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” (John 14:27; NKJV).
Here is a gift for you today! Peace! God’s peace, that’s right. This precious gift of peace is for you as you press your way through your storm. There is no better remedy for your anxieties and other frustrations in life than this peace. It is the peace that Isaiah calls, “Perfect Peace.” “You will give him perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH (Jehovah), the Lord is everlasting strength” (Isa. 26:3, 4; NKJV). Perfect peace is rendered in the classical Hebrew as Shalom! Shalom! This is a Hebrew method of expressing great emphasis on a word. So God will keep you in everything that Shalom implies. So in Shalom! Shalom!, there is peace for your anxiety; peace for your health and happiness; peace for your wellbeing; peace for your relationship;…etc..
Embrace God’s peace in the midst of your storm. Indeed, Jesus is our peace. “For He Himself is our peace..;” (Eph. 2:14). He will calm the restless seas of your lives and establish His perfect peace. In other words, God by His Holy Spirit will establish peace for all that you need today.
Our Lord Jesus gives us this confidence out of His precious Word. Look at the verse of scripture again and focus on the three arising themes:
“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” (Jhn 14:27; NKJV).
I. God’s Gracious Promise; Peace I leave with you…;
II. God’s Genuine Provision; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you…;
III. God’s Guarantied Consolation; Let not your heart be trouble, neither let it be afraid.
THE BENEFITS OF GOD’S PEACE
1. God’s peace will PRESERVE YOU. “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You. Because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH (Jehovah) is everlasting strength” (Isa. 26:3, 4; NKJV).
2. God’s peace will ENCOURAGE you. “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 15:13).
3. God’s peace will give you ASSURANCE. “…; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7; NKJV).
4. God’s peace will COMFORT you. "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it." (1 Thess. 5:23-24).
5. God’s peace will EMPOWER you for the journey. “Now may the Lord of peace Himself grant you His peace (the peace of His kingdom) at all times and in all ways [under all circumstances and conditions, whatever comes]. The Lord [be] with you all.” ( 2 Thess. 3: 16).
Beloved, remember always that peace is not the absence of the storm or the situation, rather it is how you position or comport yourself in the midst of it, while you wait for God to do something for you. God is always present with you. Through the tough times and the good times; in all seasons, no matter the difficulties or frustrations, He promised to be with us always. In fact, He is your guaranteed position. So lean on Him and trust in Him at all times. He will see you through!
There is a song that is ringing in my heart. The last verse and the chorus I pray will offer you some consolation while you wait on the Lord. Listen to the words:
Ah! Soul, are you here without comfort and rest;
Marching down the rough pathway of time?
Make Jesus your friend ere the shadows grow dark—O accept this sweet peace so sublime!
Peace! Peace! Wonderful peace; Coming down from the Father above;
Sweep over my spirit forever I pray; In fathomless billows of love.
“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 understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6, 7; NKJV).
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