John 14:27 Unusual Peace

Calm Lake

“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.” John 14:27

As Jesus is giving His last words to the disciples, before being taken captive and crucified, He tells them that He wants to give them peace. This is a different type of peace and so the disciples are not to be afraid.

Talk of peace is something that is common around the world. Very few people are really against having peace. Many countries are talking about wanting peace, sometimes in their own country, other times between two other nations. Peace treaties are discussed among nations all the time. Yet, true peace is never found.

The majority of the people in this world see peace as just the absence of conflict or trouble. The look at a calm lake with no ripples in it and think of peace. While this is true to a point, that is not the peace that Jesus was giving the disciples.

Jesus gave a peace that an individual can experience between himself and God. In that peace it can be one of no conflict or struggles.

God’s peace is unusual. He never promised that there would be no other conflicts or struggles. In fact, Jesus promised that a believer will have trouble in this world. He said that believers would be hated and persecuted. To the normal mind, this is not peace, but trouble and fear.

The peace that Jesus gave was that God is with the believer and that no matter what happens, God is still in control and will win in the end. The believer can have peace knowing that in the end he will win because he is in Christ Jesus and God is on his side. That brings a peace that the world cannot understand.

As you are going through struggles and troubles in this world or are seeing the conflicts in this world, look to God. Seek His peace. Rest in His promises that He would keep you, guide you and be with you always. Know that God will win in the end and you will win with Him.

Knowing these things will bring an unusual peace, despite the troubles this world can show or cause. Do not be anxious or worried in fear. Accept God’s peace.

I pray today that you will know God’s peace in your life; that you will trust God is in control; that you will allow God to guide you in this life; and that you will be ready for when Jesus returns.

 

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Mark 5:36 Don’t Be Afraid

On A High Cliff

Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 5:36

Jairus was trying to get Jesus come to heal his daughter. While he was talking to Jesus, some people came and told him that his daughter had died. Jesus told him not to be afraid, but to just believe.

When a person has a loved one who is dying, he is often filled with fear. Fear brings on panic. He is filled with panic that the person will not be healed in time.

People often run to the emergency room wanting the sick person to be taken care of immediately. When the ER personnel do not move fast enough, the person panics and gets upset. They are afraid that the doctors are not moving quick enough to take care of their loved one.

In this life people cannot fully see the big picture or the future. They cannot see what is going to happen next. All they can see is the present.

The future can often look bleak and dark with no hope. The doctor gives a diagnosis that is negative with no hope. The answer seems to be that there will only be death in the end.

Having no hope is often seen in sickness, but can also show up in the finances, unemployment, marriages, and many other areas of life. The world tells people to give up and quit because there is no hope. As with Jairus’ daughter, he was told to quit because she was dead.

In Christ Jesus, people have a hope that the world cannot see. He is the God of life and healing. God may not always reveal what is going to happen next, but a believer can know that it is for the best. 

You can know the promise of God that He will provide for your every need. You can also know the promise that God will never leave you or forsake you. Know all the promises of God for your life.

All of God’s promises are based on His perfect love for you. With His perfect love in your life, it will cast out all fear. You have no reason to be afraid, no matter what is thrown at you in this life. All you have to do is just believe the promises of God. Trust God and believe what He said and you will not be afraid.

I pray today that you will know the promises of God; that God’s peace will be in your life; that you will not be afraid of anything; and that you will believe all God’s promises to you.

Matthew 5:14-16 You Are A Light

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

Jesus was  telling the disciples that they were the light of the world. The important thing about a light is that it is not hidden, but put out for everyone to see. They were to let their light shine for all to see.

There are many people who like to keep their personal beliefs personal. They do not feel that they need to say out loud what they believe. This becomes very true about their belief in God.

One reason some people do not want to speak out loud about their belief in Jesus is that they do not want to offend anyone. Another reason is out of fear of ridicule or persecution. Speaking out loud about a belief in Jesus will often bring about opposition, and most people do not want that.

Since this is the case, many believers are silent believers. Often they are silent to the point people who don’t know them in church, do not even know that they believe in Jesus. They are not letting their light shine.

Another way they do not let their light shine, is by being a judgmental, hating Christian. They condemn non-believers. This is not the way Jesus walked and talked on this earth. It will not draw anyone to Jesus.

When you let the light of Jesus shine in your life, it will make a difference with the people who see you. Yes, there will be some who will ridicule and persecute you, but there will others that will glorify God because of you.

If you are living the loving, compassionate, caring life as Jesus did, the world cannot but see the good in you. Although some will hate you, many will also see that you are being true to your belief. They will be attracted by your love and compassion.

Let the light of Jesus shine out bright into the world around you. Let people see who Jesus really is. Do not hide that wonderful light.

Daniel 10:12 Set Your Mind

Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.” Daniel 10:12

Daniel had a vision that troubled him and he could not understand what it meant. He chose to fast and pray, setting his mind to wait for God to give him the answer. When the person came to answer him, he was told that God had already dispatched the answer twenty-one days before, but was detained by the enemy.

There are many times that a person will want an answer from God about some situation in their life. He will pray for a moment, asking for the answer, then will give up on waiting for that answer. The prayers of many will not last more than a few moments, a few times, before many give up.

The reasons for giving up can be of several reasons. Some feel that they are not worth getting the answer, others are because they are impatient and give up on God, others feel God will not answer them, and still others just don’t make the time to wait on God for the answer.

Most people are in an instant, microwave set of mind in this world. They want the answer and they want it now. If God does not answer immediately, they immediately give up on God. Daniel did not do that, he set his mind and waited for God to answer.

God is always ready to answer, but He does not always answer immediately. Sometimes a person is not ready for the answer, while, as in Daniel’s case, the enemy holds back getting the answer. And when God does answer your prayer, be willing to accept His answer to you. Do not reject it because it was not the answer you desired. Let God be the one in control of your life.

When you are in need of God for an answer, you must set your mind to getting that answer. Deny yourself of yourself and focus on God and Him alone until you get the answer. Spend more than two minutes in prayer. Take time to fast, denying yourself the pleasures of this world. God will answer, in His time and way.

I pray today that you will set your mind to hear God’s voice and direction; that you will trust God to answer all of your prayers; that you will accept all of God’s answers for your life; and that you will not give up on God.

Ezekiel 34:31 You Are His Sheep

You are my sheep, the sheep of my pasture, and I am your God, declares the Sovereign LORD. Ezekiel 34:31

In this passage God is upset with the leaders of the temple. They were focused on themselves, rather than the people. He calls them shepherds who are not taking care of their sheep.

Now God calls the people His sheep and that He is their God. He plans to take care of them and meet all of their needs. They are to live with no fear, because He is their good shepherd. This is ultimately seen in Jesus, the Good Shepherd. Jesus provided for His sheep the highest offering one can give, His life.

Going through life, is like walking through a wilderness that one has never been in before. For each person, each step is new and brings with it new challenges.

Walking in the wilderness can bring about things that appear to be dangerous. Things such as briars, poison ivy, and fallen trees. These are the immobile things. Then there are the wild animals and bugs that can cause harm. Some of these things are unseen, until one is right upon them and it is too late. There may also be limited light, because of the tree and bush coverage. This makes it difficult to see the path or things in the way.

As a believer, you can walk with assurance, because God is leading you. He will ensure that you have all that you need, just like a good shepherd takes care of his sheep. If a shepherd’s sheep get harmed or die, it does not do him any good. In the same way, if God’s sheep are harmed, it does Him no good.

God has given His word to be a light to your path. He has given His Son to take away sin, which is the sting of death. God has also given you a mission to do, which provides the nourishment you need. He also provides the peace and rest in the middle of the wilderness you are traveling in.

There will be a day when God calls you home, so that you will no longer have to travel in the wilderness. Until that day, you can trust Him to provide for all of your needs. You are His sheep, His pride and joy.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your shepherd; that you will trust God’s provision for your life; that you will follow God’s lead in your wilderness; and that you will know God’s peace in your life. 

Ezekiel 21:6-7 Groan Because Of The News

“Therefore groan, son of man! Groan before them with a broken heart and bitter grief. And when they ask you, ‘Why are you groaning?’ you shall say, ‘Because of the news that is coming. Every heart will melt with fear and every hand go limp; every spirit will become faint and every leg will be wet with urine.’ It is coming! It will surely take place, declares the Sovereign LORD.” Ezekiel 21:6-7

Ezekiel had been given a message of destruction and the people were not believing it. Now God tells him to groan because of the news he has been given. The people would not understand the groaning because they did not believe the message.

Hearing bad news all the time often deadens the senses. When a city starts to hear of news of major crimes in its city, at the beginning everyone is shocked and get worried with the news. As the major crimes become more common place, most people stop being so shocked. It just becomes a natural part of life. The cares of the crimes have dropped off because of how common they are.

Today there is news of a coming destruction. It is not necessarily the destruction of a specific city or nation, but the destruction of the world. The news is that Jesus will come back for judgment upon the world for all those who chose not to follow Him.

When that judgment comes, all men will tremble in fear. The horror will be greater than anything the world has ever seen. People will want to kill themselves to attempt to avoid the horror of it. At the end of that destruction, every person who does not know Jesus as Savior will be cast into hell for eternity. Then the horror of burning for ever without God begins.

As a believer you know this news. It is coming and there is nothing that can stop it. You should be groaning before the people of this world with a broken heart. A broken heart seeing people dying and getting ready to be destroyed for lack of faith.

Your heart should be patterned after God’s heart, one that breaks at the thought of anyone not being saved. Seek God for every open door to tell others about Jesus and the news of what is going to happen. Seek to save as many from destruction as possible.

I pray today that you will know the news that God has for this world; that your heart will break as God’s does for the lost; that you will tell everyone about Jesus; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.