John 14:27 Peace, Don’t Be Afraid

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

With all of the wars and fighting going on around the world, peace is something that people are searching for all the time. As they search for peace, people are looking for things to calm their nerves and help them relax.

Not only is there fear of the wars going on, but there are fears of many other types. Fear of debt, of the economy, of leadership, of rejection, of failure and more abound in the hearts of people.

As Jesus is preparing for His death and leaving, He tells the disciples that He is leaving His peace with them. He tells them not fear at all or be troubled about what is happening.

The world’s definition of peace is that there is no troubles or problems. Many have become Christians with this thought in mind, that there would be no more problems in this world.

However, that is not the type of peace that Jesus promised on this earth. His peace is that He is in control, no matter how bad the situation looks. It is the true believer in Jesus knowing that no matter what happens, God is going to take care of him and he will be on the winning, victorious side in the end.

As one has this mindset, he will not be afraid. The world can be crumbling around him, but he does not fear, because he knows that God will win and he is on God’s winning team.

This peace is not an outer calm, but an inner peace of the heart. It is a peace that removes all fear of what man can do.

As with every other person on this earth, you have some troubles in your life. Some of those troubles may appear to be very large and overwhelming.

Take your mind off of those troubles and put your focus upon Jesus. It is He who is in control and will bring you through to victory in the end.

When you focus upon what Jesus can do and has already done, you will have His inner peace and no fear in your life. All the world can do is take your body. God has your soul. Do not be afraid, but be at peace.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the peace He gives you; that you will not fear the troubles of this world; that you will trust God’s work in your life; and that you will know victory in Jesus.

John 12:15 The King Is Coming

“Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” John 12:15

Most people have days that are filled with struggles and complications. They are not sure how to deal with various situations in their life and are looking for guidance to help them through it.

People are always looking for a victorious leader to come in and save the day. Some want to be that leader, but most are looking for someone else to do the job, because they don’t really know how to do it themselves.

As Jesus was riding into town on a donkey, Zechariah was quoted. Jesus was seen as the king coming in on a donkey’s colt and that the people were not to be afraid.

When Jesus rode into Jerusalem, it was a time when Rome was the major power. It appeared as though the Israelites were losing and God was not doing anything.

In the same way, believers are looking around them today and seeing all kinds of turmoil and distress. It appears as though the world is falling to sin and God is losing the battle. The enemy appears to be stronger than ever and winning the war.

God is ready to ride into the life of every person who chooses to believe in Him and trust Him with his life. He has the power to overcome any sin and difficulty in the life of a believer.

One does not need to fear the enemy or what the world is doing. Jesus will ride in to help the believer in any and every situation. Some day Jesus will come riding in on a horse as The King to finish the battle started in Garden of Eden.

Until then, every believer must trust God and not be afraid in the day to day battles.

You have an enemy that is out to destroy you. The enemy wants you to be afraid, very afraid. However, as a believer, you have a king who is riding in to take control. God is willing to lead you to victory.

Jesus rode in to go to His death to be able to gain victory over sin and remove sin from your life. Trust that He will ride in again today to give you the needed victory. He is not riding in to condemn or destroy you, but to build you up.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see God riding in to strengthen you and win your battles; that you will see God as your Victor; that God will help you overcome fear of the enemy; and that you will have victory in Jesus.

Matthew 14:31 Why Do You Doubt?

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:31

During times when things happen that are out of a person’s control, most people will begin to fear. The fear rises even faster when what is occurring is or can be dangerous. The more dangerous it can be, the higher the level of fear. Very few people like the idea of facing danger boldly or at all.

Doubt that they will make it out safely sets in their mind quickly and they begin to fear.

While Jesus was out walking on the water, Peter sees Him. Jesus tells Peter to walk on the water towards Him. As he does, he begins to sink when he sees some waves. Jesus saves him and asks him why he doubted.

All throughout scripture God tells believers that He will protect and provide for them and that they can trust Him. Having trust in God is having faith in Him, knowing that God will do what He says He will do.

Although God has not asked most people to step out of a boat and walk on water, He does ask believers to step out in faith in other areas of life.

This step of faith will look different for each person. For one it may be just a simple telling someone about Jesus. For others it may be picking up and moving with no clue as to what is next. All believers are told to tithe and give sacrificially.

In all of these ways, there is a certain amount of danger involved. It is stepping out of the boat into the water with large waves that may drown a person. However, if God has said to step out, one must not doubt, but trust Him and step out in faith.

God may be asking you to step out in faith in an area of your life. Think back of all the times God has already provided for you and taken care of you. Think of all the promises of God to you.

Now, instead of fearing the step, go ahead and step out and walk in faith in God. Do not let fear to stop or drown you. Know that He is right there with you and will take care of you, as long as you are doing what He said to do.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will fully trust God with your life; that you will remove all doubt in trusting God; that you will step out in faith as God leads you; and that you will go wherever God leads you to go.