John 20:21 Peace And Go

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20:21

Any time things go wrong or have a major turn of direction, most people become afraid. They do not know what is next or always what to do.

Often when this occurs, people hunker down and hole up by themselves in fear. They do not want others to know of their fear as they are working on what to do next and handle the situation. They try to deal with it on their own.

Jesus had just been crucified and the disciples were living in fear of the Jewish leaders that they may also be killed. Suddenly Jesus appeared before them and told them to not be afraid. He also sent them out to be His witness.

It is common for many believers to act just like the disciples. They are walking down a path in life, when suddenly there is a turn of events. Everything and anything that could go wrong, does go wrong.

The world and even some believers begin to attack the person’s character and beliefs. Questions are asked if what is believed is real. There is no peace.

Despite the problems, Jesus is alive and is right there. As He said to the disciples, He is still telling believers to this day, to have peace and go out. God does not want the believer cowering in a corner in fear, but to have His supernatural peace that Jesus is alive and in control of everything.

When the believer has God’s peace, he will be willing to stand up and go out. He will no longer fear the world or the bad circumstances in his life, but will be a witness for Jesus. He will do what God asks of Him.

There will be times when life will look like it is going from bad to worse in your life. It will feel as if you have lost all hope and everyone is against you and your life is on the line.

During these times do not allow yourself to forget that on the third day Jesus rose from the dead. He is still alive and with you today. Jesus is still bringing you His supernatural peace.

Hold on to that peace and do what God commands you to do. Use the situation to go out and be His witness today with boldness.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s peace in your life; that God will help you overcome all fear of the enemy; and that you will go and be His witness to all the world.

John 16:33 Peace During Promised Trouble

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

Each and nearly every day, people have some sort of trouble or problem in their lives. For most people their day to day troubles are often small. Small troubles such as being behind a slow person on the road, deciding which meal to make, choosing what to wear, or some other small choice.

For many others, their troubles can be gigantic, such as car breaking down, finding food to be able to eat, finding a place to sleep, health issues or more.

Jesus promised the disciples that they would have trouble. He also told them they could have peace in spite of the troubles because He had overcome the world.

Some believers often believe that when they began to follow Jesus that all of their troubles would go away. They believed that God would remove all trouble in this life.

In believing this way, many get discouraged and angry with God when they have to face many troubles. In reality when one becomes a believer, the troubles often double. They have all the normal troubles of life that most people have, plus they have persecution troubles.

Despite all of these troubles, the believer can have a supernatural peace. This peace comes from knowing that Jesus had already told about these troubles and that He has already overcome them and the world.

Despite all of the troubles, the believer can know that God loves him, forgiven him and will save him in the end. When all is said and done, there is eternity with God to look forward to. This brings a peace that the world cannot know or understand.

Each and every day you will face struggles and problems that appear to be huge, unsurmountable mountains. Keep in mind that Jesus had said this would be the case. However, also keep in mind that Jesus also promised peace in the midst of all those troubles.

Keep your focus upon God and what He is doing, not the troubles that this world will throw your way. God will bring you through every trouble that you will face. No trouble is greater than God’s power. Hold onto the peace of knowing that Jesus has already overcome your troubles.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God is in control; that you will know God’s power; that you will know God’s saving power; and that you will have God’s supernatural peace.

Luke 12:51 There Will Be Division

Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I tell you, but division. Luke 12:51

Peace is something most people all over the world desire, but do not know how to attain it. Every where a person goes there appears to be conflict and division.

It is commonly thought that believers will bring about peace around the world. Yet this is not seen.

Many thought Jesus was bringing peace to the world, but Jesus said He was bringing division on the earth.

Between man and God, Jesus did make a way to have peace. However, between people, Jesus brought division.

Jesus taught that to love Him or God, one has to obey God. Every believer must do what God says first and foremost in every thing that he does. Doing this will often cause division among people.

People like to be in control and have things done their way. When someone refuses to do it their way, it causes division.

The ways of God are much different than the ways of man. Division occurs when one begins to follow the ways of God, rather than the ways of man.

This division starts with dividing against the world. It will then increase to division in the family. One family member, who is a believer, will not act in the same way as another, because of Jesus, causing division.

Some members of a family will not understand or agree with the whole-hearted decision to follow Jesus. Their eyes are still on the ways of this world, not on God.

Those who believe in Jesus and are following Him with their whole heart, will bring division to those who are not truly following Him. One is living by God’s holy standards, while the other is living by the standards of the world.

As you commit your life to God and follow Him, there will be some family members who will oppose you. As a believer, your first priority is to obey and follow Jesus, not other family members or this world.

Always seek to obey God. In doing so, seek to bring others to Him and raise them up to His standard of living. Do not allow yourself to be brought down to the standards of this world by family members who are not sold out to God.

You have a choice as to who you will follow, this world or God. Your choice can cause division.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will follow Jesus with all of your life; that you will obey God in all He says; and that you be a witness of what God desires.