Dear woman of God,
What gives you peace?
Is it reading a book with a nice cup of coffee and a calm breeze? Is it going for a hike in nature or meditating to some calm music? Or even a day without your responsibilities?
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
This is a wonderful promise and a life-giving command that Jesus gave His disciples before He ascended to heaven. Jesus was with them for 3 years. He always knew what to do and they followed Him because He was their master. He was also their provider as He provided for them when they had no food and told them what to do. At this moment the apostles must have felt afraid or disheartened because Jesus was going to leave them on their own. But Jesus had a plan.
Not only did He promise them peace, but He also comforted them by promising them He will send His Holy Spirit who will be their helper and remind them of what He has taught them.
With the Holy Spirit dwelling in us we will have peace. Peace knowing that Christ has our back no matter what we go through on this earth.
We are not alone.
We will have peace knowing that He will come back for us to take us home where there will be no crying, sorrow, or pain.
Jesus told His disciples that He will leave them His peace and reminded them to not let their hearts be troubled or be afraid. This peace was seen in Jesus when He faced many trials and confrontations with men, and Satan and his demons.
He always overcame them.
He always won and
He exercised His actions with peace and confidence in His Father who is His shield
Even though He was the Son of God, full of the Holy Spirit, Jesus rose early every morning to be with his Father and to pray (Mark 1:35). He depended on His father; His disciples depended on Him. This is how our God wants us to be. He wants us to depend on Him just as a child depends on his father.
If we allow the Holy Spirit to be in control of our emotions, we can have some power over our feelings. Most people are enslaved to their ‘emotions’ and their ‘heart.’Jesus says that we should “not let our hearts be troubled” and that we should “not be afraid” for we are not given the spirit of fear but of power and love and of a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7).
Let us ask God to pour His peace and courage into our hearts so that we will never be afraid or disheartened, so that we will never feel discouraged or alone on this earth.
Jesus also says that He will not give to us as the world gives. In John 16:33, He says:
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulations. But take heart; I have overcome the world.
The world’s peace is circumstantial. It encourages us to change our circumstances or our situations for us to have peace. It encourages us to get rid of that thing or person that interrupts our peace. Like seen in marriages with couples resorting to divorce, or children leaving their parents because they think they are better off without them. The world encourages us to run away, quit, and if we cannot get away, it can encourage us to kill ourselves when there is no other way to find peace.
The world will tell us to meditate, eat good food, comfort ourselves with idols, music, sex, drugs, and other worldly things. This is an unending cycle of hell.
Jesus’ peace is altogether different and has nothing to do with circumstances. It passes all understanding (Phil 4:7).
God is in control, and he loves you, but you must be in union with him through Christ and the Holy Spirit to walk in perfect peace.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:7
Let us pray and ask God to take over our lives, to fill us with His Holy Spirit, so we will feel free from this world, so that we are not conformed to what this world offers us because these are only lies and deceptions from Satan. Let us pray for the Lord’s peace and comfort.
May God bless you all and may the Lord’s peace and comfort be upon you.