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
Understand that the Peace Jesus offers is not the same peace the world offers.
The peace the world offers is a kind of cease-fire between battles…a suspension of hostilities…a breathing spell before the next conflict. The peace the world offers depends on the circumstances…the amount of antagonism…the degree of the crises.
But the Peace Jesus offers does not depend on the circumstances. The Peace Jesus offers is perfect; it is valid and sure; it satisfies all requirements. This Peace is always available, even during the most difficult of circumstances. However, there is a condition. The Peace Jesus offers depends on your will: on your point of focus when things go wrong…on what your mind chooses to believe when things do not work out…on whom your heart trusts when you do not understand your circumstances.
THOU WILT KEEP HIM IN PERFECT PEACE, WHOSE MIND IS STAYED ON THEE: BECAUSE HE TRUSTETH IN THEE
Beloved Child, when you are anxious because of the future, or perturbed because of what someone has said, or shaken because of what someone has done, do not look at the circumstances. Look at Me, the God of Hope. Invite My Presence and Participation into your problem. Deliberately make Me your point of focus as you lay your predicament down at My feet. Let your mind rest on My Faithfulness, on My Power, and on My Goodness, instead of your trouble. Trust in Me. Have faith. Believe. Know that I, your God, will provide, despite the circumstances…if you will only let Me.
NOW THE GOD OF HOPE FILL YOU WITH ALL JOY AND PEACE IN BELIEVING, THAT YE MAY ABOUND IN HOPE, THROUGH THE POWER OF THE HOLY GHOST
May the God of Hope fill you with Peace through the Power of His Holy Spirit because you refuse to believe in your problem, but choose to believe in Him.
What kind of peace lives in YOUR heart: the kind of peace the world offers…or the kind of Peace Jesus provides? If you would like Jesus’ kind of Peace, I encourage you to surrender your problem to Him and ask Him to handle it according to HIS Will. Allow Him to take your problem out of your hands and hand you HIS solution. Then, the God of Hope will fill you with Joy and Peace in believing.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, strengthen me to believe in You, not my problem, so that You, the God of Hope, may fill me with Peace through the Power of Your Holy Spirit, while I wait patiently for Your answer.
Maintain an Awareness
We did not realize it at the time, but during our childhood we made the most deterministic decisions of our lives.