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Monday, 3 November 2014

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you

Have you ever wondered why such few of us actually have any peace if that is what Jesus clearly wanted us to have? Or how so many with troubled lives go out of their ways to take the peace that others have(and we have all known those).

He says in John 14:27,
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be affraid.

We established from that verse that fear and worry are two things that Jesus knew would trouble most people. That is probably why he chose to tell us not to be affraid or troubled when he could've told us anything else. Let's look at why fear and worry were important enough to be singled out by God.


No matter how we look at it, not much good comes from fear. However being too fearless is a bit stupid. You need to have just the right amount of conciousness to know that you need to fear putting your bare hand into a pot of boiling water.

This is exactly why we need a healthy amount of fear, that right there is stupid.

Riding off a slide with a speeding bike in mid-air is not very wise as you can see in the picture. However there are things that we shouldn't fear or be controlled by.

Fear Is Nothing More Than Faith In The Devil

Fear is rampant in the world today, at every level of man’s living. Fear of the future, fear of the present, fear of war, fear of being found out, fear of being attacked, fear of non- acceptance or rejection, fear of death, fear of persecution fear of failure without or within have gripped many lives. Fear is the greatest single emotion influencing us. The common symptom in 90 % of the chronic patients is fear. Their trouble did not start with cough or chest pain but with fear.

This is an article about fear by one of my faveroute speakers, Joyce Meyer

What Are You Afraid Of?

Multitudes of people never fulfill the call of God on their lives simply because every time they try to go forward, the devil uses fear to stop them. Is he using fear to stop you? Satan uses fear to keep people from enjoying life. Fear brings torment, according to 1 John 4:18, and you surely can't enjoy life and be tormented at the same time.
I want to encourage you to take an inventory in the fear department. What are you afraid of? Are there any areas in your life that are being stifled because of fear? Satan is always going to bring fear against us at various times. It's one of his major weapons—not a cap gun, but a cannon.

Stepping Out in Spite of Fear

All of us must learn how not to "fear the fear." The devil brings fear, but you can choose not to bow your knee to it. David said, "What time I am afraid, I will…trust…in You" (Psalm 56:3). I believe we can say that when God leads you to step out in an area to do something new, or leads you to make a bigger commitment, you may (or probably will) feel fear. However, if you're sure God told you to do it, put your trust in Him and go forward.
Joyce Meyer

We had to make a decision to either stand still in fear or move with God.

Face Fear and Move Forward

Isaiah 41:10 says, Fear not, for I am with you. I believe God works gently with us to bring us out of bondage and into liberty. If you've been afraid of something and desire to be free, the time will eventually come when you'll have to face your fear and not run away from it. Just take Jesus' hand, acknowledge that He is with you, and do it. If you're afraid of people with authority, the time will come when you'll have to confront an authority figure and not cower in fear. God will have arranged the time. He'll be there, but you'll have to choose whether to go through or run away.
If you're at one of these crossroads in your life, let me encourage you to go forward. Don't stand still in terror, but take His hand and go forward. Remember, fear torments and God wants to deliver you from all of your fears.

This article is taken from Joyce's audio teaching, Overcoming Fear with Faith

Being troubled or having worry is the first thing Jesus adressed after telling us to have peace. Worry can be one of the most haunting feelings because it hardly leaves once you give it enough control over your life.

In John 14:1 Jesus says,
Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in me

Here are four reasons not to worry,

1. Worrying Accomplishes Absolutely Nothing.
I don't know about you, but I don't have any time to waste these days. And worrying is a waste of very precious time. Worrying won't help you solve a problem or bring about a solution, so why waste your time and energy on it?
Matthew 6:27-29
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.

2. Worrying Is Not Good for You.
Worrying is destructive to us in many ways. It becomes a mental burden that can even cause us to grow physically sick.
Proverbs 12:25
Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.

3. Worrying is the Opposite of Trusting God.
The energy that we spend worrying can be put to much better use in prayer. Here's a little formula to remember: Worry replaced by Prayer equals Trust.
Matthew 6:30
And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
Philippians 4:6-7
Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
4. Worrying Puts Your Focus in the Wrong Direction.
When we keep our eyes focused on God, we remember his love for us and we realize we truly have nothing to worry about. God has a wonderful plan for our lives, and part of that plan includes taking care of us. Even in the difficult times, when it seems like God doesn't care, we can put our trust in the Lord and focus on his kingdom. God will take care of our every need.
Matthew 6:25
That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life-whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn't life more than food, and your body more than clothing?
Matthew 6:31-33
So don't worry about these things, saying, 'What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?' These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
1 Peter 5:7
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

In conclusion, let us not be worried, troubled or affraid. Jesus came to give us peace and inorder for us to live in peace we need to deal with the issues that cause fear in us and those that trouble us. It requires some bravery to have peace, and a whole lot of bravery at that.

In your persuit of peace never forget the words of Jesus,

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth, give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be affraid.
John 14:27


by Rijamekee Veii
Rijamekee Veii

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