He Has Given You Peace
Some people have the idea that if you live by faith, you can float through life with no problems at all. Forget that right now. It will never happen this side of the rapture.
Just look at Jesus. If anyone should have been able to float through life, it was Jesus. He had perfect faith. But He had the toughest time of any man who ever walked on earth. He was persecuted, criticized and plotted against. What’s more, He was tempted with every sin mankind has ever known. Yet He resisted it all.
If you think that’s easy, think again. There’s nothing tougher than feeling the pressure of sin, sickness, lack or grief, and yet refusing to let it dominate you. There’s nothing tougher than standing up at those times and saying, “No! I’ll not receive this sickness on my body. I’ll not yield to this circumstance! I’ve been set free from the curse by the blood of Jesus, and I will live free by faith in Him!”
If you want to see just how much pressure such a stand of faith can bring, look at Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane before He went to the cross. The pressure of the temptation He faced there put such a strain on His physical body that drops of blood poured through His skin like perspiration. But even then, sin could not conquer Him.
None of us will ever face that much trouble. We’ll never have to stand against that much pressure. Yet we have available to us the same power and peace that took Him not just through the pressure at Gethsemane, but through the whipping, the mocking and the Crucifixion. We have the peace that took Him all the way through the Resurrection!
“Peace I leave with you,” He said. “My peace I give unto you…. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
But, praise God, He didn’t stop there. He told us how to gain access to that peace. He told us how to stand in faith when frightening things are happening all around us.
“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7).
He’s given you His peace…far more than you’ll probably ever need to tap into…and He’s shown you how to access that peace and walk in it. So stop rehearsing the problem…and receive that abundant peace He provided for a day like today.
Speak the Word
“Jesus has given me His peace. I do not let my heart be troubled, neither am I afraid.” (John 14:27)
Heiligschriftstudium: John 16:29-33