Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Peace That Is Unknown To The World. John 20:19.

The Peace That Is Unknown To The World. John 14:27.

By Noyo Anthonia Kubeyinje Edem on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 1:39pm
John 14:27
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.

John 14: 1 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me.John

16:33 "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 20:19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!"

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

John 20:26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!"

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

Noyo Edem's Notes:
The Bible verses above remind us that God has given us His peace. The peace of God is a kind of peace that the world does not know and can never appreciate or understand. Philippians 4:7 states that "the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
The peace of God is available to all  believers who trust God, and truly believe that there is peace in this world for  believers in God and our Lord, Jesus Christ.

A believer who doubts the promises of God will never be able to enjoy the true peace of God. Therefore, we must repent from every spirit of unbelief and trust God to accomplish His will in our lives. We must also have faith to look beyond the situations in our lives that seem to make us anxious about life. God has promised us peace in this world, and we must believe that we have peace in every situation we pass through in life.The believer's faith in God should give the believer a living hope to understand that every situation he/she passes through in life will always produce good results for the believer. Thus, we should rejoice and be thankful to God in whatever circumstance we find ourselves in.

Luke 12:25 asks:
"Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"
If we cannot change our situations by worrying, then why do we continue to worry? Instead of worrying, we should learn to trust  God and believe that God is our helper. God is faithful to help everyone that  acknowledges His name and depends on God to help him/her. Are you ready to acknowledge God as your God and depend on Him to help you? God will not disappoint you as He states in Psalm 91:14-16

14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him;
   I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
   I will be with him in trouble,
   I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
   and show him my salvation.”

While problems may occur in life, we know that there is a solution to everyone problem we pass through. Thus, we also understand that the cycles of life move in seasons, and a cycle of problem will quickly be followed by a cycle of peace. For the believer who has faith, there is peace in the midst of problems and confusion. The Spirit of God will give the believer the strength to overcome every trial so that the believer will be comforted. We have the kind of peace that the world cannot give us, because the Spirit of God is leading us through life and every step we take is ordered by the Spirit.
Psalm 37:23-24 state:
 23 The LORD makes firm the steps
   of the one who delights in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
   for the LORD upholds him with his hand.

1 Samuel 2: 9-10 state:
9 He will guard the feet of his faithful servants,
   but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness.  “It is not by strength that one prevails;
 10 those who oppose the LORD will be broken. (Amen).

The Serenity Prayer
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
--Reinhold Niebuhr
In loving memory of
Fr Bertram Griffin -- 1932-2000
Requiescat in Pace
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will direct your paths.
Proverbs 3, 5-6

Be blessed.
Mrs. Noyo Edem

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