TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, January 22, 2019:
A state of calm; freedom, strife or discord; harmony between people or groups; to become reconciled with or to God.
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
In the scriptures as recorded while Jesus was on this earth, He promised peace to all of us who have accepted Him as their Savior. He did not say that all of the conditions we faced would be easy and comfortable. But He did tell us that He would give us peace of mind and heart even though the circumstances we were facing would be painful, difficult and uncertain.
The peace that Jesus gives us is dependent on our relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We can be confident, if our relationship is right with Jesus, that no matter what we face in life, He is with us and in us through the Holy Spirit.
The peace that Jesus gives is not like what the world offers. Everyone seeks peace, but will not find it in anything the world offers. People are anxious about many things such as their jobs, finances, relationships, their state of health, for example. No matter how good one has it today they have no guarantee it will be the same tomorrow. The things of this world that people trust to bring peace brings a counterfeit peace. It is not a real peace and is not a lasting peace.
In the days when Jesus lived on earth, Rome was doing its best to keep peace through power and pain. Peace that Jesus gives does not come through coercion. Jesus does not coerce anyone.
The Greek word for peace is EIRENE, which means to bind or join together, signifying oneness without strife. Jesus offers peace to all those who choose to be bound together with Him.
The world continually seeks peace but never achieves it. The peace that Jesus gives us covers us while we are on this earth because those who are believers know their sins are forgiven, that God is in control and their citizenship is in heaven. But there are ways that Satan uses to steal our peace here on earth:
• Lustful thoughts. Lust creates chaos in the heart and soul and then a believer will have no peace because of the conviction of sin that comes from God’s Holy Spirit.
• Guilt. When we feel the guilt of some sin in our life our peace evaporates under the Holy Spirits conviction.
• Anger. Peace and anger cannot coexist.
• Bitterness. If we allow past hurtful experiences to fester, we will have no peace because our focus is on the wrong done to us and not on Christ.
• Self-centeredness. If we are occupied with what we want or think we deserve, we will have no peace because such thinking is rooted in pride.
• Doubt. Any time we doubt the truth of any part of God’s Word or His promise to answer our prayers, we can’t have the peace of Christ in our heart.
• Jealousy. A desire to have what belongs to someone else robs us the peace that Jesus gives.
Whenever we suffer pain, have trouble, or feel afraid, we will be able to seek peace and have absolute confidence and certainty we will find it in the sufficiency of Christ. He is adequate for every situation and promises to take us through it -- IF WE ARE BOUND TOGETHER IN ONENESS WITH OUR LORD.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 57:1.
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by.
When I am anxious about life’s circumstances help me to seek the real and lasting peace that only Jesus can give. Help me to trust You and give every situation I face into Your hands and not desire to control situations by myself. It is my prayer that You will be totally in charge of my life and I will give You all the glory.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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