Searching For Peace

Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

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 afraid.

Peace, Our world leaders talk about it. Music artists sing about it. Wars have been fought to establish it.

We need only open our newspaper or tune into the evening news broadcasts to see that our world is moving further and further away from peace. Bickering politicians, violence in our streets and the threat of war are the images that are displayed daily.

On a more personal level, we face turmoil within our families, betrayal by friends, conflict in the workplace via office politics or corporate greed, and health concerns. We see celebrities who have attained great wealth and the admiration of millions of fans, yet we consistently see reports of these same people dealing with failed marriages, going in and out of rehab, and partaking in other various acts of reckless behavior.

Anxiety and depression is a very powerful force to deal with for any person. Our society pushes the idea of self-exaltation, and the theme of people pulling themselves up by their own straps

It may sound inspiring for those who have achieved great success to address the public, and talk about how they allowed nothing to stand in their way while rising to the top, however as I’ve stated life brings its share of hardships, and eventually each of us will encounter something that we can’t handle alone. Something that shakes our confidence, that potentially causes sleepless nights, that causes us to lash out at others, that disturbs our pursuit of peace.

Honestly, there is only one person who can bring about peace, and His name is Jesus Christ…The prince of peace.

PEACE THROUGH SALVATION:
Romans 10:9-10
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Satan is the author of confusion and discouragement. He manipulates the unsaved into believing that they can make it through life without Jesus. Sinful pride is like a deadly poison. It lures people into a false sense of security, but when life deals us blows many people crumble into despair.

Sin causes shame, and unrest.

Once we finally accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, His Holy Spirit comes in and begins to fill us with love and forgiveness. We learn to cast our cares on our Savior, because we know He cares for us. The Holy Spirit begins to comfort us when we are sad, leads us away from bad situations, and instructs us down the strait and narrow road that is pleasing in God’s sight and that leads to eternal life. And that is the wonderful thing, we who are born again Christians have the assurance that when this life is over that we will live forever in the presence of a loving Savior.

PEACE THROUGH PRAYER:
Psalm 42:8
Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

When we pray, we are acknowledging that we need God’s help in navigating life’s journey. We talk to Him, and then we listen to and apply His response. The voice of God is never forceful, but is a still small voice that encourages and guides. It’s like having a GPS, only this GPS is never outdated and never makes a mistake.

PEACE THROUGH GOD’S WORD:
Joshua 1:8-9
8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

II Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Hebrews 4:12
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Throughout history there have been many individuals who have sought to use religion as a tool to control others. This has led to much strife and many wars. Today, there are many leaders who twist the Word of God in an effort to deceive their congregations. This was something that greatly angered Jesus during His earthly ministry, and He spoke out against this hypocrisy. As we grow in our personal relationship with Christ, it is vital that we study God’s Word, and ask the Lord to give us revlation of what we are reading. This will give us peace in knowing that when other people begin speaking to us about the Bible, we will be able to rightly discern if what they are saying lines up with God’s written guidance or not.

We must also follow Christ’s example from Matthew 4. Satan attempted to tempt jesus, and each time Jesus responded with what the Bible actually said. The Word of God is our only Offensive weapon against the forces of evil.

Lord Jesus, I thank you for being the only true source of peace. The peace that You give, starts on the inside and grows outward, allowing each of your followers to share our faith with those who are in search of true peace. Thank You for empowering all who trust in You to let go of all distractions and stumblingblocks, and to seek after You. Amen

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