The Messiah's Peace
There have been so many disturbing things happening in the world; things that would cause us to fear if we didn’t know Jesus. And, even knowing Him, some of the events that have happened in recent days make us shutter in disbelief. That cruel spirit called fear tries to creep its way into our minds.
II Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.”
The Bible says that ‘fear has torment’ and it does. It was never God’s intent that we live frightened, alarmed, and live in dread or terror. It is His desire that we should live in peace though the world around us is in chaos. Let’s break down this scripture and get the true meat of it.
There are many things that cause the spirit of fear to come to our minds. Loss of a loved one (what will I do without them), loss of a job, (how will I support my family) loss of health, (fear of dying), loss of liberty, freedom, life. Every time you turn on the news you hear and see things that would cause you to fear. Many things bring fear to our minds, but that spirit is not from our God. It is from hell.
God has given us the ability to use self control and discipline to take our thoughts captive. He won’t do that for us … we do that. What exactly does taking our thoughts captive mean? It means that we absolutely bring those thoughts and imaginations into subjection to God’s Word and in obedience to His Word … WE TRUST HIM. Though we don’t understand all that He is doing, we know that everything … ALL circumstances … are working together to create in us the character of His precious son, Jesus.
If you have to … turn the news off! It always helps me when my mind is troubled to put on a worship CD and fill my mind and room with worship. The spirit of fear cannot stand it when we worship God. The greatest, most powerful weapon/tool we have to use against fear is prayer and worship. WE are the ones who make a deliberate decision to “trust in the Lord with all of our hearts and quit trying to figure everything out.” Faith is trusting God no matter what. And when we do truly trust Him, our minds will be filled with HIS PEACE.
God’s peace in the Greek is eirene, and it means the following:
There are so many in recent days that have faced death just because of their love for Jesus, and they were able to lay their lives down because of the confidence they had in His Word. We must ask ourselves these questions … Do we love Jesus that much, even if it cost us our lives or the lives of our loved ones? Do we trust Him this much? Do we really believe?
It is God’s will to give us peace of mind in the midst of trouble, persecution, or peril. When we trust Him, His peace follows.
“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.”
Why have I written this letter to you today? Proverbs 22:19 answers that question.
“I am teaching you today - yes, you - so that you will trust in the Lord.”
I have to tell you that there is not one day that I don’t give God thanks for you and pray for you. I love you and appreciate each and every one of you, and I am so blessed that God brought you into my life. The enemy of your soul desires to distract you from truth. He desires to rob you of your joy. He desires that you live in fear and torment. But, today I would implore you to trust Jesus and His peace (the Messiah’s peace) that surpasses all understanding shall fill your mind and heart.
I love you!