The Gift of Peace!
The words of the Lord Jesus are words of comfort and encouragement. They contain a message of peace and consolation. It is by understanding and applying the principles of this passage that you and I can look the future in the face with faith rather than fear, with hope rather than despair.
Jesus had been teaching His disciples about forgiveness, about His betrayal, His glorification, and His departure. Because of their lack of understanding of His purpose in the plan of God and their inability at that point at least, to relate all of this to their own existence and purpose, their hearts were extremely troubled. The truth they needed to settle their disturbed hearts was necessary for both their unity and courage. The fears and hostilities they would face, the unanswered questions, the differences in temperament and the jealousies, which had existed among them, would alienate them from one another and render them useless in the plan of God.
I have told you these things while I am still with you.
But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.
John 14:25-26 (AMP)
Jesus promised the disciples that the Holy Spirit would help them remember what He had been teaching them. This promise ensures the validity of the New Testament. The disciples were eyewitnesses of Jesus’ life and teachings, and the Holy Spirit helped them remember without taking away their individual perspectives.
We can be confident that the Gospels are accurate records of what Jesus taught and did (see 1 Cor 2:10-14). The Holy Spirit can help us in the same way. As we study the Bible, we can trust him to plant truth in our minds, convince us of God’s will, and remind us when we stray from it.
Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]
John 14:27 (AMP)
The end result of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives is deep and lasting peace. Unlike worldly peace, which is usually defined as the absence of conflict, this peace is confident assurance in any circumstance. With Christ’s peace, we have no need to fear the present or the future.
Sin, fear, uncertainty, doubt, and numerous other forces are at war within us. The peace of god moves into our hearts and lives to restrain these hostile forces and offer comfort in place of conflict. Jesus says He will give us that peace if we are willing to accept it from him. If your life full of stress, allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with Christ’s peace.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
- Even prosperity in the best sense.
When you are enjoying God’s peace, there is joy and contentment. But God’s peace is not like the “peace” that the world offers.
The world bases its peace on its resources, while God’s peace depends on relationships. To be right with God means to enjoy the peace of God. The world depends on personal ability, but the Christian depends on spiritual adequacy in Christ. In the world, peace is something you hope for or work for; but to the Christian, peace is God’s wonderful gift, received by faith. Unsaved people enjoy peace when there is an absence of trouble; Christians enjoy peace in spite of trials because of the presence of power, the Holy Spirit.
People in the world walk by sight and depend on the externals, but Christian’s walk by faith and depend on the eternals. The Spirit of God teaches us the Word and guides us (not drags us!) into the truth. He also reminds us of what He has taught us so that we can depend on God’s Word in the difficult times of life. The Spirit uses the Word to give us His peace (John 14:27), His love (John 15:9-10), and His joy (John 15:11). If that does not calm a troubled heart, nothing will!
Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really loved me, you would be happy that I am going to the Father, who is greater than I am. I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe.
John 14:28-29 (NLT)
Again, Jesus assured them that they would see Him again.
Why rejoice because He returned to the Father?
Because His return made possible His wonderful intercessory ministry on our behalf, our great High Priest in heaven (Heb. 2:17-18; 4:14-16). We have the Spirit within us, the Saviour above us, and the Word before us! What tremendous resources for peace!
“I don’t have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me, but I will do what the Father requires of me, so that the world will know that I love the Father. Come, let’s be going.
John 14:30-31 (NLT)
The Lord named two of our great spiritual enemies—the world and the devil. Jesus overcame the world and the devil, and the devil has no claim on Him. There is no point in Jesus Christ where the devil can get a foothold. Since we are “in Christ,” Satan can get no foothold in the believer’s life, unless we permit it. Neither Satan nor the world can trouble our hearts if we are yielded to the “peace of God” through the Holy Spirit.
Jesus showed His love for the Father (and for the world) by voluntarily going to the cross. He did not hide or flee. He willingly laid down His life. He and the disciples may have left the Upper Room at this point so that what Jesus said from that point on was spoken on the way to the Garden. Or, they may have arisen from the table and lingered awhile as He instructed them. We can easily imagine the allegory of the vine being given as they walked that night through the vineyards.
His own perfect peace assures us that He alone can give true peace. Jesus was always the Master of the situation, and He enables us to take control of our lives as we surrender to Him and receive His legacy of peace.
The message of the Savior is so simple that we look for a solution much more complicated and hidden. To summarize our Lord’s prescription for peace in facing our fear of the future we need only two words:
Trust and Obey!
That is the message of our Lord in the briefest terms. When we cannot comprehend the future we must simply trust in Him in whose hands the future rests. When we do not know what our duties will be in future times, we can be assured that God only requires us to be faithful in doing that which is our present responsibility.
Would you like to look the future straight in the eye without doubts and fears?
Simply do as our Lord instructs. Trust and obey. There is no other way. That is the message of a well-known hymn. That is the message of our Lord Himself.
Father, thank You for sending me the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me through the affairs of this life. I think You that He opens the eyes of my understanding so that I may know what to do in any and every situation. He teaches me all things and brings to my remembrance all that You have taught me.
Father, I know that You are with me at all times. I rest in the comfort of Your care. I will not let my heart be troubled; neither will I let it be afraid. My trust is in You and not the situation I am in. I am taught, led, and cared for by the most powerful and faithful God in existence. I am destined to succeed.
I pray in Jesus’ mighty name!
DECLARATION OF FAITH
The Holy Spirit, who is my Comforter, Counselor, and strength, whom the Father has sent to me in Jesus’ name, teaches me all things. I can turn to Him at any time and receive all of the wisdom that I need in any given situation. He brings to my remembrance all of those things that Jesus has taught me in His Word. He opens it up to me, giving me revelation knowledge and complete working understanding of all that His Word calls me to do. He sees to it that I know all that I need to know to live this holy life that I have been called to live.
I have, at this moment, the very peace of Jesus within my heart. He has given it to me, not as the world gives, but as He gives. It is mine forever. He will never take it from me.
I will not allow my heart to be troubled or afraid. In Jesus, I have a boldness of faith and confidence that puts me over in every situation.
Satan no longer has any claim on me. I do not act according to his purposes and ways of living, there is nothing in me or of me that belongs to him, and he has absolutely no power over me. I am his master in every circumstance and I will continually make his life miserable in this earth.
I pray this declaration of faith in Jesus’ name!
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