We each have to learn how to walk in God’s peace and not let our hearts be troubled…
Jesus’ last message to His disciples, before He ascended into heaven:
36 At that very instant, as they’re still telling the story, Jesus is there, standing among them!
Jesus: May you have peace!
[You might expect them to be overjoyed, but they aren’t.]
37 They’re startled and terrified; they think they’re seeing a ghost.
Jesus: 38 Why are you upset? Why are your hearts churning with questions?
39 Look—look at My hands and My feet! See that it’s Me!
Come on; touch Me; see for yourselves. A ghost doesn’t have flesh and bones, as you can see that I have!
[40 Then He shows them His hands and His feet.]
41 Now their fear gives way to joy; but it seems too good to be true, and they’re still unsure.
Jesus: Do you have anything here to eat?
42 They hand Him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and He takes it and eats it in front of them.
Jesus: 44 I’ve been telling you this all along, that everything written about Me in the Hebrew Scriptures must be fulfilled—everything from the law of Moses to the prophets to the psalms.
45 Then He opens their minds so they can comprehend the meaning of the Hebrew Scriptures.
Jesus: 46 This is what the Scriptures said: that the promised Anointed One should suffer and rise from the dead on the third day,
47 that in His name a radical change of thought and life should be preached, and that in His name the forgiveness of sins should be preached, beginning in Jerusalem and extending to all nations.
48 You have witnessed the fulfillment of these things.
49 So I am sending My Father’s promise to you. Stay in the city until you receive it—UNTIL POWER FROM HEAVEN COMES UPON YOU.
50 Then He leads them out to Bethany. He lifts up His hands and blesses them, 51 and at that moment, with His hands raised in blessing, He leaves them and is carried up into heaven.
52 They worship Him, then they return to Jerusalem, filled with intense joy, 53 and they return again and again to the temple to celebrate God.
And in Mark’s account we’re told the following:
Christ Ascends to God’s Right Hand
19 So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God.
20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.
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In our world today, we are facing life and death/light and darkness battles, that are even more evident today than ever before!
And in this battle God has given us certain spiritual weapons/tools to use.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,
6 and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.
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Jesus said in 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.”
One of the weapons God has given to His church is His Shalom (peace), and as we’re instructed in Ephesians 6, we must learn to do battle with our feet shod with the Gospel of peace.
The enemy is always trying to keep us off balance and so we must always keep our center of gravity underneath us, and that is done by our standing in shoes that are shod with the gospel of peace.
A person whose feet are shod with the gospel of peace will not be worried, anxious, troubled or frantic.
Fear defeats us even before we start to run the race.
(Over the door of the mess at Virginia Military Academy are the words, “Never take counsel of your fears.”)
What is the appropriate footwear for the battle of life – for the time of testing that we experience in this life?
It is the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. The gospel of peace prepares us to be ready to deal with what life throws at us.
If we are clothed with the gospel of peace, we are ready for what life may bring.
What is this gospel of peace?
God’s Shalom (peace) is also a spiritual weapon that He has given us to enable us to do battle against the enemy.
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Battle Spiritual Warfare With the Weapon of Peace
By Ted Schroder
Most people don’t think of peace as a weapon. Actually, quite the opposite. Peace is often thought of as the absence of any conflict or spiritual warfare.
However, peace is one of your most powerful weapons in spiritual warfare as a kingdom-minded leader.
Whatever your calling or mission, there is going to be opposition.
How we move forward has a lot to do with accomplishing what we believe God has called us to do as a leader.
The Bible says the kingdom of God is on a forward advance, and the violent take it by force (Matt.11:12).
The context of this Scripture is not encouraging an evil type of violence but instead a type of aggression with how we move forward.
Jesus wants us to have peace so much so that he says in John 14:27,
“My peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”
Jesus means for His peace to be our permanent possession.
The peace that is in Jesus can also be in us.
So, what kind of peace is in Jesus?
The peace that was in Jesus was a busy life but a quiet heart.
In Matthew 8:24, there is an account of Jesus literally taking a nap on a boat during a turbulent storm.
The peace inside of Jesus was greater than the storm outside; he wakes from his nap and quiets the storm with the peace he has on the inside.
Make sure the peace inside of you is greater than the storm outside of you.
If you’ve laid down your peace at some point, make sure you go back to pick it back up and apologize to the Lord for disregarding His peace.
Then, walk forward with your peace, and it will change everything.
In John 5:19 (NLT), Jesus says,
“I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.”
Even in the busy life Jesus had, He still had a heart quiet enough that He could see and hear from the Father.
Learn the principle of moving through life only at the pace that peace will take you!
Don’t allow yourself to get pushed by circumstances or other people beyond the pace of peace because Jesus wants peace to be your permanent possession.
Sunday, October 24
God At Eventide
by Two Listeners
A SPECIAL MESSAGE
Peace has, for every true disciple, a special meaning and message. . .
It is endeared to him by association. It was the parting gift of his Lord to His followers, bequeathed through them to followers of each succeeding generation.
It is not the peace of indifference, of sloth; that is mere acquiescence.
No, the Peace I left to My own is vital and strong.
It can exist only in the heart of one who lives with Me.
It derives from Me that Eternal Life which is Mine, and which makes the Gift ever full of an imperishable beauty, and instinct with Life indeed.
Now unto Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
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