Some of us are settling for a piece of peace when Jesus granted us the full package.
When Jesus said we could have peace He was not just talking about calm and quiet without trouble or making friends with your enemies. His peace is so much more. He warned that He did not come to give peace as perceived by the world or to make peace with the world but His peace is from heaven and it’s for the sons and daughters of peace as a gift from Him. (See Luke 10:6, Luke 12:51, and John 14:25 and 27)
This peace is the purpose of His coming. “The Dayspring from on high has visited us; to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:78-79
It is the gospel that we are to preach. “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things!” Romans 10:15
The peace Jesus was talking about means: oneness, rest, quietness and prosperity.
Oneness – with the Spirit of God ad unity within your being spirit, soul and body aligning with the Spirit of God. Jesus prayed for us: “That they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us.” John 17:21
Rest – comes by way of victory. The book of Joshua says, “The Lord gave them rest all around, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers. And not a man of all their enemies stood against them; the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand. Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass.” Joshua 21:44-45
Quietness – is the effect of God’s righteousness in us “The work of righteousness will be peace, and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever. My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” Isaiah 32:17,18
Prosperity – is not just money and financial security. They are just the outworking of a prosperous soul. John prayed: “that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John 1:2
The opposite of peace
Oneness – double-mindedness, doubt, confusion
Rest – anxiety, worry, toil, unbelief
Quietness – strife, manipulation, fear, much talking, struggling
Prosperity – lack, poverty, greed, debt, haste, unfruitfulness
Unfortunately most of us are not walking in the fullness of the peace Christ won for us. Instead we focus on our tribulations in the world and settling for a piece of peace even though Jesus told us that He already overcame the world so we can have the fullness of His peace. The way to experience this fullness is to stay in Him, after all that’s where He said we would have it.
Beloved, my pray for you this season is that you would know the fullness of God’s peace in Christ and anything contrary to His peace in your life would be overcome by the power of His peace.
Over the next month I will do a deeper exploration of each component of peace so that you can learn to activate peace in your life and enjoy the fullness of your salvation. I hope you will join me!