"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". (John 14:27).
Any well groomed teenager might be led by his rancorous friends into an unfamiliar place. It could be a nook where dark deeds flourish. But there suddenly a voice starts questioning where he is and then why there of all places. "What are you doing here?" That voice can come with such deep conviction that without notice the teenager turns and bolts out. Once out he feels liberated and at peace as before.
This experience is how believers feel when there are caught up in an unfamiliar place or experience a matter far from the Lord. Suddenly they start feeling restless. Then comes that voice questioning what they are up to. And that is when they turn and put that chapter behind, freed and liberated!
For a believer the voice that brings this restlessness is the Holy Spirit. "And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever" ( John 14:15-16). Whenever any believer gets locked up in a situation that is not of God the Holy Spirit makes one restless. One cannot have any peace until he withdraws and turns back to God.
Peace is one of the gifts God has given believers. "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace" (Numbers 6:24-26). Those who don't know Christ live frustrated lives in constant turmoil. But because of the love of God He gives His children peace, a perfect sign of His presence!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, I thank you for the Holy Spirit who gives me peace whenever I walk in your will, and convicts me if I fall astray, and so may I steadfastly walk with Him, this I pray in Jesus's name.
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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” – ( 2 Timothy 4:7).
Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.
Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).
Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).
Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!