"Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." John 14:6
"Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27
People will do almost anything to find peace. We all want it! Most people measure their peace by the absence of conflict in their lives, getting things done, doing more things, getting more things and believe they have peace when they experience a serene feeling or a pleasant condition. But the truth is, peace seems to be elusive to many. People carry a high degree of stress, anxiety, fear, anger and tension in their lives. Instead of turning to the Lord for peace, they turn to outside stimuli to help them find peace.
Human suffering comes from two ideas: 1. I have something I want to get rid of and can’t seem to do it. 2. I want something and I can’t seem to get it. The peace the world gives is temporary, unsatisfying and powerless. The world’s concept of peace is false and it can become a driving force to strive to achieve unrealistic goals in order to feel good. Without revelation of the Holy Spirit power in us, there is hopelessness.
In this world where peace is hard to find, God’s Word tells us that His peace is available. God offers His gift of perfect peace by the blood of Jesus’ chastisement (Isaiah 53:5). It is for everyone who believes in Christ and will accept His Word. God’s peace provision of Christ is our power position to accept the ‘what is’ in our lives. When we stop fighting unwanted circumstances and accept them in peace, they change into what we really want. Jesus Christ’s peace is in all believers, waiting for us to say so.
Paul said, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1. Justification is God’s declaring those who receive Christ are made right with Him; it is though we have never sinned. We are declared righteous at the moment of salvation. Justification does not make us righteous, but rather pronounces us righteous. Righteousness comes from placing our faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. His sacrifice covers our sin, allowing God to see us as whole, complete and lacking nothing.
Justified by Faith
1. The first step of faith is to acknowledge that God owes us nothing. We do not earn or deserve from God, we believe and receive. He gives us everything according to our belief system.
2. The second step of faith is to say, “Thank you.” Whatever is received with thanksgiving is sanctified by God’s Word. Sanctified means set apart, made holy; everything does what it’s supposed to do. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for being my Savior, my peace, my power, my plenty and my purpose. Thank you for becoming my life by Your Holy Spirit.
Steps to Activate and Stay in Peace (Colossians 3:12-17).
1. “…put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering…” (vs. 12). ‘Put on’ is to say so by faith with thanksgiving. We are the elect of God.
2. “…forgiving one another…” (vs. 13). As Jesus forgave us, we forgive others. Live a life of instant forgiveness by living a no-offense life. “…and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19.
3. “…put on love…” (vs. 14). Say so. God’s unconditional love empowers us to do the same toward others.
4. “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts…” (vs. 15). Say so. I have supernatural peace that cannot be shaken!
5. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…” (vs. 16). Worship the Lord by studying and speaking His Word. As a result, God’s promises become reality and a stronghold of peace and power.
6. “…giving thanks to God…” (vs. 17). True worship is giving thanks to God in whatever we do in word or deed in the name of Jesus.