“And everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous, for I have conquered the world!” – John 16:33 TPT
Peace isn’t found in the absence of problems, it is found in Jesus.
Peace isn’t found in the hope that the world will get it right, it is found in the promise that Jesus already did.
Peace is not about having a day without conflict or suffering, it is about leaning into God’s strength to deal with conflict and suffering.
Having peace does not mean having a day without external noise or internal worry.
He who faced death and conquered it, doesn’t tell you to simply have peace, He gives you His peace.
Supernatural, omnipresent, divine peace that faces the darkness without fear that the darkness will overwhelm.
He who is Light overcomes the darkness and guides you through it.
You have nothing to fear.
Embrace His Peace.
Allow Him to fill you with knowledge of God and hope of heaven as you face madness of the world around you today.
“Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit and to all kinds of people!” 1 Corinthians 12:7 MSG
As gift-buying is in full swing, I want to remind you that God has already given you precious gifts to give to others this year that you don’t have to buy.
Gifts unique to you and that are meant to be given.
God has given you the talents of your hands, the strengths of your personality, and the driving passion of your heart. He has given you spiritual gifts to bless others with. When you do, God uses you to reveal Himself to others.
It is not a prideful thing to use your gifts for the glory of God, that is what they are for.
“But God’s not finished. He’s waiting around to be gracious to you. He’s gathering strength to show mercy to you. God takes the time to do everything right—everything. Those who wait around for him are the lucky ones.” Isaiah 30:18
When the boys were in elementary school they got out at 2:20 pm and I would try to get to the school at the latest by 2:00 pm so I could get a good spot in the pickup line. If you have ever experienced the stress of picking your child up in the craziness that is the end of an Elementary school day, you know how important this is.
One day I had to pick them up early from school and as we walked from classrooms to the car, Kyle looked at all the cars waiting in line and said: “Oh, they are already here?” Then he said, “I thought you just got here right when school is out”. I said, “Nope, if I waited until then I’d be way in the back of the line, so I get here early so I can be right on time for you.”
As I pulled in to wait in the pickup line the next day, I thought about Kyle’s perception, “I thought you just got here right when school was out.”
We forget that most things are not always as they seem but only as we see them. Just as I made a point to be at the school early so that I could be “on time” for the boys, so God is working in ways we can’t see and don’t know about in our lives.
The verse above was fulfilled through Jesus and through Jesus God’s will can be fulfilled in your life.
God is not finished with you.
He is going ahead of you and preparing the way for you.
His grace and power are ready to be right on time when you need it.
Yesterday, I was in the check out line at a store and listening to the song they were playing. I liked it. I started to move a little bit to it. Then I realized that it was a Christmas song that sounded like a pop song and felt like I was being tricked! I am not ready for the holidays and here this song was sneaking its way into my heart and body. Sneaky song.
As we head into the holiday season, I want to remind you that the holidays can be wonderful and terrible at the same time. Moments of joy and thanksgiving are often mixed with sadness and loss.
Jesus allowed himself to feel emotions, all of them. He mourned. He loved. He was thankful. He knew that there was time for all of them and that they often overlap.
Ecclesiastes 3:4 says,
“There is a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,” Ecclesiastes 3:4 NIV
This year, give yourself permission to feel all the emotions the upcoming season will bring. Ask Jesus to be with you and show you how. As you give the emotion space to exist, you give it permission to move through you instead of being stuck in you.
You have to feel it, to heal it.
And the first step is to give yourself permission to feel.
“He has given us a new life because we are united with Christ Jesus. He saved us so that now we can do good things in our lives. Those are good things thathe has already prepared for us to do“.
Ephesians 2:10 (EASY Version)
Instead of assuming your life is already set in motion, what if you ask God to show you how to live His agenda instead?
Instead of looking for the reasons why things did or didn’t happen yesterday, you asked God what is possible with Him today?
God’s agenda for your life is dripping in love and mercy. You are redeemed to live a new life in Christ. This new life comes with new things to do and new people to love. Things that He has already prepared for you to do and people He has already put in your path.
Living God’s agenda in your life doesn’t mean that nothing gets done, it means that your to-do list doesn’t determine your impact, your trust in God does. If you dare to take God at His Word and trust that He has already prepared it for you, new life in Christ becomes a reality instead of just a good idea.
Surrender your to-do list and ask God to lead you to the “good things he has already prepared” for you do today.