My Peace I Leave
MY PEACE I LEAVE WITH YOU!
Daily Word - Nov.07.2018 - Pastor Sheliah
“God is not a God of confusion and disorder but of peace and order.” (1Cor.13:44 AMP)
“These men were not sent by us, but came with false teachings that have brought confusion and division, telling you to keep the law and be circumcised—things we never commanded them to teach. So after deliberation, we’re sending you our beloved brothers Paul and Barnabas, who have risked their lives for the glory of the name of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One.” (Acts.15:24-25 MSG)
Have you been confused by the situation? Or by a person that stirs up trouble and fear? Learn this lesson - “The kingdom of God is … righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Rom.14:17 NASB) God is not a god of confusion, fear or lies.
So… what keeps you at peace? What is the indicator of God’s will and direction for your life? When asked by someone about a decision they are making, my first response is, “When you think of the two ways you could go on this, what gives you PEACE? Draw a line and separate the choices. Think clearly of each choice and because Holy Spirit lives within, you will sense where your ‘Peace’ is. Then, go with PEACE!”
James (the brother of Jesus who knew His ways) wrote, “The wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace-loving, gentle always, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.” (James.3:17)
Sometimes for the sake of peace, we don’t choose wrongly - but we will “yield to others” -- meaning we don’t have to have it our way! Wow! That’s true “wisdom from above.” It might mean “retaining the right to be wrong,” for sake of peace. Even if your way might have really been the “better way,” yielding to others keeps the peace, and leaves you with a sense of fulfillment.
Paul wrote, “Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” (Romans.12:18)
Then just like Jesus did, you can just show up in the middle of confusion and bring Peace! “The whole group was startled and frightened … Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them, and He said, ‘Peace be with you.’” (from Luke 24).
Because you have been given His authority and power to do whatever He can do, your showing up and speaking His Peace can change the atmosphere and bring that indescribable peace and comfort; where there has been confusion and pain and sorrow all around. You are His Ambassador for Peace in a world so full of hurting people! And you are often given those assignments - when you are willing to be used as an “instrument of His peace.”
Be assured - IT IS NOT GOD - when there is confusion and strife! Jesus promised us as He left the earth that His Spirit would come to live within us: “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John.14:27)
Are you still confused? His Peace is right there - within in you - to calm and assure you of His Presence. “…because as He is, so are we in this world.” (1John.4.17)
Shalom … PEACE … Shelia Hart Artt
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