Peace I leave you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)
"Peace brother ": As men we wish each other peace. As God, Jesus physically gave peace to us, because He could do something we could never do. He actually created peace, through His death on the cross.
It was an actual creative work, like the original creation. Christ's death and resurrection literally spoke life into the face of utter spiritual darkness. It was a literal act of creation like when God said, "Let there be light," and there was light.
He as the Prince of Peace purchased it and He gave it to us. We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. He took down the barrier, created by sin, nailing it to the cross. That's why your heart should not be troubled or afraid. Your eternal destiny is secure! Without the cross your life would be a tragedy regardless of its merits.
Satan's primary target is your awareness of that peace, not your health, finances or whatever. If he can rob your peace, the rest doesn't make any difference: he's won the battle. Likewise, if he can't steal your peace, the rest is irrelevant: it's all-good from here on out, come what may.
Your peace isn't grounded in what you think or feel, or what doctrines you believe. It's grounded in your heart when you accept Christ as your savior. Thusly we may state with Paul: What shall separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus?
Answer: Whatever you allow. Your mind is the battleground. That's where Satan can rob your victory. The circumstances that come into your everyday life are your enemy when you allow what you see, taste, feel, hear or sense in any other manner to draw you away from the truth: God has already purchased it for you. Thatís why you are more than a conqueror!
A big part of the equipment God gave you is defensive. Peace is armor plating for your soul. It can harden you against the arrows of temptation by reminding you what really matters in life, your eternal salvation. Pray the peace of Christ on and over yourself and family, and learn to use the weapons God has given you. They are not carnal, but spiritual, to the pulling down of strongholds. Fall into the ranks and pull down that helmet of salvation a little tighter mister. We're at war here.
I liked this article. I thought it could use a little more scripture interspersed throughout, though. Like the final hour of Jesus' crucifixion, for example. Many Christians who know their stuff are aware of the tabernacle breaking and the curtan falling and things like that... but probably very few non-Christians (or even non-reading Chrisians) know about these things. If you want this article to be supreme for evangelical purposes, that part of scripture should be spelled-out in detail so all your readers can understand the physical results of Christ's creation of peace on the cross. The ending you wrote for this article is great! I would even bold or use caps and line breaks to further accentuate the "roughness" of it. As a writer, mark... You've certainly got PIZZAZ!