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Topic: Peace (03/15/04)

TITLE: Proven Peace
By Luis Medina
03/18/04

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More than any treaty between nations to end terrorism and the absence of war, God’s proven peace works deeper within His people to overcome personal battles. His peace is a promise that precedes victory amidst dark principalities and the problems of this world. He promises to preserve His people and the land in times of prosperity and adversity. A loving God that hears the unspoken words, sees the unwanted worries, and understands the sufferings of this world. He lives and restores a nation in repentance and the weeping heart of a child. His boundless peace breaks down all barriers, borders, and defeats the enemy of our soul.

The perfect path to true peace begins with God and the forgiveness of sin. The issue of sin is a personal matter that everyone must acknowledge and confront sooner or later. The most important question in life is the one about what to do with the person Jesus Christ. Every individual will have to make a decision and give an answer to either receive or reject Christ as his or her personal Savior. This is a crucial step along the path because Jesus is our righteousness, and both righteousness and peace are closely connected. Peace is also one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Without Jesus, there can be no inner peace and freedom from sin. The real battle for peace takes place between the heart and mind in the tranquility of time.

Jesus says, “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).”

The peace that Jesus promises is above anything this world can offer. His peace is available to anyone that will receive Him today. The fight between internal convictions and cultural compromises take center stage in this world. The world looks at the outward composure of a person, but God looks deeper within to reveal the real problem and solution. Like a candle lit at night that moves and exposes the darkness around it, Jesus stands outside and knocks on the door of the heart, ready to enter and fellowship with the one that invites Him in. No matter what the circumstance is, there is a peace that awaits the person who answers the question of what to do with Jesus Christ, and receives the Son of the living God.

Paul says, “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace… (1Co.14:33).”

Listen to what God has to say about your struggles and obey His command not to be afraid. God already knows about every situation that you will encounter in life. He sends His people to surround you with His love, joy, and peace. He appoints the body of Christ to comfort you and share in your pain and joy. Let God restore and reign in your life. Proclaim today the proven peace from Jesus, the Prince of Peace.


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Leticia Caroccio03/23/04
I read somewhere that peace is not the calm before the storm but rather the calm IN the storm. Jesus has become that in my life. Thank God for the hope we have in Him. Your article gave me comfort during a difficult time in my life. Thank you.
Helen Wiebe03/24/04
What a beautiful allegory. Well written, too.
Anthony David03/28/04
A good thought-provoking article!
Donna Anderson03/28/04
My God got bigger AND closer as I read through this. Thanks for sharing. :)