[CF Devotionals] 2010-03-13 -  Having Peace

John 14:27, "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, nor let it be fearful."

Do you have peace? We know that the child of God cannot have peace while sin remains on the conscience. Life is a tempest when we are in rebellion against the Living God. The Lord, however, promises peace to His children. We should seek it. As said, our sin gets in the way of peace. However, when we consider that Christ has died for sin and stands in our place as our substitute, we should know peace. Our sins have been discharged by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We can be at peace. We can have peace. We can know peace - by experience. It is (should be) the present possession of the child of God. We may all have peace. In fact, as the above verse tells us, Jesus gives us peace.

We often are undone by the cares that life brings us. Certainly, one way we canhave peace is by turning those cares over to the Lord. Jesus is greater than our present worries. He is able to overcome them. This assurance should grip our hearts in our times of struggle: Jesus cares for us and promises us peace. If you are resting in Christ, then salvation is present - it is present today in your life. You have the present consolations that the Lord, Creator of Heaven and Earth, loves you, cares for you, knows your afflictions, is able to meet all your needs, and He promises to do so. Leave your sorrows with Jesus. Tell Him all your anxieties. He gives perfect peace through His Holy Spirit.

What is the foundation of our peace? I think the foundation is twofold. First, Jesus is risen from the dead. He is risen for us. Romans 4:25 is a precious promise, which tells us that Jesus "was raised because of our justification." Justification? How does that relate to peace in my life right now? It relates because it means that in Christ, you are restored to a right relationship with God. Nothing can give us peace in the midst of trial, better than knowing that we are friends of God. The second foundation of our peace is that Jesus is reigning in Heaven. Acts 7:49 tells us, "Heaven is My throne." Hebrews 7:25 comforts us with, "He always lives to make intercession for them." The 'them' in this passage refers to His children those who have Him as their Savior. The peace for us is that Christ, our Lord, now reigns in Heaven. He lives to pray for His children, whom He dearly loves. Yes, believer, you can have peace, knowing these things.

I encourage you to enjoy this peace. Talk about it with others. Show it in the way you live. Peace is given to us by our Savior. It is a present gift from Him to us. When we have peace, we honor God.

Soli Deo Gloria,
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