Early this month my wife and I went on vacation to Myrtle Beach. We had a really good time. WE LOVE THE BEACH!!! Well, in relation to the message this week, in talking about the “shoes of peace”, I went back to the trip at the beach. I think about how hot the sand was when we would walk out to our spot to lay in the sun and that we needed our flip flops because the sand was so hot. I didn’t want to walk on that hot sand barefooted. So, I would put on my flip flops until we got to our little area. Aren’t shoes cool? In general, shoes are such a simple yet neat thing. I can walk out on that hot sand and still enjoy the beauty without feeling the worst of the heat from the sand. That’s what peace does for us as well. We can be walking on the worst terrain and still be enjoying the beauty that is the Kingdom of God. Peace keeps us focused and trusting in the Lord. We can be going through the war of life and still sing songs of love to God. We can be knocked down, beaten up, bloodied and bashed and still have joy in the midst of it all. PEACE…
John 16:33 – “I have told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakeable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”
We live in a world that is becoming more and more godless. Not saying God isn’t present…but the world is pushing God away more and more. As Christ-followers we are going to be met with opposition more and more and we MUST be ready. We MUST know the peace that can only be found in Christ. I love this scripture because Christ is saying that we WILL see tough times. In most versions it says we will have tribulations. In the Amplified Version it goes on to not just say tribulation but also trials, distress and frustration. Having peace does not mean we are without heartache. I am not saying all of this to discourage you so I hope that hasn’t happened. Rather….in the midst of all of that Christ says we can have peace. He says…”you will be unshakeable and assured”…UNSHAKEABLE. Do you feel unshakeable? Or are you being tossed around like a piece of grass in the wind?
Trust in HIM. That is how we find peace. Stop worrying about all the surrounding problems and focus on His Kingdom. Now, I’m all for being prepared. Our country has some tough day ahead and we need to be prepared. But, in the midst of it all we need to have peace. We need to share that peace with others and allow it to be contagious.
If Christ lives in us and us in Him and He overcame the world then why in the world do we FEAR? If He deafeated death then what do we have to fear? If no weapon formed against us can prevail then why do we tremble? Fact is, we can be standing in from the army of darkness, no not the Sam Raimi horror movie, and charge in knowing that we are unshakeable. Peace allows us to be surrounded completely by darkness, completely engulfed by the enemy and still overcome by the empowerment of the Spirit in our lives.
No matter what you’re going through right now….TAKE HEART! Look up and trust in HIM – I promise you WILL overcome.
Allow yourself to be drenched by the peace of God in Your life. Remember, that doesn’t mean a life without issues. Just a life filled with peace.
Originally posted on the blog Jerod’s Mind Unraveled.