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Monday, December 3, 2018 Third Day of Advent: The Gift of Peace

 John 14:27 NKJV: “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.”

The gift I unwrapped this morning is the gift of peace. What a wonderful gift! Who among us can’t use more peace in these days of uncertainty?

The type of peace Jesus is speaking of in John 14:27 is not a “surface” peace where everything looks great on the outside but on the inside we are a complete wreck. No, this peace takes root in our heart and flows to every aspect of our life—emotional, spiritual, mental and physical.  No matter what happens, God’s peace never leaves us.  It is a peace the natural mind cannot comprehend. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7 NKJV)

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3 NKJV) How do we obtain His peace? We have to get to know Him, personally and intimately. We must spend time with Him, listening to His voice, basking in His love. We can’t expect to have a deep and intimate relationship with our spouse if we don’t spend time with him/her. The same is true of God. Trust must be built and this, too, requires that we spend time with Him.we can’t build trust if we don’t spend time with God. As we learn that His love is unconditional, that He only wants the best for His children, we begin to know him and realize that we can trust Him with everything and every person in our lives. We learn and comprehend that He knows what is best for us. Once we have that knowledge, we can let go of that situation(s) that worries us and trust God to deal with it. When we surrender that situation to Him, His peace will immediately flood our heart, mind, and soul.

When we are walking in God’s peace, what do we display to those we meet? When our family, friends, coworkers, and strangers see us, there is peace and contentment on our faces. There is a smile on our face, our eyes are twinkling and joy radiates from us. People can’t resist wondering what’s so different about us. And if they don’t have that peace and contentment and joy, they will want to know how to get it. This is how we can witness of Jesus without saying a word. He is there on our countenance and in our hearts.

One of my favorite hymns is ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.” Read the words and meditate on how trusting Him give you perfect peace.

’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,

Just to take Him at His Word;

Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”

Refrain:
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!

Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus,

Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!

Refrain

Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.

Refrain

I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end. *

 

Refrain

*Words: Louisa Stead, 1882

Music: William Kirkpatrick, 1882

 

Abba Father, Help us to trust You with all of our life. We give you those situations that concern us this morning and we ask that You give us peace. Thank You that You stand ready to help when we ask and You are faithful to complete those things that concern us. We love you, Father. Amen.

 (c) Edwina E. Cowgill

 

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