Sonntag, 10. April 2016

ധ്രുവദീപ്തി // Christianity // Divine Thoughts // Power of God’s Peace : Elsy Mathew, Bangalore

Divine Thoughts:

 Power of God’s Peace : 

Elsy Mathew, Bangalore

Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, 

`Peace be with you’ 

(Luke 24:36).

Jesus Blessing 2
“Peace be with you”

Peace of God is the most effective counterforce 
against the most devastating situations that we go through.

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. 
I do not give you as the world gives. 
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. 
(John 14:27).

Mrs. Elsy Mathew
It was late that Sunday evening, and the disciples were gathered together behind locked doors, because they were afraid of the Jewish authorities. Then Jesus came and stood among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. After saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy and seeing the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, so I send you. (John 20:10-22).

Peace, what a beautiful word! Alas, how elusive too. Someone had defined peace as being in harmony with the world. A world that does not demand anything from you for you don’t have to be someone to be able to live on it. That you do not know someone worth your envy and you could look at reality with wide-eyed wonder. This is the primordial peace we once had when we, nature and others coexist in harmony to praise and give glory to God who created us. This is the peace that Jesus gives us. The peace to be amidst others who are and not be afraid.

The heart of man is restless until it finds its rest in Thee—Saint Augustine

Several parting gifts were given to the disciples when Jesus left them and went to the Father’s House. He gave them His Spirit, His Word, His presence and protection along with innumerable promises. But one of the greatest parting gifts He gave was His peace in all circumstances. He knew that when He is gone, His beloved disciples would be lonely and would miss Him much. He also knew that circumstances would try to haunt and hunt them down and situations would intimidate them. He was with them physically all these years and now that He is gone, He wanted to give them the reassurance that nothing untoward will overpower them. He wanted to dispel all their fears. He wanted their minds to be tranquil and at rest. He didn’t want their minds to be baffled at the unexpected situations which would come up every moment of their lives. So the Lord gave them one of the greatest gifts that they could ever receive from Him which was His peace. This is the peace that is part of the character of God.

Without peace, our property and possessions, much or little, are of no value, and without the Prince of Peace there can be no peace—R. E. Dudley

Your power does not depend on the size and strength of an army. You are a God who cares for the humble and helps the oppressed. You give support and protection to people who are weak and helpless; you save those who have lost hope. (Judith 9:11)

The same peace is with us today to face any circumstances. It is deposited as an investment by Jesus in our hearts and He wants us to grow in that peace so that we will be able to face any eventualities in life. The boldness and peace in times of adversities is unthinkable to the people of the world. So they resort to shortcuts to escape the pressures they encounter. But we can trust in the Lord and in His peace which rules our hearts.

Does your present circumstance blow heavily against you? Is your situation intimidating with unanswerable questions about your future? Are you experiencing the loss of strength in your heart? Are you loosing all the hope you had placed in a person, your assets, job, health or other relationships? Is the wind of circumstance trying to uproot you?

Saint Augustine
Remember the words of the Lord Jesus that He has already given you His peace to govern your heart, thoughts and situations. Because His peace is planted in your heart, none of the external forces can have dominion over you. His peace is as powerful as the Lord Himself and will work as a buffer against any eventualities in life. His peace can dispel all fears, discouragements, pressures and anguishes. His peace is beyond the capacity of any earthly forces to overpower you. His peace will guard your heart and mind against all intimidating thoughts. His peace will work as a wall around you and a strong tower that your difficult situation will not take away your confidence and courage.

If you are going through rough and tough patches in life, you need not loose hope because Jesus is with you in all your circumstances as your partner. His peace is your weapon to fight against and win over the most debilitating thoughts and fears which knock at the door of your heart. Your unanswered questions can find proper answers in the Lord because He knows your future which He has planned for you. He will not forsake His children in any circumstance. He will guide you and keep you going. His hands will be upon you in all your tomorrows. Let the peace of God govern your hearts and thoughts and give you strength today to face all the challenges and trying situations you face and come out stronger in your faith. 

Today in Gods word 
Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus. (Philip 4:6). //-

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