Daily Devotions for Wednesday: By Christina Farris
John 14:26-28 KJV
(26) But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
(27) Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
(28) Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.
I do not know anyone in this world that does not desire peace, whether it be at work, at home, school, social interaction and so forth. Everyone wants peace in their life. Even I want peace in every situation of my life. Chapter 8 of John Christ shows his equality with God claiming to be one with the Father. Yet here in verse 28 Christ is clear that God is greater then himself. I often think was this for the disciples benefit or a fact. One knows without God the word of God can not exist, yet in author God’s Word is equal and the same as God. God is consistent. He consistent to the need of repentance to receive the blessings of God especially when sin has overtaken a person to a point only evil can abound. Is God the author of His Word of course. Is God the authority of his word greater then its authority. If Christ be the word of God in the flesh, then though his power is equal, He is also a servant of God. The tongue twisters that seem to have no end, yet it authority does not change. Jesus his authority to change lives for the good never changes. His authority to judge comes when He as come as peace and deliverance only to be rejected for the final offering for the chance of repentance. Yet Christ came in peace to the world, so all could know who He is through His Son. God’s offering of peace through His Son was allowing His Son to pay the price for sin, the sin that caused all to be upon the earth instead of paradise. God’s word often brings division, division and opposition to the way the world sees things.
I could go on and on about the issue of peace, not remaining in the since of actual no argument, no strife, no rioting, no war, no hate, and so forth and so on. The riots in Baltimore is disturbing. It makes no sense, to us not there, and if there would it make anymore sense. We all get angry. We all get mad when we believe justice is not served. Yet how we respond is not always right either. I have been thinking on this issue the past few years of the need for anger management before one gets out of high school. Writing can help with pain or anger, but it not always the solution. Marches were done to get political leaders to listen. The Boston Tea Party was a political action, that by government laws is unjustifiable. Today with modern technology there is no reason not to be able to get truth out without rioting, but by nations protest to the government. There are peaceful ways to deal with issues.
Yet even with peaceful ways to deal with a problem it is not always the answer. Yet peace is a better solution. Latchkey kids becoming more violent because of unguarded protection against the elements of the world’s evil system. Children not being able to filter good and evil. Evil presenting there side as a good cause. Leading children to seek terrorist action groups not banded for propaganda because of freedom of speech and press. Yet those freedoms to precious to those not terrorist to not allow the government to banned such groups unless proven guilty of terrorist acts against government agency, and not going through proper channels. Yet some might ask if a cop is guilty then how can one feel safe about going to the department or even the state that upholds innocent till proven guilty if the law itself becomes guilty. Need for lawyers to educate and to teach how to make that law work even in government agencies.
Jesus said He was leaving his disciples with peace and giving peace but not as the world understands. I agree that Christ peace is not comprehendible by the world, but it is comprehendible by the people of faith. The peace God desires to establish is peace between us spiritual, between God and man. He desires to bridge the gap between His love for man despite their sin, as well as the idea of righteousness through faith. Yet with that peace, comes responsibility to the believer to obey the peacemaker between God and man. To keep peace man has a responsibility to obey. To some that does not seem like a choice, yet in order to keep peace in a land the laws have to be obeyed, so it is with God’s law of obedience peace remains between man and God.
The gift of the Holy Spirit enables the believers to have peace with God continually if we follow in the steps of the Spirit of God as He directs. That rebellious spirit of man is bridled by the hand of God in the believers life, not by the hand of man. It is the continual work of grace in the believers life. It is the continual work of peace in the believers life for our protection not just against Him, but against world. His way is our protection, Our protection comes through faith in Christ Jesus, Christ is our protection through obedience to His word and Spirit. The sanctification process is instant as will as continual in a believers life.
Peace remains between the people of faith and God. God desires us all to be at peace with Him, yet we must be willing to believe and obey. To walking in power of his Spirit and His grace. Is it enough to have faith? Yes for righteous comes through believing God word of promise to all that look to Jesus as Savior.
Dear Heavenly Father your peace you brought to the world was between the world and you, that all that would believe in Jesus would be saved, would no longer be your enemy if we walk in obedience of your Spirit. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Daily Bible Verses: Hebrews 13:20-21 KJV
(20) Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
(21) Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Daily God’s Promises: 1 John 2:3-6 KJV
(3) And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
(4) He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
(5) But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
(6) He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.