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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Consuming Peace"

Date published: 06/03/2012

John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world."  (NIV)  

 

Peace should be the hallmark of your life as a Christian.  In this verse, Jesus says that no matter how bad things might get, Christians should have peace knowing that He has overcome the world.  Why then does peace seem so elusive to so many Christians?  The key to having peace is allowing Jesus to overcome the world.  Jesus lived every day in the world with the possibility of the world consuming His life in turmoil.  The one thing you see consistently in Jesus’ life that prevented this from happening was His constant relationship with God.  Each day Jesus became equipped and empowered to overcome the world by placing Himself not only into God’s presence, but also into the center of God’s will.  You too can fully overcome the pressures and circumstances of the world by coming to Him in prayer and Bible reading each day.  There are four preparatory things that can help you draw into God to receive His fullness of being so that you too can have peace in your life: 1) Simplify your life, so that God has a fighting chance to be a part of your life. 2) Learn to practice God’s presence in silence, so that He can speak. 3) Practice God’s presence in a place of solitude, so that others do not crowd Him out of your life. 4) Surrender your life wholly to Christ, so that He is not competing for your attention and time.  Doing these four things will provide not only the opportunity for a greater peace but will also deepen your relationship with God.  

 

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