Lessons Of A Lifetime

The Peace Of Jesus
An Untroubled Heart
Sunday Feb. 19, 2023

Scripture To Consider:
“These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I have said to you.”

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

“You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.”

“And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.”        John 14.25-31

Something To Consider:
The Holy Spirit, our Helper, the Spirit of truth, is He who comes not in His own name, but in the name of Jesus. Likewise, Jesus came in the name of the Father to rightly reveal the Father to humankind. At present, the Holy Spirit dwelling in believers is revealing Jesus to all who believe and are obedient to the words of Jesus.

Part of the revelation process is the Holy Spirit’s ability to teach all things by bringing to our remembrance the things Jesus declared while here on earth. Therefore, as we read the words of Jesus, His commandments, His parables, and His end time warnings, the Spirit of truth helps us in rightly interpreting the many lessons of a lifetime to be learned.

Our part of the process is to remain obedient with what we have learned. As John declared in 1 John 5.2; “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep His commandments.” Therefore, do we love God, and are we keeping His commandments? In the very next verse John affirmed; “This is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.”

Something Else To Consider:
With shock and surprise awaiting the disciples, Jesus promised them peace, saying, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

The whole world seeks after peace. Even now peace is being sought all over the face of the earth. For decades peace in the Middle East has been discussed, argued, debated, and sought after by world leaders, but true peace remains allusive and a precious sought after commodity.

On August 13, 2020, Donald J. Trump and Jared Kushner brokered a huge breakthrough towards peace in the Middle East between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Since then, other Arab nations are also sitting at the table discussing what may prove to become the most sought-after peace agreement ever. If in accordance to the prophesied in the book of Daniel peace accord, this is a big deal and a monumental end time sign! And yet, only time will tell.

But true peace can only come through a true sin forgiven relationship with Jesus, and by keeping His commandments! And for the most part, Israel and the UAE are not there. If they were then obedience to those commandments would reap true peace. Do we have the true peace of God in our lives? If not, could it be that we are not keeping or obeying Christ’s commandments, His written Word?

We are taught in Proverbs 16.7; “When a man’s [or a woman’s] ways please the Lord, He [the Lord] makes even his [or her] enemies to be at peace with him [or her].” True peace is a wisely sought after by product of pleasing God. Zechariah 8.19 proclaims, “Love the truth and peace!” Are we loving the truth of God’s Word? Are we loving God’s truth by truly observing all of the teachings of Jesus?

If not, the true peace of God will remain allusive and unattainable! Let us therefore, follow after the things which make for true God ordained peace. And let us seek to not allow our hearts to be troubled while seeking first the kingdom and righteousness of God found only in and through our seeking to be obedient to the teaching of Jesus Christ!

Something More To Consider:
The peace Jesus promised is not as the false peace that the world bargains for, negotiates to gain, and even kills to foolishly temporarily obtain. The world’s peace is a false peace that is here today and gone tomorrow. The temporary peace that is offered by riches only lasts as long as the immediate thrill of those riches wears off and certainly when those riches are gone.

The illicit peace that drugs and alcohol offer only lasts as long as the next fix or drink lasts. The temporary peace treaty that will be brokered in the Middle East in the last days will only last three and a half years until the man of sin, the son of perdition, the Antichrist, stands in the holy place of the yet to be built Jewish temple and demands that he, the Antichrist be worshipped as God.

All man-made peace will eventually come to a tragic end. Only the peace of Jesus is a true everlasting peace that even death cannot disturb or sweep away. The peace of Jesus is a peace that truly calms the troubled and fearful heart. The peace of Jesus promises and provides an untroubled heart! How are we doing as it relates to the peace of Jesus and an untroubled heart? 

A Few Final Words:
According to Jesus, immediately after the tribulation of the end times, Jesus will send His angels to gather together His elect enduring to the end saints who are still alive upon planet earth. And we will hear as the disciples heard Jesus declare in our text today; “Arise, let us go from here.”

At that moment, we will be translated into the everlasting realm of eternity. Therefore, are we loving God? Are we keeping and or obeying His commands? Are we experiencing the true peace of God in and through the true repentance found in Jesus Christ? Are we pleasing to God?

The promise of an untroubled heart is well within reach of all those who have graciously received the promised and obtainable peace of Jesus. For according to Jesus, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Our Father in heaven, may we willingly receive the true peace of Jesus Christ of Nazareth in the midst of a troubled and worried world. May we be found at the end of our lives or at the end of this age, living in perfect peace with the Word of God, of which is Jesus, He who came to the world in the flesh and was obedient to Your living Word. In Him Always, Amen!

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