Peace: A Meditation on John 14:27

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“Peace”.  Produced and narrated by Chaplain Cassandra. Copyright © 2016-2018 by Cassandra L. Wood. All rights reserved. Scripture: Luke 10:38-42. World English Bible (WEB). Public Domain.   Music: “Healing” (changes made). Composer: Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/.  Date of publication: September 2018.

Great Peace

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Read

 Psalm 119:165

Those who love your law have great peace. Nothing causes them to stumble. (WEB)
Great peace have they who love Your law; nothing shall offend them or make them stumble. (AMPC)
Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble. (NKJV)

Reflect

Meditate and think about the scriptural text you just read. What does the Living Word speak to you?  Read and repeat the text to yourself. Memorize it. Allow it to sink into you.

Respond

Respond with worship, adoration, and thankfulness to the Lord for speaking to you through His Word. Ask Him to reveal how you can apply it to your life.

Rest

Wait on the Lord. Rest in Him. Abide in Him. Contemplate what He has spoken through His holy Word.
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New King James Version (NKJV). Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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Jesus Promises Peace

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 John 14:27

Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, give I to you. Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful. (WEB)
Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]  (AMP)
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. (NKJV)

Reflect

Meditate and think about the scriptural text you just read. What does the Living Word speak to you?  Read and repeat the text to yourself. Memorize it. Allow it to sink into you.

Respond

Respond with worship, adoration, and thankfulness to the Lord for speaking to you through His Word. Ask Him to reveal how you can apply it to your life.

Rest

Wait on the Lord. Rest in Him. Abide in Him. Contemplate what He has spoken through His holy Word.
World English Bible (WEB) by Public Domain. The name “World English Bible” is trademarked.
Amplified Bible (AMP). Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. All rights reserved.
New King James Version (NKJV). Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 

The Exalted Lamb of God

John 1-29It is said that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. The implication is that the early days of March are volatile and forceful while the later days are calm and peaceful.
Conversely, Jesus Christ came to the earth, the first time, as a calm and peaceful  Lamb.  He came to be God’s gracious and merciful covering for our sins. 1 John 2:2; 1 John 4:10.  In the days of His flesh, He was meek and humble. As such, he was depicted metaphorically as the Lamb of God.
As the resurrected Lord, He is still depicted metaphorically as the Lamb of God. Now, however, in the heavenly realms, He is the Ruler of All, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. In the book of Revelation, the book in which Jesus Christ shows what must happen very soon, the exalted Lamb of God is referred to 25 times! As you read and meditate on God’s prophetic word, my prayer for you is that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ may give you spiritual wisdom and revelation in your knowledge of Him.
Revelation 5:6, 5:8, 5:12, 5:13;
Revelation 6:1, 6:16; Rev. 7:9, 7:10, 7:14, 7:17;
Revelation 12:11; Rev. 13:8;
Revelation 14:1, 14:4, 14:10; Rev. 15:3;
Revelation 17:14; Rev. 19:7, 19:9;
Rev. 21:9, 14, 22, 23, 27 and
Revelation 22:1-3

Why Do You Worry?

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 
Matthew 6:25-33 (NIV)

Wait, what?  I don’t have to worry?

You got it.  Jesus specifically told you, “Don’t Worry.” Read it in another translation:

 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?

Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing,  yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Matthew 6:25-33 (NLT)

 

Don’t Worry About Anything, Pray About Everything

Philippians 4:6 (TLB)

In nothing be anxious,

but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving,

let your requests be made known to God. 

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,

will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. 

Philippians 4:6-7 (WEB)

Wait, what?  Are you saying that I can choose to not worry?

Yes, you can choose to not worry.

Don’t worry about anything;

instead, pray about everything.

Tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. 

If you do this, you will experience God’s peace,

which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.

His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest

as you trust in Christ Jesus. 

Philippians 4:6-7 (TLB)

 

Perfect Peace

Read

  Isaiah 26:3

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. (NKJV)
You keep completely safe the people who maintain their faith, for they trust in you.  (NET)
The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in you.  (NASB)

Reflect

Slowly re-read the passage of scripture. How does it apply to you?

Respond

Respond to the Lord by thanking Him for His perfect peace …by, through and in Christ Jesus.

Rest

Finally, simply rest in the Word of God and in His presence. Abide in the Lord and allow Him to abide in you by and through His Word.