More Abundant Peace
What is the definition of peace? Is it stillness? Is it silence? Is it rest? Is it comfort? Or is it the absence of strain and fear? Do you know what peace that passes all understanding feels like?
Let's explore this topic together in today's devotional:
“The thief does not come except to steal, kill, and to destroy; I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”
Once you reject your own righteousness and put on the righteousness of God, the second attribute to the more abundant life is peace. Peace is the inner tranquility and poise of the believer whose trust is in God through Jesus Christ.
The world sees peace as a lack of external conflict or trouble; however, in God’s kingdom, peace can be present in the midst of conflict and trouble. Peace gives you internal comfort and the courage to face difficult situations and external problems. Without God’s internal peace, you cannot address problems effectively nor can you obtain external peace.
The prophecy in Isaiah 9:6 describes Jesus as the Prince of Peace. A prince is the son of a sovereign ruler; so Prince of Peace means that Jesus is the bearer, or ambassador, of peace. And when Jesus talks about giving us more abundant life, He is talking about a life that will allow us to experience peace with God, with ourselves, with nature, and with those who choose peace. This peace is not the empty promises that the world offers with its materialism, false religions, and false treaties. It is a godly peace that passes all earthly understanding.
This peace is beyond the world’s comprehension. In the midst of an economic meltdown, you have peace; in the midst of bad news from the doctor, you have peace; in the midst of limited cash flow, you have peace; and in the midst of uncertainty about the future, you have peace. This peace is not circumstantial, but rather it is based on complete trust in God through Jesus Christ.
As a kingdom business steward, how do you achieve this peace? This peace comes by abiding in Christ. Here are five things that keep you abiding or finding your existence, in Him:
This peace disappears the minute you take your eyes off Jesus and begin to focus on yourself or your situation apart from His perspective and His promises.
- A personal relationship with Jesus Christ, which gives you peace with God
- Keeping your mind on Him
- Being spiritually-minded no matter the circumstances
- Prayer—drawing near to Him with your worship and needs
- Keeping the Word of God in your heart
Why is this peace so necessary? It is a peace that the world cannot take away, and this peace guards our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. This peace is a spiritual shield around your heart and your internal nervous system to protect you against a sudden heart attack or mental breakdown.
Many people in business have experienced heart failure and mental breakdown as a result of bad news they received about their business. This news can range from market changes, loss of contracts, loss of investments, or lawsuits. Remember, the devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy; he uses people, things, and information to achieve his goal. But Jesus came that you may have life abundantly.
What are you facing right now? Are you experiencing the abundant life? Do you have a peace that passes all understanding? If not, seek the Prince of Peace, set your mind on Him, remain spiritually-minded, pray, and put His word in your heart. Before you know it, peace will start coming over you. Though your problems may not disappear, this peace will give you the comfort and the courage to face the problems; this is walking in the more abundant life.
Next will we will discuss the final and most critical attribute of the more abundant life, which is joy in the Holy Spirit.
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