December 16, Peace-filled Living

John 14: 25-27  “All this I have spoken while still with you.  But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  (NIV)

Promise:  Jesus promised that God would send the Holy Spirit to teach, remind, comfort and bring His peace to me.

Why is it important to know this promise?

God’s character revealed:  He is a Promise Keeper, Faithful, Peace, Hope, Comforter, Teacher, Sovereign and the Source of Calm and Tranquility.

Promise provides me with:  a sense of calmness and peace in my life, hope that I will learn and remember what God teaches me about himself, knowledge that God keeps his promises and did indeed send the Holy Spirit, availability of an inner spirit from God that I can access 24/7 and that God does not want me stressed, worried , afraid or discouraged.

These are some of the most often quoted verses when talking about peace.  They are very reassuring and comforting as here God promises to be with us and provide us with the emotional support that we need to survive.  God does not want us fearful, distressed or worried.  He wants us to trust Him and allow Him to work in an though us in every situation.  With God as our source of peace, we can focus on Him and His provision and set aside those things that cause us to lose trust in His ability to provide.  This holiday season, don’t get caught up in the pressures of all the things you think you need to do.  Take some time to ask the Prince of Peace to dwell within you and give you His peace.

Have a peace-filled day,

Linda

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