Living the Word of God

Peace I leave you

As a Financial Planner, I’ve review many Employee Benefit Packets to help my clients take advantage of the benefits they are entitled to for working for their employer. Many people don’t even look nor do they take advantage of their “benefits” with the exception of some of the basic allowances like their health benefits or the education allowance afforded to them by the employer. Some folks were sitting on a goldmine of money gifted them through stock ownership or their 401(k) plans. I’ve found money that people didn’t even know that they had because they wouldn’t take the time to analyze their Employee Benefit Package. Did you know that God has created a benefit package for all those who received salvation? Over the next series of my writings to you I will open up the mysteries of God’s “Benefit Packet” granted to you as part and parcel of your salvation. Today we will talk a little about “peace”
Jesus said: “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27 NLT).
Your enemy the devil, “prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” The Bible refers to the devil as “your great enemy, the devil” (1st Peter 5:8 NLT). How he accomplishes this feat of robbing you from the peace that God has given you is by creating fear in your hearts through your circumstances. Instead of resting in the peace of God, you look at your circumstance through the eyes fear and you take your focus off of your “peace” benefit. When this happens, your mind concocts scenarios that are fictitious and out of line with your “peace” benefit thus creating mental chaos. What you give thought to or meditate on becomes a reality in your life. Instead of dwelling on the lies of the devil, dwell on the promise of the “peace” Jesus died to give you. The Bible says “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (1st Peter 5:7 NLT). When you give all of your cares and burdens to the Lord in prayer, you have to learn not to pick it up again by worrying about it. To know that God loves you is to be able to rest in the fact that He cares about you and that He will handle those concerns you bring to Him.
God is known as the “God of Peace” (Judges 6:24). In the Book of Judges, Gideon was chosen to deliver the Israelites from the hand of the Midianites. Just before Gideon went to war to deliver the Israelites, Gideon was shaking in his boots when God chose him to deliver the Israelites. Gideon looked at his ability to carry out what God has instructed him to do seeing that he was from a poor upbringing and being the weakest in his household, Gideon thought God was setting him up for death. Most of us make the same mistake. We tend to look at what we have in determining whether or not we can do what God has told us to do and thus we fear.
When God sends you to do something, it is God who will perform His word through you.
“Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it”” (Jeremiah 1:12 ESV).
God said: “Have I not sent thee” (Judges 6:14)? After Gideon’s encounter with the Lord, Gideon went on to defeat the Midianites because he did as the Lord instructed him to do. Without fail, if you follow your inward witness, the voice of the Holy Spirit, you will not fail. Many of us fail to follow our first mind. We end up second guessing and failing at each attempt. God never fails. His word will not return void. “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).
Jesus is known as the Prince of Peace. It was written about Him in Isaiah Chapter 9. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
We have been given spiritual weapons to defeat every attack of the enemy (Ephesians 6:10-18) and we have been given an example of how to do it by the Lord Jesus Himself when He was tempted 40 days by the devil in the wilderness (see Mathew Chapter 4, and in Luke Chapter 4). The example was given every time the devil said something to Jesus, Jesus spoke the Word to defeat the enemy.
”For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12 NKJV).
It’s the Word of God which fights your battles. It’s your faith in God and your belief in the Power of His Word that gives you the ability to stand firm and know that the enemy will flee.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). This is a promise from God regardless of any opposition.
But we have to do our part. Most people quote this scripture: “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper” (Isaiah 54:17) but omit their responsibilities in refuting the words of the devil playing hopscotch with our thoughts. It is our responsibility to “silence every voice raised up to accuse you” in order to receive the peace promised by our Father, the God of Peace. The devil is the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10). You have to speak a scripture against anything that tries to rob you of this peace. “These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the LORD; their vindication will come from me. I, the LORD, have spoken! (Isaiah 54:17 NLT).
Therefore, “I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. (Rom 16:17-20 NIV).
There are many other scriptures proving this point. If peace is one of your challenges, write me and I’ll help you put this concern behind you. Reverend Joseph Campbell P.O. Box 34641 Phoenix, AZ 85067

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