"Peace I leave you, my peace I give to you, not as the world gives to you do I give, let not your hearts be troubled, nor let it be afraid" (John 14:27) One of my favorite chapters in the entire Bible and after two consecutive years of reading it almost daily I found out that, "I ain't got it yet" (excuse my Texan).
Have you ever been at complete peace in a chaotic storm? Have you ever been in complete anxiety during a seemingly harmless situation?
Peace isn't about circumstances. Peace comes from YOUR EMOTIONS lining up with your Spirit.
You see when Jesus said, "My peace I give you", He meant... "My peace I give you"... In other words, you now have peace. To say after Him that you don't have access to peace would be calling Jesus a liar. When Holy Spirit came and resided in you then you immediately received peace. Holy Spirit is the Counselor, His fruits are, love, joy, PEACE, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self control.
You have these things within you, available at 24 hour access, no matter what circumstances are in front of you. It can be as big as a life threatening situation, losing someone you love, or as small as a paper cut, but you have access to peace at all times.
So Jesus follows with this, "Not as the world gives do I give, let not your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid".
I've read these words, read these words, quoted these words, preached these words, but let me tell you when an attack comes on your peace, that "let not" part is hard.
The world gives tangible things that you only have access to when you are in the proper location. That is why Jesus said, not as the world gives. He doesn't have to be in physical manifestation to hand you His peace, no no, He gave Holy Spirit to go with you, WHEREVER you go, and He will NEVER leave you. Jesus was saying right there with those words, I am giving you an ALL ACCESS PASS, ANY TIME MINUTES, to peace. All you have to do is... "let not".
I must make a choice to believe what Jesus said about peace. I must say "HEART, YOU ARE AT PEACE!!! YOU CAN NOT BE TROUBLED, YOU CAN NOT BE AFRAID, YOU HAVE THE PEACE OF CHRIST"
My spiritual Momma always says, "Great is your peace and undisturbed composure". As a person that for the most of my life has been laid back and relaxed, I didn't realize there might be a time in life when those words would be something I would need to cling to, but the older you get, the more you desire to do things for God, the more life you get involved in. There will be times where your peace is challenged and if the enemy can steal your peace, he can stop your faith.
Your peace is not of this world. Your peace is not defined by circumstances. You have peace at all times. You were created for peace. You were created to make peace. You can be at peace in any and all situations. Let not your heart be troubled friends, nor let it be afraid.
Be Blessed, J. Tate