21 DAY CHALLENGE - Day 14
Day 14 – Peace
Congratulations! Today we finish up week #2. I know there has been a lot to take in, but I am so proud of you for continuing on this journey. I hope each day you are continuing to learn and grow in your faith and that you keep up with your faith journey. It’s going to be worth it!
An avid music fan, I think that I have an appreciation for all sorts of music. Everything from boy bands to classical and everything in between, I can appreciate nearly all genres of music and from many generations. One of my first desires to play guitar was a direct result of watching Jimmie Hendrix absolutely SHRED at Woodstock. I didn’t get too much into the whole Woodstock movement, nor did I pay particular attention to what was going on. I was too enamored with Jimmie’s talent to think about much else. Yet as I got older and look back I’ve come to learn a lot more about Woodstock and the generation that came out of Woodstock – that they were a generation that prided themselves on the idea of PEACE. What they did…the choices they made…weren’t the best and I AM NOT supporting free-living. What I’m talking about is the idea that they were living for…the idea of peace.
Maybe you’re like me? Maybe when you think about peace images of Woodstock and that generation come to the front of your mind – images of flowers, and peace signs, and rock & roll music, and Volkswagen Bugs, and…well you get the idea. Today in our reading and reflection we’re going to look at peace.
As you read today, Jesus says, “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.”
Several times Jesus said to His disciples that He would be leaving the world, but when He left He would send them a gift, the Holy Spirit. You are a benefactor of that gift as well. When you and I decide to follow Jesus and ask Him into our heart, we immediately receive the Holy Spirit.
“What’s so special about that?”, you may be asking yourself.
Being a Christian doesn’t take stress away. Being a Christian won’t end all your problems or solve every issue in your life. Being a Christian doesn’t make everything we face in this world instantly better. What being a Christian DOES do is give you the ability to have peace through ALL of life. In the midst of the storms of life…
THERE CAN BE PEACE!
Jesus never promises us that following Him will be easy. In fact, at one point, He GUARANTEES that it won’t be easy when He says, “In this life you will have trouble of many kinds.” His promise was that we CAN have peace through His Spirit. He ends that sentence by saying, “Take heart because I have overcome the world.”
Regardless of what you face remember that because you follow Jesus you can have peace.
As you read John 14, ask yourself these questions…
1. What does REAL peace look like? 2. What area(s) in my life do I need the peace that comes from knowing Jesus? 3. Who do I know that I can share the peace that comes from knowing Jesus? 4. What questions do I have?
Lord, please help me trust you in every situation of my life. I know that there are going to be times when life is really difficult; times when I will face incredibly hard circumstances. Lord, in these storms, I pray that I would come to know and experience the peace that only You can give me. Thank you for being there for me! Amen.
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