Day 92: April 2, 2023

The Person of Peace

Key Verse to Read and Treasure:

Now may the Lord himself, the Lord of peace, pour into you his peace in every circumstance and every possible way. The Lord’s tangible presence be with you all. (2 Thessalonians 3:16, TPT)

For Insight

Everywhere we read Jesus’ invitation to come unto him, it is also an invitation to receive his peace. Jesus knows peace is not a condition of the heart or a position of the mind or will. It is not the absence of fear, darkness, threat, or trouble, but peace is the presence of one Person: Jesus Christ. God said Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). When you abide in Jesus and Jesus abides in you the Person of Peace, the Prince of Peace is living in you.

Peace is the prevailing substance of the atmosphere of heaven. Perfect peace is the natural overflow because everything in heaven is perfectly aligned. When we abide I the Vine this is the peace we can harness as our own. There is no need to fear, worry, have anxiety, doubt, be troubled, or nervous because we enjoy a mutual abiding with the Prince of Peace.  

After Jesus was arrested and crucified, the Apostles were emotionally distraught. They did not know yet that he had also risen from the grave. They closed themselves off into a room, locked the doors out of fear and were filled with disbelief. What had just happened? They were traumatized by the events of the last several days and uncertain what to do going forward. In addition to that they were fearful for their own lives and wellbeing. No wonder Jesus came in and breathed his peace on them (Read John 20:19-21). As long as he was with them, they were at peace but the moment he was taken from them their peace was stolen also.

Jesus didn’t just appear to them to show them he was alive, but he came to restore their peace. When you read this account in John notice how the appearance of Jesus took away their fear. It was as though his outpouring of peace hit their inner reset button and they were filled with peace once more. They discovered what we must: with Jesus we have perfect peace, without him we struggle to maintain peace and peace becomes fleeting. When our peace is gone, we don’t need to pray “Lord, give me peace about this or that,” our prayer needs to become, “Lord be my peace”. “Jesus fill me with yourself.”

When Jesus lives in you, storms may come but you have peace. Trials may come but you have peace. Sickness may come but you have peace. Finances may fluctuate but you hold onto your peace. Loss happens but you have peace. Troubles, challenges, tragedies come, but your peace is firmly in place. No matter what comes you have peace. Not because you have trained yourself to rise above your circumstances, disciplined your attitude, or operate out of pretense, but you have peace because the Person of Peace abides in you and you in him and the Person of Peace does not fail to fill you with peace.

Jesus, as long as you abide in my and I in you I am guaranteed to have peace. I am at peace! Amen

Ask Yourself

Does the Prince of Peace, the Peace of heaven, the Person of Peace fill me? Am I living in and harnessing Jesus’ peace no matter what comes?  

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