Saturday, 31 March 2012

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart


I was reading in Luke 24 about the Resurrection of Christ. Beth Moore had taught from this chapter at Colour, and I wanted to revisit it now that I was home. With all that I had been through last week, I needed to lean into Him. And then I came across this verse...

Now while they were talking about this, Jesus Himself took His stand among them and said to them, Peace
 (freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin) 
be to you! {Luke 24:36AMP*}

I stopped reading, and contemplated what I read in the brackets - the definition of peace. And I read it again. I was struck by the words and their power over me.

I thought about all the distresses I had experienced as a result of my health, and the peace I now felt now that I had laid it at the Master's feet. Living in a fallen world that we were never meant to live in, sickness is a result of sin entering the world. My sickness is not a result of my direct sin, as I have been forgiven. God doesn't punish us with sickness. I am a new creation and His Son took all my punishment on the Cross. But rather, ill health is a result of the consequences of not eating properly for years, toxic emotions and perhaps a consequence of the sins of former generations. Whatever the reason for my ill health, I can have freedom from the distress it causes within.

I searched on Biblegateway.com for other instances of this definition of peace in the bible, and found it occurred in two other verses.

Here is the first one:

And behold, a woman of the town who was an especially wicked sinner, when she learned that He was reclining at table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of ointment (perfume).
    And standing behind Him at His feet weeping, she began to wet His feet with [her] tears; and she wiped them with the hair of her head and kissed His feet [affectionately] and anointed them with the ointment (perfume).
But Jesus said to the woman, Your faith has saved you; go (enter) into peace [ in freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin].{Luke 7:37-38,50 AMP*}

Here Jesus told the woman, who was most probably living under the weight of the guilt of her sin and consequence, to enter into peace. He told her to enter into the freedom from all the distresses that she has experienced as a result of sin. By entering into His peace we can have freedom form guilt from our sin.

The other place it appears is when Jesus gave the disciples power and authority over unclean spirits, to drive them out, and to cure all kinds of disease and all kinds of weakness and infirmity. {Matt 10:1} It appears where He is instructing His disciples before He sends them out. 

Then if indeed that house is deserving, let come upon it your peace [that is, freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin]. But if it is not deserving, let your peace return to you.
And whoever will not receive and accept and welcome you nor listen to your message, as you leave that house or town, shake the dust [of it] from your feet.
{Matt 10:13-14AMP*}


Here Jesus says that we can allow our peace to come over others. The peace is not just for us. It is transferable. But if the message of Good News is not received or accepted, then we are to have that peace return to us. We are to leave those people in God's hands, and not take on the distress of their decision. If people reject the message of Christ, we are to still hold onto His peace.
"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." ~ Jesus
{John 14:27NLT}



Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. 


And God's peace [shall be yoursthat tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that isthat peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
{Phil 4:6-7 AMP}


So, if we make our definite requests known to God by prayer in every circumstance, God's peace shall be ours. And His peace means we can be content with whatever comes our way on this earth. 

His peace is a gift.
His peace is something we enter into.
His peace is transferable.
His peace is ours when we make our requests know to Him in prayer.
His peace means freedom from all the distresses that are experienced as the result of sin.
His peace means a tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation in Christ.
His peace means fearing nothing from God.
His peace means being content with our earthly lot of whatever sort that is.
His peace transcends all understanding.
His peace guards our hearts and our minds.
The world cannot give us this peace.



Still taking lessons from the King,







*The Amplified Bible was the first Bible project of The Lockman Foundation. It attempts to take both word meaning and context into account in order to accurately translate the original text from one language into another. The Amplified Bible does this through the use of explanatory alternate readings and amplifications to assist the reader in understanding what Scripture really says. Multiple English word equivalents to each key Hebrew and Greek word clarify and amplify meanings that may otherwise have been concealed by the traditional translation method. The Amplified Bible present on the Bible Gateway matches the 1987 printing. Source

14 comments:

  1. Wow Jo!! Powerful words of wisdom and encouragement. Just the pick-me-up I needed to PICK UP and RUN with. Love my Jesus and the gift He imparted.

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    1. So glad my words encouraged you! They were just the pick me up I needed too. HA!

      Still lurking around on your blog and loving sharing in your adventures in China...even if I don't comment.

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  2. I love His peace that passes understanding. SUPERnatural peace! I also love "garrison and mount guard over your hearts". WOW, a fortress of peace. He will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in Him. I pray for the steadfast mind. The single focus.
    Bless you sister!
    ~Kathy

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    1. Isn't His peace amazing? Such freedom in it. Bless you too Kathy xo

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  3. Peace. I needed a little peace today. Thank you.

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  4. What amazing verses God brought you to. Thank you for sharing. Love it.

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    1. You're welcome! They are amazing verses aren't they?

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  5. I’ve been following and enjoying your blog for a while now and would like to invite you to visit and perhaps follow me back. Sorry I took so long for the invitation

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  6. Thank you so much for following my blog. It truly is an honor. And thank you for the invitation.

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  7. Thanks for this. Glad to discover your blog (and a fellow Aussie & Queenslander too!!)... and a fellow Christian!!
    You went to Colour this year (I'm a tad jealous). I missed it due to moving house - rather upsetting.
    Love the scriptures and your words. Lessons from the King... yes, were always learning & growing. It's a continual process for our entire lives.
    I'm looking forward to following you blog (and of course, your Instagram)

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    1. Thanks Liz. I ma enjoying getting to know you better on instagram. xo

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Jo Princess Warrior xo