Good waste

garbage-413757_640Mark 14:4: There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that?

If it is for Jesus, then it is not a waste. The woman in question here poured out an ointment costing the whole year’s wages on Jesus and even one of his disciples Judas thought it was not worth it, showing the kind of low value he placed on Jesus, though he had been walking with him for long. So it is not length of association time but spiritual perception, that matters. That woman saw something in Jesus what was not obvious to Jesus’s disciples. They suffer from the sin of over-familiarity. Jest before his trial, Philip asked Jesus: “show us the father and that will be enough for us?” But Jesus said, Philip, you have been with me all these while and you do not know me? Do you not know that the he who has seen me has seen the father?” The all suffered from perception problem, that was while Jesus could said something was proper, valuable, and profitable and some will say, it was a waste (Mark 14:1-11, John 12:1-8).

Jesus sought to change their perspectives saying that: “The poor you will always have with you but me you will not always have.” and he declared that wherever the gospel is preached, the woman will be mentioned. She expressed uncommon devotion to Jesus, willing to give her all to Jesus and that is what is expected of us.

Paul said that the way we should respond to the mercy of God that we have received is to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to God which is our reasonable service (Romans 12:1-8). That means we need to make the necessary sacrifice to maintain a state of holiness (2Corinthians 6:14-18). We should be ready to give up whatever we need to give up, whatever rivals the devotion to Christ in our life. It may be relationships or even possession.

A man came to Jesus saying that he was willing to do everything it takes to have eternal life, but when the cost was to give up what he possess he went away a sad man because he could not give up his possession for Jesus (Mark 10:17-27).

Jesus said that to follow him we need to deny ourselves and carry our cross and follow him (Matthew 16:24). We carry our cross not just as a symbol of death to our will but also a public identification with him.

When he carried his own cross, it was not in the hidden place, it was in the public, there was something shameful about it.

Also in the world, there is something that attract mockery to those who believe in Jesus (2Peter 3:3-4). Satan will see to that. Paul thoroughly identified with the cross of Jesus as he said that his suffering is to provide what was lacking in the cross of Jesus (2Timothy 2:9-10, Colossians 1:24).

Not that there was anything really “faulty” with the work of Jesus on the cross (remember that he said it is finished [John ]), but in every generation, to reach a people, in real time, touch them with the grace of God there is need for people to pay the price. Jesus had done his part in that ultimate sacrifice and has been rewarded for it being the king of kings and Lord of lords, we need to make sacrifices to connect people with the reality Jesus’ death and resurrection made the way for. Jesus opened the door, we need to lead people through that door.

Paul paid the price in imprisonment, beatings, and even not marrying to get the gospel across, even disagreeing with Peter along the way, no minding he was a foremost apostle, who was an apostle before him (Galatian 2:11-14). His commitment to the gospel, trumps every other consideration and that cost him so much, and eventually his life.

Jesus paid the price to purchase spiritual life for us, but the ministers of the gospel needs to pay the price of reaching out. That is sacrificial, and that is what the cross stands for, that is what carrying your cross to follow Jesus is about. It is not a tea party. It is sticking your neck out in order to reach others.

Such sacrifice means nothing to the unbelieving world, which runs on being self-serving, filled with the lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and pride of life, and is bereft of the love of the father which drives us to pay the sacrifice of love (1John 2:15-17).

The believers are enabled to love God exceptionally because of the operation of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. Paul wrote that the love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit given to us.

Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us and he expects the same from us. That he died for us, we are supposed to live for him (Galatian 2:20). How are you living for him? Is the concern for your future, for your comfort, for people’s opinion stronger consideration than the interest of Christ and his kingdom? You alone can answer the question.

Regardless of how you answer it, we owe Jesus our very life. When he was pouring his blood on the ground, people wept thinking, “what a waste of a promising life,” but eventually it turned out that it was not a waste, it was a seed, for the harvest of spiritual sons and daughters unto God (John 12:24).

What the woman who poured the expensive ointment on Jesus did was not a waste, but a seed. Nothing done for Jesus is a waste. Paul said that God is not unrighteousness to forget our labour of love in that we ministered and do minister to the saints (Hebrews 6:10). To minister to others is about carrying your cross, it is reaching out to them, neglecting your own need or comfort, and God will not forget.

Jesus said that except a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it abides alone, but when it falls it brings forth much fruit, giving a picture of the true meaning of the “waste” of his life on the cross. It was not a waste it was to reap an harvest.

In the same vein Jesus said that when we give it will be giving to us, good measure pressed down shaken together shall men pour to our bosom. The level of your giving (sacrifice you make) is the level of your receiving, with Paul saying that he who sows sparingly will reap sparingly and he who sows bountifully will reap bountifully (2Corinthians 9:6).

The sowing of the seed of his son for God the father was a bountiful sowing. He went all-in. Paul said: since God gave up his son for us, how much more will he give us all other things (Romans 8:32)?

Jesus said: do not worry little children, it is your father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Since God sowed to reap, how much more us? It was God himself who set up that rule on the earth. He said that “as long as the earth remains, seedtime and harvest will not cease,” it is an unbreakable cycle (Genesis 8:22).

What is “waste” (what you give up) on this part of the cycle is harvest on the other side.  A psalmist says that he who goes forth weeping bearing precious seed shall doubtless come back with rejoicing with the harvest in his hands (Psalm 126:6).

Between seed and harvest is time, therefore we need to wait for the harvest.

The seed of Christ is in you and what you are doing on earth before you go to heaven is to bring in the harvest of that seed. That is why you must not die young so that to the fullest extent you can bring in the harvest, i.e. for you to make the impact you are meant to make, to become the man and women you are meant to be which is to walk the earth bearing the full image of Jesus Christ.

Paul said that is the minster of the apostles prophets, teacher and pastor is about. It is for the Christ to be fully formed in us, for his righteousness to be fully manifest (Ephesians 4:10-16).

I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine

couple-47192_640Song of Solomon 6:3: I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine; he grazes among the lilies. (ESV)

This is the state of the woman in that conversational poem called the Song of Solomon.

We will explore what it means for the church, who is the bride of Christ, to say: I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine. Remember that the church is about the individuals, not a list of names or a picture of raised hands, somewhere on earth.

I am my beloved’s

You should notice the sequence. First was: I am my beloved’s. When you call Jesus Lord, you acknowledge that he has you as a slave. Paul wrote that salvation starts when we confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus (Romans 10:9-13).

That is the claim Jesus has over the earth and heaven by the reason of his death and resurrection. If he did not rise from the dead he does not have a claim to being Lord. Because, if he is not Lord over death, he is not Lord in the full sense (just a pretender), since in the account of humanity prior to the coming of Jesus, death reigned over all (Romans 5:12-21). Jesus will not be Lord in deed, i.e. fully reigning, if he did not reign over death by rising from the dead.

With his resurrection, Jesus exists on a different plane altogether. He is supra-human, he is Spirit (1Corinthians 15:45). And the bible says: where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty (2Corinthians 3:17).

Whatever claims Jesus made should be believed because he said he was going to rise from the dead and he did.

He said: “I am the resurrection and the life,” before he raised dead-for-four-days Lazarus from the grave. And he did not have to break a sweat as he publicly displayed his claim to being the resurrection and the life.

When he chose to be born on the earth, he chose to be temporarily separated from his deity so that he can suffer and die (Philippians 2:5-11). But death was not to be his end as it was the end of all men. But through it he entered a new level of glory and power, prestige and privileges, because the glory he had from the beginning has been restored to him (John 17) and he also now has the legal right given to man at the beginning for dominion on the earth.

He becomes our door to new life. And he is now Lord of the living and the dead (Romans 14:9). And in a special way he is the lord of the Christians being their saviour. Paul admonishing the woman to respect her husband saying that it should be as the church should honour and respect Christ, who saves her, by offering himself on the cross for her (Ephesians 5:22-33).

The love of Christ was demonstrated in his death. He died so that we might live and stop being afraid of death. His sacrifice should command so much devotion in us that we will be willing to suffer for his sake.

When some apostles were flogged because of their belief in Jesus, and their devotion to him, they rejoiced for being counted worthy to experience such pain because of him (Acts 5:40-41). They definitely concluded that whatever they felt pales in comparison to what Jesus felt as he hung on the cross. They recognised that has the right to command our committed followership because of the benefits accruing to us from his sacrificial love.

My beloved is mine

After saying I am my beloved’s, the woman in the focus verse said: my beloved is mine. That has a lot of implication for the relationship of Christ and the Church. We are the body of Christ because when we believe in Jesus we come into that total union with him. We are joint heirs with Christ. We have the right to the use of his name, he is ours because we are his. When certain people tried to use the name of Jesus to cast out devils when they were not his, they regretted it.

They said to the demon possessed men: in the name of Jesus Christ who Paul preach, come out. The devil replied: “Jesus I know, Paul I know, but who are you” and tore at them (Acts 19:11-18).

Though they were not Jesus’, they tried to make a claim on him, make use of his name. Jesus said many will call him lord, lord, but he will tell them: I know you not, depart from me, you workers of iniquity (Matthew 7:22-23).

All authority power that we operated in is because of Jesus. Because he is our Lord: his plans becomes our plans, ditto his purpose, and we hunger for his presence.

We are the people of God and the sheep of his pasture (Psalm 100:3). He said he gave us the glory he was given by the father (John 17:22). The bible says that a man shall leave his father and mother and he joined to his wife, and the two shall become one and Paul said that was a mystery concerning Christ and the church. Christ left heaven and came to the earth to shed his blood, to be joined with humanity and a segment of humanity chose to be joined to him and become one with him.

When Adam was made he was given the gift of the Garden of Eden and when Eve was made, she did not have another garden made for her, but they both occupied the same Garden of Eden, what was Adam’s became Eve’s. They shared it. They were joint heirs (Genesis 2:7-25). Similarly, Jesus is the inheritor of the blessing that was proclaimed upon Abraham, and since what our beloved has is ours, we have that blessing (Galatians 3:14-18).

Of Jesus, it was said in him was life and the life was the light of men (John 1:1-4). Therefore being in Christ means we have access to his life. God has given us eternal life and that life is in his son Jesus and it is only in union with him that we can be anything or have anything worthwhile, because what we have from the first Adam is a cursed ground and a death judgement (Genesis 3). But in Jesus, we have righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). We have the Holy Spirit as gift from the father, the gifts he pours out of himself (Acts 2).

Our peace

flowering-tree-349973_640Micah 5:5: This One will be our peace. When the Assyrian invades our land, When he tramples on our citadels, Then we will raise against him Seven shepherds and eight leaders of men. 

This is a reference to Jesus as our peace. He is the Lord our peace (Ephesians 2:14), Jehovah Shalom (Judges 6:24). He is the one. The one birth that gives significance to many others; the one death that leads to the coming to life of many others. In the Garden of Gethsemane his soul was distressed for us all because he was our peace (Matthew 26:36-37). Jesus, Isaiah said, was called a man of sorrows acquainted with grief. He bore our sorrows and grief (Isaiah 53:1-4). If it is grief or sorrow, then we do not have to bear them because he did.

He surrounds our heart with his presence as peace. The bible says God keeps in perfect peace whose heart is stayed on him (Isaiah 26:3), in trust. When your thoughts are full of him and his finished works for you on Calvary, peace is inevitable. Looking unto him is all we should do for peace, let God’s smiling face, his approval of you in Christ Jesus percolate your mind.

His peace protects our heart so that we are motivated by God alone. When agitations want to stir up in us, like when the enemy comes like a flood, the Lord (Isaiah 59:19), will raise up a standard of peace against him.

His peace empowers us to walk in the plan of God for us. And it is the God of peace that will trample upon Satan under our feet (Romans 16:20) as we walk in his will.

In the focus verse the flood of the enemy is seen as the Assyrians coming for invasion, but there are seven shepherd which stands for the seven spirits of God (Isaiah 11:1-2, Revelation 4:5) which will be raise stand against him. The immersive experience of the Holy Spirit will make us glide over the moves of the devil as we stand victorious by the Holy Spirit.

Peace is beyond emotion, it is connection with God as the fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), so when the Holy Spirit is in operation we stand strong in peace.

Walking in the will of God means walking in peace. And even if we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we fear no evil because the one who is our peace is with us (Psalm 23).

As our shepherd, he leads us to lie down in green pastures, we rest in his (Jesus) finished works as he restores our soul. We operate in the rest of God, manifesting the peace of God in every situation, and with that the works of the devil are destroyed, without us trying.

The help of God to us is wrapped in his peace. And it is when we are in peace that we have ready access to his strength, and provision and glory of God in every essence. When you are agitated you might miss out on them.

Jesus said that blessed are the peacemakers because they shall be called children of God (Matthew 5:6). Therefore to the limit that you manifest peace, you manifest God. Not only do the peacemakers have peace, but they work to bring others into that peace with God, among other things.

As Christians we have peace with God and radiate that everlasting peace. We have an anchor for our soul that extends to the very presence of God. Though we are on earth, we walk in the reality of heaven because the peace their manifests in our soul. And we are able to help others find the way of peace, from the multitude of things that agitate people on the earth, as it is written the kingdom of God is righteous, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

The gate, the door, the one who shepherd us into peace is Jesus. He is called the Bishop of our soul. It was prophesised that he will guide our feet to the way of peace (Luke 1:78-79). As he is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6).

He shows use the way of peace (he is that peace) he instructs us in the truth concerning being in peace, not being worried (Matthew 6:25-34) but to be at rest in God (he is that truth). He communicates the life of God to us (he is that life in us through which we have peace with God).

There is no peace with God and with one another apart from him because he is our peace. It is through his blood and by the Spirit that he gives us that we have access to God (Ephesians 2:13,18), be at peace with him (Romans 5:1).

He changed us from the inside out, making us stand strong. The glory we bear is his glory, the anointing with bear is his. John wrote that we have received an anointing from the Holy one Jesus and we know all things (1John 2:20).

Jesus is the one who baptizes us with the Holy Spirit. Peter recalled while in the house of Cornelius that Jesus had told then that just as John baptizes in water they will be baptized in the Holy Spirit (Acts 11:16).

We embrace peace when we embrace Jesus, as we learn from him, we experience increasing levels of peace and power.

Whoever you fear or whatever you fear you have been given power over you. Therefore Jesus said we should fear God because it is only him who should have ultimate control over us (Matthew 10:28). To the limit that we are controlled by God, and not anything or anyone else, we walk in peace.

Because our family members tend to have power over us counter to the power of Christ, Jesus said: whoever does not hate his father mother (which represent one of the highest of human relation) cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:25-27).

In other words you cannot have the absolute desire to seek to please (i.e. be at peace with) your parents and at the same time be my disciple. Because he makes demands that are counter to the natural demands (dead), the demands of our natural relations because he is our spiritual relations.

Our natural associations may seek to pull us against Christ who seeks to pull us into our spiritual dimension, just as the flesh is against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh. So Jesus said: you have to hate your life before you can be my disciple, be detached from any other thing so that you can be attached to me. That is the way of peace, when Christ (Prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6)) is your only controlling influence because you are attached to him alone.

A disciple is the term used to describe the highest level of devotion to someone. There is nothing half-hearted about being a disciple. It is about obedience, followership, and commitment in the absolute sense. It is service, it is attachment. It is change into becoming like the master (Prince of peace). The goal is to be like the master and the disciple goes about it with absolute focus.

Thanksgiving and peace

fall-harvest-pic-2Leviticus 7:13: With the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving he shall bring his offering with loaves of leavened bread.

Paul said that we should not worry about anything but with supplication and thanksgiving we should make our request known to God. As a consequence of that he said that the God of peace will protect our minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).

A heart of thanksgiving is a heart full of peace. When Jesus was standing before the grave of Lazarus, he was full of peace and thanksgiving at the same time (John 11:41-43). He was not worried about whether Lazarus will rise up or not. And before declaring “Lazarus come forth,” he gave thanks to God, assured that he always hears him.

The thankful is peaceful, knowing that God is for him. The thankful sees the hand of God in the processes of his life knowing that whatever is happening now is not permanent, it is a process. Jesus’ call to us is the call to rest (Matthew 11:28-30). It is the call to move from depending on oneself to depending on God. He calls us to see God in a different light, to see him as father, assured of his care.

Using the picture of the bird in the sky and the lily on the ground, Jesus noted that we are not designed for worry, but for trust in God, saying no one of us can add an inch to his height by worrying. He said that the lilies of the valley don’t work to get so beautifully clothed, and Solomon in all his glory is not clothed like they are. And that the birds of the air don’t plant, but they eat; they trust that they will be satisfied. With worry we rid ourselves of the heart of thanksgiving.

We should move from the worry channel to the faith channel through the path of thanksgiving. Rejoice in the lord always, is the biblical injunction (Philippians 4:4). We should understand that the intention of God is to supply all our needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Colossians 4:19).

Paul said: I thank my God that I speak in tongues more than you all (1Corinthians 14:18). In another place he gave thanks to God for giving him strength for his service (1Timothy 1:12). For being able to speak in tongues and being in ministry, he ascribed the praise to God. He is a man who recognises what the role of God in his life, and so is full of thanksgiving.

When your source is God, then you have no fear, you have no limit, since he has no limit, and whatever area of change that you want, you know that he is able.

James wrote that we should rejoice when we fall into diverse trial because the trial our faith works patience (James 1:1-4), and when patience’s work in us is finished, we would be complete, not lacking in any area. Paul also wrote that in all things, we should give thanks to God.

We can’t give thanks “for” all things, but we can thank him “in” all things. He is the master craftsman, who can craft whatever situation into something that will glorify him and shame the devil.

Job experienced difficult moments; it was as if his whole world was crumbling down. His whole life actually came down. But at the end of it all, the devil was put to shame, in his life, and his prosperity was restored double. God was glorified and that is all that matters, because when he is glorified, you will share in it, in the transformation in your life (Job 42:10).

Do you have a heart of thanksgiving? Look at everything that God has given you. See the ways he has opened for you, the blessing he has given you, your abilities, your opportunities; and most especially the fact that you are a candidate of heaven.

When the disciples of Jesus came back from a ministry journey and they were beside themselves with excitement that in the name of Jesus they cast out devils, Jesus, said that they should rather rejoice because their names are written in the book of life (Luke 10:20).

The apostles, after healings was exploding through their hands, were flogged by the Pharisees, and warned not to speak again in the name of Jesus. On leaving the place, they rejoiced because they were counted worthy to suffer for the sake of worthy to Christ.

Maybe they remembered the words of Jesus that blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake because it is the same way they persecuted the true prophets. Persecution was a sign of their value to the kingdom of God, so they rejoiced (Acts 5:40-42).

God wants us to be at peace in all situations. During a movement of Jesus with the disciples across a water body in a boat, Jesus, peaceful Jesus, was sleeping, and there arose a boisterous wind that threatened to capsize the boat.

The reaction of the disciples was that of panic. They were full of fear and woke Jesus up asking: don’t you care that we perish? Jesus, waking from the sleep, merely rebuked the wind and there was calm. He thereafter rebuked the disciples for lack of faith.

Maybe Jesus saw the boisterous wind as a means for him to have a “waterbed,” provided by nature, and have a more enjoyable sleep, because he was assured of his safety. But the disciples interpreted the same scenario differently, fearful, because they don’t have a similar assurance.

The peace of God is predicated on our assurance of his protection and provision. And what would normally overflow from us is a heart of thanksgiving.

Certain emotion that counters peace are fear, doubt, depression, but we can put them in check when we deliberately chose to allow the peace of God to flood our heart, after we have laid all out burdens on Him. Peter said: humble yourself under the mighty hand of God casting your cares upon him, for he cares for you (1Peter 5:6-7). By a deliberate act of will, “upload” your cares to God, and by the same act of will “download” his peace, through the channel.

When the reality of the care of God is ingrained in your heart, peace there is automatic. A heart of peace is the heart that trusts in God. The bible shows that the best is for our hearts to be fixed trusting in God (Psalm 116:6-7). These days when the hearts of men are failing them for fear, it is critical that we learn to walk in the peace of God, in a heart if thanksgiving.

There is a marked difference between those who trust in God and those who do not. Jeremiah wrote that the one who trusts in God will experience heat when it comes; he will be like a tree that is always flourishing (Jeremiah 17:5-8).

 

Grace, mercy and peace

CB0177272Timothy 1:2: To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Grace

Grace is the help that comes from God, which cannot come from any other source. Grace is the precursor for the acts of God’s favour to and through men.

When God calls us to do a particular work, he gives us his grace to carry it out. It doesn’t matter what it is. The resources that he makes available are from his grace.

When God wanted Moses to build a tabernacle for him in the wilderness; he mentioned certain people by name that he had endowed with intelligence, capability and skill, to turn all the gold and other raw materials that will be are needed, from the raw state to the exact things in the mind of God (Exodus 31:1-11). Those men were appointed by God to do the work to perfection, and they had the grace to execute it.

Only the hand of God can do the work of God. This is why he endows us with his grace, so that our hands become His.

His grace not only operates through us but it also operates in us. It causes attitudinal change in us; it causes long standing stubborn habit to be gone in our lives. It makes sure that we are on the path of life through Christ Jesus. His grace sees us through all negative situations and circumstances. Grace is the divine causative agent of everything good in us.

It is the means of God saving us. We were rotten in trespasses and sin and we were strangers to God. We are in bondage to Satan, kept imprisoned by inordinate passions that we cannot do anything about on our own.

But the grace of God made all the difference. The bible says that by grace we are saved through faith, and that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8).

Also, our spiritual assignment is not our work; it is the work of God, not an expression of our ability but God’s. We are only called to yield to the grace working in and through us.

When the message of the gospel of Jesus is proclaimed, it is a call to receive grace (Romans 5:17). It is not a call for performance, trying to be a better person, nor a call to sadness and a joyless life. Actually the bible says that the kingdom is in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17).

There is the joy of salvation that trumps whatever men seek by taking cigarettes, and hard drugs like cocaine, heroine, marijuana, crystal meth, etc. There is a joy of salvation that is like an ever-springing well on our inside, which cannot be moved but is sustained by God himself.

So when we come to Jesus, we have come to grace (John 1:14-17). It leads us into a new life, causing us to swim in divine blessings, making us able to impact the lives of others. Paul wrote that we should let our words be seasoned with salt ministering grace to the hearers, so that just as we receive grace we also convey it to others (Ephesians 4:29), edifying them.

Mercy

Grace pushes you into your future; mercy removes you from your past, while peace settles you in the present.

Mercy qualifies the unqualified. The healing of the man paralysed for decades, sitting at the pool of Bethesda is a classic expression of mercy. His past was sinful as Jesus Christ later told him after healing him that he should now live holy from them on.

When Jesus came to him, lying there at the pool paralysed, He asked him a question and he didn’t answer well. However, Jesus released healing to him anyway (John 5:1-16). Years of stagnation for the man came to an end.

If the man was not picked for a miracle, he would most probably have died in his condition. His was a most pathetic situation. It was mercy that reached out to him, disregarding his history and shortcomings and blessing him.

The mercy of God extends forgiveness of sins to us. We were not forgiven because we promised to be better, neither was it because we have offered God anything to compensate him for our rebellion; it was his mercy through and through, that we are accepted in the beloved, after our sins were cleansed away.

While we were yet sinners, Christ died for the ungodly (Romans 5:8). His mercy motivated him.  While he hung on the cross, he asked that God forgive his crucifiers because they don’t know what they do (Luke 23:34).

Peace

Jesus is called the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). When he was leaving the disciples on earth, he said that he is leaving his peace with them, not as the world gives (John 14:27). It is a different kind of peace that flows from heaven.

Paul said we should not be anxious for anything, but with prayer, supplication and thanksgiving we should let our requests be make known to God (Philippians 4:6-7), and God will invest us with his peace. Peter also said that we should be anxious for nothing, but we should cast our care upon the Lord (1Peter 5:7).

Jesus and his disciples at a time were crossing the sea. The sea and the wave of the sea rose. The disciples were at their wit’s end but Jesus was fast asleep. They panicked. They questioned Jesus, saying, doesn’t he care if they die (Mark 4:25-31)? He was woken up. But instead of joining them to panic, he rebuked the wind and the storm, saying peace be still. He is a man of peace, bringing peace and calm to life’s raging storms. Inclusive of the one you are presently experiencing. God is about calming the agitations of the heart. The peace of God is meant to guard our hearts in Christ Jesus (Colossians 3:15). The devil will have you troubled but the peace of God counters that in us.

Peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23); it is the mark of a settled relationship with God. The bible says through Jesus we have peace with God (Romans 5:1-2). That peace is not given by achievement. It is the result of the Prince of peace coming into us. The presence of God is manifest in peace that crushes all the works of the devil. Paul wrote that the God of peace will soon crutch the devil under our feet (Romans 16:20).

The peace, the sense of wholeness and completeness of divinity represents the kingdom of God coming to bare on the earth, because peace is an heavenly reality.