“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." John 14:27In Chapter 14 of John, Jesus begins to comfort his disciples when they realize that He is leaving and his words address the disciples' concerns and even fear. Jesus reassures them all that He is not going to abandon them, but when He leaves to be with the Father, that another is going to come and it is the Holy Spirit. He calls Him, the Advocate, and "The Advocate" gives us truth and guides as a counselor. When we get to Acts 2, we will see that at Pentecost, the Holy Spirit (The Advocate) comes upon the Disciples in power! But Jesus is reassuring them now, not to worry and not to be troubled or afraid. We too can become like that in our daily lives. We can get caught up in the troubles that may surround us, but it is the Holy Spirit that will guide, correct and will give us the most wonderful gift of all, Peace! Like in Ephesians, there is the full armor of God and the armor has the “shoes of peace”. No matter what situation we are in, we can be walking with those little pink fuzzy slippers of peace on our feet. If we are not in a state of peace at all times, then the enemy has stolen it! Yes, think about it, the joy of the Lord should be our standard operating system. If we are not in the state of joy, then the enemy has robbed us of our peace. This is what we call an oppression. I think of the earthquake victims in Haiti and when our mission team went there, the people that had nothing were still filled with the joy of the Lord. The missionaries reported of the most anointed worship sessions and people were praising God and singing love songs to God, even in the middle of their crisis. The enemy was not able to steal their peace! We should be the same, for that is the gift that Jesus left with us...perfect peace.
Question: Are you in a state of peace now? If not, what has stolen your peace?