The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.
What is real peace? According to Justin Davis’ , Bellevue Campus Pastor at Crosspoint Community Church (@justindavis) latest sermon peace is defined as quietness of heart and confidence in Him.
That sounds pretty incredible, right?
When have y’all ever truly felt at peace? Because, I’ll be honest with you that is an extremely rare occasion for K.Clark. I mean, I think it happened once back in ‘92 (j/k).
The opposite of this ideal state is troubled hearts and presence of fear. Now that sounds vaguely familiar…
There is a gap between our Vision of our life and the Reality of our life and we run around try to fill in that unsightly gap. We fill it with idolatry. We fill it with things that will never truly get us to the ideal state of true peace.
There are 3 enemies of peace:
1. Unmet expectations
2. Unfair circumstances
3. Unresolved conflict
Now, I could write a blog for how each of these enemies affect my life but let’s just say that I get it.
These 3 enemies cause you to stray and focus not on the goodness of God but on the negative meaning that you’ve ascribed to your current situation. Think about it, how do you deal with the 3 enemies above when they surface in your life? The way you respond to these questions will easily show you why you haven’t found peace.
Peace is less about the absence of conflict and more about the presence of Jesus. Do you believe that He is always there for you and that He is your constant source of help? Are you confident in Him? Things are going to happen but are you so caught up placing God sized expectations on yourself and others that you forget that there actually is a God?
Take those enemies and confront them with the truth.
1. Unmet Expectation= Only He can fulfill me.
2. Unfair Circumstances= He has created and is guiding me along my path.
3. Unresolved Conflict= He will fight for me. Check out Exodus 14:14.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.