June 3, 2019

When the Apostle Paul wrote his heartfelt personal letter to his son in the faith, Timothy, he started it out by saying:

2 Timothy 1:1 (NLT) — 1 This letter is from Paul, chosen by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus. I have been sent out to tell others about the life he has promised through faith in Christ Jesus.

So I asked myself, “What kind of life did Jesus promise us?” Right away my mind went to >

John 16:33 (NLT) — 33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

Jesus promised that as his followers we would have many trials and sorrows. He asked us to take heart or be encouraged in the midst of these troubling times because he had already overcome them or he had already taken the sting out of them and in the place of the sting he promised peace. In other words he would always give us the inner contentment, fortitude, courage and what ever else it took to face up to and face down the trouble. That was a promise if we continued to believe that he was in control and that he had already screened what we were about to go through. That is what it means to have ‘peace in me’ as he stated.

In other words our focus in this life must be on our overcoming savior Jesus Christ. The focus can’t be on the trouble but must be on the one who promises peace in the midst of the trouble. We must remember that trouble always works for us and not against us.

2 Corinthians 4:17–18 (NLT) — 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

Trouble will serve to increase our peace if our trust remains in Jesus. It will be glory for us now and glory for us throughout eternity.

So how do you maintain this peace that is promised by Jesus. The Apostle Paul also had the answer for that.

Philippians 4:6–8 (NLT) — 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. 8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

When I pray then I have peace.

Psalm 4:8 (NLT) — 8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.

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Comments

  1. Toni Thompson says

    Wonderful to see that you are back. I hope that you had a fabulous trip. I sincerely appreciate your daily blogs. Thank you and God Bless!

    • Daniel Mueller says

      Thank you. I notice the name change. Are you now Mrs. Thompson?

      • Toni Thompson says

        I am! Pastor Rich performed an amazing service and the day was absolutely amazing.