7 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. John 14:27 NIV
This is what Jesus said to the disciples before He was to be crucified. He said. ” Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you”! Jesus left peace with the disciples knowing peace would comfort them and encourage them along the way.
This is what the Lord wants you to have as you embrace this New Year. He wants you to know that He has blessed you with peace. He tells us His peace is not the peace that comes from others in the world. His peace is more than a parting greeting of good-bye; it is more than an ” I will see you later. ”
What the Lord wants you to know is that He has left you with peace during the good times, peace during the bad times, peace during your struggles, peace when you face disappointments and yes, even peace when you have to confront your enemy and your own negativity.
In 2012, most of us faced some hardships and a few challenges. However, in order to move forward and to prosper in the New Year, we need to have the peace the Lord has left just for us. There are some negative people and even negative mindsets that we should have left behind and not allowed to enter into the New Year with us! We can’t erase bad things that have happened and it may even take time for us to forgive others and to move on. But God wants us to be blessed! He wants us to be encouraged and He wants us to be victorious. He wants us to have peace in all that we do and in all that we may go through in this New Year.
Philippians 4: 7 says ” And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” In all the trying and hurtful times we have gone through in 2012 and in all we have held onto from past years, we should not allow the enemy to rob us of our peace. We must embrace this gift of peace and take it with us wherever we go in this New Year and in this life. We must take it with us on our jobs; we must take it with us to our schools; we must take it with us to the malls and theaters. Wherever we go, we need to take the peace of God with us. The peace of God should be deep within our hearts and minds. And as Jesus said, “Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid.” He said this because He was leaving us with peace to handle whatever comes our way.
In the Book of Numbers Chapter 6 verses 24-26 the Lord gave Moses a blessing to give to Aaron and his sons. I will leave you with my edited version of the words from this blessing.
“May the The Lord bless you and keep you in 2013. May the Lord make His face to shine on you and be gracious to you in 2013. May the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace in 2013”.
As you face each day and as trials come your way, do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. He has already given you peace in every situation.