Let’s talk about peace today. Now, as believers, we hear this word all the time. Sometimes it’s on our coffee mugs, sometimes it’s on a sign in our house. We love the word peace, and rightly so; it is part of our inheritance as believers and children of God. And I just wanted to read a scripture because I wanted to encourage you this morning. And I also wanted to bring some awareness, that peace doesn’t just happen.
We have to become aware that the Prince of Peace, the Person of Peace lives within us and as our awareness of that grows, so does peace manifest in our lives. And who knows, I bet we all do, we just have to turn on the news, right? That there is a battle for our peace. I think daily, the enemy is trying to steal our peace. And I want to read this scripture, because I think it highlights the importance of peace in our life. In Isaiah 53:5, it says, “But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon him, and by his stripes, we are healed.”
I know that we talk a lot about healing and we talk a lot about salvation and redemption, all of these incredible things that happened at the cross that we are so thankful for. But do we often tie peace to something that was purchased for us at the cross? Because it’s a big deal. God went, Jesus went to the cross, not just for our healing, not just for our salvation, but He went so that we may have peace. It is our portion. It is where we as believers are meant to dwell. It’s not a place where we meant to come in and out. It’s a place that we reside in this place of perfect peace.
And I want to encourage you to be aware of that today, because I think there’s going to be some opportunities for all of us to have our peace taken away from us. And like I said, sometimes we can listen to the news or be on social media and we get so discouraged and that’s the enemy trying to chip away at our peace. And so we need to be on guard to protect our peace at all costs. And one of the best ways to do that is to spend time every single day with the Lord in His presence, asking Him to remind us of what His peace feels like and allow His peace to manifest in our lives.
And the great thing about peace is that it’s contagious. You don’t just get it for yourself, but you actually get to give it away. Jesus even said to His disciples when they went to someone’s house, that if that house was worthy, that they could leave their peace. But if it wasn’t, they should take their peace back. Peace is a big deal. And I want to encourage you this morning, that it is your birthright. It is something that you have the right to step into every single day and live from that place, because it is important to Jesus. And it’s why He went to the cross. Amen? So Jesus, I just release peace over everyone watching; the shalom peace of heaven that doesn’t lift, but dwells and permeates our very being, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
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