“The Holy Spirit Brings Peace” – by James Brown, Worship Pastor
“But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. 27 “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 14:26-27 (NLT)
Peace is an elusive thing. Yet, I fully believe that peace is the single most valuable resource we can obtain in this life.
Think about it for minute – Why do you do anything?
Why do you work? Why do you play? Why do you build relationships? Why do you go to church or join the gym or binge watch shows on Netflix?
At the outset your answers might have a purpose that simply floats on the surface of your existence:
– “I need money to pay the bills and hopefully have a little left to have a little fun.”
– “I want friends because they challenge me and enrich my life.”
– “I go to church to connect to people and God.”
– “At the end of the day all I want to do is put my feet up and unplug for a few minutes.”
We can list of a myriad of reasons why we do anything. The truth is, though, deep down inside, we are searching for peace.
Think about it this way. A job gives us a paycheck, which helps us feel secure in this world, which in turn gives us a sense of financial stability, or peace. People help us feel loved and accepted, which translates to a feeling of peace. We hope for a brighter future because we believe the future will bring us peace. We pursue so much in order to gain this deep feeling of security that we translate to peace.
PEACE IS A GIFT:
Jesus tells us in John 14:27 that peace is a gift, so why do we work so hard to obtain something that has already been given to us? He even tells us that we cannot get peace from any other source.
Ultimately, we end up trying to synthesize peace in so many other ways, and the pursuit for peace takes the place of our pursuit for God’s Holy Spirit. Thus, we end up only pursuing our own desires.
Romans 8:5-8 (The Message)
5-8 Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life.
WHERE TO FOCUS:
We work ourselves up into a frenzy just trying to grab at a little peace. When it doesn’t work, we self-medicate with all the trappings, fads, paychecks, menu items, posts, likes and comment sections that this world has to offer.
They don’t work. They weren’t meant to. None of these things are bad, unless they become the object of our affection and pursuit.
But take heart! There’s good news. Jesus knew what our human tendencies would be. It’s the very reason he introduced His worried, insecure disciples to the Holy Spirit. And it’s why it is so crucial for us to invite the same Spirit that rose Jesus from the grave into our every day lives. Beyond all our attempts for temporary satisfaction is true peace, real comfort found only by the Holy Spirit.
“When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, 15 the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. 16 I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. 17 Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. 18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. 19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. 21 Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.”
Ephesians 3:14-21 (NLT)
Holy Spirit, thank you for helping me and reminding me of Your Word. Thank you for being with me at all times. Help me today to pursue your presence as a source of peace. Thank you for bringing a peace that passes all understanding into my heart and mind. Amen.
FOR FURTHER STUDY:
John 16:33; Acts 1:8; Luke 2:14; Acts 9:31; Romans 12, Philippians 4:6,7