small-butterfly-flapping7It seems like everyone in the country has their hand out lately wanting their “piece of the pie.”  More and more people want their pockets stimulated rather than the economy.  It appears we’ve become greedier and greedier, but why?  Should that really shock us?

In the absence of a personal and intimate knowledge of God, mankind has always looked to things to satisfy the emptiness of their soul.  What saddens my heart is that we as Christians have often bought into this world’s philosophy.  We often substitute the emptiness of a “piece of the pie” for real peace in the heart.

In John 14:27 Jesus said to his disciples, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”

We need to stop listening to all the fear being propagated and stop believing (embracing) everything we hear.  This only creates a “troubled” heart.  This is what Jesus meant by “as the world gives”.  In other words, the world can NOT give lasting peace.

Here’s the good news my friend: if you know Jesus you HAVE peace! Again, listen to what Jesus told His disciples in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”  We are NOT of this world.  So, let us truly believe this today!  As Jesus said TAKE COURAGE!!!

I rejoice today as I realize that if Jesus lives in my heart, and if in Him I “may have peace,” then I have and will always have peace in my heart.  All I have to do is appropriate what is mine, and start enjoying more and more the blessed peace of Jesus!  PTL!

Experiencing a life of peace amidst the turmoil all around…..this is The Normal Christian Life!