My Favorite Bible "Apps" - Part 2

Sunday, August 21, 2011 Posted by Angie

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Peace App

What’s going on in the world? That is a loaded question right now! I’m sure there are many wonderful things happening, that we just aren’t hearing too much about. As usual, it gets overshadowed by all the bad reports. Riots, stock market woes, financial crisis, political and social unrest. This is all added to individual battles, such as health issues, concern about jobs, busy schedules and ordinary pressures of life.

At a time like this when things are so unsettled, not only is fear growing, but so is the need for the people of God to display His peace. As usual, the Kingdom of God is completely opposite from the “natural” way of things here on earth. This is never demonstrated so clearly as when it comes to “peace”. Peace to our natural minds means that everything is quiet, and all is good - no war, no trouble, no loud noises, no interruptions, no stress or anxiety, certainly no fear…just peace and tranquility. As a matter of fact, listen to Wikipedia, the new “Webster for the Tech savvy generation’s definition of peace:

“Peace is a state of harmony characterized by the lack of violent conflict. Commonly understood as the absence of hostility, peace also suggests the existence of healthy or newly healed interpersonal or international relationships, prosperity in matters of social or economic welfare, the establishment of equality, and a working political order that serves the true interests of all. In international relations, peacetime is not only the absence of war or conflict, but also the presence of cultural and economic understanding and unity.”

That is NOT the peace the Bible talks about! John 14:27 says “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.” Jesus said He’d give you this peace, so it’s a gift. It’s also up to us whether or not we’ll accept it. How many have seen the picture entitled “Picture of Peace” where the bird has made a nest on a limb that hangs over a waterfall with the rushing rapids flowing just below? That is truly a picture of the peace Jesus is talking about. It’s the kind that comes when trouble surrounds you, yet you remain still, trusting in the Lord. The Bible says “it’s peace that surpasses all understanding”, which means, you have peace even when it makes NO sense at all to our natural minds.

If you’re life is full of chaos today, just follow the example of the bird - go ahead and make your nest above the rapids. Jesus won’t let you fall. Receive His gift of peace in exchange for the worlds.

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