Finding Peace In A Troubled World
September 9, 2021

We are bombarded daily with a simple fact; this world is in trouble!  Although it’s not a new revelation, exposure to the wickedness in the earth has increased drastically through technology.  In addition, never-ending reports of heartbreaking tragedies and evil schemes seem to be the new norm.  Yet, Jesus didn’t want us to be surprised about the turmoil in our world and thrown off guard. In Matthew 24:6-8 (CEV), he gives a shocking prophetic word about the world. Jesus states: “You will soon hear about wars and threats of wars, but don’t be afraid. These things will have to happen first, but that isn’t the end.  Nations and kingdoms will go to war against each other. People will starve to death, and in some places, there will be plagues and earthquakes. But this is just the beginning of troubles.”


Here’s the good news: Jesus promised that he would not abandon us. He sent the Ultimate Comforter, Advocate, and Helper – The Holy Spirit.  John 14:16, 18 (AKJV) says, “And I will pray to the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”  In addition, he gives a peace that is beyond imagination. His peace literally comes in and provides a calmness and freedom from distress that is unexplainable, because it’s supernatural.  In John 14:27 (NLT) Jesus says, “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.”


The gift of the Holy Spirit and godly peace are remarkable. However, in order to enjoy the benefits of the Spirit and his peace, you have to be intentional. It’s a choice.  Just because a person has a gift, doesn’t mean they utilize it. Jesus challenges everyone to decide to not be distressed, agitated, or afraid, but to believe in God (John 14:1). Think about the following choices:

  •   Embrace Fear or Embrace Peace
  •   Be Led by the Holy Spirit or Be Led by Emotions
  •   Meditate on the goodness of God or Meditate on problems

PRAY THIS PRAYER:  “Lord, I praise you as the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  Thank you for always being there for me and comforting me with your Holy Spirit. I am blessed beyond measure.  Teach me how to seek peace and pursue it.  Forgive me for letting my thoughts dwell on the troubles of this world more than you and your word. Remind me to combat fear and choose peace by getting rid of warped thinking. Help me to tear down any barriers in my mind erected against your truth, and to make every thought obey your word.  In Jesus’ name – Amen.”

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