Monday, January 11th, 2016
The Enemy's Game (Part 71)
Countermeasures: Peace On Earth
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
John 16:33 (NKJV)
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Matthew 5:9 (NKJV)
If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
Romans 12:18 (NKJV)
Seek peace and pursue it.
1 Peter 3:11 (NKJV)
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone...
Hebrews 12:14 (NIV)
Surely Satan promotes chaos, conflict, confusion and cacophony. Judging by wars and rumors of wars, the enemy seems to be winning.
Surely our 'Wonderful Counselor' (Isaiah 9:6) promotes calm, clarity and concert. Judging by His perfect victory, the enemy has no chance at all.
But if Jesus is the 'Prince of peace' (Isaiah 9:6), why did He bring a Sword* to the earth? To separate prayer from pretense? To cut away church hypocrisy? To penetrate the hardest of hearts? To force the devil into retreat?
If God's Own Word can cut like a sword,** what does peace on earth look like to men?
Actors, models and talent for Christ! You're the reflectors of peace on earth. From the notable light in your eyes, to the genuine smile on your lips; from encouraging words springing forth, to compassionate arms reaching out...
From commissioned feet stepping forward with a compelling message of hope: peace that surpasses understanding is one of your greatest directions.
Wars and rumors of wars may threaten your home, job, school, body or nation, but Jesus has overcome them all:
'A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you' (Psalm 91:7)
'Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all' (2 Thessalonians 3:16).
To Be Continued...
* 'Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword' (Matthew 10:34).
* 'From His Mouth comes a sharp sword' (Revelation 19:15).
** 'Take the helmet of salvation and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God' (Ephesians 6:17).
** 'For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart' (Hebrews 4:12).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.