Peace in Perilous Times

By: Mike Walker
From: April 2009
Found in: The Gospel of Grace
Rumors come to bring us into fear, but Jesus has already given us His peace!

It seems like no matter where we look today and no matter where we turn, there is more bad news coming in. The question may come to your mind:  “What is going on?”

I have good news for you today and that news is the Gospel of Jesus Christ - the Gospel of grace.  At the cross Jesus paid the full price for our peace, so I am writing this to encourage you in these perilous times that we live in!

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.” (2 Tim. 3:1)

We know that we are in the last days because the Bible records the words of the apostle Peter in Acts 2:17 where he declared:  “This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel, that in the last days I will pour out of my spirit on all flesh.”  So by this statement we understand that we have been living in the last days for about 2000 years.  By all the news reports that we witness on television or read about in the press, we know that we are living in perilous times. 

The word perilous means: dangerous, hard to bear, hazardous or risky.  I think that is an accurate description of what we see in our world today.  Yes, we so much believe in the covenant of grace that Jesus empowered by the shedding of His blood at the cross.  We believe the news that is too good to be true, but that is true.  But the truth is that everyday we are bombarded with the sound of fear.  So, in this article I am endeavoring to disarm the power of fear and empower your life with the peace and love of God!

The Bible tells us in the New Covenant scripture found in Rom 15:4: “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

When the word talks about these “things,” it is talking about the things in the Old Covenant and how they are only a shadow of the real thing - which is Jesus himself!  Much of what we see in the Old Covenant is what we call “types and shadows” of things we are to see in our lives today.  We can learn from them and gain understanding, and we can learn how to live in the power of the New Covenant today!  Remember they are only a shadow…Jesus is the reality and when you see Jesus, then the shadow will make sense.

Rumors come for one purpose and that is to make us afraid and to discourage us as the children of God.

So we want to take the lesson of the shadow and pass it through the cross and what Jesus said about it. Then we’ll see how it pertains to us in our daily life.  This is one way that we can gain power from the Word of God and understand that God didn’t put anything in his Word by mistake.  It is there for a reason so that we can live the life that Jesus came to give.
In the Old Covenant, the prophet, Jeremiah, reveals a powerful truth to us concerning our life now and to me it is very encouraging. “And lest your heart faint, and ye fear for the rumour that shall be heard in the land; a rumour shall both come one year, and after that in another year shall come a rumour, and violence in the land, ruler against ruler.” (Jer. 51:46)

Notice that the Lord is revealing to us that there is a rumor waiting for us every year - new year, new rumor, year after year.  It has always been that way and will always be that way, and the Lord gives us insight here and lets us know so that we don’t live in fear.  Rumors come for one purpose and that is to make us afraid and to discourage us as the children of God. 

For if the enemy can get us as God’s people to live in fear and to lose heart, then how dark is darkness going to get?  If we are afraid, then how afraid are other people going to get? God is letting us know that rumors will come every year to discourage the covenant children of God.  These rumors come through the media and through other sources and they are meant to keep us in fear and to move us away from the Word of God.

Jesus said to us in John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
From Jesus’ mouth to your heart:  “LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED, NEITHER LET IT BE AFRAID!”  Jesus has already given to you and to me His peace; we just need to keep trouble out of our heart.  The peace is already there; it is inside of you that believe - just keep the trouble out! 

Jesus has already given to you and to me His peace; we just need to keep trouble out of our heart.

Jesus said, “I give you My peace,” so you don’t have to pray for peace - peace is already in you that believe!  As a child of God, peace belongs to you.  Peace defined means absence of confusion!  Let’s not be confused and forget who we are and who our God is!  Let’s not forget how much our Father loves us and that His son, Jesus, paid the full price - we have a covenant of grace! 

Jesus is still building the church today and we are the church.  Jesus said, “I give you My peace.”  Peace also means health, welfare, prosperity and every kind of good!  Yes, there are a lot of rumors today and a lot of bad reports coming in.  There is a lot of evil in this world, but there is also a lot of good!  The apostle Paul encourages us in Rom 12:21: “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.”  Good will overcome evil, light always overcomes the darkness; believe in the good news of Jesus Christ.  He said to us, “peace I leave with you.”  That also means to go forward; it means all the blessings which accompany and flow from our reconciliation with God!

Jesus said, “peace I leave with you”…all these things I leave with you - all the blessings that come when you are reconciled with God.  Jesus paid the full price for our sin; He reconciled us with God so we have peace with God.  Jesus who was rich in heaven became poor so that we would have provision.  At the cross He took all of our sickness so that we could live in health.  He was abandoned by all of His friends so that we could have friendship. He took all of our confusion so that we could walk in wisdom. Jesus totally conquered all the powers of darkness so that we could live victorious lives.

The apostle Paul gives us powerful insight into this truth in 2 Cor 5:17-21: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

peace I leave with you so don’t be afraid of anything

God is not mad at you; He is not looking for a way to hurt you.  He doesn’t want to punish you; He is not upset with you - there is peace with you and God!  You have been reconciled by the amazing grace of God.  Jesus took our sin and our punishment that He did not deserve and gave us His righteousness that we did not deserve!  We are reconciled!
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (Joh. 14:27)

Yes, there are rumors waiting for us yet this year.  They are sent for one purpose and that is to get us to lose heart or to become fearful.  There may be rumors coming, but there are also blessings!  There may be a rumor next week, but there is also a blessing next week.  Jesus said, I am leaving you my peace; I am leaving all the blessings that come when you are reconciled with God.  So let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid! 
The literal text in the Greek is don’t be afraid of anything. Jesus, your redeemer, is speaking to your heart: “peace I leave with you so don’t be afraid of anything.” Jesus said, “I have given you my absence of confusion, my health, my wealth, my good things; my present blessings and my future blessings I have given to you so don’t be afraid of anything.”  The abundant grace of God gives us the reality of peace in perilous times!

By: Mike Walker

Rev. Walker along with his wife Jane set out to establish and build a strong local church in Post Falls, ID. Thus came the pioneering of Faith Tabernacle Church. Since that step of faith 23 years ago, this journey has seen them into over twenty countries.

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