John 14:27—Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Peace Is The Result Of Facing, Not Fleeing, The Risks And Responsibilities Of Life!
Where was Jesus when he said that? Not in an ivory tower of detachment. Not in the presidential suite of the Hilton Hotel. Not at the wedding of Cana. He said that the night before He was to be crucified. Jesus is saying in this verse that His peace is greater than the storm…greater than the trial…greater than our understanding. It cannot be stopped by the demons of hell. It has been battle tested. His peace really works.
There is a sloppy, sentimental, spineless notion in the church that the peace of God means tranquility. There is an idea that the peace of God means total security—absence of risk and a life without tensions. That is purely unscriptural. The Bible says, “Think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you” 1 Peter 4:12. If you’re out of the will of God when you go through a trial, then Jesus died out of the will of God. Paul died out of the will of God. That’s just nonsense. The Bible says, “All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” 2 Timothy 3:12.
The Bible is a book about trials to face, giants to whip, battles to fight, mountains to climb, seas to go through; it’s about putting your hand to the plow and not looking back. It’s a book about enduring to the end…about being faithful unto death. So stop running from responsibility. Stop running from risk. Face life with your hand in the hand of God.
A guilty man’s first line of defense is blame. Adam blamed the woman, and then he blamed God for having given her to him.
Genesis 3:12—And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
People Fail To Stand In The Evil Day Because Their Life Is An Endless Litany Of Excuses
Why do people fail to stand in the evil day? They play the blame game. Everything is always somebody else’s fault…my mother’s fault…my wife’s fault…my husband’s fault…God’s fault…the government’s fault. It’s anybody’s fault but mine. Adam was the first one to play the blame game. When Adam found out he was in deep trouble with God, he looked at God and said, “This woman you gave me did this.” Adam faced his problems like a man: he blamed it on his wife.
Excuse: I’m a woman.
A woman was the mother of God. Nothing in human history can ever match that. A woman named Esther went before King Artaxerxes to expose a wicked conspiracy and single-handedly saved the nation of Israel.
Excuse: I’m handicapped.
Joni Eareckson Tada was injured in a diving accident and became a quadriplegic. In her wheelchair she now travels across the world, telling of God’s goodness and His grace. She paints, holding the brush in her teeth. She even sings, and she is a testimony wherever she goes. Franklin Roosevelt became president of the United States in a wheelchair. Napoleon was an epileptic.
The teacher of Thomas Edison said he was too stupid to learn. That ought to encourage some of you parents at report card time. Beethoven was deaf. The point is this: quit making excuses and make good. You are a child of God. God does not manufacture junk, and he does not sponsor flops. Put on the whole armor of God; draw a line in the sand and say, “I’m not compromising another day. The victory is going to be mine now, in the name of the Living God.”
Jesus Christ gave us thirty-eight parables. Sixteen of those thirty-eight parables deal with money management. Do you realize that more is said in the New Testament about money than heaven and hell combined?
Five times more is said about money than prayer. There are five hundred verses on both prayer and faith, yet there are over two thousand verses dealing with money and possessions.
You will never prosper until you believe and confess that it is God’s will for you to prosper!
It is God’s will for you to prosper. If God blessed Abraham with lavish prosperity, He can pour blessings of prosperity upon you that you will be unable to contain. You must confess His Word for your prosperity.
The fact is that you will either master your money, or your money will master you. Who wouldn’t want God to explode their prosperity? Who wouldn’t like the windows of heaven to open and for God to bless them with blessings they could not contain?
Psalm 1:13—Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful… And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.