Pursuing Peace

In the early 1980’s, a retired couple was alarmed by the threat of nuclear war so they undertook a serious study of all the inhabited places on the globe. Their goal was to determine where in the world would be the place to be least likely affected by a nuclear war. A place of ultimate security.

They studied, researched and traveled. Finally, they found the place. And on Christmas day they sent their preacher a card from their new home–in the Falkland Islands. However, their “paradise” was soon turned into a war zone in 1982 with the war between Great Britain and Argentina.

Not much has changed in the past four decades. Or for that matter in the history of the world. People desire peace. They seek peace. They pursue peace. Whether it is peace in terms of physical safety, peace in interpersonal relationships, or personal peace of mind.

Yet when we look at the world in which we live with turmoil at home and abroad, we do not have peace. In the midst of a continued war against terror and attacks on our soldiers in Afghanistan, we pray for peace. When we see on the local news images of violence in our own communities, we yearn for peace. When we hear of another school shooting and see the fear on children’s faces, we long for peace. When anger and animosity tears apart our homes and relationships, our hearts ache for peace.

When Jesus was born, an angel appeared to the Shepherds to announce it, and the heavenly host first sang these words, as recorded in Luke 2:14, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

And yet in the ensuing 2000 years, people are still seeking peace as one of life’s elusive goals.

What’s the problem? Why can’t we have that which seemingly we all desire?

Vance Havner pointedly expressed it this way, “Men do not have peace in the world nor in their hearts because they do not have peace with God. Nothing is settled until it is settled right. And nothing is settled right until it is settled with God.”

In other words, for us to have peace externally, we must first possess it internally. And to have peace internally, we must experience peace spiritually. Sadly our secular society does not seek the “God of peace” and His Son, the “Prince of Peace.”

Men have tried to find peace through the pursuit of knowledge, pleasure or wealth. Others have thought the answers could be obtained through technology or scientific advancement. Yet in our affluent and efficient society, the problem of sin and guilt is greater than ever. Some have even sought peace through artificial stimulants and depressants to eliminate the pressures under which they live. But when the effects of pills, drugs, and alcohol wear off, the problems are still present—cold, hard and stubborn.

Peace of mind is the fruit of restoration. Modern man scoffs at “guilt feelings.” But people have more than guilt feelings, They have guilt. And guilt is the result of sin. Jesus said the Holy Spirit would “convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (Jn. 16:8). And He did so through the Word. And so Paul could affirm, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 5:1).

Peace of mind is the fruit of responsibility. Escapism has never worked. To deny responsibility is to die. To flee is to fail. Peace of mind comes from responsible thoughts, goals, and deeds. “The fruit of the Spirit is peace” (Gal. 5:22).

Peace of mind is the fruit of righteousness. James said, “the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those that make peace’’ (3:18). Right living comes first. Then peace. While the world wants peace, it doesn’t want to pay the price.

Jesus said, ““Peace I leave with you. My peace I give unto you; not as the world gives do I give to you” (Jn. 14:27). Jesus can provide peace. We may not have world peace, because the world will never know Jesus, but you can enjoy peace in your world. In your heart. And in your soul.

“Seek peace and pursue it” (I Pet. 3:11).

—Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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  1. Peggy S Hobbs

    This is a great read, thanks.

  2. Preparing the way for Jesus the Holy Spirit, Jesus the Prophetic Teacher said that “the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have told you.” Jesus the Prophetic Teacher also predicted a time of tribulation when the disciples would scatter each to their homes and leave him all alone. During which time, the Holy Spirit will “convict the world in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because they do not believe in Me”

    Jesus the Prophetic Teacher came under the cover of darkness as Israel’s Teacher (John 3:1-21). He recognized Jesus the Holy Spirit right off and she him. According to the Law, the night they spent together was a sin (John 7:50- 8:12). However had they not met, the Light would not have shined in the Darkness…and they would have failed to fulfil God’s plan for salvation.

    Jesus the Holy Spirit remained faithful to Jesus the Prophetic Teacher even when he and another Assembly Leader informally charged her with blasphemy. Neither did Jesus the Prophetic Teacher give up on Jesus the Holy Spirit. He knew she was the Christ, the Bride who belonged with the Bridegroom. When Jesus the Prophetic Teacher saw the Bridegroom dallying with the Bride, he was worried, lest SATAN (Cyrenaic , Worldly, Hedonistic Philosophy) win and prevent the HEBREW Prophecy from being fulfilled. Thus, Jesus the Prophetic Teacher spoke up and charged Jesus his beloved Sister/Mother THE ADVOCATE (VOGT) with Blasphemy.

    Simon the Pharisee a.k.a. as Peter a.k.a. Cephas a.k.a. the Niger a.ka. the Cyrenaic did not take this casually. He did not want any part of a blasphemy charge and quickly set the record straight. As far as he was concerned, there was no engagement. If she wanted to be Jesus, she was free to be. He however wanted no part of being Jesus. He was not Jesus the Holy Spirit’s Bridegroom and he denied knowing this Prophetic Jesus this ALEXANDER who was to “overcome” the world! (Matthew 16:23; Mark 15:21; John 16:33).

    The Trial and Tribulation came…and the Three coming in the name of Jesus fulfilled the prophecy and God’s plan for Peace and Salvation. Cephas is reinstated (John 21:15) and Apollos born in Alexander (Acts 18:24) is pushed to the front to defend Paul’s teaching (Acts 19:33) and this perhaps is why Chloe’s household became divided (1 Corinthians 1:11-13). Some people follow Cephas, others Apollos and still others Paul…the LITTLE MOTHER AND ADVOCATE who was crucified with Christ as Cephas’ Bride and who baptized the household of Steven.

    Today…the idea persists that Jesus never married or parented any children and ascended, leaving his body behind, to spend eternity together with God the Father.

    Peace depends upon the Truth. The Righteous want the Truth to come out and they will persevere. They have faith in each other and hold each other accountable to the Truth. They don’t cover up, run or hide from the Truth, no matter how Mara, how bitter it is to digest. They recognize judging one another in terms of “good” and “bad” or calling one another names such as “Satan or Hypocrite”causes dissention and brings about disunity and tribulation.

    Sin is condemning Jesus the Prophetic Teacher for loving the Panaghia so much that he had the “guts” to charge her with Blasphemy and to let the TRUTH about his relationship with her come out. Had he not done that…well there would never have been a CRUCIFIXION and a RESURRECTION.

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