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June 19, 2017
"When Satan Knocks Let Jesus Answer"
Pastor J.R. Damiani

John 14 has been a source of comfort to countless people for centuries. It's often used to comfort the bereaved at a funeral. "Let not your heart be troubled …" John writes that phrase twice for emphasis. Today I want to encourage you in the Lord. These are days when peace is a scarce commodity.
 
Have you ever been included in a will? Or have you wondered or wished that some wealthy relative has included you? People make wills every day. You must if your wishes are to be honored after you die. Many times friends as well as family are included in these documents.
 
There are many who are unaware of the good fortune of being included in a will. That seems impossible, but it's a fact. You may not realize this, but Jesus made a will shortly before He died on the cross. His generosity, which included you, is found in John 1 14:27, "My peace I leave with you, not as the world gives – but my Peace – so let not your heart be troubled and don't be afraid."
 
There's not a lot of peace in this world today. Tension and hostility are everywhere. Peace talks are tentative and very fragile - most of the time they don't work out. Whether it's an international situation or a personal relationship, real peace is hard to come by. Jesus made a great distinction between the peace that the world offers and His peace. He said there's a difference between His peace and the world's peace. In Isaiah 9:6 the prophet calls the future Messiah the "Prince of Peace". In Ephesians 2:13&14 Paul says that Jesus Christ is our peace. There is truly a difference. The peace that Jesus gives is not conditional or based on circumstances. It comes when you accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior. He then becomes our peace because He is perfect – our perfect peace is perfect.
 
The Peace of Christ does not depend on externals. It is permanent – in spite of adversity. In days of old, people who lived in fortified castles would dig deep wells inside of the walls to provide water when they were under attack. If they depended on outside sources they would be at the mercy of the enemy who could cut off their water supply. It works the same way when we have the Prince of Peace living inside of us, an inner source of peace and confidence. We are not victims of circumstances. Our peace is secure in His presence.
 
Don't wait until you can be the person God wants you to be. You can't! You come as you are and He makes you to be what you ought to be! Every time you try to do what's right without God's help causes more frustration.
 
Would you like perfect peace instead of guilt? Would you like perfect peace instead of frustration or anxiety? Ask Jesus to forgive you and take control of your life. When you've done it, start reading your Bible every day. Spend time in prayer. Join fellow believers in a local church. This will strengthen your new life – this peace lasts through eternity.
 
 
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