Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
23 I assure you: If anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24 Therefore I tell you, all the things you pray and ask for—believe that you have received[a] them, and you will have them.
Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
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 hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Why is peace and maintaining it so important to flowing freely in the anointing? Why is it so important that Jesus is literally called “The Prince of Peace“? When your mind is troubled, your focus is so effected your thinking and judgement become less sharp. Your mind literally goes through chemical changes where you cannot recall words, certain events, and your judgement is not as keen if you are upset or afraid for a time. Certain neurons are not able to connect as they should, and in the process deplete serotonin, which is necessary for our brains to work to full capacity and keeps us emotionally healthy! Now we see why satan’s focus is to get us focused on what steals our peace. If he can steal our peace, he can literally paralyze us with fear and anxiety making us completely incapable of being able to perform what is necessary in our day-to-day lives!
The following are examples, but not limited to, “peace stealers”:
Feelings of inadequacy
High Stress Levels (can be due to your job, children, finances, etc.)
Feelings of lacking wisdom or good judgement
Comparing yourself to others negatively
Lack of supportive friendships
Invalidation of self-worth
The list can go on and on. The important thing we have to recognize is summed up in realizing that in order to have the peace the Word tells us we are to LIVE IN, not on occasion, but to literally RESIDE in we must do the following:
1. When the Holy Spirit brings conviction NOT condemnation (He will NEVER condemn you!) be quick to repent! Repent in the Greek literally means to “change directions”. One time, my mother-in-law and I went to West Texas to visit my sister-in-law and my nephews while my brother-in-law was away on business. When our visit was over, (this is before GPS) we made a wrong turn. We were talking and not paying attention as we should have been and didn’t notice we were off track for about 45 minutes! Suddenly, my mother-in-law said, “Something isn’t right! I don’t remember seeing any of this.” She pulled the map out and began to look at the signs and found our route. Sure enough, we were off course! We had to turn around and change our direction to get where we were supposed to be going! What if we had so much pride we refused to admit we took a wrong turn? We would not have made it home for some time and we would have looked pretty foolish! It is so much easier to just say, “You know, I have had time to think about that thing and I was wrong. We would be better off doing it another way!” That simple tweak makes life easier on you and everyone else your decisions are affecting! It is amazing how fast peace comes and pressure leaves!! 1 John 1:9
2. Stop comparing your abilities, finances, successes/failures, looks, church membership, etc. with everyone else! The Bible says those who compare themselves with others lacks wisdom and acts foolishly! Paul even broached this subject when the people began to choose what orator they preferred. Apollos was a very gifted speaker! Paul was a gifted writer! Some were saying they followed Apollos because he was a “better” preacher than Paul. Other said they followed Paul because he was a better writer and very sound. Paul finally had to say something! He had to remind the people you don’t credit people or ministers! One plants, one waters, but it is God that gives growth to the seed. God is our focus and the One we credit and give glory to! I have seen so many people say, “I don’t want to be a missionary, pastor, Sunday School teacher, etc.” We are to say yes to whatever God ask of us! One gift is not better than another and all are necessary for a healthy body within the church! You are not greater than or less than because you have compared your calling to someone else’s and decided it will not have as much of a profound impact as another person’s gift may have! God is using you in ways you cannot even imagine! Stay in His calling and you will stay in His will! This includes your occupation, financial income, etc.. You are equal to all where you are, and you have great purpose! Bloom where you are planted until you are transplanted to where God has given you vision to be! 2 Corinthians 10:12 (THE SIN OF COMPARISON)
3. Let go of your and anyone else’s past that hinders or affects your peace! The Bible says that anyone who puts their hand to the plow and looks back is not fit for the kingdom of God (Luke 9:62)! Those are strong words! Why? Because, nobody ever accomplished anything by not looking at where they were plowing, except to have to do double work!! I grew up in the country and my grandfather always had a garden. He was extremely methodical with the rows and how straight they were and how far apart they were. He would measure them out length and width. He would put stakes in the ground and tie string to the stakes. He made sure the stakes were very taut and did not sag to where the weather would cause them to lose their shape. One patch of that land would be corn, another tomatoes, another peas, another cucumbers, etc.. He watched that garden DAILY making sure not one blade of grass grew up to overtake his crop! If he had not been so meticulous and plowed those rows just so, one crop could have easily choked out another and everything would have been out of control! We would not have had my grandmother’s delicious cooking from all of my grandfather’s hard work! His work would have actually been harder, more frustrating, and maybe he would have quit had he not plowed those rows so precisely!! He had to look forward to get it RIGHT, and we do, too precious reader! You can’t change the past, so there is no use in dwelling on it. Learn from it, but keep moving ahead in God. It is forgiven, forgotten by Him, and He has too much for you to do for you to waste time!! There is work to be done, and it is time to get up and do it!!
Stay in God’s cocoon of peace. Times are not always easy. We DO have trouble on every side, but we are more than overcomers through CHRIST JESUS Who ALWAYS gives us a surpassing victory!! You will come through, be better than before, and all WILL be alright if you continue to trust Him! I believe you surely will!!
Blessings to you, my precious reader!! I will see you soon!! Juliana
3 Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, 2 to slander no one, to avoid fighting, and to be kind, always showing gentleness to all people. 3 For we too were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved by various passions and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, detesting one another.
4 But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, 5 He saved us— not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit. 6 He poured out this Spirit on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 so that having been justified by His grace, we may become heirs with the hope of eternal life.
8 This saying is trustworthy. I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed God might be careful to devote themselves to good works. These are good and profitable for everyone. 9 But avoid foolish debates, genealogies, quarrels, and disputes about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. 10 Reject a divisive person after a first and second warning, 11 knowing that such a person is perverted and sins, being self-condemned.
12 When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, make every effort to come to me in Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there. 13 Diligently help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey, so that they will lack nothing.
14 And our people must also learn to devote themselves to good works for cases of urgent need, so that they will not be unfruitful. 15 All those who are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with all of you.
16 Now about the collection for the saints: You should do the same as I instructed the Galatian churches. 2 On the first day of the week,[a] each of you is to set something aside and save in keeping with how he prospers, so that no collections will need to be made when I come. 3 When I arrive, I will send with letters those you recommend to carry your gracious gift to Jerusalem. 4 If it is suitable for me to go as well, they can travel with me.
5 I will come to you after I pass through Macedonia—for I will be traveling through Macedonia— 6 and perhaps I will remain with you or even spend the winter, so that you may send me on my way wherever I go. 7 I don’t want to see you now just in passing, for I hope to spend some time with you, if the Lord allows. 8 But I will stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, 9 because a wide door for effective ministry has opened for me[b]—yet many oppose me. 10 If Timothy comes, see that he has nothing to fear from you, because he is doing the Lord’s work, just as I am. 11 Therefore, no one should look down on him. Send him on his way in peace so he can come to me, for I am expecting him with the brothers.[c]
12 About our brother Apollos: I strongly urged him to come to you with the brothers, but he was not at all willing to come now. However, he will come when he has an opportunity.
13 Be alert, stand firm in the faith, act like a man, be strong. 14 Your every action must be done with love.
15 Brothers, you know the household of Stephanas: They are the firstfruits of Achaia and have devoted themselves to serving the saints. I urge you 16 also to submit to such people, and to everyone who works and labors with them. 17 I am pleased to have Stephanas, Fortunatus, and Achaicus present, because these men have made up for your absence. 18 For they have refreshed my spirit and yours. Therefore recognize such people.
19 The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, along with the church that meets in their home. 20 All the brothers greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.
21 This greeting is in my own hand[d]—Paul. 22 If anyone does not love the Lord, a curse be on him. Marana tha that is, Lord, come![e] 23 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. 24 My love be with all of you in Christ Jesus.
4 A person should consider us in this way: as servants of Christ and managers of God’s mysteries.2 In this regard, it is expected of managers that each one of them be found faithful. 3 It is of little importance to me that I should be evaluated by you or by any human court.[a] In fact, I don’t even evaluate myself. 4 For I am not conscious of anything against myself, but I am not justified by this. The One who evaluates me is the Lord. 5 Therefore don’t judge anything prematurely, before the Lord comes, who will both bring to light what is hidden in darkness and reveal the intentions of the hearts. And then praise will come to each one from God.
6 Now, brothers, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the saying: “Nothing beyond what is written.”[b] The purpose is that none of you will be inflated with pride in favor of one person over another. 7 For who makes you so superior? What do you have that you didn’t receive? If, in fact, you did receive it, why do you boast as if you hadn’t received it? 8 You are already full! You are already rich! You have begun to reign as kings without us—and I wish you did reign, so that we could also reign with you! 9 For I think God has displayed us, the apostles, in last place, like men condemned to die: We have become a spectacle to the world and to angels and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored! 11 Up to the present hour we are both hungry and thirsty; we are poorly clothed, roughly treated, homeless; 12 we labor, working with our own hands. When we are reviled, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13 when we are slandered, we respond graciously. Even now, we are like the world’s garbage, like the dirt everyone scrapes off their sandals.
14 I’m not writing this to shame you, but to warn you as my dear children. 15 For you can have 10,000 instructors in Christ, but you can’t have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. 16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me. 17 This is why I have sent Timothy to you. He is my dearly loved and faithful son in the Lord. He will remind you about my ways in Christ Jesus, just as I teach everywhere in every church. 18 Now some are inflated with pride, as though I were not coming to you. 19 But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will know not the talk but the power of those who are inflated with pride. 20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. 21 What do you want? Should I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?