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Day 1: Peace Unlike the World Cannot Understand

Posted by undergroundchurch on January 1, 2011

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I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. – John 16:33

Corey Russel, in a recent message titled Declaration of Dependence mp3 / PDF, posed a provocative point based on Matthew 7:13-14, 24:

Stop trying to make the narrow gate wider.  God designed the gate to be narrow, small and difficult. Following Jesus closely brings difficultly not ease.

God did not call believers to a life of ease but a life of fighting battles against the tide of popular opinion. The world hates the believer because of Jesus (Matthew 24:29); not only that, but “everyone” will hate wholly devoted followers because of their passion for Jesus as they draw nearer to him (Mark 13:12-13). This might even include other believers that just don’t get why those followers must be so passionate for Christ.

The question you need to ask yourself, “Whose peace am I seeking?”

If you seek peace with the world, you must compromise your relationship with Jesus.

If you seek peace with yourself, then you must try to soften the effects of the struggle you face in trying to run the race set before you. As you do this, you miss blessings poured out from God (Matthew 5:3-12):

  • Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
  • Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
  • Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, or theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

Jesus says that our peace should come through him because of our hope in the His victory.  The condition of our environment must not be the source of our peace. True peace only comes when we realize that all we go through pales in comparison to the spoils awaiting for those that make it to the end and join the King of kings in the victory celebration in eternity.


One Response to “Day 1: Peace Unlike the World Cannot Understand”

  1. I love the Kingdom teaching.

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