DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
Jesus has overcome the world. In Him we can have peace. A peace that surpasses our understanding and a peace that will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus. As Christians, we enjoy such a peace deep within, a peace that the world did not give to us and a peace that the world cannot take away.
We see in the Gospel of Mark Chapter 4: 35-39 that Jesus’ peace is not based on circumstances like the kind of peace the world offers, this is an everlasting peace, a peace beyond our comprehension.
The Scripture tells us: “ And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
We can have rest, we can have peace and we can have a sense of calmness when we put our trust in Jesus. Is anything too hard for our Lord to do? Jesus said with man, this is impossible but with God all things are possible. We oftentimes look at our storm and we become overwhelmed, like there is no hope left, like no one cares, and like we are going under. But when we begin to seek Jesus earnestly, when we turn away from evil and do good, and when we hide His Word in our heart that we may not sin against Him, He promises us a gift – peace of mind.
When Joseph was in his pit, he still had peace of mind. What his brothers meant for evil for him, God turned it around for his good. He was successful in everything he put his hands to because he remained faithful to God in his storm and he remained obedient while he was down in his valley. The peace of God is for all who believe in Jesus Christ. Apostle Paul said he was given a thorn in his flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment him and three times he pleaded with God to take it away from him, but the Lord said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
Without the peace of God, life is one big misery. Many today worry about the losing their homes, many are concerned that they might lose their jobs and many are anxious that they may even lose their life. When life’s situations seem to get you down, some people become stressed, some become fainthearted, and some become depressed. Studies have shown that depression affects our thinking, it affects our sleeping ability and it affects our appetite. My friends, it does not have to be that way. We are to be anxious for nothing, but prayerful for everything and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard our hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Our only hope through life’s challenges is for us to fix our eyes on Jesus. He is the answer to our every problem, He is our comforter, He is our Prince of Peace. Matthew Chapter 6 tells us we are not to worry about our life, what we will eat or drink; or about our body, what we will wear. Our Heavenly Father promises to sustain us. If He can provide for the birds of the air, the fish of the sea and the trees, He is more than able to provide for us His children. The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy, but Jesus has come that we may have life and have it more abundantly.
Without Jesus, we are nothing and we can do nothing in ourselves. The Bible says no branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can we bear fruit unless we remain in Jesus. Jesus wants us to bear much fruit. He is calling us to repent of our sins, He is calling us to be His disciples, He is calling us to a new life in Him. If we repent of our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If you allow your sinful nature to control your mind, this can lead to death, but if you allow the Holy Spirit to have total and complete control of your life, you will have life eternal and peace of mind. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
As we live a life filled with Christ, we will have love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We are called to live in peace. If we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, then we can enjoy the peace of God. Do not become dismayed, do not become fainthearted and do not become anxious, God will work everything out for us for His good. As we continue to abide in Him and He abides in us, we will bear much fruit. We will have a peace that surpasses all understanding. A peace that the world did not give to us and a peace that the world cannot take away. I pray that God, who gives you hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in Him. May you overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen