The world is about to explode… again.

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The world is about to explode… again!

Okay, is it just me, or does it feel like the whole world is standing on the edge of a cliff… again? It feels like we are one step away from everything falling apart.

The Middle East is about to explode… again.

The great American melting pot isn’t melding together all that well. Racial tension is INCREASING…again.

The distance between political powers is becoming a massive chasm…again.

Though jobs are on the rise it’s the wrong type of jobs, the ones that don’t pay well…again.

History teaches oh so well, as fear increases, along with it so does bigotry, hoarding, blame, and violence.

What do we do? Should be move off the grid? Should we fight politically? Should we hoard and prepare for dooms day? I think it’s wise to plan within reason and I think we are called to be politically active, but I don’t think that is the core of what will truly bring us peace.

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 is really interesting and the concept is found all over the Bible, even in the Old Testament. “Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.”

We naturally see peace as an internal response to external circumstances. We see inner peace or turmoil as the effect of external causes. Though this is true in seasons of life this isn’t a Biblically sound perspective for all of life. The cause and effect are backwards.  

Without going too far into the contextual work or the original language here (Greek), the concept is awesome. The idea here is that peace (harmony, tranquility) is a singular thing and belongs to God. The more we abide in God the more we emit real tranquility. Don’t miss this! Your external circumstances do not have to be the primary driver for your inner peace, your inner peace can be the driver of how you interact with your external circumstances!

Cancer? If you abide in God deeply you can be okay even though you physically are not. I have witnessed this personally! War? If you abide deeply in God you have a hope that is greater than the external chaos. Racial tension? If you abide deeply in God you can live a life of trust because your security isn’t in the temporal, it is in the eternal!

Peace is like the ancient, deep tone of a bell. It was started by God and reverberates through time and space. When we grow into a deeper relationship with God we are drawn into its soothing sound. As our relationship with Jesus continues those ancient rhythms also continue to grow, all while the external chaos grows quieter. This does not mean that you will not suffer; it does not mean that you will not hurt. It does mean that the external chaos loses some of its power. Now the internal begins to INFECT everything you externally come in contact with. You are AT peace. You begin to find it. It’s not found in the chaos outside becoming calm, it’s found in what God is doing deep inside your spirit.

This is the most beautiful part! As you seek him you find him, a life long journey of satisfaction in God slowly growing and steadily silencing the external chaos.

Your greatest witness is your satisfaction in Jesus!

So stop reading this blog and go spend time in prayer and in the Word of God! 🙂

If you are interested in more on peace here is a quick “white paper” I wrote awhile back.  The meanderings of an over thinker on the concept of peace.  🙂

Click Here:

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4 thoughts on “The world is about to explode… again.

  1. John 14:27, Jesus says, “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.” Paul wrote in Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Those who have not repented and placed their faith in Christ are on the side of the Adversary. Those who have are at peace with the Creator, considered family (lit. adopted children), are given a Counselor, can read and understand his Word, and most of all have nothing to fear. Therefore, if I am at peace with God then not even death should cause fear. Does not our Savior hold the keys to death and hades? (Rev. 1:18) Did he not conquer the grave and promise us through Him we shall surely live even though we die? No, I have no fear of the enemy. No fear of death. No fear of ruination. No fear of political changes. No fear of war. No fear of man. No fear of the enemy. If God is for us, who can be against us?

  2. Praise God that we know the peace that only HE can give. It is what keeps me from living in fear of the “what ifs?” For the first time in my life I have a strong uneasiness of national/world security. Yet, even as I typed that sentence I sensed the Comforter encouraging me to press on!

  3. Thank you for your input on ISIS. I am in full agreement with Pascal’s quote from another blog post.. I have learned that sometimes it is very difficult to get to the point of surrender to find Jesus. I firmly believe That anyone who really gets to know God on a personal level, has found what they are looking for.

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