Clarity, Hope and Peace
Gifts of God
July 5, 2019
Published by Deborah Negron M.A., B.S.
1 Corinthians 14:26, 33
How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
Peace, hope love…
Mercy, edification and revelation…
Understanding, wisdom and truth…
The result of spending time with those of like precious faith.
Disunity, strife, confusion…
Enmity, loss and anxiety…
The outcome of being without God.
Where the Lord is there is peace.
Where the Lord is there is soundness.
Scripture tells us that an unstable man is the one who is double minded.
At one time or another, we have all faced moments of dismay. Life circumstances, poor choices, consequences of sin have all caught up with us. This is because the wages of sin is death. Death to our peace. Death to unity, death to clarity of thought.
Fear and anguish, envy, strife and fear are outcomes of this fallen world.
When Adam and Eve failed God and sinned, they brought about a ripple effect that caused ees d all humanity to be born in this state of a fallen world. The Bible tells us that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. It also tells us that there is none righteous, not one.
So, where sin has taken hold. Bitterness, hatred, turmoil and division thrive.
When Christ Jesus came, he gave us the wherewithal to return to a right relationship with Christ. The sin of our past has no longer any grip on us. We can speak of our past as it was, yet not in a way where it hurts us any longer. We can then understand the freedom we have in Jesus and speak of his goodness in relation to how He has forgiven and lifted us up from a previous state of confusion, fear, anxiety and a lack of peace.
When we come to the Lord, he enables us to heal from our past. From trauma, from the consequences we have lived through. Sin produces death. But Christ comes to build us a new. He makes us a new creation. He restores our peace. He restores our sense of hope and our minds are able to understand clearly that what we had been through before cannot be what drives ees s us any longer.
We are given the Holy Sporkt which empowers us to heal, to have the mind of Christ. We then become those who can produce good works out of gratitude and love. We become servants of hope for others.
We have been transformed and sin and our past hurts do not determine our thought process any longer. God’s word allows us the ability to renew our minds daily. Our time of prayer and communion and communication with the Lord causes us to reframe our thoughts and see things from a perspective that is new and hopeful, insightful and clear.
The Lord then causes us to share this hope and truth with others and become ambassadors of his truth. We bring others in by sharing what the Lord has done for us.
We learn in God’s word that He has a plan for our lives. Jeremiah 29:11
We learn that we have been loved eternally Jeremiah 31:3
We learn that we have an armour of God that can cover us and protect us Ephesians 6
We also learn the enemy of our souls is constantly trying to destroy our peace.
But greater is He who is in us than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4
We learn we are part of the Lords Body
1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12.
We learn that God is our refuge and our strength in the midst of trouble Psalm 46:1-2
We learn that once we have come to Christ and confess our sin, He is faithful and just and forgives us. 1 John 1:9.
Psalm 103:10-12 says,
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
No longer living under confusion nor strife….
No longer bound but free…
No longer in death but in life…
We have the life of Christ in us.
The privilege of every believer is all this and more. Peace in the midst of trials.
Hope in the midst of adversity.
A sound mind, having wisdom to discern all things.
This we have in Christ alone.