What one concept can be both relaxing and unnerving at the same time? What abstract thought has no and shows no concrete results that are long lasting? Answer
PEACE. Yes, peace. World peace is a hot topic of conversation. Even the contestants in the Miss America Pageant, when asked the question, always put forth their
ideas of how they would bring about world peace.
There is one way of obtaining peace and that is the Holy Spirit. Accepting God’s gift of the Holy Spirit is the only source of peace. John 14:27 says “Peace I leave
with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid”. The book of John, chapters 14 thru 16,
contains more theology of the Holy Spirit then any other book of the Bible. The world cannot give the peace that God has to offer because the world does not know
God. It is God’s to give and not the world’s. Jesus comforts us by letting us know that He will not leave us orphans but He will come to us. He will send someone
to stand in for Him and reaffirm His teachings. Who is that someone? The Holy Spirit (Comforter, Paraclete, Advocate). It goes without saying then that our beliefs
are reflected and come through in our behavior.
God reveals Himself to those who love and obey Him. Jesus promises to love us even in a storm. When we obey Him we are more aware of His presence and can feel
that presence. We are more in tune with Jesus when we obey Him and live up to His standards. Why? We are indwelt with the Holy Spirit. Some call it the Spirit of
Truth. The Holy Spirit and the Spirit of Truth are two distinct persons but are inseparable when it comes to the roles that they fill. The greater good of the Holy Spirit
is to strengthen our beliefs to strengthen our faith.
As the incarnate Son, Jesus was both a Holy Deity and a human. Living by the Word and doing the Father’s will were at the core of His mission. By doing so He over-
came the three enemies of a Christian. Satan, the world and sin. All of this was accomplished at the climax of His mission, the Crucifixion. The victory was sealed with
His Resurrection. Our victory is not in the deliverance from these enemies but in the victory we attain by our acceptance of Jesus, God’s one and only Son, into our lives.
So when we do this, we have accepted someone who has already overcome those three enemies. This makes us victors and free to follow the Way or the path that He has
for us with the Truth, the words and teachings He has for us in His Word and the Life that He offers if we obey Him.
So, in conclusion, only those who can have peace with God can have the peace of God. No matter the seriousness of the storm or what the outcome may be He has