Peace Stands Guard
I hear the waves crashing against the tangible storms of life as the faithful step up to sound the alarm.
Wake up! Wake Up! The time is now. Turn back to your first love.
"But I have this complaint against you. You don't love me or each other as you did at first!" Revelation 2:4
I am thankful for those without fear confronting the compromise among believers but my heart continues to flip flop. I have a question for myself and the body of Christ.
Are we perpetuating fear and chaos in our wake up calls or are the warnings opening a pathway toward redemption, hope and peace?
"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7
In the midst of a normal moment, I was dressing my grandson for outside playtime and I felt the Holy Spirit beckon me to pay attention. I sat down and my mind focused on Him.
I saw a fire truck. The fire truck was parked in a large parking lot and a strong man was sitting in the drivers seat. The enormous truck was not running but sitting still. The strong man's hands where resting gently on the steering wheel, instead of positioned in preparation to move. The stillness brought attention to the penetrating brightness of the lights shining every direction. Noise broke through my mind as the sirens blared and the alarm rang clear. I saw myself standing off to the side of the truck watching unable to move. The lights grew brighter and the sirens louder. Suddenly people where everywhere scrambling. Confusion was above them and sand underneath them. Hundreds of people had fear within and could not speak a clear word because of the deafening alarm and blinding lights.
Concerned, I took a step forward and peace surrounded as I said to the strong man "Why don't you tell them the truth about Jesus?".
The strong man sits in a position of authority, fully equipped and prepared to rescue but if he never uses the tools provided to extinguish the fire what good is he? His stance from the front seat of the firetruck only brings alarm, fear, and confusion. He rests in comfort. From the safety of the truck away from the chaos he brings attention to the world and shrugs at the opportunity to lead the chaotic, and confused toward the cross. Offering silence after the alarm, instead of instruction. Are we as followers of Christ like the strongman sounding the alarm but to comfortable to step out of the truck and lead others out of the fire?
"Soldiers don't get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them."
2 Timothy 2:4
How can we bring a fresh word of forgiveness with a heart tied up in worry regarding civilian affairs, "the world". I am not suggesting we ignore life but I am reminding followers of Christ that civilian affairs are not our source of hope and peace. Rally the saints but guide them in building a foundation faithful to Christ.
"Pray for those in leadership but do not look to the world for salvation, guidance or direction."
The danger of feeding the frenzy of the world is the trials become our focus and not the anchor of Hope. Eternal peace cannot be found in the mimics of the world.
Jesus warned us we would have trouble but the chaos is not what we are called to cry out.
"I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."
Crying out in the tangible with no spiritual foundation perpetuates fear and confusion and reproduces sinking sand.
We want to follow Jesus! Found with our feet bringing life and peace. God's truth is not defined by the world's standards or momentary alarm. His truth is redemptive, freeing and eternal, no matter the circumstance.
Are we pushing people off the bridge of fear, drowning them in condemnation and judgment.
Remember friends.....That job is already taken by the accuser.
Sounding the alarm brings attention to the voice speaking the words and unless the voice redirects the attention to the one who can meet every need, it only produces more fear and chaos.
During these days of tangible mayhem sound the alarm, exercise your freedom of choice, but don't forget to use the tools of truth, we have as followers of Christ. Keep your eyes on things above and navigate the things below with wisdom.
You and I carry the Holy Spirit within us. He is living within and brings life, peace, and a pathway of redemption to the world.
Within the body of Christ the Holy Spirit offers the power to overcome sin as we follow Jesus and walk in supernatural unity.
Remember.........your position when the alarm rises up from within. We do not point fingers, shout the alarm and lock the door. Our words are meant to release the truth of God's love.
Jesus came to save.
"For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."
Jesus is life
"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly."
Jesus is peace
"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27
Jesus overcame the world.
"I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world." John 16:33
We can be more than a strongman seated in comfort shouting the alarm with lights blaring offering no options for rescue. Our life should be a haven of HOPE for the lost and a river of restoration for the lost desiring to come home.
"Don't yield to the temptation to throw confusion more than the truth of the cross. Step back and settle in the promises of God. No follower of Christ has to live confused. Confusion comes from the devil. Peace is in Christ and we have Hope to offer the world."
May our words be truth, soaked in excess with the promise and provision, provided through the cross. Empower us to live victorious through you. Equip your children to spread light and not death with words. Season our steps with courage as we walk in your Glory in a way that draws the world to your goodness. Use our circumstance to illuminate your saving Grace so all may see. Father when we sound the alarm give us strength and compassion to get out of the truck, grab the well that never runs dry, and offer calm to the chaos.
"This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary." Hebrews 6:19
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