At the moment we are in the beautiful land of Israel. In September this year, TBN USA, Russia, Singapore and South Africa will be gathering people from around the world to the Holy Land for a grand event! Besides going on a biblical, historical tour of this ancient land, we will be meeting together on the Southern Steps of the Temple Mount in the City of Jerusalem for three nights to worship and celebrate the risen Lord and receive the ministry of grace from Joseph Prince.
A time to be treasured and marked down in history for sure! Hopefully we will get to see many of you there too. So our short visit here now is filled with scheduling and planning for this spectacular event. While I was looking through some material on the Holy Land, I began to reflect on the centuries of turmoil it has to withstand. Time after time the great walls around the old Jerusalem have been torn down by one opposing power and rebuilt by another. The people within her walls have known all kinds of struggles and conflict over their land and identity as a nation for countless generations. Yet, through all she has been through and all she is yet to endure, Jerusalem is still known as a beautiful city filled with peace. Sitting on the balcony of my hotel room, I have the magnificent view of the old city and her huge, ancient walls. The sense of peace and endearment towards her is a very real feeling in my heart. In spite of the modern day conflict that resides amongst her people, there is always a prevailing peace.
It made me think of the words of Jesus in John 14:27,
27 Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
[Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]
Through everything we have to endure on this earth, through every circumstance we have to face, Jesus tells us to refuse to be moved to despair. No matter the pressure that goes on around us, He urges us to not allow the pressure of sin, sickness, lack or grief dominate us.
When Jesus walked this earth and this land I am currently in, He was faced with every temptation to sin imaginable. He had every opportunity to strike out in hatred or hurt. He could have easily given in to exhaustion and sickness and grief. Doubt and fear were always knocking at the door of his heart and mind, yet He would not give in to any of it. Every time He was tempted, He turned His eyes to His Father and allowed the Spirit to comfort and strengthen Him. He made a decision to hold on to peace whenever turmoil raised its ugly head at Him. Even through His hideous torture and death on the cross, peace kept Him.
Now Jesus offers this very same peace to each one of us. A supernatural peace that will carry us through the greatest of trials. It is the supernatural peace that has the power to quieten the voice of the enemy over our lives and remind us of God’s promises concerning us. It’s the very same peace that fills our hearts and minds when we choose to make the Lord our refuge and have His word abide in our hearts. What a joy, what a treasure. The supernatural peace of God is alive and active in us.
So the next time you feel tempted to give into sin or fear, remind yourself of the words of Jesus. Don’t let your heart be overwhelmed by troubles, refuse to get your emotions disturbed and into a knot. Rather turn your eyes to Jesus, keep meditating on His promises concerning you. His plans for you are good and include a prosperous, successful future. He has charged His angels to take care of you and remains forever faithful to you. He is your shelter and shield. He is your strong tower and a very present help in your time of need. He is your comfort, your deliver, your redeemer and your friend. He is your healer and He has promised to take care of your children and be their peace. You are not alone and your future is bright and glorious!
God bless you as you hold onto His peace and refuse to dwell on your circumstances!
We love you dearly
Andre & Jenny