From the Pastor's Desk

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27.
 

God tells us not to allow our hearts to be troubled or afraid.  It is not a suggestion, but a command. So many things ‘come at us’ in life and we have to consciously make choices or decisions, about how we will let them affect us inwardly of not. The word, ‘troubled,’ means, “to agitate, disturb, make nervous or anxious, distress or unsettle.” 
 

We are emotional beings and some of us are more ‘emotionally-responsive’ than others.  However, our emotions follow or arise from our thoughts. Most of the time we are “even” or simply “joyful” in our daily walk.  When some ‘bad news’ comes, we can find ourselves inwardly agitated, troubled, distressed, or fearful…or all of the preceding. 
 

These emotions are simply the other side of a two-sided inner makeup that we have.  Our thoughts ‘release’ or prompt these negative or dark feelings.  This ability to ‘register’ or release negative emotions is an ability given to us by God (since the advent of sin in the Garden) to signal us to turn to God and His Word and replace our thoughts with His resources. These negative emotions are the ‘red light’ warning us to stop because of potential danger.  The danger we face is many-sided:  loss of faith, being over-swallowed with fear, and even believing the worst is to actually happen.
 

Let us do what He says above and receive His peace by: rehearsing His promises, declaring His promises and turning our thoughts away from the distressing ideas. Thoughts of helplessness, neglected, leads to hopelessness.
 

He is offering peace to you today. Are you ready to receive it the ‘peace that is beyond understanding?’