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Peace

27 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 (NKJV)

The one thing that has eluded our generation today is PEACE. The individual has no peace, the family has no peace, the city has no peace, the nation has no peace and our world at large has no peace. We talk about peace summits and yet we walk out of those conferences with more chaos than we had. Jesus left us with peace and the angel announced at His birth that there is now peace on earth. So then the big question is, why is there no peace?

Jesus said in John 14:27 that His peace He leaves with us. In other words there are different kinds of peace; we know from the scripture that there are at least two. The one He gives and the one the world gives.

Ladies and gentlemen, the peace of Christ is that inner peace that is hard to explain. A. T Pierson puts it this way, “The peace of God is the eternal calm which lies far too deep in the praying, trusting soul to be reached by any external disturbances” Only Jesus gives that peace and surprisingly enough He is the one most of us are rejecting today; hence the chaos. What the world needs is peace that surpasses all misunderstanding. No Jesus, No peace; Know Jesus, Know peace. There will be no peace as long as God remains unseated at the conference table. But guess what? In the midst of the chaos, we can certainly have peace.

A ship was wrecked in a furious storm and the only survivor was a little boy who was swept by the waves onto a rock. He sat there all night long until, the next morning, he was spotted and rescued.

“Did you tremble while you were on the rock during the night? Someone later asked him.

Yes” the boy said. “I trembled all night – but the rock didn’t”

Ladies and gentlemen, there is a rock called Jesus, if only we will rest on Him, we will have peace even in the midst of the storm. He did not promise us a safe ride, but He did promise us a safe landing. God did not promise us an easy way, but rather he promised us peace in the center of the hard way.

I want to leave you with an old poem by Mrs. Cowman…

In the center of the whirlpool, while the waters rush around

There’s a space of perfect stillness, though with turmoil it is bound;

All is calm, and all is quiet, scarcely e’en a sense of sound.

So with us-despite the conflict-when in Christ His peace is found.
The message bible puts John 14:27 this way, “I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.”

Maybe this Christmas you didn’t receive any gifts, friends deserted you, you couldn’t give any gifts because you couldn’t even make ends meet, and most of all, no one called to wish you a merry Christmas. Let your heart be at peace. It is well, you are not alone. Jesus is with you. He came into the world with a song of peace: “On earth peace …” He went out of the world with a legacy of peace, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you.” Shalom!

I will leave you all for now, if we don’t meet again, I will see you at the dinner table in Papa’s house.

Rev. Kingsley Ayesu.

Attitude II

I have come to realize and appreciate the impact the attitude(s) we choose in life has on us. Our attitude drives our behavior and can dictate our level of happiness in life. In other words, choosing the right attitude in life will drive the right behavior in your life which in turn will determine your happiness.

Attitude is a choice you make. You have an option to choose your attitude in every situation or circumstance you find yourself….that is your choice and you are entitled to that. Attitude can get very contagious, thus surrounding yourself with positive thinkers and having a positive outlook on life can go a long way. Again, attitude is contagious so is yours worth catching? Yes, it is very true that in certain situations it’s almost impossible to stay positive. But guess what? God will never bring on us more than we can handle or put His children in situations He cannot get them out of.  In other words, He will never bring you to anything He will not bring you through. So, live each day as if It was your last with a heart full of gratitude and joy for God is in control; we just have to choose to believe in Him which comes down to choosing your attitude.

The prophet Amos wrote: “It will be as though a man fled from a lion, And a bear met him! Or as though he went into the house, Leaned his hand on the wall, And a serpent bit him!” Amos 5:19 NKJV

The context of this text is that Amos was talking about an unrighteous man but I think it sums up the phrase, “One of those days”. I mean you escape from a lion thinking you are home free, only to meet a bear, you outwit the bear and finally get home safe, are you really safe? Because you rest on your wall to take a breather and exclaim, “What a narrow escape, that was close” but little did you know that a snake was patiently waiting for you. Whew!

Sometimes calamities come to us in levels and series; one after another after another after another … I think you get the idea. The question is how should we respond to such things? It is ATTITUDE! Oscar Wilde said “We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars” Defeat is not bitter, unless you swallow it. We cannot direct the wind but we can certainly adjust the sails.

Life is great. Don’t let your circumstances and situations fool you into thinking otherwise. A human being can alter his life by simply altering his attitude. A man was complaining of having no shoes until he met a man who had no legs. Oftentimes, a change in a person’s attitude is needed more than a change of scene or a change in circumstance. God doesn’t always calm the storm; sometimes He calms His child in the midst of the storm. Those of us living in Minnesota have had some “crazy” snow storms in the last couple of weeks but we are thankful to God because we haven’t had an earthquake in a long time. Hey, that’s my attitude.

Let me leave you with this story one of my mentors, John Maxwell shared. A traveler nearing a great city asked an old man seated by the road, “What are the people like in this city?”

“What were they like where you came from?” The old man asked

“Horrible.” The traveler reported. “Mean, untrustworthy, detestable in all respects.”

“Ah,” said the old man, “You will find them the same in the city ahead.”

Scarcely had the first traveler gone on his way when another stopped to inquire about the people in the city ahead of him. Again the old man asked about the people in the place the traveler has just left.

“They were fine people: honest, industrious, and generous to a fault,” declared the second traveler. “I was sorry to leave.”

The old man responded, “That’s exactly how you’ll find the people here.”

What am I saying? It is all about your ATTITUDE. Life is good; it all depends on how you see it.

Positively alter your life by positively altering your attitude. Yes it’s easier said than done. But again guess what? Each attempt to positively change your attitude is a step closer to your happiness.  Your attitude will determine your altitude. Go through each moment in a day with a smile on your face and in your heart believing that there’s something good in each day. Choose your happiness don’t let happiness choose you.

I will leave you all for now, if we don’t meet again, I will see you at the dinner table in Papa’s house.

Rev. Kingsley Ayesu.