John 14:27 - Pursuing Peace.

John 14:27 (NLT) I am leaving you with a 
gift - peace of mind and heart. And the peace I 
give is a gift the world cannot give. So dont 
be troubled or afraid. 

John 14:27 (NIV) Peace I leave with you; my 
peace I give you. I do not give to you as the 
world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled 
and do not be afraid. 


PEACE: a fruit of the Spirit that comes with 
the born again experience and then living for 


   Mourning doves come to our bird feeder. 
They sit together in the branches of our oak, 
watchful of the hawk that once snatched a quail at 
the feeder. All we saw was a streak and then a 
pouf of feathers floating down. it is a bird 
feeder, after all. We don't discriminate. The doves 
aren't picky about the feed, but they're careful 
for their own safety. They're looking for food, 
not for a fight. 
   The first time the Bible mentions a dove 
is after the flood. Noah and his family were 
safe on the ark, watching as the rain stopped and 
the earth began to dry out. When Noah thought it 
might be safe to leave the boat, he sent out a 
raven, and it just kept flying. If it found a place 
to land, it didn't return to let Noah know 
where it was. Next, Noah sent out a dove. At first 
it was unable to find a place to land, but then 
it returned holding a sprig from an olive tree 
- an image that later became a widespread 
symbol for peace. After a time of judgment and 
destruction, now God was promising a time of peace and 
   Jesus told His disciples not to be 
afraid, because He was leaving them with "peace of 
mind and heart" (John 14:27). Anyone who has read 
the book of Acts knows that even after they 
received this gift, the disciples' lives did not go 
smoothly or end well, at least from a human 
perspective. All of them suffered for sharing the gospel, 
and many were even martyred. Jesus clearly 
didn't promise them peaceful circumstances. But He 
did promise them - and us - peace of mind and 
heart. We don't have to be troubled or afraid 
because of the simple fact that God is with us, and 
He is in control. In John 16:33 Jesus told His 
disciples why they could have peace: "Here on earth 
you will have many trials and sorrows. But take 
heart, because I have overcome the world." 
   Tides of trouble may come and go, 
floodwaters may rise, but no matter what the 
circumstances, the peace of God is always available. He has 
What comes to mind when you think of peace? 
How might our culture's definition be different 
from the biblical definition? 
When do you most struggle to rest in God's 
peace? This week, if you're anxious about your 
circumstances, take a minute to read Jesus' words in John 
14:27 and 16:33 and remember the true source of 
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Dear Lord, when I seek peace through things 
or circumstances, help me to remember that You 
are the true source. You can give peace because 
You have overcome all the troubles I will face 
in this world. Help me to trust in You and find 
that genuine peace of mind and heart. [Earth 
Psalms by Francine Rivers] 


How Do You Get Gods Peace?
   God has promised to give you peace of 
mind. In fact, one of Gods names is Jehovah 
Shalom, which means, I am the God of peace. 
   Finding peace is one of our deepest 
needs. If God has promised peace of mind but you 
dont have it, why? Here are three things that may 
be robbing you of peace: 
   We lose our peace when circumstances are 
uncontrollable. Much of life is beyond our control. We sit 
in gridlocked traffic and miss an important 
event. A couple keeps trying desperately - but 
unsuccessfully - to have a baby. Someone loses their job 
unexpectedly and wonders how they will provide for their 
family. When these things - big or small - happen, 
we get frustrated and lose our peace of mind. 
   We lose our peace when people are 
unchangeable. The quickest way to lose your cool is to try 
to change somebody else. Most people are just 
not going to change the way you want them to. 
Even when we know it wont work, we still try 
to do it! And it keeps us from being peaceful. 
   We lose our peace when problems are 
unexplainable. We know life isnt fair. Things dont 
always turn out right. And when we dont know 
why, we get anxious, nervous, and stressed. 
   Accepting Gods peace doesnt mean 
your life will be problem-free. It means that 
even when your world seems to be falling apart, 
you will be able to think clearly and sleep 
   How do you get Gods peace in your 
life? Gods peace is not something you work for 
or beg for. Its a gift you receive by faith. 
Turn to God in prayer. Tell him whats on your 
mind. Focus on his goodness. And his peace that 
passes understanding will fill your heart and mind. 
[Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 


   The forecast was grim and getting grimmer 
by the minute. Hurricane Irma was an epic storm 
of historical proportions, her exact path 
completely unpredictable. All of Florida was in her 
   Having recently moved to the state's 
beautiful Suncoast, we'd never been through a 
hurricane and didn't know what to expect. Even some 
jaded native Floridians were packing up and 
   We were peaceful. Conspicuously peaceful.
   We'd assembled our preparedness kit, but 
from the sounds of it, there was no preparing for 
the potential devastation ahead. Yet, we trusted 
God would care for us one way or another. As a 
family, we prayerfully made the decision to stay 
close to home and be available to help in the 
aftermath. At someone's suggestion, I used my cell 
phone to film the contents of our house for an 
eventual insurance claim and found that I wasn't as 
attached to my belongings as I'd once been. 
   I calmly purchased life jackets for all 
of us, eerily marking names and phone numbers 
on them. 
   Still, being reasonably prepared - 
emotionally, spiritually, and practically - couldn't 
account for the deep peace we all felt. I know this 
peace was not of me. Only Jesus. 
   We took shelter in a neighboring church, 
praying, praising, and worshipping the One Who 
promises and delivers peace that surpasses 
understanding (Philippians 4:7). 
   We weathered Irma, virtually untouched 
except for a few days without power or internet. 
Jesus promises enduring peace, and I am grateful. 
by Isabella Yosuico [Mornings With Jesus 2019 
Devotional by Guideposts and Zondervan] 


   Receive My peace. It is My continual gift 
to you. The best way to receive this gift is to 
sit quietly in My Presence, trusting Me in every 
area of your life. Quietness and trust accomplish 
far more than you can imagine: not only in you, 
but also on earth and in heaven. When you trust 
Me in a given area, you release that problem or 
person into My care.  
   Spending time alone with Me can be a 
difficult discipline because it goes against the 
activity addiction of this age. You may appear to be 
doing nothing, but actually you are participating 
in battles going on within spiritual realms. 
You are waging war - not with the weapons of the 
world, but with heavenly weapons, which have divine 
power to demolish strongholds. Living close to Me 
is a sure defense against evil. (John 14:27; 
Isaiah 30:15; 2 Corinthians 10:4) [Jesus Calling by 
Sarah Young] 

   As soon as your mind gets snagged on a 
difficulty, bring it to Me with thanksgiving. Then ask 
Me to show you My way to handle the situation. 
The very act of thanking Me releases your mind 
from its negative focus. As you turn your 
attention to Me, the problem fades in significance and 
loses its power to trip you up. Together we can 
deal with the situation, either facing it head-on 
or putting it aside for later consideration.  
   Most of the situations that entangle your 
mind are not today's concerns; you have borrowed 
them from tomorrow. In this case, I lift the 
problem out of today and deposit it in the future, 
where it is veiled from your eyes. In its place I 
give you My Peace, which flows freely from My 
Presence. (Phi. 4:6; John 14:27) [Jesus Calling by 
Sarah Young] 

   Trust Me in the midst of a messy day. 
Your inner calm - your Peace in My Presence - 
need not be shaken by what is going on around 
you. Though you live in this temporal world, your 
innermost being is rooted and grounded in eternity. 
When you start to feel stressed, detach yourself 
from the disturbances around you. Instead of 
desperately striving to maintain order and control in 
your little world, relax and remember that 
circumstances cannot touch My Peace.  
   Seek My Face, and I will share My mind 
with you, opening your eyes to see things from My 
perspective. Do not let your heart be troubled, and do 
not be afraid. The Peace I give is sufficient 
for you. (John 16:33; Psa. 105:4; John 14:27) 
[Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 


John 14:27: Jesus: A Peace Like No Other! 


If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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