God’s Promises: Peace over the past, in the present, and for the future

jars of clay

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. (John 14: 26)

Traditionally the celebration of welcoming in the New Year includes reflection about the past and goal setting for the future.

God is our security from yesterday. He allows memory to turn the past into a ministry of spiritual culture for the future. God is our security for tomorrow. He goes before us and His hand reaches back to the past to make a clearing-house for conscience. God is our security for today. Leave the irreparable past in His hands, and step out into the Irresistible Future with Him. -Adapted from Oswald Chambers.

God’s Peaceful Presence is promised. His Peace is the antidote for anxiety. He is the eraser of worry, stress, rushing around trying to fulfill a list of “to-do’s”. His Peace is comfort in illness, pain, and grief.

Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. (Isaiah 9:1)

As this year draws to a close, receive My Peace. This is still your deepest need, and I, your Prince of Peace, long to pour Myself into your neediness. My abundance and your emptiness are a perfect match. I designed you to have no sufficiency of your own. I created you as a jar of clay, set apart for sacred use. I want you to be filled with My very Being, permeated through and through with Peace. -Jesus Calling, Sarah Young

 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;  persecuted, but not abandoned;struck down, but not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:7)

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