Yesterday’s message was titled “AN ASSET, NOT A LIABILITY ”. Today’s message is titled “PEACE ALL ROUND I” as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise John 14:27: 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. " Today's reading was taken from Isaiah 43:2-4 and the Bible reading in one year is Daniel 11 to Daniel 12 and Psalm 79. (Adeboye, 2014).
Quoted below is today's message for our usual discussion
"Peace is good and needful, whether to an individual or to a society. The presence of peace is to be cherished above having riches without peace. May you not have the kind of wealth that would take away your peace in Jesus‘ Name. There is a dimension of peace I refer to as environmental peace: this has to do with physical security challenges such as is being grappled with in Nigeria — terrorism in the north, kidnapping and armed robbery all over the place. The truth is, environmental peace has a way of affecting the peace of mind of individuals. Glory to God, Jesus our Lord goes by the title ”Prince of Peace”. What this connotes is that He is the controller, the giver and the One who sustains and nourishes peace in man. He controls all dimensions of peace possible — be it environmental, in the mind or any other. Lack of peace brings fear, confusion, and leads into bondage. No vision, development or progress is made where there is no peace.
The highest level of peace a man needs to attain is peace with God. This is why no one can boast of security except by coming to Jesus. When you come to Jesus - the author of peace, He dwells in you with His peace. He will keep kidnappers, armed robbers and assassins away from you, thus making you to dwell in peace environmentally. Your mind will be at peace also. You must however continue to love and trust Him with all your heart and resources. Psalm 91 :1 says:
"He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
Psalm 125:2 also says:
"As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.”
These are the words of the Lord that cannot lie. One limiting problem is that some children of God are ignorant of His promises. We need to stand on His word, claim it, pray it and confess it. It is His plan that we should be delivered from our enemies so that we may serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness all the days of our lives (Luke 1:74-75). Whatever negates that plan must not be accommodated."
Today's action point is to pray for peace in Nigeria and all troubled spots in the world. Pray that the gospel of Jesus will thrive in all nations of die world.
PEACE ALL ROUND... What a timely message after the 100 days of prayer and fasting in RCCG. The 100 days of RCCG prayer and fasting season is over at last. Glory be to God for seeing us this far. I can assure you that the Lord is already working ahead of us to do new things. Welcome to a new season of testimonies.... God bless you all for yor contribution
Adeboye, E. A. (2014) Open Heavens: A Guide to Close Fellowship with God, Volume 14, 2014. Nigeria: Open Heavens Media Limited.