Peace Be With You
In this time of fear and uncertainty, we find our hope and strength in the word of God. I love the transparency that records and shares with authenticity, the strengths, and weaknesses of the men and women of God. Hebrews 11 records the Heroes of the Hall of Faith and says of these, “whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle”.
In John chapter 20:19-22, we find this displayed. The disciples are isolated from culture and gathered together “with doors locked for fear”. “Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After He said this He showed them His hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
We see the power of fear to hold us captive and put our faith on lockdown! However, we must not yield to our fears but turn our gaze to Him, ”an ever-present help in time of trouble”. We know “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
In Isaiah 41:10 TPT, we find these comforting words, “Do not yield to fear for I am always near. Never turn your gaze from me, for I am your faithful God. I will infuse you with my strength and help you in every situation. I will hold you firmly in my victorious right hand.”
We see a sudden shift when “Jesus came and stood among them”. Jesus steps into the room and everything changes! Jesus wants to walk through every wall of fear and unbelief and into your “room”, your life, and your circumstances. He is with you! He is for you! Jesus said, “And never forget that I am with you every day, even to the completion of this age.” (Matt 28:20 TPT)
His greeting to the disciples is “Peace be to you “. Jesus releases His peace upon them because He is the Prince of Peace. His presence releases tangible peace. He shows them his nailed scared hands and pierced side. As we see His nail-scarred hands and His pierced side, we are again reminded, “He was the one who carried our sicknesses and endured the torment of our sufferings”….”It was because of our rebellious deeds He was pierced and because of our sins, He was crushed. He endured the punishment that made us completely whole, and in His wounding found our healing.” (Isaiah 53:4,5 TPT) The punishment that brought us peace was upon Him.”(Isaiah 53:5 NIV) He told the disciples, “Everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in me will be in you, and will give you great confidence as you rest in me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows but you must be courageous for I have conquered the world.” (John 16:33 TPT) It is our faith in His finished work of the cross that gives us victory to overcome our fear.
And “Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you!” Can you hear His voice releasing peace to you? A double portion of peace! This same peace is available to us today. May we receive His peace and release it to those around us.
Then Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you. And with that, He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit”. Jesus is still breathing fresh life, fresh power, and fresh peace upon us today. Let us position ourselves as never before to receive a fresh infilling of the Holy Spirit, and may the power of peace within us be released through us.
Remember His words “I leave the gift of peace with you – my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given to the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts – but instead be courageous!” (John 14:27 TPT)
May His grace and peace be multiplied to you today!
John and Amy Miller serve as the founders and lead pastors of Life Church. They have a hunger to see Holy Spirit activated in the lives of believers through gifts, prophetic ministry, and healing.