Peace in the Midst of Conflict

I don’t know where many television evangelists get the message that we can have the assurance of health and wealth by believing in Jesus. This can be misleading to new Christians who expect that Jesus will take away all their troubles if they have enough faith.

Jesus said plainly, “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first” (John 15:18). He also said, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33).

Did people forget that Jesus was crucified, and that eleven of the twelve apostles were put to death for preaching about Jesus? The apostle John, the only one who died a natural death, wouldn’t die when they tried to boil him in a vat of oil, so they put him in isolation on the Island of Patmos. Being a Christian puts one in conflict with the world, the flesh, and the devil.

The good news is that Jesus gives us the strength to endure our trials and tribulations. He offers us peace in the midst of conflict: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). “Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God” (1 John 5:5).

Jesus never said it would be easy, but he promised it would be worth it in the end.

“To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my father on His throne” (Revelation 3:21).

~Stephen Beagles

The Trinity Prayer

Lord Jesus, give me words to sing for you,
Grant me by your spirit words of truth;
Open up the floodgates of your grace,
Let me see the sunlight of your face.
Our Father, Take my heart and make it yours,
Let your glory shine from heaven’s door;
Guide me in your wisdom all my days,
I worship you the truth, the life, the way.
Spirit, guide my heart and comfort me,
Cast all doubt into the darkest sea;
Plant your wisdom deep within my soul,
Let your love shine bright and make me whole.

~Stephen Beagles

The Prayer of Shamea

Dear God,

Reveal yourself to me today. Enter my world, take me by the hand, and lead me down your paths of righteousness. Make me an instrument of your will, and help me to bestow on others the blessings you have bestowed upon me. Help me to endure the evil of this world, and forgive me where I have offended you or others along the way. Grant me your love, your joy, and your peace in the midst of these days of conflict and unrest. Give me the strength and the courage to do your will, and let me know that all things work together for good to those who love you. Let your will be done in my life.

~ Stephen Beagles

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"For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified." ~ 1 Cor 2:2