We all face challenges in life from time to time, which challenge our faith. Whether its lost of a loved one, stress on the job, overcoming an addiction, or fighting against low self-esteem, sometimes dealing with “people” can also seem like a daily battle in itself! If you’ve been on this planet long enough, I’m sure you’ve experienced some joys and hurts; many of those hurts may have come from what someone either said or didn’t say to you. Well, if you’re reading this right now, let me stand in agreement with you that your bondage towards guilt over negative things that people have either done or said to you………..is over.
Well, there’s just one disclaimer……what have you done to hurt someone else? Is there something or someone you’ve done wrong, and you need to ask forgiveness for? Know that God is a forgiving God; but you must first come clean, admit your wrong, and sincerely ask Him for forgiveness. I remember my Mom saying to me so many times that, “people always talk about what someone has done to them, but never about what they’ve done to people!” See my friend, what you’ve got to realize is that in order to live a life of peace and to truly engage in peace, you have to be “peaceable.” So many live lives of fear and intimidation, because they have no peace…no joy…no happiness. They always search for the negative, a mistake, or a fault in which they feel should be broadcast and exposed. My sisters and brothers, as Christians, remember that this is not how to live a successful Christian Life. God wants our lives, our faith, and our mouths, to draw people to Him; not turn them away! Whether you realize it or not, your life DOES matter! Somebody needs you; somebody desires you; somebody looks up to you. Your co-workers need you, your sister needs you, your father, your wife, your best friend, your neighbor, the stranger you just smiled at in the grocery store……..they need you!
The world is waiting on you. We need you to step into the place of God that He has ordained for you, so that you can impact this world for the Kingdom. Truly, that’s when you can live in peace….when you can engage in peace. You know peace when you know God. You develop peace, when you spend time with Him, you pray and read His Word, you minister to others about Him, and when you learn how to trust Him, no matter the situation. How do you know that you’ve matured in peace? When you can give it, even when you’re hurting. You may have been laughed at, lied on, misunderstood, fussed out, and complained on; but you still smile and say, “Lord, I thank You”; that’s engaging your peace.
Want to celebrate your new found peace with others who have learned this key to success towards a peaceful life? Durham is readily gearing up for the North Carolina Gospel Fest, coming on Saturday, March 12th at the Hayti Heritage Center! To learn more information on this event, visit http://www.gospelfestnc.com and purchase your tickets today! Tickets are: $10 in advance, $15.00 at the door, and $20 for VIP Seating. Remember today; live……..in peace. May the Peace of God, rest upon your life; in Jesus Name, Amen.