MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2016
The freedom every believer has in Christ provides an escape from the performance trap. – D. A Horton (Church planter, hip-hop artist, preacher, and author based in Los Angeles, California)
Key Bible Verse: “I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27)
Dig Deeper: John 14:15-29
It’s natural for us to desire affirmation. We love hearing words that express our value-and when we do not receive affirmation from those who mean the most to us, we feel a heavy pressure to perform.
Resting in Jesus means simply to cease from working to earn salvation and instead to trust what the Bible says about how God views me. I am in Christ even when I don’t feel like I have peace with him. The world will try to make us believe that peace is a feeling and not a fact. But the feeling of peace that the world wants us to buy into has yet to leave anyone fully satisfied. Scripture reminds us that having “peace with God” will provide us with the strength we need when we are not receiving affirmation from people, when we don’t have the possessions the world offers, and when we don’t have the position that we feel we are worthy of.
We must make the conscious decision every day to fight our fleshly belief that peace with God is a feeling and not a fact-and we need especially to do this when we are wrestling with the lack of affirmation in our lives.
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