“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, NLT).
What God gives is not what the world gives. His peace is not the peace caused by calm circumstance. No! His peace is the perpetual calm in the midst of any storm. It is rich, complete, amazing, supernatural, and more than can be described by any pen. It is abundantly given.
What the world gives demands something from you. The world gives only expecting something in return. Not God. He offers you His gift of salvation that has the power to free your mind and heart to experience joy and peace. He doesn't demand or force you to receive. When you allow His gift to change your mind and heart, your life is transformed. When you pray for Him to take your fearful burdens from your mind and release your heart from its pain, He floods your life with His supernatural peace (Philippians 4:6-7). You are released from fear and its ability to destroy your life. Once received His peace can never be taken from you. You can only lose it when you take your mind off of Him and focus instead on your circumstances (Isaiah 26:3).
Prepare your heart to receive. Don't let it be troubled and afraid. Keep your mind on Him. Receive the gift He offers so freely. Accept His love for you. Make room for Him by clearing out the clutter of the world. Empty yourself of its demands and expectations. Empty yourself of all of you so that you can receive all of Him. And you shall receive.
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