Fresh Hope – 6th June 2018

Jesus is described in scripture as being both a warrior (Revelation 19:11-16) and a ‘Prince of Peace’ (Isaiah 9:6).

This is also a reflection of who God has made US to be – powerful, yet also peace-filled people.

Weak and anxious Christians, tossed and turned by the waves of life, is not our mandate. Yes we are nothing without God, but too often we forget that we are not without God. If God is IN us, then surely we are far more powerful than we give ourselves credit for. One aspect in which God has empowered us is through the ability to choose.

God could have made us robots, but He made us powerful by allowing us to create a life through our choices. We see this in the beginning when God gave Adam and Eve a choice of two trees (one of life and one of death) (Genesis 2:16 & 17). God’s desire is for us to align our thinking, desires and therefore choices with His voice, heart and nature, thus making us powerful people, who have the ability to create the peace-filled lives He intended for us.

When we forget that we are powerful, life begins to mould us, instead of us steering it (by the guidance of God). Yes, life throws curve balls and challenges that are totally out of our control, BUT we have the power to choose our response. Rather than working through problems, we can instead let problems work us down. Rather than letting emotions serve us, we can let our emotions master us. Rather than delaying gratification for long-term fruit, we can let our instant desires overrule. Rather than creating an atmosphere and culture of peace in our life by using life-giving, God-inspired words, we choose to use words that talk us into depression, and create an atmosphere of death and destruction. You can see how our choices create our life!

Imagine you have been given a thousand pound cheque. That thousand pound cheque is useless unless you take it to the bank, exchange words with a bank teller, deposit the cheque, and then withdraw the cash. So is the Christian life. We are given power, but unless we take what God has given us (the ability to choose), and use our words to make wise deposits, how can we possibly withdraw a life of peace?

A life of peace requires intentionality and sometimes you have to even fight for it (The Prince of Peace was also a warrior). If your life is lacking peace, perhaps check in on your words and language. Your words create your life. They either usher in peace, or usher in destruction.

Scripture refers to the tongue being like a rudder of a small ship. And the same with mighty ships, though they are massive and driven by fierce winds, yet they are steered by a tiny rudder at the direction of the person at the helm’ (James 3:4 PTL). Your tongue determines where you go. A tiny rudder steers a whole ship. If the rudder isn’t steering a ship, what is? The wind is. If your tongue isn’t steering your life, what is? The winds of life are – external factors in your life will steer your life and have you going to all sorts of places, until you take control! Your tongue doesn’t control you, but it can control you. Don’t become scared of your tongue, as if all it can do is destroy and mislead. God made it for the opposite – to bring healing, life and peace! Just take ownership of it! Part of being a powerful person and living a life of peace is doing what is right, not what you always want. Cultivate peace through your power to choose today, starting with your words.

In the words of Spiderman, ‘With great power comes great responsibility’.

Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Emma Burchell

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