God’s Children Must Take a Stand for Peace

And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass…For nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom…all these are the beginnings of sorrows. Mt. 24:6 – 8. NKJV

Jesus is saying that right up until the end of time, there will be wars. We see it today. There are wars festering over the entire globe. Our own country has been creating a ‘perpetual’ war since 1952 in order to justify military overgrowth, to serve the associated defense contractors, to pander to ego and avarice-driven politicians, and to foster fear in our population in order to keep us in line.

Followers of Christ have received several imperatives to walk a different path:

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Rm. 12:2 ESV

But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. Ps. 37:11 NKJV

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Is. 9:6 NKJV

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God. Mt. 5:9 NKJV

If it is possible, as much as depends upon you, live peaceably with all men. Rm. 12:18 NKJV

The world is war-like. We don’t have to be. Nor do we have to support war. We are called to emulate Christ – the Prince of Peace. Uniting in Him, we can take a peaceful stand against any form of aggression by our respective governments by offering a better way, living out a spiritual path as an example of how peace might be attained.

We cannot be caught up in the patriotic jargon and emotion slathered over the death-face of war, or we just become additional nutrients for the disease. Other than self-defense, we can never consider that a war can be justified. (And it is in those self-defense actions that we can express our undying gratitude to the brave, selfless soldiers who took up our cause.)

Simultaneously, we must not forget our Christian love and compassion – even for blind, faithless warmongers who are at the mercy of their flesh and its violent chaos:

Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. James 4:1, 2. NKJV

Yes, wars simply come down to someone wanting what someone else has. It is also the projection of the evil within the perpetrator upon the innocent victim, whom they call them the ‘enemy.’

“But I say to you, ‘love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be the sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” Mt. 5:44, 45. NKJV

When you love your enemy, you can better understand them, which makes them hard to hate.

And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth… Acts 17:26 NKJV

Thus, we can see that we are at one with our enemy, whom is also loved by God. And, just like our secular government and its multitudinous tentacles, we can pray for them, knowing that they too need the salvation that comes from the grace of God through Christ.

Aggressive military ‘solutions’ are becoming increasingly more formidable, lethal and potentially destructive on a global scale. Even what some consider a small military ‘action,’ almost always explodes into full scale war.

Wars don’t have to be a ‘given.’ We can look for alternate ways for conflict resolution. We can start by living out our Christ-peace with everyone we know. We can elect people who want peace and let our desires for peace be made known – making it a national referendum by bringing Christ to more people.

Turn away from the mass media, who gleefully promotes misunderstanding, hate and war in order to sell news. Walk away from the ‘religious’ folks who say that God is behind any kind of war. Pay no heed to political ideology that expresses itself by saber rattling. By all means, don’t listen to the government ‘elites’ who have brought this country to the brink of ruin.

War can never bring justice. Military and governmental fear mongering is propaganda designed for instilling the desire of relief from that same fear into the populace that the monger’s say can only come through violent victory.

The one and only hope is to turn to God and pray for His intervention. He has repeatedly demonstrated that He wants to save us from ourselves and lay us in fields of peace. We can take that potential salvation to the nations, educating them about peace and create a unified movement that will demand peaceful resolutions from those who are doing the governing.

That begins by teaching and practicing peace with each other.

War is blasphemy, as is the production and sale of weapons of mass destruction. And war is always a product of the degradation of our souls.

We all suffer from fears fomented by anger, aggression, greed and insecurity:

For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! Rm. 7:22 – 25. ESV

Thus, we transcend ourselves and take on the cloak of the peace of Christ and shine that light out into the world. After all, the world only reflects its inhabitants…

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world give do I give peace to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Jn. 14:27 NKJV

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Jn. 16:33 NKJV

Goodnight and God Bless.

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Reaching For The Peace Of Jesus

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.” Jn. 14:27 NASB

Christ gives us the peace that transcends the practices of hell on earth. We reach for that peace by resting in His presence – through prayer, godly deeds, and by meditating upon and acting out the gospel.

When we drag our feet in the ways of the world, we are experiencing / practicing the opposite – anger, which we know is a form of fear. It’s man-made.

God practices anger but His is an entirely different form. If we practiced His (righteous) anger, we’d understand that it is a thought-energy construct that is meant to stir us up to take action to either help ourselves or others when we / they are facing a harmful (unrighteous) situation.

However, the anger that most people practice is a type that was unconsciously modeled after what one saw or experienced as a child. This ‘worldly’ anger only shows up because you already have it stored within you. But if you stop cultivating it, the anger will dissipate.

Most anger exists within the framework of relationship. So, the first thing to do is to eradicate anger from your relationship with yourself. You know how to do it: Sit still and look at your anger, recognize the roots of it, forgive yourself for projecting that anger upon yourself and others, and start looking at things through God’s eyes.

Our behaviors consist of the manifestations of our assumptions about life. Our assumptions lead to rigid self-righteous belief systems and dogma that we fortify through our self-justifying anger – all of which are the stuff wars are fought over. Thus, the most loving thing we can do is to dissolve those beliefs so we can stop acting them out.

When we react with anger, we’re like a cornered animal – unconsciously dangerous to those around us and ourselves.

But now, we are on the hunt for clarification about why we act the way we act.

Sit still and look at your anger. Acknowledge it as an emotion, nothing more. Claim your experience, saying to yourself, ‘I am feeling anger,’ not ‘I am angry.’ You are not your emotions. Look at the sequence of thoughts you entertain before your anger manifests by asking yourself, ‘What internal dialogue am I listening to right now?’ It will always be something that you haven’t been accepting about yourself. You have connected whatever that is, to an emotion and every time that comes up, your buttons are pushed.

In our examination (meditation), we lovingly look to extricate ourselves from this aspect of our unconscious training from that voice in our head that is trying to control us.

Focus on your breath to break that reactionary anger habit and act with intention towards a goal of understanding. Anger is always born from misunderstanding – either with regards to something about your persona or about the intentions of others.

Address the fear behind the anger by asking yourself, ‘Is there anything I need to be afraid of if I accept the unconditional love of Christ and love myself unconditionally as well?’ I can assure you there isn’t.

Continue with your inquiry about what you are not accepting about yourself – that false flaw you’ve been led to believe you have. Ask yourself, ‘Is that really so? Do I know that to be the truth?’ The lies will reveal themselves and your long-forgotten peace that was planted in you by God Himself will return.

Don’t deny (resist) your anger. Accept that part of you has been living angry. Instead, question why you have it.

Look at some of the most common roots of anger and what can be done about it:

1. You don’t like something.

The solution is to practice acceptance. Acceptance is not the same as resignation. To accept is to acknowledge the existence of something. To be resigned means to give up hope for any possibility of change. If there really is something you don’t like and it cannot be changed, you must change the way you relate to it.

There is no reason why you cannot be happy in any situation if you learn how to embrace whatever life offers without wasting one precious moment on things that steal your joy (e.g. anger). When you eliminate any ‘preferences’ that you believe must be met for you to feel happy, you can touch happiness in any moment. Then anger won’t be able to find a home in you, or at best, its stay will be short-lived.

2. You want life to be other than what it is.

The solution is to question the preferences you hold that you use in deciding what is true for you. Most of the time, we don’t know the true nature of life because we are walking unconsciously. Instead, commit to remain conscious continually. You will then be able to shed your assumptions and stop trying to change life and the people in it.

When you cast your distractions behind you, you’ll see what life (God) is offering you – even if it’s a lesson you don’t particularly want to learn. (Usually, those lessons are for showing you where and how you stop yourself from living a fully engaged, conscious life). If you choose to learn that lesson, you’ll be able to disarm that unworkable strategy and use that newfound wisdom to disarm your other strategies as well.

3. You see others as the enemy.

The solution is to realize that people all over the world are suffering in the same manner as you. Look at why these other people can rile you and what part of you is offended. Even if someone speaks or acts in a manner that is directly derogatory to you, they are only speaking / acting against the ‘image’ they have concocted about you or to the one you’re trying to project from your mask. Regardless, you can either correct their misconception or walk away – knowing that their opinion of you isn’t personal, therefore it’s meaningless.

You can also ask yourself (without judgment), ‘What may I have done to bring that behavior out of them?’ Or, you can consider that only people who are suffering would project that onto someone else, compassionately asking yourself, ‘What must they be going through that would make them treat another person this way?’

Respond to this person the way you’d want someone to respond to you ( See Lk. 6:31) if you were the hurting party – extending love, kindness and compassion with an open ear, without trying to judge or change them. Apply grace in the same way God grants grace to you.

Who doesn’t deserve love and acceptance? Especially when we all know intimately what that feels like.

4. You’re resentful for having to suppress your shameful secrets.

The solution is to confess, repent, atone and return to living from your spirit. It’s far better than punishing yourself or others and it restores healthy relationships. Breathe out compassion when you feel the anger. Send it towards all people who suffer from the same automatic ways of being. Wish them happiness and freedom. Make friends with everyone (beginning with yourself) – even if they don’t want to.

You are not a bad person. You’re just living your life the best way you know how – just like everybody else…

Happiness is what happens when we accept ourselves, when we love ourselves, when we embrace God through Christ – letting all that love and peace flow through us. Then we can see life as the as the incredible gift it is; and it’s always available when we stay in truth and reality, living as our genuine selves by walking with God.

Happiness is always available when we accept our experience rather than a belief about it – when we trust Who is inside of us. It’s there when we drop the suffering, drop the meaning-less meanings, take nothing personal, give up the ‘search for happiness’ and just be happy and at peace. It’s our natural state…

“These things I have spoken to you that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Jn. 16:33 NKJV

Goodnight and God bless.

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