Discover God's Character E-Devotionals
Power and Peace
"'Here on earth,' Jesus said, 'you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world'" (John 16:33).
God's love for us is deep and personal. Through His Spirit, He enters into the places of our pain. Only He is capable of bringing joy, strength, and endurance in the face of the worst of calamities.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German scholar and theologian, denounced the Nazis as evil and became a potent voice in the German resistance. In 1943, the Nazis arrested Bonhoeffer and incarcerated him in a Nazi concentration camp. On a Sunday morning, after leading a worship service, he was hanged. The camp's liberation by the Allied forces was only days away, but not in time to save Bonhoeffer's life. As he was being taken to the gallows, the scholar remarked to an English prisoner of war, "This is the end, but for me the beginning of life."
Such incredible peace in the face of affliction is not possible through any human agency or reserve, but only through the supernatural power of God's Spirit. He loves us with an everlasting love, and He fills us with an everlasting comfort.
Any believer who walks in the Spirit should enjoy that kind of peace. And no believer should ever be controlled by anxiety, for an overmastering anxiety is a symptom of being out of step with the Spirit.
They can take away all our possessions. They can even take away our physical life. But they can never take away the most precious attainment we have, which is our living relationship with God. To know that is to be empowered.
Your View of God Really Matters ...
In the midst of any troubles, large or small, by faith embrace the power of the Holy Spirit and receive God's peace.
Because God is a personal Spirit,
I will seek intimate fellowship with Him.
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