Let me start by saying happy new month. Welcome to the month of June, the sixth month of the year. When six is mentioned, one quickly recalls that man was created on the sixth day…. Six is a peculiar number to man as it is the number that precedes the perfection number, the number seven. And so, we must realise that this month is suppose to usher us into the perfect plan of God. So, once again, I say, happy new month.
In lieu of this, I will be writing about two things, the first relates to man in creation and the assignment God has placed into his hands, while the second would relate to God’s promises for us this month. So, be relaxed and be assured that God has a good plan for you. He says, “for I know the thoughts I ‘think’ towards you, they are thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected desired end.” Jer. 29:11.
It is easier to read and say this like every other word we speak but this is more profound if truly we understand the words spoken by God. It is interesting to note that God thinks about you and me. God says, there is a way I think of you every time I remember you or anytime I take thoughts of you. My thoughts of you are always to give you PEACE. Do you really know that God thinks about you? And His thoughts towards you is not to nail you to the cross or to punish your every mistake. He doesn’t think of you as one that is evil, neither does He think evil of you.
What comes to your mind first when you think of God? Do you think of Him as someone who is just interested in punishing every error you make, or someone bent on sending people into destruction? Do you often think of God as one who is just too callous or strict, expecting everyone to go the extra mile to seek to please Him? Well, may I say to you that though God hates sin and would not condone sin or acts of sin, but He loves the sinner. His thoughts towards everybody, including the sinner is how to bring us all into perfection. Perfection is a state of total or absolute salvation, where one dwells in utmost peace. That’s God’s thought always. He is always engaged in thought of how he can bring you into His peace which is a product of His Salvation, an invitation into perfection.
God wants to give you peace, so you can end well in life. Without peace, life will be full of turbulence. Life will be difficult without peace. May I also inform you that peace does not mean absence of trouble, but even when going through circumstances and situations that wants to trouble you, you are at peace. Jesus demonstrated this while He was on a journey in a boat. Scripture records that after the long hours of ministering to people, He was tired hence needed rest. So, on the journey had to sleep in the innermost part of the boat using a pillow. While the journey lasted, a storm arose, threatening to sabotage their advance and journey to the next place of assignment. That’s the same way storms might arise on our journey to the next phase of life where we will perform our next assignment. It doesn’t matter that Jesus was in the boat (in our life), or that we embarked on the journey at His command, we must be ready to stand strong against storms of life. We must desire peace on the inwards.
The disciples became so very afraid of their lives since it looked like the end has come. It was so serious that they had to start scooping water out of the boat and so fear griped their hearts so strongly. Without peace, one will live in fear and will take decisions out of fear. Fear kills the spiritual senses, it even cripples the natural mind. The solution to life’s storm is not the physical natural solutions or measures, but to first command the peace of God into the situation. The most annoying thing for the disciples was in the midst of all the turmoil, Jesus didn’t wake up from sleep. They thought about how careless He was with His life. They thought about how He didn’t even care about what they were passing through that has capacity to take their lives. So they woke Him in anger and with a ready question in their mouth.
Often times, when we go through situations of life, does God not strike us as one who doesn’t care about us? Does He not look to us as one who doesn’t even care that we lose our life to the challenge? Truth is, He cares and is even willing to bring you out safely, but He wants you to command peace into the situation. It is important that you know you have peace, and that you can command peace into any circumstance. When Jesus was woken up, they asked about His care for their lives, not His own life because somehow they believed Jesus cannot die yet they didn’t believe they also cannot be overcome by the circumstance. Remember this scripture, “if the Lord be for us, who can be against us”? The answer is No One.
And so, Jesus declared peace into the situation and rebuked them for lack of faith. Peace comes from a registered life of faith. Without faith, one cannot enter into rest. To be in rest is to be in peace. “So we see that they could not enter into rest because of unbelief (lack of faith)…. But we who have believed will enter into rest…” So, the disciples and Jesus landed safely at their destination. You now see that the essence of God’s peace towards us is to bring us to our expected end, the desired end. And that’s the real meaning of prosperity.
Prosperity is a function of three meanings;
1. To be successful
2. To be in a perfect state of mind. And
3. To end as desired and fulfilled.
So, Jesus says to us, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27.
Friends, don’t be anxious for anything. Don’t let anxiety tear you apart. Whatever your heart desire, let it be known unto God in prayers and supplication, with thanksgiving. And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will preserve your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.
And lest I forget, welcome to the season of change. God bless you.
Oliyide Ayotunde is a follower of God, a learner, a lover, and a dedicated disciple. He is the founder and the president of the Kingdom People Network and also an Associate Pastor of The New Creation Bible Church. He is also by privilege the Youth Coordinator of the PFN Youth, Oshodi Chapter.
Due to his love for music, He has served as the Vice-President of Friends That Care for two years and also served as the General Secretary of Chapel of His Glory, Campus Fellowship, Ekiti State University, Ekiti from where he obtained a B.Sc in Accounting.
He is an inspirational writer and a graced preacher of the gospel.