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War and Peace?

war and peace

A few weeks back I wrote about how Madison Avenue is playing off of Paul Revere’s famous ride (Start Spreading the News?). This got me thinking about Madison Avenue more broadly and the overall purpose of marketing.

The main objective of any marketing, of course, is to convince us to buy their products. And one of the main methods advertisers employ is to try to convince us we are not good enough, we don’t have enough, and we aren’t significant enough.

The basic message is we deserve whatever they are selling and we will be happier if we buy their products. The result is an internal battle between what we need and what we want; between what we can afford and what we spend; between being content with what we have and constantly seeking more.

This is also the main strategy of Satan – to convince us we aren’t good enough, we don’t have enough and we aren’t significant enough. Satan’s main purpose is to deceive us into a lack of peace so we will buy what he is selling: Lust of the eyes (possessions), lust of the flesh (pleasure) and the pride of life (power).

Satan wants us to be at war with ourselves; a war between what is right and what is wrong; a war between selfishness and selflessness; a war between peace and discontentment.

So what exactly is peace? According to Webster’s the definition is: “Freedom from disquieting thoughts or emotions; harmony in personal relations; in a state of concord or tranquility.”

What is the source of peace? According to the Bible: John 14:26-27 “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

How do we attain peace? Here is a something I recently read that is so good: “True peace comes as a gift from God to those who seek his will alone for their lives. It comes to those who give their lives in service to others, who are honest and humble, who care and trust. It comes to those who forgive.”

How do we know if we have peace? I believe there are three traits of person at peace.

  1. A thankful heart. Ephesians 5:20: “Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.”  If we are thankful then we won’t be searching for what we don’t have.
  2. A lack of anxiousness. Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  By trusting Him we are given supernatural peace.
  3. Reaction to trials. James 1:2–4: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” We trust Him because we know there is a greater purpose to our trials.

 Lastly, if you are not at peace I would challenge you in three ways:

1.     Are you spending enough time in prayer, in the word and in community?

2.     Do you really believe that God only wants the best for your life? In other words do you trust Him?

3.     Are you loving people by being selfless (humble), by serving, and by sharing the Good News?

Philippians 4:8–9: “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. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

In His Service,

Ed

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2013 in God's Peace

 

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The Devil Made Me Do It? Part 3

From 2011

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Part 1 was about knowing that there is a spiritual war taking place, that the enemy is Satan and his legions of followers, and how they attack.

Part 2 was about the belt of truth – His Word, His love letter to us.  We need to not only read the Bible but meditate on it, “hide it in our hearts,” then call on His words, and rely on God’s supernatural protection to defeat Satan.  We cannot do it on our own, but we need to do our part.

Part 3 continues Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2013 in God's Love

 

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The Real You?

Holy Spirit

An old friend of ours was college roommates with Orel Hershiser, record-setting MLB pitcher, while at Bowling Green State University. This friend said something I think about often: “That is not the real Orel Hershiser.” What he meant was Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2012 in Prayer

 

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas?

Last week I wrote about my favorite movie “It’s a Wonderful Life” (https://d2dministries.com/2011/12/02/its-a-wonderful-life/) and how George Bailey had a changed outlook because he had a changed perspective.  Well Christmas is less 3 weeks away and you still have a few opportunities to watch my favorite animated Christmas show “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” The Grinch is great story about Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2011 in God's Peace

 

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Announcing D2D Ministries

 

“Why are there so many decisions for Christ yet so few disciples?”

It was 17 years ago today my life changed forever – I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. While the first 15 of these years certainly changed my life it really wasn’t until two years ago that I surrendered my life to Christ. What provoked the change? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2011 in Pot Luck

 

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Show Me the Money?

From a series from the winter of 2011.

The next few weeks will be a series based on one of my favorite movies – Jerry Maguire (note: when I mentioned this to a friend recently he was surprised because of the R rating and some of the content – so I have to admit that I have only seen the TV version). I just the love the story lines (good vs. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2011 in God's Provision

 

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Backseat Driver?

Friends and Family,

Recently I was on a mission trip to Guatemala with Seek ‘n Serve Ministries.  A standard part of the mission trip and one of the highlights for me was attending a local church on Sunday morning.  The pastor said something that morning I cannot get out of my head.  At first Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2011 in Rest

 

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