Want More Peace?

Leon Fontaine Devoted

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
2 Peter 1:2 (NKJV)

Would you like more peace in your life?
We may think that the way to get more peace is to beg God for it, but the truth is, the more we beg for peace, the less peace we seem to experience. This is because pleading for peace causes us to focus on our lack of peace. And the more you focus on what you lack, the more of that lack you’ll experience.
On the other hand, the more you focus on Jesus, the Prince of Peace—how much he loves you and all that he’s done for you—the more grace and peace are multiplied in your life.

You can drown out negative, fear-based emotions such as anxiety and worry by overriding them with positive, love-based emotions like joy and peace. As 1 John 4:18 teaches, love drives out fear. But what does this mean? What kind of love is it talking about in this verse? Is it our love for God? Our love for others?
Actually, the love that sets us free is the love of God.

As we focus on God’s love for us, we overcome fear. We begin to experience God’s peace, and it pushes out fear, anxiety and worry. These fear-rooted emotions begin to take up less mental real estate in our minds, and are replaced by a peace that far surpasses all human understanding.
God’s love for you is so great you’ll never completely understand it. Focus on his love and the awesome plans he has for your future and you will overcome fear. And remember, Jesus is the Prince of Peace and he lives in you!


Key to Confidence

Leon Fontaine Devoted

Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
1 John 4:17 (NKJV)

Jesus already took the judgment for everything you’ve ever done wrong. As a believer, you walk in freedom and peace.
When Christians give in to temptation, they often feel condemned. Deep down, they’re concerned for the future because they think that God wants to punish them for their misdeeds, and they find themselves asking, “Am I good enough for God?”
While our behaviour on this planet does have earthly consequences, God isn’t out to get us. Today’s verse reveals the reason why we can be confident in our relationship with God: as Jesus is, so are we in this world, as believers.
Is Jesus acceptable in God’s eyes? Then so are you. Did God love him? Then he loves you. Did Jesus heal people in his lifetime? Then so can you. When Jesus prayed for a miracle, did God withhold it? No. When Jesus needed finances, did God withhold it? No! Whatever Jesus has access to, you have access to. As Jesus is in this world, so are you.
As a believer, you died with Jesus, you rose again with him, and you are seated with him in heavenly places. As you focus on Jesus and realize what you have because of him, you will begin to realize that you can boldly come to him whenever you want to. You have no reason to shrink back. Go to him in the name of Jesus with confidence—not because you’ve earned the right, but because Jesus has on your behalf!



You Are Enough

Leon Fontaine Devoted

We love because he first loved us.
1 John 4:19
One of the most disempowering things you can do is to focus on your “not enough.”
Am I doing enough? Do I volunteer enough? Do I give enough? Help my kids enough? Make my spouse happy enough? Please God enough? This line of thinking is so depressing and demotivating because the answer will always be, “No!”
Of course you could be doing more. No matter how much you’re doing, you can always find someone who is doing more in one area or another. When you compare yourself to others this way, you can’t win…because it’s entirely the wrong focus. It’s a me focus instead of a Jesus focus.
If you want to be the best version of yourself, focus on Jesus’s love and provision for you! Don’t focus on your lack; focus on what he’s done and all he’s provided! And as the verse today teaches, your love for him will grow as you realize that he loved you first.
Peter walking on the water is a good example of how empowering this focus is. As long as Peter stayed focused on Jesus, he stayed on top. But as soon as he got his eyes off of Jesus and began to focus on the storm, things went downhill. We need to keep our eyes on Jesus!
Now, you may be thinking, “That was easy for Peter. Jesus was right there in front of him! How can I keep my eyes on Jesus?” Good question! Keep reminding yourself of who he is and what he’s done by meditating on his promises in the Bible.
It’s amazing what happens when you focus on Jesus. The more you discover how much he loves you, the more your love for him grows.