Peace: 1 Peter 1:7

Recently, I started a study on prayer, and praying effectively. In this book, the author warns you that there will be spiritual battles because the evil one does not want you to experience the blessings of God. He does not want you to feel the peace promised to us through the Holy Spirit.  1 Peter 1:2:   2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure. The author says just push through. In other words, keep it up build your prayer life. The evil one has hit me with writer’s block, I would read scripture, start to write, but it would not come.   I would go to bed but sleep would elude me. .  Lack of sleep brought on this incredible feeling of hopelessness.  So, I started praying about these things. Here I am writing, Last night was a great night’s sleep.  Does that mean the Battle is over?  No, the Bible warns us about these things.( 1 Peter 1: 7) Some days you wonder why did I become a Christian it does not bring me comfort, I do not gain material possessions. Then I remember that it is not for this world that I live. I am living for eternal life. Not a life on this world, I remember the story of the rich man and the poor man in Luke 16. I realize an eternity in comfort is much more important than the few troubles that I have in this world.  That is why I became a Christian.  Oh by the way, there is peace when we accept this fact. That while we are in this world, there will be struggles; even Non-Christians have struggles. It is the nature of living in this world. Our neighbors with all their stuff seem to not struggles, but I can see it with my eyes that they have struggles. Therefore, what is the purpose of living my life as if Jesus does not exist? There is no purpose, first because I know he is my savior and because I know that living in Christ means eternal life. Without Christ and the Holy Spirit, I would endure these struggles without the benefit of knowing that even though there are struggles God is thousands of times bigger than those struggles, he has it. I also know that the more frequently, I put on the Armor of God, the easier it is to handle all the crap Satan has to discourage me. The more I put on the Armor of God, the more I feel the peace promised by the Holy Spirit. Yes, my home still needs repairs, yes things are not perfect, I still get tired, I still have to wear those stupid orthopedic shoes to be able to walk. Yes, there are times when I wish I could go on a vacation and am unable to go. Yes, there are times when I wish I could win the lottery. Yes, there are times when I wish I could stop homelessness and poverty. Yes, there are times when I wish I could end mental illness. I wish I could just keep things in order.  But I know that as I put God first, these things will be added to me. The more I am faithful, the more I feel PEACE.

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