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Peace I Leave With You

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Author Biography

    Paulo has worked for CBN Costa Rica since 2016. A lover of photography, video, and an occasional cameraman, Paulo, his wife, and teens live in Heredia, Costa Rica.

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Can we have peace when a rising river takes everything away?   

During such a turbulent moment in history, like the one we are currently experiencing, peace has almost become a luxury, although a vital resource. Unfortunately, finding and maintaining it seems to be impossible. The news reaches us from anywhere in the world in seconds. The immediacy of the information can generate anxiety, fear, insomnia, and many other sensations that worry us and fill our minds with noise. It can cloud our hearts, making our lives sad and meaningless. 

But there is the light of hope. For example, I had an opportunity to visit an indigenous area with CBN to bring humanitarian aid after the area was affected by floods that took away plantations, houses, animals, and even people. In the middle of this scene, a woman we interviewed told us how the river had carried away part of her home and that she still had missing relatives. What touched my heart was that while we were recording the woman working on the field, without realizing it, I had left the microphone open and could hear her singing and praising God. It was a moment between her and God in which, without a doubt, the peace of God filled her. This showed me that the Holy Spirit brings peace and comfort even in the most complex and darkest moments. 

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 (John 14:27).

Whenever I have a situation from which I think there is no way out and anxiety wants to be present, I remember the song the woman sang, a summary of so many amazing pieces of scripture. She sang that God always guides our steps despite the world being in pieces. In the middle of every storm, you can have peace in Jesus.   

In the Bible, “fear not” appears 365 times. What a great reminder that we should not fear if God puts His peace in us. We cannot give room to the enemy to put thoughts that do not correspond. Instead, we must be brave, dedicated, and walk hand in hand with the Almighty with whom we can face any battle.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world (John 16:33).

Father, thank you for sending your Spirit to dwell within us. Let the Holy Spirit fill us with Your peace. Let Your Spirit guide our thoughts and carry us in the midst of any storm. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).

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Scripture is quoted from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. 

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