It's a crazy upside down world out there, and it will get worse. Chaos and confusion are rampant as the enemy, Satan, pursues and uses the world to beat us down and cause us to give up.
There is a beast, it is the world (political, economic, religious) system, "deep state" if you will, that seeks a world peace without God and His ways. It deceives, but can only truly use tyranny and death to rule and we have an ongoing battle with it. It is not a "conspiracy theory" as some might call it. It is Biblical.
We all desire peace on earth and good will toward men and we strive for it as we are commanded to (Hebrews 12:14). We also know that as followers of Yeshua we are not to compromise with the world, yet that non-compromise will cause conflict and the world will hate us for not being like them (John 15:18). We are to continually stand firm in the faith (1 Corinthians 16:13) and oppose and expose evil (Matthew 21:12-13, Acts 19:13-16).
This is not a contradiction, but a declaration of truth, that we can love without compromising our faith and we can share the truth of the Gospel even when the world calls it "hate" speech (and they do). Speak truth in love for the benefit of others (Ephesians 4).
Jesus reminds us that we will not have true everlasting peace in the world until He returns (Revelation 21:4, Matthew 24:6-7). But for believers. His Shalom in us, transcends all understanding and guards out hearts and minds in Him (Philippians 4:7).
So often I search for words to say, and I discover that God has already said it so much better. It is funny how Suzanne and I are always on the same subject without consulting one another. That's the Holy Spirit, Folks. Her article, How To Thrive Through The Struggle: Hope In God is right on target also. Oh, I love that sweet sister.
The Way, the Truth, and the Life
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”
Jesus said to him, “I Am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
The Father Revealed
“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.”
Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.”
Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.
The Answered Prayer
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.
Jesus Promises Another Helper
“If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray to the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
Indwelling of the Father and the Son
“A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”
Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?”
Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.
The Gift of His Peace
“These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. You have heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away and coming back to you.’ If you loved Me, you would rejoice because I said, ‘I am going to the Father,’ for My Father is greater than I.
“And now I have told you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me. But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do. Arise, let us go from here.
Powerful worship in following link: