6th February 2017

The Devil’s Toolbox 

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.”
John 14:27 (NIV)

The devil’s toolbox has some pretty treacherous items in it. For example, hatred, envy, jealousy, deceit, lying, pride. They account for almost all the pain and suffering we see in the world around us today. These tools are pretty obvious to discern. But there is one tool which looks pretty harmless, but is actually very well used. That item is ‘discouragement”.

Discouragement has always been around. So what is so special about it these days? We live in an age where there is a noticeable increase in mental health problems such as stress and depression and mood swings. A study by the Nuffield Foundation found this increase especially among teenagers over the last 30-40 years. And other studies have found that people of all ages are suffering more and more from stress-related problems. Maybe some of you have experienced these problems yourself; or you know someone who has?

But there are exceptions. Not everyone is taken in by the items in the devil’s toolbox. Some people resist getting them. Other people who through a weakness of the flesh may use some of them, but then they realise what they have done and they put the tool or tools back. Who are these people?

Jesus doesn’t just have a toolbox, He has a large workshop. There people find the antidote to the devil’s tools and all their harmful effects. They find peace. And it isn’t what the world regards as peace. That sort of peace is really just a cessation of strife, be it between nations or within families. They may have put down their arms or reached an agreement not to utter harsh words against each other, but the feelings of hostility remain.

The peace that Jesus offers is one of genuine reconciliation – both with one another and with God. It is a healing peace and it soothes the troubled breast. Those who have it can’t imagine how they ever lived without it, and those who meet with someone who does have it are so desirous that many of them do whatever they can to have that peace for themselves.

Father, You have promised to give us your peace at all times. I pray that I may be blessed with your peace and that you can use me to be a means whereby it reaches out to those who are in need of it. Through Jesus our Saviour, the Prince of Peace.

Study by Christopher Reeve


About the Author:
Chris Reeve is assistant pastor of the Invicta (Blean) Congregation, which is part of Grace Communion International/Worldwide Church of God UK, where his wife, Hilary accompanies him.

Local Congregation:
Invicta Fellowship
Blean Village Hall
School Lane

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11.30 a.m.

Local Congregational Contact:
Mrs Annette Woods
Phone: 07473 188326
Email: annettewoods2@nhs.net

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