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If you know and follow Jesus, then peace is your permanent possession. Why then, do we sometimes live and lead without peace? You can keep your peace even in the busiest and hardest seasons of life. In John 5:19 (NIV), Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.” Even in that busy life that Jesus had, he still had a heart that was quiet enough that he could see and hear from the Father. In this episode of the Pinnacle Leaders Podcast, Laurie Langley, Dr. Langley’s wife and ministry partner of more than 40 years, shares how to live in this peace to accomplish your Kingdom vision in the midst of tragedy or triumph.
TODAY’S GUEST: LAURIE LANGLEY
Having more than two decades of experience in leading and developing people and teams, Laurie Langley is passionately committed to the values of integrity and follow-through. From a position of being a lifelong learner, Laurie is recognized as a highly capable communicator, an organization and proficiency professional, and is trained and seasoned in outcome management. In addition to the business skills she has developed over the years, Laurie is passionate about sharing hope, living in peace, and her belief in the power of kindness. She lives in Pensacola, FL with her husband, Dr. Randal Langley.
Last year, my wife, Laurie, and I experienced a season of life that taught us how the gift of peace can transform your life and leadership. On a beautiful autumn day, she decided to take her motorcycle out for a ride resulting in an accident that started a completely unexpected journey for us.
What followed was a series of surgeries and rehabilitative work that kept her in a medical bed in the middle of our living room for months. She’d broken her pelvis in multiple places and had to learn how to walk again.
Through this journey, we learned how to live with a “peace that surpasses all understanding.” Here are some of the lessons He taught us in that season…
- We’re With Him. In the middle of one of Laurie’s darkest and loneliest hours in the hospital, He whispered to her, “You’re with me.” In that precious moment, she was able to agree with the most powerful, trustworthy, and loving Being in the world. He never leaves us and never forsakes us (Hebrews 13:5).
- Peace Is Our Permanent Possession. Jesus said, “I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous!” (John 14:27, TPT). Jesus gave us His peace. If we find ourselves without it, it must be because of something that baited us to give up that peace at some point. Repent and reclaim it.
- We Don’t Have to Have All the Answers. The Holy Spirit is our Teacher and doesn’t always give us the answers we seek. Regardless, we can have confidence because our faith is built on what we already know about Him. “And everything I’ve taughtyou is so that the peace which is in me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in me” (John 16:33). When it all comes crashing down around us and we don’t have the answers, we ought to welcome our friend named “mystery.” It’s in the mystery that we get to exercise our faith. It’s in the mystery that we get to walk out living in His peace.
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- “Embracing Change as an Opportunity to Live Differently,” Pinnacle Leaders Podcast, Episode 2 – Kingdom-minded leaders encountered change beyond anything ever anticipated in 2020. The political environment created unprecedented tension, Covid-19 transformed how we do life, and major hurricanes devastated several coastal U.S. areas. In this episode, Dr. Randal Langley, president of Christian Life School of Theology Global, and his wife, Laurie Langley, share their wisdom for Biblically embracing change as an opportunity to live differently. https://www.christianlifeschooloftheologyglobal.org/2020/12/16/pinnacle-leaders-podcast-embracing-change-as-an-opportunity-to-live-differently
- The Ministry of the Holy Spirit (BT820) – This online course, available through CLSTG, focuses on the ever-increasing manifestation and work of the Holy Spirit in the last days preceding the return of Jesus Christ. Learn more about this course by visiting: https://www.christianlifeschooloftheologyglobal.org/course/the-ministry-of-the-holy-spirit-bt820
- The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership (PT511) – In this online course, available through Christian Life School of Theology Global (CLSTG), students will study and learn to apply the 21 laws of leadership as defined and written by Dr. John Maxwell. Clear, practical, and life-changing, this course offers a wealth of practical insights on what it takes to be an effective leader. Get started with this online course today: https://www.christianlifeschooloftheologyglobal.org/course/the-21-irrefutable-laws-of-leadership-pt511
QUOTES & SCRIPTURE TO REMEMBER
- “And the time has come when you will all be scattered, and each one of you will go your own way, leaving me alone! Yet I am never alone, for the Father is always with me. And everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in me. For in this unbelieving world you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous, for I have conquered the world!” – John 16:32-33 (TPT)
- “I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous!” – John 14:27 (TPT)
- “Peace is our permanent possession.” – Laurie Langley
- “Peace is a powerful friend.” – Dr. Mark T. Barclay
- “Peace is not the absence of something; it’s the presence of Someone.” – Laurie Langley
- “Mystery is our friend, because it’s there where we exercise our faith.” – Laurie Langley