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Showing posts with label peace. Show all posts
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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Four Powerful Words: Be Still and Know

October 15th, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Psalm 46:1,10

God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble.....Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

 

These two verses come from a Psalm that proclaims the power and security of God. In the center of these two verses is one of my favorite phrases in the entire Bible is “Be still and Know.”

 

To be still means to be quiet. To stop fighting. Stop squabbling. Stop being suspicious of each other. Let go of the artificial separations that have divided us. As Catherine Davis said in our prayer time together at www.ChristianRevival.net, “There is only one race – and this is the Human Race." 

 

Pull off your masks and see smiles and full faces of those around you. Be the Child of God you were chosen to be.

 

God’s people need to be still in the midst of the storms of chaos and violence sweeping many of the cities in our country. Once quiet – and in a meditative state – let this verse come to mind:

           

Exodus 14:14“The Lord will fight for you, you have only to be silent.”

 

In the silence comes strength and peace. Visualize the gift of God to our senses. Find the peace of God in the mountains, in the forests, by the ocean, in a cathedral...in our own soul.

 

To Know means to have an understanding. But when I think about Knowing God, it comes with an assurance that goes beyond basic understanding.

  • To Know God is to completely trust Him.
  • To Know God is to believe we can Ask anything and expect to receive it from Him.
  • To Know God is to feel His awesome presence in everything we do. We have confidence that we can rest in His love with an unshakeable peace.
  • To Know God is to find refuge in His strength and expect Him to always be with us in times of trouble

Be Still – and Know....the four most powerful words we can carry in our heart and mind at all times about our relationship with God, our Father.

 

Today’s Prayer:

Dear Lord, quiet our mind, our heart, our spirit. Allow us to find the stillness that allows us to feel Your power and know your strength. To Be Still and Know is the only true way humans can connect with Your holiness, Your power, Your compassion, Your love.

 

We know cognitively that You are omniscient (all-knowing), omnipresent (present everywhere), omnipotent (all-powerful). Your Word says that we are in “all ways” to acknowledge You and THEN You will guide our lives. Lord, we surrender to Your plan when we can simply Be Still and Know. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


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Friday, September 11, 2020

Grace and Mercy Work Together

September 11, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

2 John 1:6   (correction verse: 2 John 1:3) 


Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and
 from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.


The Bible has several verses that mention God’s grace and God’s mercy together, but the meaning of these two words is very different. Grace is God’s blessing. We receive His unconditional as a free gift, and it is something we don’t deserve. Mercy is when God withholds a punishment we do deserve.

To fully understand grace, we need to consider who we were without God’s grace, which means living without Jesus in our hearts. We were spiritually dead. We have no morals, no sense of right or wrong, no concerns about retribution for our actions today or in the future. Without belief in eternal life, we live for today with no concern about  tomorrow. We don’t even acknowledge we have a soul that may be eternally separated from God’s love if we reject Jesus.

It is important for grace and mercy to work in tandem. Emphasizing grace alone focuses only on God’s love. It can seem sentimental and can be taken lightly. On the opposite side, focusing on only asking for God’s mercy to avoid punishment can make God seem harsh and cold. Jesus’ life demonstrates the balance between grace and mercy. They meld together in a perfect balance. 

Christianity is a unique blend that shows how God delivers grace through His justice and truth, and how He offers mercy when we sin.

Remember: We did nothing to earn God’s grace and, in fact, we deserve His justice even when He gives us mercy. We serve an awesome God!

TODAY’S PRAYER:
Dear Father in heaven, there are not enough words in any language to describe the feeling of gratitude we have for Your grace, and now much You love us. We are grateful that becoming one with You does not have to be earned because no amount of busy-ness could possibly be enough to enter the gates of heaven. We humble ourselves before You, Lord, with a child’s heart and simple gratitude. Thank You for being who You are. Thank You for your grace which we are so grateful to feel and experience. In Jesus name, Amen

 

Friday, August 7, 2020

The Lord Gives You Peace in ALL Things

 August 7, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

2 Thessalonians 3:16

May the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

 

With so much going on in the world, it’s easy to let your head run in circles and allow your heart feel empty because you’re waiting for the “head things” to settle down. But the Lord gives us peace ... in every way...if we trust and believe.

 

I don’t always find it easy to trust – whether the trust in another human being ...or full trust in God. It’s a practice I work on every day.

 

Being a ‘human doing,’ it’s my nature to put my hands back on my life’s steer wheel at every bump in the road. But trust implies surrender...letting God be totally in control. Surrendering the small steps is an upward spiral.

 

Surrender, trust, surrender, trust...until reaching a place of really trusting that God is in Full Control of each day, minute, second of our lives. He knows the number of hairs on his head; surely he knows the best plan for our lives.

 

Today’s Prayer:

Lord, each day gives me a new opportunity to grow closer to You. Trusting you in small things allows me to LEARN ....and that’s what we’re here to do on Earth School. Words are inadequate to express the gratitude we feel when we trust You with one of our fears, and You deliver....allowing us to grow ever closer to You. Thank you, Abba Father, for teaching us to grow. In Jesus’ Name Amen.


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