Are you at peace? Do you have peace? Peace with others? Peace with God? Peace of God?
If you don’t then do you want to?
“And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 4:7 AMPC
Why not invite Jesus into your heart and life? It begins with a relationship with Him. Through Him we receive forgiveness of sin. Through Him we receive salvation and peace with God. Allowing Jesus in allows the Holy Spirit who will prove you with God’s peace. With God’s peace we can find peace in the midst of our situation and allow us to forgive others and start to build peace with others through God’s wisdom and strength.
Will today be the start of you journey with Jesus? I know it has transformed my life, my mind, and my heart. So what God has given me I offer to you, the gift of grace through Jesus Christ our Lord.
With all the darkness, the evil, and the anxiety that is going on in this world, wouldn’t you rather trade it in for the peace of God that goes beyond what we can even understand in order that our hearts and our minds will be guarded and protected through Jesus?
Wouldn’t it be great that if and when things happen we can be people with a clear and focused mind because the peace of God that surpasses all understanding guards our hearts and minds while everyone else is panicking or anxious? Even if it doesn’t make natural sense to everyone else but thanks to Jesus, living in and through us, by faith we are able to face the challenge head on. We can be like Benaiah who faced the lion and rather than panic or flee, he roared back and chased the lion. All of this is possible. We can find peace in the midst of the trials because our trust and hope is in Jesus and the eternity with God in heaven. We can find peace in the midst of troubles because we can take heart knowing that Jesus has already overcome the world. We can have peace in the midst of the storms because we know that God will either protect us in he storm or get us through the storm for the glory of His kingdom. To those who don’t know Jesus it probably looks crazy.
What is it you are facing today? Will your first response be to invite Jesus into it? Will you ask the Holy Spirit for wisdom and guidance? Will you do what He tells you so that out of this very situation and this very moment Our Heavenly Father will receive the praise, the glory, and the honor in Jesus’s name? No matter what it is, make your first response be to turn to God and then allow His peace that surpasses all understanding to guard your heart and mind.
With this peace you receive become a peacemaker! For as much as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone! Let’s be ambassadors of peace!
The 49 week challenge – Day 249
The 49 week challenge has 6 days in which to notice a promise to trust, a command to obey, a truth to embrace, a warning to heed, or an encouragement to rest in and 1 day to reflect on what you’re learning and to share it with others, to think back over the week’s readings, to see connections between the various passages of the week. Each day we have time to talk to God and contemplate what is being said through His Word, and even more so on the 7th day.
How interested are you in what will happen today? How interested are you in what will be required of you today? How interested are you in what decisions you will need to make today? How interested are you in hearing from God today? How interested are you in accomplishing what God is calling you to do today? What if it were life and death decision? What if it were everlasting life and everlasting death decision? What if the decision that you make today will determine how you will spend the rest of eternity? Would it make a difference?
Today’s reading from
GOD’S WORD – THE BIBLE
comes to us from:
- God has a plan for you and it is for good and not for evil, it is to give you a hope and a future. Will go along with it?
- Will you receive the gift of grace and receive it in faith in and through Jesus?
- Will you allow love to be the source, the fuel for everything that you will and can do?
- ‘I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.’ Ephesians 3:16-21
- Will you ask God for wisdom in the midst of your needs?
- Will you ask God for wisdom in the midst of your trials?
- Will you ask God for wisdom in the midst of your troubles?
- Will you ask God for wisdom in response to God’s offer to give to you?
- Will you ask God for wisdom in order to be able to live your life to the fullness of God’s blessings?
- Will you ask God for wisdom so that you can walk out your life in alignment and accordance to God’s Word, God’s will, and God’s plan?
- Let’s praise God!
- ‘Praise the Lord , my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord , my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord ’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children— with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts. The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. Praise the Lord , you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. Praise the Lord , all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will. Praise the Lord , all his works everywhere in his dominion. Praise the Lord , my soul.’ Psalms 103:1-22
- What will you do with what God shows you?
- What will you do with what the Spirit reveals to you?
- How will you take the wisdom from God and respond to it?
- Will you be someone who speaks truth and life into the world around you?
- Will you speak it so that others too may find the peace that surpasses all understand and so that they too will be saved?
As day 249 begins, I would hate to miss giving the opportunity to anyone who hasn’t received Jesus into their lives as their Lord and Savior an opportunity to make the decision today and the blessing to get to live out the rest of the year in that power and that truth and that hope.
If you would like to receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior, why not join me in this prayer?
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.—The Sinner’s Prayer
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