Posts Tagged ‘Peace

23
Oct
17

The Holy Spirit Fills Us

God’s Spirit is is an awesome power source for the Christian. He is a reminder that God lives in us and that we belong to Him. He testifies to the truth that Jesus is the Son of God. John wrote:

This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. – 1 John 4:13-14 (NIV)

Jesus is the Son of God and He is the Savior of the world. This truth is confirmed in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. When we come to faith in Christ and we trust in Jesus for salvation by grace through faith, we are not only forgiven, but we are filled with the Holy Spirit. We must listen to God’s Spirit and submit to His leading and teaching in our lives. When we do, we’ll find that life makes more sense and we have a peace that goes beyond our ability to comprehend it.
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19
May
17

Heavenly Wisdom

James, in chapter 3, verses 13-16 talks about the earthly and demonic “wisdom” of selfish ambition and bitter envy. It creates strife, disorder and evil practices. Then he says:

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. – James 3:17-18 (NIV)

Heavenly wisdom is all about using God’s gifts to bring about peace. Too often we use what God gives us to our advantage in order to get ahead. Instead, we need to use the gifts God gives to us for others. Imagine if we used our time, talent and treasure to make the world a better place. If we invested ourselves in living for Jesus and living for others, what could we accomplish? This is the challenge for us in the church today. Let us commit ourselves to using what God has given to us to show His love and grace to everyone.
16
Mar
17

Peace In The Body

Good Thursday morning to you! As followers of Jesus, we are to work together for peace in the church. Too many churches are known for splitting and fighting and it ruins our witness. If Jesus is the Prince of Peace, why can’t we all get along? Paul wrote:

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. – Colossians 3:15 (NIV)

If the peace of Christ isn’t ruling in our hearts, there will not be peace in the family of God. The peace of Christ is amazing, though. It can bring so many different and unique people together in one place to worship the Lord and to encourage one another. People of every color, age, male and female, Democrat, Republican and Independent all coming together for one purpose – to honor God and to testify to His goodness and love. In a world filled with violence, hatred and discord of every kind, how much does a peace-loving church stand out? A group of people working together peacefully can change the world through the power of Jesus’ name.
07
Feb
17

Quiet Waters

Good Tuesday morning to you! God, as our Shepherd, knows the importance of rest for His sheep. David wrote:
He leads me beside still waters. – Psalm 23:2b (ESV)
God not only provides food for His sheep, but He leads us to quiet waters where we can drink and rest. There is a real difference between a cool, gentle stream and a raging river. A raging river does not lend itself to tranquility and rest. You can’t drink out of raging rapids. There is also a difference between still waters and a stagnant pond. You can’t drink from that, either. The Good Shepherd leads His sheep to a gentle, quiet stream that is good for drinking and where we can rest. Maybe that’s what you need today. You need to rest alongside a peaceful, quiet stream. You’ve been trying so hard. You’re stressed out beyond belief. You’re overworked and underpaid. May the Good Shepherd lead you to a quiet place where His still, small voice quiets you and calms you so you can rest.
29
Nov
16

With Everyone

Do not repay anyone evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. — Romans 12:17-18 (NIV)

In Romans 12, Paul goes over a laundry list of expectations for God’s people.  How are we to live on a daily basis?  I think that verses 17-18 are so very important.  Do not take revenge.  Live lives of righteousness.  Live peaceably with those around you.  People who do not follow Christ are watching those of us who do.  If we live by the code of an eye for an eye, we are going against Jesus who said to do otherwise.  How can we say that we follow the Righteous One (1 John 2:1) if we will not live righteously.  Those who follow the Prince of Peace must learn to live in peace as well.

Jesus is our example and He turned the other cheek.  He never sinned.  He preached and lived peace with all.  When we fall short of His example, we are scrutinized and deservedly so.  It seems that those who do not follow Christ are always looking for an opportunity to prove that His people are less than perfect and we give them ample opportunities!  Praise God for His forgiveness and grace so that when we fall short, He picks us up.  Our forgiveness is not dependent upon what the world thinks of us.  It is dependent upon the God of infinite grace and second chances.  All thanks and praise be to Him!

PRAYER: May all praise and glory be given to You and Your name today, O God. You are the mighty God and I give You glory and honor. Help me to be a peacemaker today and to live at peace with everyone in my life. Take the desire for revenge away from me so that I may have peace with others. In Jesus’ name, amen.

16
Jun
16

Sleep In Peace

Psalm 4 (NLT)

For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by stringed instruments.

Answer me when I call to you,
O God who declares me innocent.
Free me from my troubles.
Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

How long will you people ruin my reputation?
How long will you make groundless accusations?
How long will you continue your lies? Interlude
You can be sure of this:
The Lord set apart the godly for himself.
The Lord will answer when I call to him.

Don’t sin by letting anger control you.
Think about it overnight and remain silent. Interlude
Offer sacrifices in the right spirit,
and trust the Lord.

Many people say, “Who will show us better times?”
Let your face smile on us, Lord.
You have given me greater joy
than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.
In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.  – Psalm 4 (NLT)

Psalm 4 is a psalm of David that is a plea to God to hear David in his time of trouble.  The first 2 verses are a prayer to God.  The next 4 1/2 verses are directed toward God’s people.  The psalm then ends with a continuation of David’s prayer.  I wonder if those middle verses aren’t just directed toward God’s people.  I wonder if David was reminding himself of those principles regarding anger and trust.  It would have been easy for David to be angry over his situation regarding his enemies.  As the king of Israel, David would have had many enemies.  So rather than getting angry over the situation or losing faith in God, David reminds himself that if he lives a godly life, God will answer his prayer.  The Hebrew word for godly literally means faithful or loyal.
There is one other thing that stands out to me about this psalm.  David begins in distress and ends in peace.  The psalm begins in an almost panic over his enemies.  But it ends with joy and peace.  David says that he has more joy than those who are very wealthy.  And though he feels trapped by his troubles, he will sleep in peace because he knows that the Lord will keep him safe.
My prayer for you today is that no matter what troubles you may be going through, may God give you rest.  You may feel trapped by your troubles or stuck in your situation, but know that God is watching over you and will keep you safe.  May that peace that passes understanding (Philippians 4:7) settle your heart and give you the ability to rest in the Lord.
PRAYER: Lord, I cannot sleep in peace unless that peace comes from You. Keep me and my loved ones safe and secure in Your arms. I need Your peace in my life today. Help me to not worry about tomorrow, but instead to live in Your love today. In Jesus’ name, amen.
23
May
16

I’d Like To Buy The World A Coke

We who are strong must be considerate of those who are sensitive about things like this. We must not just please ourselves. We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. For even Christ didn’t live to please himself. As the Scriptures say, “The insults of those who insult you, O God, have fallen on me.” Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.

May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory. Remember that Christ came as a servant to the Jews to show that God is true to the promises he made to their ancestors. He also came so that the Gentiles might give glory to God for his mercies to them. That is what the psalmist meant when he wrote:

“For this, I will praise you among the Gentiles;
I will sing praises to your name.”

10 And in another place it is written,

“Rejoice with his people,
you Gentiles.”

11 And yet again,

“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles.
Praise him, all you people of the earth.”

12 And in another place Isaiah said,

“The heir to David’s throne will come,
and he will rule over the Gentiles.
They will place their hope on him.”

13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:1-13, NLT)

Romans 15:5 is such an important verse for those of us who are called by the name of Christ.  We need God’s help to live in complete harmony with one another.  It is vital that the church learns to live with each other in harmony.  Do you watch some of these talent shows on television?  Sometimes they will have groups on the show that can really sing in harmony.  The notes are perfect and they sound amazing!  It is so pleasing to the ear and you just sit and marvel at how they can hear and sing with perfect pitch.  Then they will have some groups that aren’t quite there.  There is a note or two that misses the mark.  You’ll wince as you hear a note that is flat or sharp.  Even if it is off by just a half-step, it is kind of painful to listen to.  I wonder if God looks at His church in much the same way.  How pleasing it is to God when we are united and living in harmony (Psalm 133:1)!  It is like beautiful harmonies when we get along and work together to build His Kingdom.  I wonder if it makes Him wince and I wonder if it hurts His heart when He sees His people fighting and not getting along.  God desires unity and harmony in His church.  What can you do today to sing in harmony with others?  We might need to do some forgiving.  We might need to do some encouraging.  We might need to be more loving and patient.  How can we get past the bitterness and the grudges so that we can sing in harmony?  And may our “song” be a sweet, sweet sound in the ears of the Lord.
PRAYER: Lord, we ask today that you would fill Your church with peace and harmony. May we set an example to the world of what unity looks like when Jesus is at the center. We repent of our fighting and bickering and ask that You would forgive Your people when we do. In Jesus’ name, Amen.



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