Saturday, November 22, 2008

Thankful for His Peace

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.”
John 14:27

Peace--the most sought after gift--is not a state of mind with a lack of turmoil. But it is a reaction to the issues in our daily lives placed in our path by the world. While we desire a life free from stress, we know we can’t have it because of the sin in the world.

At present our nation and the world face the possibility of an economic crisis unknown to anyone born after 1940. The newscasters keep us informed of the latest moves by our nation’s leaders. This feature of our society could be a good thing and a bad thing.

Peace of mind keeps a believer going in spite of what one hears or reads. Some choose to fret about this economic precipice we find ourselves on. They endanger their health and well-being worrying about all of this. Others quietly make decisions to try to meet their current and future needs.

Having the peace of God helps the quiet planners as they search for ways to weather the storms.

While peace is a gift from God, it also can be a choice.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Thankful for His Word

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and
a light unto my path.” (Ps. 119:105)

God’s word comforts us, trains us in holiness, and rebukes us when we are wrong. His inspired word builds us up. (2 Timothy 3:16)

The Bible, God’s Holy guides us through times of uncertainty and calms our hearts when we experience anxiety.

As we mature in Christ, we-God’s children, learn to fully appreciate having His word direct us. When we read the scriptures we hear God speak to our hearts.

Some people don’t understand that the Bible is God’s inspired word. Yes, Moses, David, Solomon, the various prophets, Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Peter--to name a few--wrote the books included in the Bible. But God himself, through the Holy Spirit inspired and guided these writers.

Let’s give thanks for God’s Holy Word.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Thankful for Our Salvation

God created Adam and Eve, placing them in Paradise. They chose to go against His direction. He expelled them from the perfect Eden.

God wanted His children safe from sin. He desired to protect them from the evil one. The Creator used prophets to present His message to his creation. But the people refused to listen.

He enacted a plan--send His Son to earth, use Jesus to save us from our sins. Christ willingly went to the cross to provide a way for us to receive forgiveness for all our evil, worldly ways.

Without Calvary, we would be lost forever. Let’s remember to thank God for our salvation.

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