Friday, October 6, 2017

Peace of God Guards Our Hearts and Minds

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 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ. Phil 4:6-7 (ESV)

Do we as humans have times of anxiety? Yes, we do simply because we are human. Certain issues of life can cause us to worry, just for a little while. 

We finally realize that we need to pray about that upsetting circumstance. We permit ourselves to open our hearts and tell God about the issue. We lay that burden at His feet. We ask Him to guide us through to the point of resolution. We ask Him for His will.

Next, God takes over and brings us peace. I, myself, have had times when, after I have prayed, the issue no longer seems as huge as it was. Sometimes, the circumstance actually becomes manageable or God takes it from my heart. Then, I have peace that guards my soul.

My prayer for all my local friends and online ones is that they can find peace about whatever plagues them.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Bless Us with Peace

"Peace comes when there is no cloud between us and God."

May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!
Psalm 29:11 (ESV)

A Psalm of David, entitled “Ascribe to the LORD Glory” He tells us to give God the glory due Him. He tells us to pay homage God “in the splendor of his holiness. We are to respect our heavenly Father for who He is. David speaks of the Lord’s voice powerful, using different forceful descriptions. Then David writes the words of our focus verse.

David seems to be asking the LORD make His people strong. The part of this focus verse is the part where the psalmist speaks of God giving His people peace.

Our church has had an unusual week. Our church started out the week with a 24-hour prayer vigil. Some of us have had a major concern since that vigil ended. The causes of this unsettling feeling are too involved to discuss here. But this scripture brings me out of the doldrums I have felt.

David reminds me that God can bless his people with peace.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Peace and His Guidance Needed

Harry Anderson - Prince of Peace

I have said these things to you, in me you may have peace.
In this world, you will have tribulation.
But take heart; I have overcome the world.
John 16:33 (ESV)

In our present-day world, we hear of tragedy striking somewhere in our world every day. Some of these are in our own nation, even sometimes close to home. The latest one happened in Las Vegas. I have a friend from high school who has an ex-son-in-law who works there. People from all over our nation vacation there.  Companies hold conventions in that town.

The news media calls this the worst tragedy in our modern history. 58 people, thus far, lost their lives and 500 suffer injuries. I saw the brother of the man responsible speak on one of the news channels. He did not know of any reason for his older brother’s behavior.

Our church is holding its annual 24-hour prayer vigil today. This latest event has caused me to be more mindful of the need for God in our lives. How many people will be senselessly killed or maimed before we, as a people, think seriously about our relationship with God and recognize Him?

Jesus told the disciples He disclosed His Father’s plan in order that they may have peace. He then warns them the world will bring them tribulation.  Some of us have had times of personal peril, protracted times of hardship, and uncertainty. We, as a nation, have weathered the storms of war, economic upheaval, and natural disasters.

Jesus then told His disciples that He has overcome the world. Jesus is bigger than the tragedies and disasters the world puts us through. If we permit Him, the Father guides us through those times. We have to allow ourselves to yield to God’s guidance as we progress through these times.

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