Peace With God

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Devotion: Philippians 4:6-7

Can we truly have peace with God that surpasses all understanding? This week we talked about soul rest.  Today we are on the subject of peace.  Jesus said, “My peace I give you, not as the world gives, so I give you.”

In this world; peace looks like having all the stuff we want.  A huge bank account.  The latest and greatest car, the nicest, biggest house.  The coolest clothes. Perfect health. Thinking fame and fortune will make us happy and keep us satisfied.  It won’t.  It can’t.  Why? because all these things will leave us empty and still be longing for more, when what we need is more of God, to know Him better.

God promises “If I be lifted up I will draw all men to Myself. ”  Oh God, draw me, draw this reader nearer to You, blessed Lord.  I long for Your peace, not the peace that the world gives but the peace that Jesus alone can give.  No one, no-thing can compare to the peace of Jesus.  He longs to rule and to reign, in our hearts.

Jesus loves You more than anybody ever can.  He longs to be Your dearest Friend.  The Bible says He sticks closer than a brother.  If you have a relationship with Jesus; He will “never leave you nor forsake you.”  He is “Emmanuel, God with us.” With you.

This grace that Jesus offers is sufficient to supply this immeasurable peace.

Could it be that peace and soul rest is synonymous, that you can’t have one without the other?  Is it possible to walk in peace and soul rest in the midst of horrific trials and tribulations?  I submit to you that it is possible.  “All things are possible to him who believes.”

The Lord says, “Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me,… for My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”  I desperately long for you and me to climb into His yoke and go with God.  Precious one, don’t you see?  He is with you always.  Open His Word, talk to Him.  Be still and know that He is God.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord God, Your Words are powerful.  Oh Jesus, help me to believe them and receive them for myself.  May I take Your yoke upon me and go with You.  More than anything; I long for Your will and Your ways to be accomplished in my life. Thank You for giving peace that the world does not offer.  Today I receive Your peace.

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Soul Rest

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Devotion:  Matthew 11:28-30

What in the world is soul rest?  Can we possibly obtain this before we die and go to heaven? If we believe today’s scripture, yes we can.

Are we willing to get in a yoke with Christ?   What does that look like?  I believe it’s wanting Him above what He can do for you. If we get into the yoke of Christ; He will lead us in the right direction.

He says in Philippians I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.  Does that scripture conflict with today’s verse?  Absolutely not.  Scripture only explains scripture.  The Bible only affirms and confirms the truth.  It never contradicts itself.

We can do things with a peace and calm that only Christ can bring.  It does not mean there’s no work involved.  It just means God is with you.  Look full into His wonderful face.  Gaze upon His Word.  Allow His ways that are higher than yours to seep into the marrow of your bones.  You will become Jesus strong.

Listen for the sound of His voice saying; “This is the way.  Walk in it.  Go with Me.  Stay with Me.  Hear My Words given for you.  Read them as if they were written just for you.  They were.

Climb into His yoke and then trust Him fully.  He will provide and multiply where there is little.  He will bring peace in the midst of your storms.  He will give His angels charge concerning you to bear you up in all your ways.  Your soul will find the rest for which it is longing.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord of heaven and earth.  I need soul rest.  I know I can find it alone in the One who came to provide that for which my soul longs.  Today, I am climbing into Your yoke.  May I learn from You more than ever before.  I trust You, Jesus.  It is in Your Name I offer up this prayer.  Amen.

 

Truth Will Set You Free

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Devotion:  Genesis 1:27

While babysitting my grandchildren;; I had on the Megan Kelly show.  I heard a mother say; “My motto has always been, “The truth will set you free.”  My ears perked up when I heard this quote directly from the Bible.

But then I realized she was talking about her transgender daughter.  Each one of these early teens was saying; “Be who you are.”  Honestly, it made me cry to think of how the truth is being distorted.  Right at the time children are so impressionable; their bodies are changing, this lie comes in the form of truth and is being poured out into their minds and hearts.

Let’s go back to the beginning when from the dust of the ground, God created man.  From man’s side, He formed a woman.  He told them to go and bear fruit; i.e. children.  Oh and let’s see what God has to say about a man lying with a man.  That’s right, God calls it an abomination.  (Leviticus 18:22) We think we are beyond obeying God’s Word.  It’s so sad.

These precious young people are believing the lie the world has told them.  We are God’s creation.  We are meant to be heterosexual.  Male and female God created us.

For those of us who have chosen to believe the truth and reject the lie; we are to love these dear ones but tell them the truth in love.  No screaming.  No yelling.  Just be who God created them to be, fearfully and wonderfully made, in His image, for His honor and His glory.

Prayer in Motion:

God, help me to reach out to these people through the love of Christ Jesus.  They first need a relationship with the One who created them to worship Him in Spirit and in truth, the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ.  Jesus, please send me to be a Truthteller.  I know You love them where they are but desire to have them hear the Truth that will really set them free.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

Healed and Restored

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Devotion: James 5:14

Hospice has been called in for my sweet friend Lynn.  Lynn is fighting the good fight and at some point will hear; well done thou good and faithful servant; enter into the joy of your Master.  Some close friends, sisters in Christ, went to pray for her on a Sunday afternoon.

We anointed her with oil and offered up prayers to Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals.  It is by His stripes that we are healed for eternity and for the present.  I believe He still brings healing to sick and broken bodies.  He will either heal now, later or in eternity.  That is not a lack of faith; it’s just praying; “His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

In today’s scripture, James asks “Is anyone among you suffering?  Let him pray.  Is anyone among you sick?  Let him call for the elders of the church, let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  And the prayer of faith will save the sick and the Lord will raise him up.”  We must decide if we believe this or not.

I’ve witnessed healings for now and healings for eternity.  Jesus says we will do greater works than Him.  What?  He also promises “Faith the grain of a mustard seed can move mountains.”  Another promise from God’s word:  “A cord of three strands is not easily broken.”  “Where two or more are gathered in my name; there I will be in the midst of them.”

I don’t know about you, but I want to pray mountain moving prayers versus faithless prayers.  We serve a God who is still able to heal and restore.  We serve a God who sits at the right hand of the Father, ever interceding for us.

Would you offer up a prayer of faith for Lynn Gilmore?  She along with her friends and family are praying for “now healing.”  We believe God is able to restore and heal.

Prayer in Motion:

Jehovah Rapha, we are crying out for now healing, for Lynn Gilmore.  Jesus, You know her and You are interceding for her at the right hand of the Father. She needs a touch from her Maker; her Redeemer and Friend.  Just one word from the Word of Life and she will be made new.  It is by Your stripes we are healed, so we offer up this prayer to the only One who can bring healing.  In Jesus Name we pray.  Amen.

 

 

 

Precious Stranger

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Devotion:  Ephesians 2:19

I was shopping in Aldis looking for eggplant.  Normally, their produce is very fresh but these plants felt extremely soft.  I asked a lady behind me if she ever buys eggplant.  She assured me that she does and she would not buy any of these eggplants.  So I placed them back in their bin.

We stood and chatted for a few minutes about our grandchildren.  She was driving back to Greensboro from Atlanta where she had babysat her six-year-old granddaughter over the weekend.  We both agreed how much we love our little darlings.

I told her to be safe driving home and she said; “I just put on my praise and worship music and the hour and a half flies by.”  I told her I do the same thing.  She was a sister in Christ.  We both walked away smiling. It only took ten minutes to open up my heart to a precious stranger with whom I had some commonalities.  I do wonder how many opportunities I miss.

So many people are lonely due to fear of speaking to a stranger.  You just never know who you might meet.  Her name was Audrea.  I had never heard that name before and commented on what a lovely name had been bestowed upon her.  I may never see her again on earth, however; I will see her again in heaven because we both know Jesus as our Savior.

God wants you to be looking up while you are walking.  Greet people with a smile or a hello or both.  You will be amazed at how many will smile back or speak.  I’m willing to bet you will meet a precious stranger as well.

Prayer in Motion:

Lord, thank You for bringing precious people across my path.  Although, I never know what kind of reception I may receive; it’s worth the effort to speak to strangers.  May I always be willing to speak to someone who may need some encouragement or just a smile.  In Jesus Name.  Amen.

 

God of Angel Armies

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Devotion:  Matthew 26:53

As I was cleaning out my refrigerator; I was listening to Chris Tomlin sing “The God of angel armies is always by my side.”  I began to allow that message to soak into my soul.  Wow, this same God works on your behalf.  He goes before you.  He’s at your side as well as your back.  Wow, we are surrounded by this awesome God.  I’ll never get over it.  I’ll never get over Him.  He chose you before the foundation of the earth.

Jehovah Jireh gives us what we have need of, spiritually, physically and emotionally.  He has provided.  He is providing.  He will provide!  Will you trust Him to do just that?  He was in your past.  He’s in your present.  He will be with you in your future.  Nothing is too difficult for Him.  He has made us overcomers.  He overcame death, hell and the grave.  He did that for you and me.

Jehovah Jireh, the God who provides will provide for all of our needs.  The same God who commands all the armies of angels will meet you at your point of need. He stands ready to take over control of all things in your life; from the greatest to the smallest.

We keep a strangling hold on all the messes we’ve made. If we will but release the messes; God stands ready to lead us onto the right path.  He till turn our mess into a message.  Others will greatly benefit from our deliverance message.

Shielded from Suffering or Strength to Bear It

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Devotion:  2 Chronicles 14:11

We must refuse to look forward to what may happen tomorrow.  Either God will shield us from suffering or He will grant us the strength to bear it.

It doesn’t mean we are not to prepare for tomorrow but we are not to fear what God already knows, for He is the One and only Omniscient; all-knowing God.   God will not allow anything to come into our lives for which He hasn’t gone before us.

When I began writing this blog; I did not know the outcome of a test that doctors had performed on me.  God had granted me peace that passes all understanding as I waited to hear.  Less than 48 hours later; I got a phone call saying the area was benign.  Hallelujah!  Glory to God.

I’ve watched several friends and family members walk through cancer with the great victory that only God can supply.  Some are still walking in that victory.  Others were gloriously taken to their eternal home.  Both were victorious.

For believers to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.  It’s a win-win situation for those of us who have a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.  He overcame death, hell and the grave.  We do the same when we come to die.  One day our Savior will come for us and we will rise to meet Him in the air.  And so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Hallelujah!  Thine the glory!  Hallelujah!  Amen!

Prayer in Motion:

God, I praise You for being a God who is with me.  You will walk with me and talk with me until the end of my days.  You have ordained every single one of them.  Thank You for first loving me.  May I always trust Your Omniscience.  You’ve got the whole world in Your hands.  I love You, Lord!  I trust  You with the rest of my days.  In Jesus Name.  Amen