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A Package Deal

40 Days of Promises

Day Twelve. Rest and Jesus; a package deal.

“Praise the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises he gave through his servant Moses.” (1 Kings 8:56 NLT)

“Has given rest…” is fulfilled in His Son, Jesus. He is our rest; our rest from trying to measure up, but always falling short. He is our rest in the midst of trying situations. He is our rest, for the rest of eternity.

Not one word has, or will, fail.

“Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will rest in hope.” (Psalm 16:9 NKJV)

Where is your flesh resting? In worry, in fear? Why not let it rest in hope?

“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.” (Psalm 37:7 NKJV)

We all give ourselves reasons to fret. The word gives us reasons to rest in the Lord.

Why should we spend our time waiting patiently for something bad to happen to us? You know, we sometimes do that. We’re just certain the sky’s going to fall in, or something.

Fretting is waiting for our worries to come to pass. Resting is waiting for God to have the final word.

“But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31 NKJV)

Better than a power nap, waiting on the Lord renews our strength. If you need to mount up with eagle’s wings and fly, rest in the Lord. If you are involved in a race (and who isn’t at some point in time), then rest in the Lord.

His rest calms and rejuvenates your spirit. It makes you more sensitive to His voice; His direction.

Peace is a favorite companion of rest.

Enjoy the promise of rest.

Enjoy it as you seek the Lord with your whole heart.

Rest and Jesus. They’re a package deal.

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Day Eight

40 Days of Promises

Peace

Peace, God’s peace, isn’t necessarily an absence of trouble or turmoil. It is a calm assurance that, even though we may be surrounded by chaos, all is well.

Because God is God.

Let yourself meditate on these scriptures, over and over; allow the Spirit of Peace an opportunity to cleanse your soul from the poisonous cares of the world.

Listen to Him say, “Peace, be still.”

“In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8 ESV)

“The Lord rules over the floodwaters. The Lord reigns as king forever. The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.” (Psalm 29:10-11 NLT)

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary.” (Isaiah 40:31 NLT)

“I will teach all your children, and they will enjoy great peace. You will be secure under a government that is just and fair. Your enemies will stay far away. You will live in peace, and terror will not come near.” (Isaiah 54:13 – 54:14 NLT)

“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27 NLT)

“For he himself is our peace…” (Ephesians 2:14 ESV)

“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 Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 ESV)

Jesus is our peace.

Ten Reasons Why

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I’m beginning a new series of posts called “Ten Reasons Why”. There will be a number of topics we’ll consider, but the first is this:

Ten reasons why you should think about God and His Kingdom.

Yes, one would suffice, but why not arm yourself with enough reasons to overcome any doubt? It just makes sense.

1. Perfect peace comes to those whose minds are fixed on God.
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isaiah 26:3 NLT)

2. It reinforces your faith’s perspective.
“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” (Colossians 3:1-2 NLT)

3. You will be led by the Spirit into life and peace.
“Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace.” (Romans 8:5,6 NLT)

4. God, through the apostle Paul, commanded us to think on certain things.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:8-9 ESV)

5. Everything we need is provided by God.
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ “For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6:31-33 NKJV)

6. Thinking about Him helps us act like Him.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8,9 NKJV)

7. It’s a key aspect of spiritual warfare.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5 NKJV)

8. Stability and fruitfulness are its outflow.
“…but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.” (Psalm 1:2-3 ESV)

9. It helps combat the sin nature.
“Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin.” (1 Peter 4:1 ESV)

10. We’re in a much better position to hear Him speak.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” (John 14:26 ESV)

I’m certain that if you search the scriptures you could probably find at least one more reason to think about God. But like I said; one is sufficient.

He told us to.

Why do YOU think about God? I’d love to hear why.

World Peace? Is It Possible?

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What do you think it would take to see true peace come to the Middle East? Or is it something we should just give up on?

World Peace. Is it possible? Who has the answer? Do you?

World peace. Seems impossible to some, and an easy fix for others. I guess it depends on your world view, eh?

For instance, someone who doesn’t care about collateral damage would “bomb the hell out of the bad guys, and let God sort ’em out! They’ll soon come around to our way of thinking.”

Um, nice.

As for the Middle East, there’s a mixed bag of answers. The Palestinian would agree with those wanting to trim Israel back to the country’s pre-1967 war borders. Those are fighting words to the Israeli. Both sides, ALL sides, believe their answer is the best.

Who will broker the peace treaty of a lifetime? I have an idea. Wanna hear it? No?

What about the Bear? Can Russia be trusted to be nice and peaceful? We all know Putin is only looking out for the best interest of the Russians living in Ukraine. Absolutely.

Is it about to awaken from its
hibernation? Should they be trusted to honor their words of “peace”? Are they genuinely concerned about world opinion? I wonder what a bear in a china cabinet would look like?

Speaking of China, who will be the one to light their fuse? With one-fifth of the world’s population, we probably ought to know what makes them tick.

Don’t you wonder about all the strife and contention within our own borders? Between Canada and Mexico is a Nation of States, united in name only. States “rights” are being swallowed up by the Federal Government, which spends about 22% of all money spent in the country each year. $3.8 trillion dollars. Imagine writing a check for that amount of money. You’d have to practice, that’s for sure. It would look like: $3,800,000,000,000. To try and understand how much money that is, let’s say a rich uncle gave you that amount of money. You were told you had exactly 80 years to spend it all. In order to spend that much money, you’d have to spend over $130 million EACH and EVERY DAY! FOR EIGHTY YEARS!

There’s roughly 314 million people in the United States. That means the government spends over $12,000 per person, including every little child. Incredible. But the government is always ready to send billions of dollars to places like Russia, China, and other countries who aren’t exactly allies. Why? Humanitarianism? Maybe they don’t want to fight.

Quite frankly, I don’t either. But throwing good money after bad, as the saying goes, won’t fix anything. Our economy cannot take it much longer. The States can’t take it much longer. People can’t take it much longer.

There are “preppers” in every state, and around the world. Google “Prepper” sometime and you’ll be amazed at how many people are preparing for a worldwide catastrophe. For instance, check out this site –

http://www.shtfplan.com/

The initials stand for: “Stuff” Hits The Fan Plan. That’s not exactly an acronym for a world peace organization.

People are clamoring for peace. But they’ll settle for delusion and call it peace.

The world is ripe for a world leader; someone who’ll fix everyone’s problems. Maybe you could be the one to rally the nations to throw down their arms, and unite once and for all.

Could be.

So, if you were running things what would you do to bring about world peace? Would you use “religion” to bring people together, or would you abolish religion altogether? Do you believe God has an answer for world peace? Or is he the problem?

Maybe you think the devil ought to have an opportunity to be in charge. Do you?

Some people happen to believe that God has NOT been in charge of things, though He has tried. There’s a group of people who ascribe to the idea that the devil HAS been running things, stirring up nation against nation, color against color, republican against democrat, and man against woman for about 6,000 years. Are you connected with THAT group?

I am.

Tell me what YOU’D do. No matter how bizarre or out of the box it sounds, put it down in writing. Who knows, someone may try it. You might find yourself winning a Nobel Peace Prize. Or something.

Or, you may not.

Regardless, let the world know what you would do, if YOU were running things.

Me? I’d rid the world of its hellish influence. Which, by the way, IS going to happen some day.

Yes, I see peace on the horizon. But I’m nobody’s fool. It’s not going to happen until the darkness gives way to the rising Son.

Count on it.

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Peace Be With You

20130815-070935.jpgShalom! Peace be with you…

“Shalom”, Hebrew for the word “peace”, means = safe, i.e. (figuratively) well, happy, friendly; also (abstractly) welfare, i.e. health, prosperity, peace. The words, “whole, complete, fulfilled”, can also be used to describe “shalom”.

It isn’t a pill or narcotic to be taken when fear, worry, or pain is present. It is stronger than any shot of morphine, yet it doesn’t make a person loopy or dull their senses. It doesn’t mask or cover “life situations”, nor cause someone to lose their memory.

Peace does not remove one from storms, but rather keeps them from falling apart in the midst thereof. It gives a person the ability to remain “intact” even during the darkest hours of grief.

It cannot be found online, so put away the smartphone. It won’t be located in the aisles of “America’s Pharmacy”; no need to stop there. It can’t be found in a bottle, a magic lantern, a movie, a new car, changing jobs, a new spouse; only one place has it.

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3 ESV)

“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27 ESV)

“For He Himself is our peace…” (Ephesians 2:14 ESV)

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7 ESV)

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23 ESV)

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” (Romans 15:13 ESV)

Peace, God’s peace, is for all who respond to His invitation.

Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

Jesus, the One Who knows how to defeat any and every enemy of peace. He IS our peace…

May you experience His peace, and the life only Jesus can give. A simple prayer, a simple trust, is all it takes to get started. “Help me, Jesus…”, from a heart genuinely desirous of God’s peace, will get you going the right direction.

Peace, God’s peace, is for you.

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26 ESV)

Please enjoy the words to this old hymn, as you put your trust in Jesus…

“Peace, Peace, Wonderful Peace”

Words: Warren D. Cor­nell, 1889, alt. Music: W. George Coo­per, 1889

Cornell and Cooper wrote this song at a Methodist camp meeting near West Bend, Wisconsin.

Far away in the depths of my spirit tonight
Rolls a melody sweeter than psalm;
In celestial strains it unceasingly falls
O’er my soul like an infinite calm.

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Peace, peace, wonderful peace,
Coming down from the Father above!
Sweep over my spirit forever, I pray
In fathomless billows of love!

What a treasure I have in this wonderful peace,
Buried deep in the heart of my soul,
So secure that no power can mine it away,
While the years of eternity roll!

Refrain

I am resting tonight in this wonderful peace,
Resting sweetly in Jesus’ control;
For I’m kept from all danger by night and by day,
And His glory is flooding my soul!

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And I think when I rise to that city of peace,
Where the Anchor of peace I shall see,
That one strain of the song which the ransomed will sing
In that heavenly kingdom will be:

Refrain

Ah, soul! are you here without comfort and rest,
Marching down the rough pathway of time?
Make Jesus your Friend ere the shadows grow dark;
O accept of this peace so sublime!

Refrain

Nothing But A Name

Got Jesus

Before the church had disciples – it had converts

Before the church had converts – it had evangelism

Before the church had evangelism – it had power

Before the church had power – it had its commission

Before the church had its commission – it had relationship

Before the church had relationship – it had nothing but a name.

Nothing but a Name, but what a Name!

The Name that means salvation to any people group, any social status, any age.

The Name the wicked mock, the righteous bless, the angels praise, and demons curse.

The Name that heals the sick, raises the dead, restores broken homes, unites parents with their children, gives peace throughout any storm, and breaks all addictions.

The Name beyond comprehension, above all powers and principalities, seated on the Highest Throne in the universe.

The Name Father God used to express Himself and His Word.

The Name that is the exact representation of His likeness.

The Name – Jesus!

Nothing but a Name, but what else could anyone ever need?

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