INCREASE YOUR PEACE

REMEMBER GOD…

Dove over Water

God is always with us.  We may not always be aware, but He is always here watching us and waiting for us to call upon Him when we are in trouble.  Peace comes when we remember His presence on a regular basis.  Isa. 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”  

This is the key.  Keeping our thoughts fixed on God.  Thinking things like: “What would He do in this situation?” or “Since God is with me I am not afraid.”  If we acknowledge Him in all we do and before any decision we make, peace will always be with us.  

Hebrews 12:1-2 tells us to fix our eyes on Jesus and follow his example to run the race with endurance.  

Remember, God is with us.  Remember, God is our peace.  Remember, God is our guide. Remember, God is watching over us and will help us in times of trouble.  This kind of thinking will keep you in perfect peace.

Jesus on benchDON’T WORRY, PRAY

Philippians 4: 6-7 NLT says “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” 

Once we have our mind and thoughts fixed on God, we can keep the conversation going with Him all throughout the day.  Sure,  it is important to have our time with God in the morning to start the day.  Many of us have a morning ‘quiet time’ devoted to God and reading and/or praying.  But He wants us to include Him in everything we do.  When stress arises during the day, ask for help.  When you get that promotion, thank Him.  When we feel joyful or happy about what’s happening, share it with Him.  

Don’t worry,  God is here.  Don’t worry,  God has for back. Don’t worry, take all your cares to Jesus.  He will take all your burdens and help you carry them.

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Psalm 84

We long for God.  He made us that way.  Like the song, “God shaped hole” by Plumb.  When we ask Christ into our lives, His spirit comes to live in our spirit.  We become the dwelling place of God’s Spirit.  Therefore, we our spirit is always satisfied.

 However, our soul still has longings.  The Christian life is a journey toward the goal of saturating our soul with His presence.  Although our spirit is always satisfied and filled with joy, peace, patience, etc., our soul is torn between the flesh and the spirit, between the world system and God.  Our soul still has to deal with our own longings, physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally, needs, desires, habits, financially, psychologically, and the list goes on.  I find that even though I am filled with joy in my spirit, my soul has a longing.  Sometimes this is hard to understand, but I feel that the cause may be in part because I are not fulfilling God’s plan for my life.  If I am bored, maybe it means I am not doing all God wants me to do.  If I feel lonely, maybe there is someone I have to forgive, a relationship that needs to be restored, or maybe it’s just because I need to create more relationships and meet more people.

God does supply all our needs; they are there always.  We just need to take them.  God doesn’t always just lay them in our lap.  Sometimes He wants us to take them.  Sometimes He wants us to find the treasures He has for us, like a parent hiding an Easter Basket and having their children look for them.  He won’t make us take His gifts.  He doesn’t force his goodness on us.  He offers it to us.  He hands it to us.  But we need to take it.  We need to claim possession and declare that it is ours.  We need to accept the gift.

The keys are:  one – asking.  “Ye have not because ye ask not.  Ask that you will receive and you joy may be full” (see John 16:23-26, Matt 7:7-8, and James 4:2-3).  John 16:26 says that Jesus won’t ask the Father for us.  That means we need to ask the Father for what we need.  Two – motives; are we asking for our own worldly pleasure, “Give me money so that I can spend it in me” or “Lord I’d like a new Mercedes”?

So, to sum up — The longings that we have are known by God.  It’s up to us to ask with the right motives.  And it is up to us to accept them, take them and receive them when he lays them before us.  And it is up to us sometimes to find it, to look for it when he says it is His plan for us.

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God will deliver and set you free,

Instead of ashes give you beauty;

A crown He bestows upon your head

Bringing life to that which was dead;

This life will grow and overflow

So other people will also know

The love of God they see in you

When your beauty and joy shine through;

The oil of gladness He will give

So you won’t mourn, but truly live

As sorrow and pain are being replaced

With joy putting a smile on your face;

The anointing He will pour in you

So you’ll bless others by what you do,

Always have a song to sing,

And joy to others you will bring.

A Garment of praise instead of despair

Is the clothing that you will wear

Until all heaviness fully drains.

Then praise the Lord! His freedom reigns