“WORTH CONSIDERING” PEACE 5/1/19 (On my desk this morning from Joel, good word, needed it.)
“Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” (Mark 4:39, NKJV)
Peace, Be Still
What do you do when the storms of life seem to be raging against you? One time Jesus was with His disciples in a boat out on the water when they encountered a great storm. The disciples were very afraid, but Jesus on the other hand, was fast asleep. When the disciples woke Him up to see if He could help them, Jesus got up and simply spoke to the storm, “Peace, be still!” And the seas were calm again. When difficult times come, you don’t have to be overwhelmed by the waves of worry or fear. Just as Jesus stood up and spoke to the storm, you have power in your words, too. The Bible tells us that the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in you. That means God’s miracle-working power is on the inside of you. He’s given you His authority to speak peace over your home, over your mind, and over your family. Remember, no matter what storms may come against you, the Creator of the universe lives on the inside of you, and He’ll empower you to live in victory in every area of your life!
A Prayer for Today
“Father in heaven, thank You for filling me with Your Holy Spirit and for giving me Your authority here on the earth. Today I declare peace over every area of my life and thank You for working things out for my good. In Jesus’ Name.”
And my first reaction is…. YES !!! … I can use some peace about now. Seems like when the house church was started 4 weeks ago that everything that could blow up or come apart has become a continuing event. Not going to go into details but as soon as the house church was started, the quit button has been ringing. But what I teach I ought to be about walking it out. So keep me in your prayers. And frankly when you walk into a Gym the fist session’s are the roughest, yes? So for the House Church folks, see you Friday….
Mostly going to church is not intrusive nor personal but just about everything that Jesus did or said was very personal or intrusive. He came to get us healed and to set us free. He said HE came to bring a sword that would divide the light from the darkness. That HE would remove the fear and give us love, power and a sound mind. He was very gentle with stupid sinners but very tough on the sinners who knew better. He even called the religious leaders of HIS day the children of the devil in John 8. If you read the 4 gospels for content and meaning you will remember very few sermons that you have heard that were that intrusive or personal. Christ Jesus was not concerned about the budget and HE was absolutely fearless.
PEACE with GOD comes when we completely join HIM in HIS attitudes concerning sin and co-dependency which we sometimes mislabel as love. Indulgent love may make us feel good but in the end the results are negative. The only way that love is effective is if it is framed with truth and this, Jesus did profoundly well. Real Peace can only be found while walking in love, humility and obedience in God’s Truth. The Word of God teaches us that LUST when it conceives brings forth Sin and Sin when it is finished brings forth death James 1:14-16. What that means is if we play with lust, of any kind, then eventually it will find a home and erode our faith to the point of where we eventually become detached from GOD and HIS plans for us to make us in HIS image in HIS ETERNITY.
So for a HAPPY Ending to your life, Apostle Paul encourages us in this way: 1. Col.2:14-16: