PEACE “WORTH CONSIDERING” 4/24/19 (Across my desk this morning form Joel:)
“In peace [and with a tranquil heart] I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety and confident trust.” (Psalm 4:8, AMP)
Dwell in Safety and Trust
God has promised to be your Protector, your Defender, your Strength, your Shelter and so much more! Even when the storms of life come against you, as long as you are dwelling in Him, you dwell in safety and trust—nothing can take away your peace and joy. What does it mean to dwell in Him? One of the definitions of the word “dwell” means to keep your attention directed toward something. The more you keep your attention directed toward God, the more you will know Him and the more confidence you will have in Him. When you focus your heart and mind on the Word of God and declare His promises over your life, you are dwelling in Him. When you lift your voice in worship and give Him glory and honor, you are dwelling in Him. When you spend time meditating on Him and connecting to Him through prayer, you are dwelling in Him. Are you facing a difficult situation? Dwell on the fact that Almighty God is on your side. Dwell of the fact that He’s promised to fight your battles for you and no weapon formed against you will prosper. If you start thinking these kinds of thoughts, you will be filled with faith and confidence, no matter what comes against you.
A Prayer for Today
“Father in heaven, thank You for Your promise of peace and safety in my life. I choose to give my attention to You. Have Your way in me and let everything I do bring glory to You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.”
In my life time I have come to the conclusion that the times that I was hurt the most was because I was in the wrong place doing the wrong thing at the wrong time. That the Holy Spirit and my guardian angel did their very best to keep me out of trouble but simply, I was not listening. I was enjoying my anger or lust or coveting something and just plan not listening. I was just plain, too busy. Some times folks get hooked on getting an adrenaline rush and stir up strife just for the power trip. But the fall out can be disastrous. Especially when we get into pride. Now pride can cause a whole big bucket full of pain. Or talking stink about some one else, just to feel important. That kind of pride can cause a feud that goes on for generations. Or just keeping our stinking garbage of the past down in our basement, Just stinks more and more every day.
That is why Jesus teaches us that if any man loves the world the love of the father is not in him, 1 John 2:14-17.
So the real key to a good life in this world is in coming into a loving relationship with Christ Jesus as LORD, Rom.10:9-10 and then in humility and obedience learning the truth of God given us in the Word of God so we can sort out the voices in our minds and lean to be selective in following only the Holy Spirit into the Peace of God, which passes all understanding, Phil. 4:7. and become a peacemaker as a child of God, Matt.5:9. For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink but righteousness, peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit, Rom.15:13. And we are called to be perfect, and of good comfort, in one mind to live in the peace and love of God, 2 Cor.13:11. So we need to learn to allow the peace of God to rule in our hearts as one body of Christ and to be thankful, Col.3:15. Really want a happy, peaceful life, got to learn to sow peace in Christ Jesus as LORD.