Aloha Saints, Family and Friends,  Beloved of Jesus and me,    John 3:16

REAL PEACE,    “WORTH CONSIDERING”   2/9/21    From Ken Smith<><

Sort of feel like I am preaching to the Choir as I send this out to you, but it will not hurt a bit to consider our ways and what we are doing in the light of the Holy Scriptures.  So often we allow the enemy to move us out of the peace of God through circumstances that can be corrected in Christ Jesus but we throw up our hands in the air and some even revert to swearing like a Marine and make a quick decisions that takes us from the frying pan into the fire.   And I am not just preaching at you as I am also included.   The enemy hates those who love Jesus and has a nasty plain for their lives and most of that plan is easily put in place if we allow circumstances to change our direction.  in Christ Jesus as LORD.    So let’s look again at Isaiah 9:5-7 AMP

For every [tramping] warrior’s war boots and all his armor in the battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire.  6 For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace.  7 Of the increase of His government and of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from the [latter] time forth, even forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

So notice that all of the war stuff is all going to be fuel for a big fire.   But from the Son of God shall real peace come.

We all know, for sure, that the world is into the “Wars and rumors of wars, in Matt. 24.  Just about every bit of world news is about war.  Guess it is an easy way for the rich to become richer.  And we are headed that direction even at home.   Even in our homes we have difficulty with the lack of peace.  And our LORD Jesus warned us that it would happen by the message that HE brought of Truth that disturbs the Darkness and Lies of this world.  As Cain put the light out in Able, many, even so called Christians, do the same to each other in their homes and think nothing of it.  Even after Peter teaches us that if we go railing for railing that our prayers will not go through.  1 Peter 3:7-12, Perhaps should copy as few of you will look it up.   “7 In the same way you married men should live considerately with [your wives], with an [a] intelligent recognition [of the marriage relation], honoring the woman as [physically] the weaker, but [realizing that you] are joint heirs of the grace (God’s unmerited favor) of life, in order that your prayers may not be hindered and cut off. [Otherwise you cannot pray effectively.]  8 Finally, all  [of you] should be of one and the same mind (united in spirit), sympathizing [with one another], loving [each other] as brethren [of one household], compassionate and courteous (tenderhearted and humble).  9 Never return evil for evil or insult for insult (scolding, tongue-lashing, berating), but on the contrary blessing [praying for their welfare, happiness, and protection, and truly pitying and loving them]. For know that to this you have been called, that you may yourselves inherit a blessing [from God—that you may obtain a blessing as heirs, bringing welfare and happiness and protection].  10 For let him who wants to enjoy life and see good days [good—whether apparent or not] keep his tongue free from evil and his lips from guile (treachery, deceit).  11 Let him turn away from wickedness and shun it, and let him do right. Let him search for peace (harmony; undisturbedness from fears, agitating passions, and moral conflicts) and seek it eagerly. [Do not merely desire peaceful relations with God, with your fellowmen, and with yourself, but pursue, go after them!]  12 For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with God), and His ears are attentive to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who practice evil [to oppose them, to frustrate, and defeat them].   In other words, if you can not say what you feel in LOVE, SHUT UP!!!!  And give it to our Lord, “Casting all of our cares upon HIM as HE cares for us.”   (Got a comment, )

James 3:5-17 is worth printing for you as well: “Even so the tongue is a little member, and it can boast of great things. See how much wood or how great a forest a tiny spark can set ablaze!  6 And the tongue is a fire. [The tongue is a] world of wickedness set among our members, contaminating and depraving the whole body and setting on fire the wheel of birth (the cycle of man’s nature), being itself ignited by hell (Gehenna).   For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea animal, can be tamed and has been tamed by human genius (nature).  8 But the human tongue can be tamed by no man. It is a restless (undisciplined, irreconcilable) evil, full of deadly poison.  9 With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse men who were made in God’s likeness!  10 Out of the same mouth come forth blessing and cursing. These things, my brethren, ought not to be so.  11 Does a fountain send forth [simultaneously] from the same opening fresh water and bitter?  12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine figs? Neither can a salt spring furnish fresh water.  13 Who is there among you who is wise and intelligent? Then let him by his noble living show forth his [good] works with the [unobtrusive] humility [which is the proper attribute] of true wisdom.  14 But if you have bitter jealousy (envy) and contention (rivalry, selfish ambition) in your hearts, do not pride yourselves on it and thus be in defiance of and false to the Truth.  15 This [superficial] wisdom is not such as comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual (animal), even devilish (demoniacal).  16 For wherever there is jealousy (envy) and contention (rivalry and selfish ambition), there will also be confusion (unrest, disharmony, rebellion) and all sorts of evil and vile practices.  17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure (undefiled); then it is peace-loving, courteous (considerate, gentle). [It is willing to] yield to reason, full of compassion and good fruits; it is wholehearted and straightforward, impartial and unfeigned (free from doubts, wavering, and insincerity).

Yours, in HIS great love and wonderful Grace and Mercy, Ken<><

Worthy Brief <;      Researchers at Israel’s Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv claim that they have developed a drug that may cure serious cases of the coronavirus.    The Supreme Court is telling California that it can’t bar indoor church services because of the coronavirus pandemic, but it can keep for now a ban on singing and chanting indoors.    A New York judge ruled Friday that Republican Claudia Tenney defeated U.S. Rep. Anthony Brindisi by 109 votes in the nation’s last undecided congressional race.    U.S. Border Patrol agents have detained 11 Iranian citizens who illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said.  The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told three diplomats that samples taken from two secret sites in Iran last fall contained a smattering of radioactive material, the Wall Street Journal reported.    Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday that the United States must lift all sanctions before Tehran reverses any nuclear production steps. 

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.  Back in the third century Cyprian the Bishop of Carthage wrote to his friend Donatus: “It is a bad world, Donatus, an incredibly bad world. But I have discovered, in the midst of it, a quiet and holy people who have learned a great secret. They have found a joy, which is a thousand times better than any of the pleasures of our sinful life. They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They have overcome the world. These people, Donatus, are Christians, and I am one of them.”

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