God’s plan for your peace

God's plan for your peace

Enjoy peace today!

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What do you have planned today?

Proverbs 16:9 (NLT)

We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.

I started this day with the plan of having Bible study.  It didn’t work out that way though.  We must have had a miss-communication because my fellow studyers didn’t meet me, so I came back home since I had about 45 minutes till I needed to be at work.  At this point I could have gotten upset because my plans didn’t work out but I felt God’s reassurance that I didn’t need to worry about it.

Isaiah 26:3 (NLT) You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

I decided that since I had more time at home I would use it to write today’s message.  I had just sat down to the computer when the phone rang.  It was a prayer request for our church prayer chain.  I took the request, prayed and passed the message along to the next person, realizing that if my plans had worked out I would have missed this prayer request.  God had a different plan for me today than what I had in mind.

We have a choice we can adjust and be flexible or we can let ourselves get upset and think that our day is spoiled.  Keep your peace and trust God.

Philippians 4:6 (AMP) Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

As you go through this day let God direct your steps and trust Him to show you His plan for you even when things don’t go the way you think they should.

Have a wonderful, peace filled day!

The Gift of Peace

Psalm 119:165 (AMP) Great peace have they who love Your law; nothing shall offend them or make them stumble.

John 14:27 (NKJV) Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

We can have peace even when there seems to be no peace.  Having peace does not mean we have to be “perfect”.  Peace comes from loving the Lord, loving His word and accepting  peace as one of the gifts of salvation through having Jesus as Lord.

Peace from God is not like anything the world has.  It is truly supernatural and you can have it in the worst times and situations.  It is a gift of peace. You do have to choose to accept it,  just like any other gift.

Having peace is tied very closely to choosing not to worry or fear.  Trusting God to take care of you and care for you.

1 Peter 5:6-7 (MSG) So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.

1 Peter 5:6-7 (AMP)

6 Therefore humble yourselves [demote, lower yourselves in your own estimation] under the mighty hand of God, that in due time He may exalt you,

7 Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.

Choosing peace is a continual process.  Every time fear, anxiety, and worry come to you, choose to cast those cares onto the Lord and choose His peace.  When fear, anxiety, or worry come to you get into the Word of God and find passages on peace.  Read them to yourself.  Surround yourself with the Word and choose to trust and believe on God’s promises to us instead of whatever it is that you are tempted to stress over.

Psalm 55:22 (NKJV) Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

Romans 5:1 (NLT) Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.

Notice here this peace is not something we are trying to get, it is a gift Jesus has provided for us.  We need to take the gift.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)  6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 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.

Today, don’t worry, give that to God and enjoy peace!

A Prayer for you this Christmas

Today my gift to you is this prayer taken from Psalms.

Psalm 144:12-15 (NLT)

12 May our sons flourish in their youth  like well-nurtured plants.  May our daughters be like graceful pillars,carved to beautify a palace.

13 May our barns be filled with crops of every kind.May the flocks in our fields multiply by the thousands, even tens of thousands,

14 and may our oxen be loaded down with produce.May there be no enemy breaking through our walls,no going into captivity,no cries of alarm in our town squares.

15 Yes, joyful are those who live like this! Joyful indeed are those whose God is the Lord.

Have a wonderful and blessed day.

Merry Christmas!

Are you ready for a Miracle

Hebrews 2:4  (NIV) God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

MIR’ACLEnoun [Latin miraculum, from miror, to wonder.]

1. Literally, a wonder or wonderful thing; but appropriately,

2. An event or effect contrary to the established constitution and course of things, or a deviation from the known laws of nature; a supernatural event. Miracles can be wrought only by Almighty power, as when Christ healed lepers, saying, ‘I will, be thou clean, ‘ or calmed the tempest, ‘Peace, be still.’  (Websters 1828 Dictionary)

The Bible is full of miracles.  But there are still miracles happening today, sometimes daily.  Having miracles happen takes faith.  Seeing miracles takes faith. Two people can look at the same event and come to different conclusions about what happened depending on their level of faith and what they have faith in.  If you want to see miracles, be prepared to use your faith.  Put your faith in God, He is the miracle worker.

Mark 11:22 (NLT) Then Jesus said to the disciples,“Have faith in God.

Jesus birth was a miracle.

Luke 1:26-38  (NLT)

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee,

27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David.

28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!”

29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.

30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 

31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.

32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David.

33 And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!”

34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.”

35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.

36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month.

37 For nothing is impossible with God.”

38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her.

Salvation is a miracle.

John 3:16 (AMP) For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that WHOEVER believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

WHOEVERpronoun [who and ever.] Any on without exception; any person whatever.  (Websters 1828 Dictionary)

HOW could one person die for the sins of WHOEVER believes on Him? Salvation is a wonderful miracle and gift that God has given to us all.

If you haven’t accepted this wonderful gift, do it TODAY!

2 Corinthians 6:2 (NLT) 2 For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you.  On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now.

Today is the day of salvation.  Accept your miracle today!