Finding Peace

I haven’t posted anything for quite a while.  Sometimes it’s easy to be too busy to spend time doing more than maintaining.  I think that is what I have been doing.  But I find that just maintaining doesn’t “feed me” enough to do more and so I lose focus on what is really important.  Following God and doing His will for my life is what is truly important. When I’m not following closely enough I lose “peace”.  I needed to get back on track and follow Him as close as I can get.  I need that peace only He provides.

Where do we find peace when we don’t have it.  Only in the Word of God.  Jesus continually spoke about peace and reminded us that He is our peace.

John 14:27 (NLT) tells us:   “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

Again in Phillipians 4:6-7 (NLT) we are reminded:  “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.

If you question how to get God’s peace we can find this in 1 Peter.

1 Peter 5:6-7 (NKJV) Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Here I had to include 2 different versions.

1 Peter 5:6-7 (NLT) So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor.Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Remember who Jesus is and what He has (already) provided for us.  God’s desire is to bless us.  How awesome is that?

John 10:10 (NLT) 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My (Jesus) purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

Ephesians 3:20 (MSG) 20-21 God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.

2 Chronicles 16:9 (NLT) The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

God is always looking for people who are committed to Him.

Jesus has guaranteed peace for us.

John 16:33  (NKJV) 33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

John 14:1-4  (MSG)  “Don’t let this throw you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me. There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you? And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live. And you already know the road I’m taking.”

John 14:15-17 (MSG) “If you love me, show it by doing what I’ve told you. I will talk to the Father, and he’ll provide you another Friend so that you will always have someone with you. This Friend is the Spirit of Truth. The godless world can’t take him in because it doesn’t have eyes to see him, doesn’t know what to look for. But you know him already because he has been staying with you, and will even be in you!

John 14:26-27 (MSG) “I’m telling you these things while I’m still living with you. The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught.

  • Don’t look at where you fall short.  Look at where He (God) meets us and provides what we need.
  • God didn’t call me or you to do what anyone else is doing, only what He tells us personally to do.  I (we) only fail if I (we) don’t do what He has told us.

Prayer: Lord help me to do what You tell me to do today.

With God everything is Possible

Matthew 19:21-30 (NLT)

21 Jesus told him,“If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 But when the young man heard this, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.

23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is very hard for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

24 I’ll say it again—it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!”

25 The disciples were astounded. “Then who in the world can be saved?” they asked.

26 Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”

27 Then Peter said to him, “We’ve given up everything to follow you. What will we get?”

28 Jesus replied,“I assure you that when the world is made new and the Son of Man sits upon his glorious throne, you who have been my followers will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

29 And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life.

30 But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.

Some of the messages from Jesus are hard for us to understand with the natural mind, they seem to be opposite of all we know.  That’s because they are.  We have to understand them through the spirit of God, the Holy Spirit.

How can we give up everything and still have a hundred times more? By faith.  Jesus did not give this message (to sell all) to everyone, just to the one He was speaking to at the time.  A man who was so tied to his possessions that he could not follow the Lord.  We don’t usually have our possessions, they have us.  When this is the case the only way we can truly put our faith in God is to be willing to give them up. I don’t know that this means a person always has to give everything up but they do need to be willing to give everything. Some people start out serving the Lord with nothing, in that case what they have to give is themselves.  This is the most important sacrifice.

The disciples had already done this but did not realize that the sacrifices they had already made were what would bring them the greatest reward.

Matthew 19:27-29 (NLT)

27 Then Peter said to him, “We’ve (already) given up everything to follow you. What will we get?”

28 Jesus replied,“I assure you that when the world is made new and the Son of Man sits upon his glorious throne, you who have been my followers will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

29 And everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life.

We don’t give up (things) to get a reward but God does reward those who are willing to sacrifice to follow Him.  The key here is to follow Him.  Allow Him to guide you, instruct you and keep you.  Put your faith in Him and trust Him to take care of you.  Don’t get distracted by looking for a reward.

This passage begins with the man asking how to be saved.  If this is our goal we have to follow God’s plan.  Give yourself to Him, ask Him to be your Lord and Savior, follow Him and His plan for you, and give Him all you have: spirit, soul, body and possessions (as He leads you).

Matthew 19:26 (NLT) Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.”

Let Him decide the reward.  It is sure to be more than we could ever ask or think. Be obedient and serve the Lord wherever you are.

Matthew 19:30 (NLT) But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then.

Ephesians 3:18-20 (NLT)

18 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.

19 May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

Words are important

Luke 1:5-21 (NLT)  5 When Herod was king of Judea, there was a Jewish priest named Zechariah. He was a member of the priestly order of Abijah, and his wife, Elizabeth, was also from the priestly line of Aaron.

6 Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God’s eyes, careful to obey all of the Lord’s commandments and regulations.

7 They had no children because Elizabeth was unable to conceive, and they were both very old.

8 One day Zechariah was serving God in the Temple,

*11 While Zechariah was in the sanctuary, an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the incense altar.

12 Zechariah was shaken and overwhelmed with fear when he saw him.

13 But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John.

14 You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth,

15 for he will be great in the eyes of the Lord.  He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord. He will cause those who are rebellious to accept the wisdom of the godly.”

18 Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I be sure this will happen? I’m an old man now, and my wife is also well along in years.”

19 Then the angel said, “I am Gabriel! I stand in the very presence of God. It was he who sent me to bring you this good news!

20 But now, since you didn’t believe what I said, you will be silent and unable to speak until the child is born. For my words will certainly be fulfilled at the proper time.”

Luke 1:57-64

57 When it was time for Elizabeth’s baby to be born, she gave birth to a son.

58 And when her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had been very merciful to her, everyone rejoiced with her.

59 When the baby was eight days old, they all came for the circumcision ceremony. They wanted to name him Zechariah, after his father.60 But Elizabeth said, “No! His name is John!”

61 “What?” they exclaimed. “There is no one in all your family by that name.”

62 So they used gestures to ask the baby’s father what he wanted to name him.

63 He motioned for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s surprise he wrote, “His name is John.”

64 Instantly Zechariah could speak again, and he began praising God.

It was so important that Zechariah not speak unbelieving words that the angel shut his mouth until he (Zechariah) could speak believing words.  If you notice in verse 12 it says that Zechariah  was shaken and overwhelmed with fear when he saw the Angel.  He would have spoken fear words, when he needed to speak faith words.

Inverse 20 the Angel says, “But now, since you didn’t believe what I said, you will be silent and unable to speak until the child is born. For my (God’s) words will certainly be fulfilled at the proper time.”

When Zechariah had enough faith to speak God’s words then he was allowed to speak again.  He had to speak words of faith, God’s words.

Just like Zechariah God has given us His Words to speak, we find them in the Bible.  We need to use our faith and believe what He says even when it looks impossible.  He has promised that,

Mark 10:27 (NKJV) But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”

As long as our praying and believing and saying are in line with God’s word we can see the impossible happen.  Remember words are important.

How to become a Child of God

1 John 5:1-3 (NLT)

v.1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God.

And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too.

v.2 We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments.

v.3 Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.

It amazes me how simple God made things for us to become His children and to love and keep His commandments.

1. Believe that Jesus is the Christ (the anointed One).  The Son of God, anointed and chosen by God to become the Savior of the world.

2. Love the Father, love His children. Obey His (God’s commandments).

3. Love God by keeping His commandments.  Not difficult because, loving God means keeping His commandments.  His commandments are not burdensome (Heavy; grievous to be borne; causing uneasiness or fatigue; oppressive. Websters 1828).

I have always found that if I keep my focus on God, on His Word and what He says I should be doing it is easy to be obedient and to walk in love.  I only start having trouble when I get away from Him.  This doesn’t mean trouble doesn’t come, it does come and sometime more than when I am just doing my own thing.  The difference is in how I am able to respond to trouble and the peace I have.

I have always said that “if you focus on the does’, you won’t have trouble with the ‘don’ts’.   In other words if your focus is on doing what God tells you, those ‘don’ts’ won’t have power over you and it is easy(or easier) to say no to them.

Have a good  ‘doing’  day today!

Who’s Words are You Using

John 12:49  (AMP) “…I have never spoken on My own authority or of My own accord or as self-appointed, but the Father Who sent Me has Himself given Me orders [concerning] what to say and what to tell.”

John 12:49 (NLT)  I don’t speak on my own authority. The Father who sent me has commanded me what to say and how to say it.

Yesterday I didn’t post anything on my blog.  I have tried to only write what I have felt the Lord leading me to each day.  Some days I don’t think I have anything and then when I read the Word or I hear something said, I get a spark and know that’s what I need to write about.  Yesterday I just didn’t have anything.  I kept praying about it and then as I was listening to Kenneth Copeland preach on TV I did get a spark.  But it wasn’t a spark telling me what to write but that if the Lord wasn’t leading me in what to write I shouldn’t try to do it on my own.  He (the Lord) reminded me that I need to write what He gives me, not just my thoughts and not just to have something written for that day.

God has been dealing with me for the past couple of months about following His leading like Jesus did.  Jesus only said what the Father said and only did what the Father told him to do.  When I first heard this message (this year), it was a revelation to me.  I hadn’t realized there where times when Jesus didn’t do anything or maybe did what seems a small thing to us, and that it was because He (Jesus) was doing what the the Father (God)told Him to do in that situation. I had never thought that those times when I just didn’t have anything to say to someone or didn’t feel led to ‘do something’ about a situation that it was because God wasn’t telling me to do or say something.  Maybe nothing needed said or maybe I wasn’t the person to say it.

In another place Jesus talks about only saying what you need to say.

Matthew 5:37 (NIV)  All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’;anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

Like I said this has been a real revelation to me.  It so goes against how I have thought in the past that I have really have had to meditate on it.  But when I read the Word I see that it is what Jesus said and if that was how Jesus did it, then I would be wise to follow His pattern.  We (I) are to be like Jesus and that means saying and doing what Jesus did and said.