Tag: Peace

2022 | Day Six | Morning Harmony


Throw yourself into this work for Christ. Think it over. God will make it all plain.  Fix this picture firmly in your mind: Jesus, descended from the line of David, raised from the dead. It’s what you’ve heard all along.  Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace,  faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. 

The Bible is not just a book we need to read. We need to understand it, what it means for us personally, and we need to apply it. When we don’t understand it we need to seek help from those who do. A good way of doing that is to get involved in a small group. Over the years I have been in a number of small groups and found them to be indispensable. Listening to others, and what God is saying to them is always helpful. It has always amazed me how people all around this world can read a passage of God’s Word and receive a different message from the Holy Spirit.

Access To God

#ThoughtForToday

We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open His door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide-open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise. 

Jesus Christ possesses the master key that will admit us to everything God has prepared for us. When He justifies the ungodly we can move forward in His blessings of grace, peace, and communion with Him. Repentance is the gate that opens opportunities in our lives we could not even have dreamed in the past.

When we mature spiritually through the process of recovery we experience peace beyond our human understanding.

Grab Hold of Hope

#VerseForToday

Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you. Psalms 39:7

The Lord is the source of all hope because He understands our pasts, guides us in the present and knows our future.

I’m glad from the inside out, ecstatic; I’ve pitched my tent in the land of hope. I have committed myself heart and soul to what God promised my ancestors. May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope!

Remember that your bodies are created with the same dignity as the Master’s body. With Gods kind of hope to excite us, nothing can hold us back. The Message is as true among you today as when you first heard it. It doesn’t diminish or weaken over time. Speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it. God can’t break his word. And because His word cannot change, His promises are likewise unchangeable. We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go.

There is Power in the name of Jesus

Psalms 29:11 God makes his people STRONG. God gives his people PEACE.

In Psalm 29 we are reminded of God’s great power. His majesty is greater than words can describe. He knows and loves each if us unconditionally He knows our problems and issues, our weaknesses and our strengths. And yet He is willing and enable to help each of us. Making us strong enough to deal with all life will throw at us and giving us peace to understand and accept there is nothing that will ever happen to us He will not equip us to face and overcome when we put our faith in Him.

*When we accept we are powerless and need help we are in a great place of opportunity if we are willing to turn our problems and issues over to God.

* When we are willing to put ourselves in His hands our success in overcoming will be defined by His power. And, that will give us peace.

What The Bible Says


Jesus said “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.” 

Through the application of the ‘Twelve Steps of Recovery’ and decision to ‘LET GO‘ of the past and ‘LET GOD’ lead, His peace moves into our hearts and lives and offers comfort in the place of stress.

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. Philippians 4:6-7

ACHIEVING PEACE


ARE YOU READY TO MAKE PEACE WITH GOD AND OTHERS?

Step Nine says “Having identified the people, I have harmed, I will now go and make restitution to them. Unless to do is going to cause them or other pain or suffering.” It is time to start making peace with those we have harmed or those who have harmed us.

Peace in our lives is a product of trusting God. The Bible talks about “peace beyond our understanding.” It comes not by doubt or avoidance but by learning and applying what we have learned to daily living.

Peace in our lives is also a product of our obedience to God. Many of us in the past have sought to find an easier softer way and failed. Through our obedience, God leads us on a pathway of peace with Him and with others. All we need to do is walk the pathway.

Prayer: Lord help me today to achieve peace

What The Bible Says


Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. . . . 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. 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. #Right #Rest #Peace


pg 266 We often misinterpret the actions and words of others, which results in confusion and conflict. Open and honest communication is a prerequisite of overcoming confusion and establishing peace.

Everything God created is good, and to be received with thanks. Nothing is to be sneered at and thrown out. God’s Word and our prayers make every item in creation holy. You’ve been raised on the Message of the faith and have followed sound teaching. Now pass on this counsel to the Christians there, and you’ll be a good servant of Jesus. Stay clear of silly stories that get dressed up as religion. Exercise daily in God–no spiritual flabbiness, please! Workouts in the gymnasium are useful, but a disciplined life in God is far more so, making you fit both today and forever. You can count on this. Take it to heart. This is why we’ve thrown ourselves into this venture so totally. We’re banking on the living God, Savior of all men and women, especially believers. Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed–keep that dusted off and in use. 1 Timothy 4:4-14 MSG

 

We have God’s Word to form the foundation of every decision we make.

The goal of recovery is ‘Spiritual Maturity’


Having gone through these steps and discovering the importance of an individual relationship with God through Jesus, I will try to live according to His principles and to
lead others to a personal relationship with Him.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. But we don’t live or fight our battles that way–never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.

The goal of recovery is ‘Spiritual Maturity’ Paul assures us the use of God-tools in our lives are powerful and effective in helping us change our lives and become all that God calls us to be. Ephesians 6:13-17 says “Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon.”  We need to learn to apply these ‘God-tools’ to every area of our lives on a daily basis.

Ephesians 6:18 Reminds us; Prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare.  we need to “Pray hard and long.” We need to “Pray for your brothers and sisters.” We need to  “Keep your eyes open.”  and “Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.”

Recovery is not a solo event we need each other and we need to encourage each other in our quest to reach ‘Spiritual Awakening.’

Peace Achieved


Matthew 5:9 Blessed are those who make peace. They will be called sons of God.

Step Nine says “ Having identified the people, I have harmed, I will now go and make restitution to them. Unless to do is going to cause them or other pain or suffering.” It is time to start making peace with those we have harmed or those who have harmed us.

Peace in our lives is a product of trusting God. The Bible talks about “peace beyond our understanding.” It comes not by doubt or avoidance but by learning and applying what we have learned to daily living.

Peace in our lives is also a product of our obedience to God. Many of us in the past have sought to find an easier softer way and failed. Through our obedience, God leads us on a pathway of peace with Him and with others. All we need to do is walk the pathway.

  • Are you ready to make peace with God and others?

 

Prayer: Lord help me achieve peace today through being obedient to your will for my life.

 

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