Peace: Where do you find it?

Peace

Peaceful Lanikai Beach as the sun is setting

Philippians 4:6-7

New International Version (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Peace

There’s calm before the storm

But when the storm hits

There seems to be no end

Until you see a ray of sunlight

A breath of fresh air

A ray of hope

That hope is only in Christ

~mlehua

This scripture has carried me through so many challenges in life that I grab hold to it like a life preserver at times and many times share it with others when there’s nothing more that can be said or explained. When all else fails people pray. When in reality, we should pray from the beginning and not make prayer our last resort. When people are being challenged by extraordinary events in their lives and the lives of their loved ones – when they are trying to rationalize what is happening the best prayer to pray are these verses.

I believe that our minds will try to rationalize away everything. To reason, to predict, to contemplate. It all makes sense or not. The best thing to do when you think you’re losing your mind under great pressure is to trust in the Lord – as it says in:

Proverbs 3:5-6

New International Version (NIV)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

We must first learn to trust in Him and then pray for God’s peace. A peace so great that we won’t understand or know how or why, except that it comes from our heavenly Father. In order to receive this great gift of peace you must have a personal relationship with Christ. Click on this link to learn about How to Know God Personally. I pray that you have that relationship and if you do, than you can claim this gift so that in your storms of life, you may experience peace.

 

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Peace: Lanikai Beach, Kailua Oahu Hawaii

Peace: Lanikai Beach, Kailua Oahu Hawaii

There’s a peace about this beach. A history for myself like no other.

Philippians 4:6-7

New International Version (NIV)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

To read more about my entry on “peace” click on this link: Peace: Where do you find it?

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Anxiety or Peace

We’re reminded to give God praise in all things – here’s a great song by Casting Crowns, “Praise You In The Storm” which goes well with today’s devotional.

Today’s Date: February 08, 2010

Don’t Be Anxious – God’s Peace

Reading: Exodus 28:1-43 ~ Matthew 25:31-26:13 ~ Psalm 31:9-18 ~ Proverbs 8:12-13

Blackaby’s Devotional: http://www.blackaby.org/devarchive.asp

S – Scripture:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

O – Observation:

I’ve always appreciated this verse; for its simplicity, yet find the most challenging is the first part – “Be anxious for nothing” – how’s that possible? Knowing that we are all human and we have a full range of emotions. How could we NOT be anxious over the big or little things in life? Well the rest of the verse tells us how – by prayer – asking God’s help, being thankful to the Lord for what we have – let our requests be made known by asking. Since God already knows what we want and need, he wants to hear us ask – to seek – to look towards him and tell him, talk to him in prayer.

Verse 7 – says that once we go before the Lord in prayer – we will no longer be anxious about anything – because he will give us the ‘peace of God’ – a peace that is so great, we won’t know why we are calm – not anxious – because the peace of God will wash over us.

A – Application:

There are always many things to be anxious about – money, relationships, job, school, weather, need and wants…Often times people will go through every emotion they can before they go to God in prayer and cry out, “why Lord, why?” yet if we just go to God first, we wouldn’t need to be anxious and be exhausted from the emotional roller coaster of anxiety we bring upon ourselves.  I will go to God in prayer – to take care of all of my needs and those who come to me and share their problems, concerns – we need to go to God first – so he can take care of it all and we may not get the answer that we want, nor get any answer; but we will have peace.

P – Prayer:

Father we thank you for your love and mercy. We praise you for giving us your word so that we have guidance in what to do in all situations. I ask that you help meet my daily needs of food and shelter; and that you bless us with work that we can provide for ourselves and help others. Lord we ask that you give direction to your will and ways. Help us in our faith. Help us to be focused and disciplined so that all things work together for good to those who love you and are called according to your purpose.  In Jesus name, amen.

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Forgiveness: Be Reconciled

Today’s Date:  January 17, 2010

Title: Forgiveness: Be Reconciled

Reading: Gen 35-36:43, Matt 12:1-21, Psalm 15:1-5, Proverbs 3:21-26; Blackaby daily devotional: Matt 5:24

S – Scripture:

“Leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.”  –Matthew 5:24

Here’s Blackaby’s daily devotional:

“It is useless to give offerings to God while you are at enmity with your brother.  Jesus said that His followers should be reconciled with anyone who has something against them.  The world seeks reconciliation on limited terms.  Christians are to be reconciled, whatever it takes.

You say, “”But you don’t know how deeply he hurt me!  It’s unreasonable to ask me to restore our relationship.””  Or, “”I tried but she would not be appeased.”” Jesus did not include an exception clause for our reconciliation. If the person is an enemy, Jesus said to love him (Matt. 5:44).  If he persecutes you, you are to pray for him (v. 44).  If she publicly humiliates you, you are not to retaliate (v. 39).  If someone takes advantage of you, you are to give even more than he asks (v. 41).  The world preaches “”Assert yourself.”” Jesus taught “”Deny yourself.”” The world warns that you will be constantly exploited.  Jesus’ concern was not that His disciples be treated fairly but that they show unconditional love to others regardless of how they were treated.  Men spat upon Jesus and nailed Him to a cross.  His response was our model: “”Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do”” (Luke 23:34).

If there were ever a command that is constantly disobeyed, it is this mandate to be reconciled.  We comfort ourselves with the thought, “”God knows that I tried to make things right, but my enemy refused.”” God’s word does not say “”Try to be reconciled,”” but “”Be reconciled.”” Is there someone with whom you need to make peace?  Then do what God tells you to do.”

O – Observation: (and Interpretation)

In searching the scripture my observation is who is considered a “brother” in this verse. Is it my blood relatives, my friends, only Christians? Or is it anyone I have a relationship with? Most bible translations read “brother”; some translations report “person” – none say if that person is a Christian or not. Which goes with the question that Blackaby refers to that Jesus said, “Be reconciled”, not “Try to be reconciled”. My question is what if the person you are trying to reconciled with refuses? I don’t see Blackaby truly answering this, but to keep trying, would that mean that we can never go before the Lord if the other person refuses? Is it our act of going to the person to make right and making assertive, consistent effort enough, so that we can come before the Lord to commune with God?

Here’s a bible definition of what a “brother” is in, The New Testament Greek Lexicon (http://tinyurl.com/bible-bro)

Definition
  1. a brother, whether born of the same two parents or only of the same father or mother
  2. having the same national ancestor, belonging to the same people, or countryman
  3. any fellow or man
  4. a fellow believer, united to another by the bond of affection
  5. an associate in employment or office
  6. brethren in Christ
    1. his brothers by blood
    2. all men
    3. apostles
    4. Christians, as those who are exalted to the same heavenly place

Now according to this definition, brother = everyone!

A – Application:

In reading today’s devotional, I must ask the question, what do I do when others sin against me? http://www.gotquestions.org/forgiveness.html

In addition, what happens when we go to someone to “Be reconciled” and they refuse? I read over and over again that we are to lay that issue before God and leave it up to him. My conclusion for this verse is that we make every effort to do what is right before God, to “be reconciled” with all people in our lives and if that person chooses to NOT reconcile then it’s no longer our responsibility. We can now go before the Lord without sin as we have done what he has asked us to do. I believe that the Holy Spirit will convict my heart and mind if I am nonchalant about “being reconciled” and I will not have peace until I do so, to the extent that Jesus says, alright, now that person is against him – because the scripture also says in John 13:20 (NLT) I tell you the truth, anyone who welcomes my messenger is welcoming me (Jesus), and anyone who welcomes me (Jesus) is welcoming the Father who sent me (Jesus).

P – Prayer:

Father I ask you to forgive me for my sins. I ask that you show me those I have wronged and that you provide an opportunity for me to reconcile. I ask that you reveal whom I need to pray for and that sometimes we may offend others and we don’t know that we have offended that person; and they don’t tell us what or how we offended them, nor come to us to reconcile and then causes sin by not being in your will. Lord I ask that I can come before you daily and I am humbled by your grace and forgiveness so that I can “make right” and reconcile with all that are in my life. Help me to be the person you want me to be. Help me to know and do your will. In Jesus name, Amen.

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