Dear Precious Friends,
I pray you are experiencing peace despite this storm....
I posted a beautiful song I pray you listened to before reading this reflection.
Isaiah 26:3 ￼reminds us we will have perfect peace when we fix our eyes on Him.
No Jesus 😢
SO HOW DO WE FIND PEACE? IN HIS PRESENCE!
Peace is a commodity that can only be found with time spent seeking the face of God. The world can’t offer us peace because it has nothing in which to place its hope, trust, and security. As we walk through this Corona Virus, we are facing a really challenge of having true peace that only comes from the Lord. We know Kingdoms come and go. Leaders move in and out of power. What societies value changes like the passing of the tides. Our only constant is God. He has been, is, and forever will be the Creator, Sustainer, and Lord of all. All authority has been given to him. He governs the change of seasons. He thwarts the plans of our enemy. And he longs to offer total and sustained peace to all who place their hope and trust in him.
Isaiah 26:3 says, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Our God has peace in store for us in every situation if we will choose to keep our mind stayed on him and trust him. The world says that peace can only come when you’ve worked your fingers to the bone and have finally attained all you want. You can only have peace when you have enough money, friends, the right job, or the right spouse. You can only have peace if friends, family, and bosses like you. God’s way is to draw you into himself and offer you peace in the midst of our circumstances. He doesn’t want you to wait until The COVID-19 Pandemic has come and gone... He doesn't want us to wait until everything gets worked out before we can have rest—he’s offering us rest right now.
Psalm 23 says, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul . . . . He prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemies; He anoints our head with oil; our cup overflows” (Psalm 23:1-3, 5). God longs to prepare a table for us in the midst of whatever trouble surrounds us. He is calling you to keep your mind stayed on him no matter what lies before you. And he is asking us to seek his face and find our rest in him rather than toiling and striving for peace.
Philippians 4:4-7 is such a beautiful reminder of great truth about how to have peace! Gods peace is different from the world’s peace! True peace is not found in positive thinking...in absence of conflict, or in good feelings. It comes from knowing that God is in control. Our citizenship in Christ’s kingdom is sure!!!! Our destiny is set and we can have peace that passes all understanding esp. in the midst of our circumstances including corona!
We have victory over sin! We must let Gods peace guard our hearts against anxiety.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phi 4:4-7
Our thoughts frequently terrorize us. They magnify our fears and intensify our desires. Even when we recognize their downward effect on us, it is very hard to counter their deep grip on us...
there is one way to have peace!
Paul gives us three practices for dealing with our thoughts that lead to great peace. These are not commands, but reminders for embracing our trust and faith in God.
The first is to embrace joy in the Lord always — not as a feeling but as an act of faith. What Joy we have in HIm
The second is to let our gentleness (or kindness) be known to everyone — again not because we feel like it, but because we trust in the Lord's nearness.
And the third is to turn our worries into prayers of thanksgiving and supplication.
When we trust God as we do these , we enact the peace of God, which because it surpasses all our thoughts, is able to guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Dear God, give us power to exercise our faith — to live our life as a continual prayer — so that our peace, which far surpasses all our thoughts, might guard our hearts and minds in Jesus. Right now. And throughout the day.
Now my friends can I have an Amen!
Please share how you have peace in the midst of our difficulties!!