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Receive God’s Peace

There are two words that cause many problems for life.  “What if” If we would be able to eliminate those words, our level of stress would decrease. I mean consider all of the ways this comes up: “What if I get sick and my family needs me?  What if my car breaks down and I miss my important meeting?  What if I get robbed while walking downtown?” There are so many possibilities out there that our mind, if allowed to run free with all the possibilities, will run us ragged.  What does the Bible tells us about this?

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  Philippians 4:6

The cure for anxiety is prayer.  God wants us to bring everything to Him in prayer and then leave it in His hands.  He is the one who can actually do something about it anyway! God is so gracious to us in this because not only will He take our anxiety from us, but He will then replace it with His peace.

“And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  – Philippians 4:7

Are you feeling anxious today?   Take it to the Lord in prayer and receive His perfect peace.

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Take it to the Lord and receive peace 

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It Makes No Sense

Somehow, someway, God makes beauty out of messes

Somehow, someway, God makes beauty out of messes

Our situations do not determine who we are, but our reactions do speak volumes about us.  As I stood beside the rubble of our church building for the first time 12 days ago, I had this thought over and over again.  It was very obvious that the media had learned of arson and were ready to talk.  As I spoke with one reporter, I realized that she was somewhat confused.  “Why isn’t there more anger?  Why are there smiles?”  One reporter was insistent about it being arson and how we ought to feel much more anger then we were expressing.  How we could stand right next to our church and declare God is good? It made no sense.

Do we expect that to make sense?  No! It will never make sense without Jesus Christ.  Each day we have a choice to either let Jesus Christ be Lord of our lives, or to take over ourselves.  I know how easy it is to take over.  We can very quickly determine that we have it under control and assume the lead.  When tragedy strikes, though, it becomes painfully clear who is in charge based on the reaction.

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.  And be thankful” – Colossi ans 3:15

On the surface there has not been much peace over the last couple weeks.  When I look at the pace of my life right now with all that is going on I might be tempted to wonder where that peace actually is.  Yet, I notice that this peace is not a forceful thing.  It is not even a guaranteed thing.   It is something that we need to surrender to.   The word is “let” not “get out of the way.”  The peace of Christ, when it is allowed to rule, makes all the difference.   We need to allow it to rule!  That means we allow Christ to rule.   It is there that we are able to declare God is faithful and good, even when someone destroys something very important to us.  We do this, as it says, with a heart of thankfulness.  It was in that spirit that I was able to tell the reporter that the scene of the church in ruins, while awful, does not in any way change the goodness of God.  That peace speaks volumes to a wold seeking revenge.  It makes no sense, and for that I am thankful!