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“Peace is not the absence of affliction but the presence of God.” Unknown “You will keep in perfect peace
those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (NIV) “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 (NIV) “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV) The Word of God tells us that in this life we will have tribulations, but that we can find peace in Christ Jesus. We should find encouragement in knowing He has overcome the world through His death and resurrection. He offers His children peace in the midst of their trials and storms. John 14:27 directs all believers to put aside fear and worry, and yet we continue to fall prey to fright and anxiety. Why do we refuse, neglect, or forget the peace our God offers us so freely? Isaiah 26:3 tells us that God will keep in perfect peace the one whoread more
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people,” Ephesians 1:18 (NIV) “The eyes of your understanding”: (ophthalmos) + (kardia), “The eyes of your heart.” The heart is an organ in our body. It pumps blood through our circulatory system, feeding our cells and organs nutrients. When the Word speaks of the heart, it is referring to the THINKING INSTRUMENT of the SOUL. Scripture tell us that the heart is the seat of emotions. When Paul prays that the “eyes of the Christian heart” be enlightened, he is asking God to help us grasp the revelation of things revealed to the mind. He wants the revelations to move, motivate, and deepen our spiritual insight. With knowledge, we can then use wisdom to apply the understanding to our lives. When the eyes of the heart are open and enlightened, we FEEL the power and wonder of the truths written in the Word. With emotions that are in sync with the spiritual revelations of the mind, a believer can be a highly effective and an honorableread more
“Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere Him. For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm.” Psalm 33:8-9 (NIV) “The Lord commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the Lord our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today.” Deuteronomy 6:24 (NIV) What does it mean to fear the Lord? A worldly or human view of fear involves some kind of evil or threat. When the Scripture tells us to fear God, it does not mean we should run and hide from Him. Instead, it is a holy and righteous fear of respect. It is a dread to offend God or be separated from Him because we love Him. God is all about relationships. He longs to be intimate with His children. Since He knit you together in your mother’s womb, He already knows you inside and out. It is up to you to reach out to Him. When seeking the Lord, He will be found. By knocking on the door of His heart, He will gladly come to fellowship and dine with you. Itread more
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:14 (ESV) “Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.” -Anonymous When a trial comes your way, do you groan and think of it as an ordeal to muddle through? Is your first reaction one of fear and dread, or do you see each new struggle with more positive eyes? The love of Jesus can shed light on your difficulties and bring about a change in your perspective. John 16:33 states that you will have tribulations in this earthly life. God will allow or design trials to teach and transform you into the image of His Son, Jesus. Each struggle is an opportunity to learn more about God and the character of Christ. The Word calls a man blessed, if he can remain steadfast under a trial (Js.1:12). By withstanding the test in front of him, he will receive the crown of life. This crown is promised to those who love God. It is rewarded to believers who endure suffering and remain faithful to God, even to the point of death. There are eternal rewards for remaining steadfast in your faith. This means you must proceed inread more
ISAIAH 50:11 “
But now, all you who light fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches, go, walk in the light of your fires
and of the torches you have set ablaze.
This is what you shall receive from my hand: You will lie down in torment.” Do you like being in control of all situations? Are frustrated when you can’t be the leader? Is this because you have been let down and disappointed by others? Do you feel you are the only one capable of getting things done properly, and you are the only person you can rely on and trust? People have disappointed us all. Humans are flawed. We often have good intentions but life events can get in the way, and things are either forgotten or swept aside. Intentionally or unintentionally, we disappoint friends and loved ones, and they disappoint us. This is where we have to hope that forgiveness will override selfish or forgetful actions. Often we do not even realize the depth to which we have disappointed or wounded others. When you are the one being overlooked, your disappointment in the reliability of others can harden your heart. With damaged trust, you might become self-reliant and decideread more
Tom Horn and Cris Putnam investigate endtime deceptions in the form of fallen angels, human hybrids and shifting doctrines of salvation. Be aware and be prepared!
Tom Horn and Cris Putnam unveil a 900 year-old prophecy buried in the library of the Vatican. It describes a series of 112 Popes. Now the 112th Pope has been elected. Will the prophecy concerning him come true? Is he the final Pope?
Proverbs 24:16 (NIV) “For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,
but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.” During your Christian walk, you will encounter many challenges and lessons. The Lord understands your limitations, but He WILL send challenging opportunities for spiritual growth your way. This means that these trials and lessons will stretch you. After all, if your lessons were only about things you have already mastered, how would you grow? God does not expect us to perfect all of His lessons the first time they are introduced. Schools will often use a curriculum that builds on concepts taught in previous years. They call this a, “Spiral Curriculum.” Students at one grade level may be introduced to a concept and in another grade; the original concept is revisited and reviewed. Additional information is then added in hopes of challenging the student. The knowledge of the concept is built over a period of years. The Father will take a similar approach when teaching His children important spiritual lessons. As children, we are introduced to the concept of love. If you are lucky, you grew up in a home with loving parents and extended family members. You knew security andread more
“Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed;
save me and I will be saved,
for You are the one I praise.” Jeremiah 17:14 (NIV) God can do all things. He is the great I AM, the Giver of Life, and the Creator of the Universe. He is Almighty in power and a just God. So why does He heal some and not others? I would define WILLING as having a specific attitude in which you are inclined to grant something. It would include a tendency to lean in favor of something proposed. I would define WILL as an intention, purpose, or desire. When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane praying to His Father, He asked God if it were possible to avoid the crucifixion. Jesus than submitted to God by saying, “Yet not My will, but what You will.” Jesus was asking God if He was WILLING or INCLINED to find a different means to ransom the world as adopted children of God. God’s response to Jesus was a silent, “No.” Jesus had to face the cross and carry the sins of the world on His back. The death of HIS beloved SON was the means to aread more
“If you’ll quit moaning and crying, I’ll use the things (trials) to make you into someone I can use in the lives of others; to show them that no matter where they’ve been, no matter how deep the hole, no matter how painful the trial, there’s hope. There is victory.” Kay Arthur Romans 8:24-25 “For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.” Hope provides us with the strength to take one more step forward. Hope will motivate the weariest of believers to continue on the path God has placed them. It will never disappoint. It is tied to faith and love. If we love God, we have faith in what is hoped for and we are certain of what is unseen. After the flood, God gave Noah a promise and a hope. We can still see His promise today, in the lovely shape of a rainbow after a storm. Storms are difficult and rocky. They will toss a believer back and forth and test their endurance. They are meant toread more