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God Gives Peace by Zoey

IMG_8249-001GOD GIVES…

We can quite our souls in the presence of our loving Savior. He will give a peace that will fill up the vessel of a heart that is troubled. Take hold of his precious promises found in his word.

                  PEACE

In Philippians 4:7 it’s states…”And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Let His peace pour over your mind, heart and body. Take His peace like golden light and fill your thoughts with the wisdom and knowledge in his scriptures. It is truth that brings in the harvest of God’s goodness. Be full of all He has to give in his promises.

John 7:37-38

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Be Careful

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Attitude of the heart is everything…

Things you regularly say are clear indicators of the attitude of your heart.

Pointing out the faults of everyone else won’t erase your own.

We all are guilty of it sometimes, but if we aren’t careful, it will take over our heart. We are at war with the spirit of this world…gotta stay alert and keep each other encouraged.

“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Luke 6:45

“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking,be put away from you, with all malice” Ephesians 4:31″Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:2

“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8

Lord, today I ask that you give me grace to allow your Word to penetrate my heart…and cut away the uncleanness that’s in it. Help me to speak only words of encouragement. Help me to live by example in Jesus name.

❤ percy

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Grace (study) pt 4

Grace_wordleI am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
John 15:5

God intends for his grace to be the only source of my ability to do anything.

The greatest blessing you can pray for someone is to pray for grace & peace from the Father be upon them.

 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:   John 1:12

The power is God’s GRACE to live!
We notice that there’s a colon at the end of that verse, so we must continue on….

Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14

If Jesus is full of grace and truth, what should we also be full of?

And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace. John 1:16

The more we yield to the will of God, the more grace He provides. He only uses what we yield to Him. It isn’t God’s will to wrestle with us until we give in to His will. He is seeking those that will just let go.

What have we to fear in letting go? The devil?

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:19

The devil can’t do anything to me that the Father doesn’t allow (remember Job?). We aren’t vulnerable to the devil. Our God is not frail and weak. He causes all things to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Rom 8:28). So anything that the devil throws at you is intended to grow you toward God.

God loves us so much that He will allow things to happen just to get rid of the parts of our nature that separate us from Him. Those attacks should be reminding us to humble ourselves, to seek God and to live a repentant lifestyle.

You can’t fear God & the devil at the same time.

Job was doing fine as long as he continued to worship God, but then he began to claim he didn’t deserve what he was going through.  Saying, “why me, I don’t deserve this trouble” is a way of blaming God for it.

We blame God when we can’t see past what’s happening to see what God really is doing.

How do I love God during trouble? Grace through faith.
Grace helps us to have the right attitude during the worst storms.

Credit to Bishop Chester Wright. This study can be found on YouTube by searching his name and “grace”

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GREAT PEACE

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 Isaiah 26:3-4 (AMP)

You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.

Peace has been greatly on my mind lately. Mostly, because I feel as if I have had to fight for every second of peace I have had.  As I read this scripture today, I am bowled over by this: You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace.

Clearly this scripture is saying God will guard me, God will keep me in perfect and constant peace. Perfect peace? Constant peace?  Who has perfect peace? Who has perfect constant peace? Not me, yet, this is what God wants for me and writes to me in His Word.

The first step I need to take in receiving it, is knowing that God wants me to have it. In fact, He wanted me to have His Peace so much, that He sent His son, Jesus, the Prince of Peace, to give me His peace.

Ephesians 2:13-16 (GW)

13 But now through Christ Jesus you, who were once far away, have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 So he is our peace. In his body he has made Jewish and non-Jewish people one by breaking down the wall of hostility that kept them apart. 15 He brought an end to the commandments and demands found in Moses’ Teachings so that he could take Jewish and non-Jewish people and create one new humanity in himself. So he made peace. 16 He also brought them back to God in one body by his cross, on which he killed the hostility.

John 14:27 (AMP)

27 Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]

Jesus, the Son of God, is our peace. Yet, my life is filled with anxiety, and fear. Peace is a nice thought but not a living reality.  I say I believe His Word and yet my heart trembles in fear over my circumstances.  “Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”  How do I keep my heart from being troubled? What position is my heart in? Where are my thoughts congregating? Is it anxiety and fear? That is exactly where it is. My mind is resting on the problem not on the solution. As I let my heart be agitated my emotions get all stirred up and I am overwhelmed.

The solution is “keeping my mind of God.” My responsibility in receiving perfect and constant peace is to keep my mind on Him. Not on the swell of fear in my heart or the discouragement I feel but rather to keep Jesus as my sole focus. Jesus’ ability, Jesus’ power, there is no situation I face that is greater, or stronger than my God. When I focus on my God, my Goliath problem becomes small in comparison and totally defeat able.

In knowing this, why do I not practice this with consistency? All I see in my life is a terrible consistency in be consistent in fear.  This vision is so discouraging to me. It is Jenni vision. Thank God I don’t have to lean on my own ability or create my own peace.

As I seek the Lord, He gives me His heart for me. The Holy Spirit sees me facing fear and every time increasing in strength and power because my mind is stayed on Him. Every time I allow my mind to be renewed to His word concerning whatever I am facing, I gain strength and wisdom.  In fact, fear has become my signal to pursue peace. Meaning I pursue Jesus. Jesus is the Word of God made flesh (John 1:14). The more of His Word I allow Him to teach me the more of Jesus I receive, the easier it is for me to keep my mind stayed on Him, despite my emotions, despite my fears, and heartaches.

Today, my hope is in God, Who has given me great peace, because it is Jesus’ peace. I don’t have to depend on my own peace.  I can depend on the Peace of Jesus, which He has given me. Jesus left me His Peace that I may have strength to overcome all the works of the enemy.

Psalm 29:11 (AMP)

11 The Lord will give [unyielding and impenetrable] strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.

Psalm 119:165(AMP)

165 Great peace have they who love Your law; nothing shall offend them or make them stumble.

In every situation I allow His peace to be the place where my mind rests, my emotions follow. My emotions, at peace are such a blessing to my life. Then what happens is I have strength to overcome in the trial and receive the victory.  The greater His peace I have, the less I stumble.

Isaiah 26:12 (NIV)

12 Lord, you establish peace for us;
    all that we have accomplished you have done for us.

Peace is God’s plan for us! Every place I am struggling with receiving peace, it is not because I don’t deserve it or He is withholding it from me. That is what the enemy of my soul would like me to believe. Yet, God’s plan for all of us, you and I, is peace. I have been asking the Lord to help this to become a living reality in my life. Little by little I am learning what my part is in receiving His peace. My part is keeping my mind on Him, what He says, what He thinks, in what He leads.

So rejoice my friends, God’s plan for you is for peace. You know that place in your heart that is aching and so overwhelmed with fear that you will never see the goodness of God, God’s plan for that and all of your heart is peace. I just speak peace to you. Even as I have been learning about God’s peace and receiving it myself, I just now release it to you in the name of Jesus. As you read this, may His revelation of His peace come to your heart.  May you grasp it with all that you are, so that great, prefect and constant will be your peace and nothing shall make you stumble.

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Stealing Jesus

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It happens when my emotions are high in a frustrated, hurt tornado, when my husband and I are arguing. It happens when fear is launched in full force at me, when the doctor says “it’s an incurable disease.” It happens when I don’t know, or feel uncertain, or can’t see what I need to in order to decide. When stress becomes the lord of my emotions, my emotions have the ability to steal Jesus from me.

Scripture has made it very clear that Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). When I receive Jesus as Savior and acknowledge Him as the Lord of my life, I receive the Prince of Peace’s Peace.

John 14:27 (AMP)

27 Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]

Jesus has given me, His Peace. Sounds great and all, yet every time I face circumstances, such as those I listed above, I don’t feel peace, I feel fear, hurt, stress, and anger. I understand in my mind that I am a walking Peace container because Jesus lives in my heart. I truly believe it up until the moment my emotions start firing. Then what I feel becomes my god. Every time I face this, I feel as if Jesus is being stolen from me.

Why do my emotions seem so much more powerful then Jesus? As I am seeking the Lord in this, I am beginning to understand that I cannot serve two masters (Matt 6:24). When I try to do this, by loving God but honoring my emotions as the highest standard of measure for my life, I love one master while despising the other.

My emotions are God given to me, they are meant to reveal my heart but not to lead me.  How I feel about something, locates my heart and what I value. How I feel comes directly from what I am thinking on. If I am arguing with my husband, my thoughts are “I right, he is wrong.” No wonder my emotion kick Jesus off the throne of my heart and puts me in the judgment seat. It is my choice.

When the doctor tells me I have a disease, I believe what he says is the absolute truth. All my thoughts line up with what the doctor tells me. My emotions have no other choice but to produce fruit consistent with my thoughts, which is fear and despair.

John 14:27 (AMP)

27 Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]

The answer is clear; God has given me power over my heart. I have power over what I think, what I feel and what I will. When my emotions rise up with a feeling that is contrary to the Peace that Jesus has given me what do I need to do?

Colossians 3:15 (AMP)

15 And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].

Remember that Jesus is the Prince of Peace. So, I am to let Jesus (what He thinks and what He says as revealed by His Spirit and His Word) umpire my life continually.  In order to do this I must know Him. What Jesus says, is my first and highest standard of measure. I acknowledge what my emotions are feeling, by bringing them to Jesus and pouring out all the fear, hurt, pain and anger to Him. This acknowledges that Jesus is the Lord of my life and the ruler of all parts of me.  It puts my emotions in place and allows Jesus the throne of my heart.

As I am putting this into practice, I see less and less of Jesus, my peace being stolen. I see more balance and even tempered moments in the midst of crisis. The gift of Jesus in my life is mine.

Romans 11:29(AMP)

29 For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.]

The strategy of Satan is to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). He is my enemy and wants to do everything in his power to steal all that God has given me. This includes Jesus and all that He has accomplished for me. Today, I am recognizing this and through the power of God and by His grace I am learning to overcome the enemy.  I make a choice to keep all that Jesus has given me, by not allowing my heart to by agitated, disturbed or fearful. When those emotions come, and they most certainly do, I allow His Holy Spirit to govern me. I seek the Lord on how to deal with those emotions. I allow the Holy Spirit in me to train me in the way I should go, this includes, expressing my emotions and thinking thoughts.  This is what allowing the “Peace of God in me acts as umpire continually” looks like in my life.  When God’s Word has the final say in my life, I always have peace.