Anyone besides me having a hard time having peace in these troubled times? I have been reading scriptures and other articles that we will have peace through Christ and I know it’s true. But, I still struggle with the anxiety of it all. Yes, I still do find peace inside, because I know God is there and he has a plan, as frustrating as it is not knowing what that plan is. I know God loves me and He is by my side even when I don’t feel it. I know that He is always there for me even through this chaos. Even though it seems the world has turned upside down with the virus, the empty shelves at the grocery store, the economy crashing, social distancing and all the bad news on TV, we need to continue reading God’s word and remember His promises and to continue in prayer and to trust in Him. Continue reading “Peace Through Troubled Times”
The story of Gideon is an interesting one. Jesus came to him and the Bible called Him “The LORD,” “The Angel of the Lord,” and “The Angel of God.” God was going to save His people, the Israelites through this man, who was the least of the weakest clan. God chose him for that reason, so that people would see that it was God, not man, that saved them. Something we in this society need to remember. No man will save us. Only through Jesus Christ, through His death and resurrection, through His blood, are we saved; not through any good deeds or how good we are, but what He has done and how good He is. Same with our country. No president or no one in Congress will save us from the mess we are in. We need to pray to God for our leaders and our country and this country needs to repent and turn toward Him so that He will heal our land.
So, God called Gideon to trust Him and He would work through him. As Gideon steps forward, God uses him with 300 men to defeat the army of Midian. At first, Gideon had doubts. He had excuses. He asked for a sign…a couple times. God had patience and gave him the faith he needed. He reminded him that He would always be there for him and that He would do the work through him. So the story begins… Continue reading “The Angel of the Lord and Gideon”
Most people know Philippians 4:13. But do we understand what it means? Out of context, its meaning can be much different from what it was intended. Just like any scripture, read at least the entire chapter. Who is the author speaking to? What is the theme and setting of the book? Thanksgiving has just past. It is a time of giving thanks for all that we have. We should be grateful in good times and bad, because God has blessed us in so many ways, sometimes we don’t even realize it until later in life. So, what does Thanksgiving have to do with what Paul was talking about in his letter to the Philippians, anyway? Continue reading “I Can Do All Things…”
The words of Jesus:
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
Jesus says, “Peace I give to you” and “your joy will be full.” But, His peace and joy are much different than the world view of peace and joy. That doesn’t mean everything will run smoothly in your life; it means that no matter what life throws at you, you will have peace and joy in your heart. That God will lead you through it. That Christ is by your side. That the Spirit within you will give you strength. That you will have confidence and faith, knowing that you will be in heaven with almighty God. Continue reading “God’s Promise: Joy and Peace”