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Monday, June 19, 2017

PEACE CAN BE YOURS

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!”Isaiah 23:6 New Living Translation
     There is no doubt we live, now more than ever, in very trying times. How can one stay in an attitude of peace? Fix your eyes on the author of our faith, Jesus Christ. Some may say that is much easier than it sounds and that may be true, but the closer you grow towards God, the easier it becomes. If you believe in the Lord, then you should trust him. If you find you struggle with the trust part, do something about it. Get into the scriptures and see who you’re believing in.
     Once I came to the realization that Almighty God either causes or allows all things that take place in this world for his own purposes, I found peace that has not been shaken. The key words in that thought are ‘for his own purposes’. His purposes are fair, just and eternal.  We must come to a place in our walk with the Lord where we realize we are never asked to understand, only trust. We may never understand this side of heaven, but that’s really okay. God knows what he’s doing.
     The peace that God plants in our hearts is perfect. It makes us steady and stable in our spirit. We are supported by God’s mighty power and unchanging, unconditional love; therefore we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be shaken by any surrounding chaos. Want peace? Keep your thoughts fixed on Christ.
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.
Philippians 4:6-7 New Living Translation

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

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