Saturday, January 24, 2009

peace...

Our day to day life brings with it joys, tears, fears, anger, guilt, sorrow, forgiveness, peace, healing, acceptance, denial, love, worry, revelation, irritations, simple pleasures...the list can go on...

But when all is said and done, we can and should bring it all to the feet of our Heavenly Father. He is the creator of all and knows the whys, how's, who's and what's that we are trying so hard to figure out. Letting ourselves fall into the worries of our own minds, or the world is something the enemy uses to steal our peace that God gives to us.

Leviticus 26:6" 'I will grant peace in the land, and you will lie down and no one will make you afraid. I will remove savage beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through your country.

Numbers 6:26the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace."

Ezekiel 37:26I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever.

Haggai 2:9'The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,' says the LORD Almighty. 'And in this place I will grant peace,' declares the LORD Almighty."

Malachi 2:5"My covenant was with him, a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him; this called for reverence and he revered me and stood in awe of my name.

Matthew 5:9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

Mark 5:34He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering."

Luke 7:50Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

Luke 10:5 "When you enter a house, first say, 'Peace to this house.'

Luke 19:38 "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!"

John 14:27 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.

As women, the Lord has blessed us with the gift of nurturing, peacemaking, serving, friendships, mothering, mentoring and the role of wife. However, with that, our sinful nature can take on the evils of selfishness, temptations, provocativeness, guilt, shame, anger, denials, persuasiveness, coniving hearts, stubborness, desires of perfection and failure to submit when He requires us to. That is much to struggle and deal with, without the loving help, guidance of our Heavenly Father.

God created us in His image. He created our children, our husbands, our families, neighbors, strangers..in His image. He created us with His love and beautiful characteristics and placed those traits in us. However, we are not perfect. (Praise the Lord!) If we were, we would be here on this earth, without our Savior, Jesus Christ, left to fend for ourselves, to die hopeless lives, not seeking Him or His strength.

God's Word is our guide, our comfort, our strength, our rock to stand on, and our shelter from the storms. We are precious and lovely to Him, not because we deserve to be, filthy sinful cloths, hearts and all, but because He, in His grace and mercy called us back to Him and paid the ultimate price for our sinful souls. He died on the cross and shed His blood to cover us, to shield us, to love us, to protect us...to bring His children back to Him, and some day home. He does not desire for us to live in the darkness of our souls and of the lies of the enemy.

He has ALREADY paid the price that we DO NOT have to live in that oppresion. WE ARE HIS, HE HAS POURED OUT HIS SPIRIT UPON US, and we do not need to live in fear or shame. We need only to cling to Him, rest in His care, call upon His name and give Him all we have, just that tiny bit of a mustard seed, that He will grow, nurture and cultivate into the precious child He knit in your mother's womb, whom He knew even before the days of time, you.

We are to live freely in Him...and every moment we stumble, we fall, we sink into those recesses of darkness, He is there to help us out, save us, give us hope, strengthen and encourage us and love the child He created.

Live freely in Him, for, "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)

His word is truth and His promises He gives us are solid as the rock of His house, which can never be destroyed. May you find the comfort in the peace He gives you in the storms and in the calm. REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN HIM! Amen!

God bless you and praying for you,

a sinner, saved only by His grace...

4 comments:

Lori :) said...

Good word! I love that last verse. He certainly doesn't give like the world gives (PTL!!)!

L :)

Terri said...

What a wonderful encouragement. The verse that struck me this morning was Luke 10:5. It hit me when I come home to shake the dust off my feet, not allowing the world to come in with me. But also say to my house "Peace.". I love how God's word is alive!

bree said...

Praise the Lord for is word! That we truly are free in Him-we just need to believe it and claim it!
hugs!

Sarah A. said...

This is so encouraging, Bree! Thanks! Love ya!

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