To Remain At Ease, Walk In Peace

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Situations and things show up to steal our peace. What does it mean to walk in peace?

Webster’s dictionary meaning of peace:

1: a state of tranquility or quiet: such as 

a: freedom from civil disturbance 

ba state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom

2: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions

3: harmony in personal relations

a: a state or period of mutual concord between governments

b: a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity

5used interjectionally to ask for silence or calm or as a greeting or farewell

 

We know as people of God everything ends and begins with the word of God.

The first scripture that applies to the first definition of peace is praying for our leaders and for all people.

1 Timothy 2:1-4 New International Version: I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 

We may not like or agree with certain leaders and people, but we are to pray for them so we can lead a peaceful life. We have to give our leaders over to  God. Either God will change their hearts or remove them.

The second meaning deals with a peace of mind.  Isaiah 26:3-4 New Living Translation: You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always,for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.

We have to keep our minds on the truth of God’s word to stay in peace.

The third meaning is being in harmony with everyone. Sometimes you have to agree to disagree because we all don’t view things the same. You still walk in what you believe and love people regardless of what they believe.

Romans 12:18-21:  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.]21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Remember God’s vengeance is the best. Don’t be overcome by evil (lowering to another person”s  level) but overcome evil with good. Remember we are not fighting flesh and blood but it is spiritual. There is an area in that person’s life that he/she gave place to the devil that is causing them to act in the wrong way.

Sometimes in order to keep the peace certain  people, we have to stay away from and pray for them. Evil can rub off on you quicker than good.

I was asked  a great question when I was in a discussion with someone. “If God is the Prince of Peace then why is there a hell?” I didn’t have the answer at the time until later that day God revealed it to me and it was clear.” It was like an inner voice was saying “yes I am the Prince of Peace, but in order to keep the peace I had to remove Lucifer because he was stirring up confusion even though he loved him.

I was amazed at that revelation. Hell was never intended for us, it was for Satan and the fallen angels/demons that went along with him. God gives us a choice and with the choice  consequences comes along with it. We destruct on our own; that’s why we need a Savior.

Deuteronomy 30:19: 19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.

We choose life by being obedient to the word of God. We choose death when we do what we want to do and everything we can think of. In our flesh dwells nothing good. We are capable of anything. It is only through God we are of any good. Even the heart can fool us. Everyone uses the phrase “God knows my heart.” Yes, he does and it can be wicked.

Jeremiah 17:9-10 : “The heart is deceitful above all things,And desperately wicked; Who can know it? 10 I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways,According to the fruit of his doings.

David would ask God to search his heart. We all need a spiritual check up to make sure we are doing things with the right heart.

Psalm 139-23-24: 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

I am jumping to the fifth definition of peace: speaking calm into a situation.

Jesus spoke to the storm.

Mark 4:37-40: 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How[b] is it that you have no faith?”41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

The same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us. We can speak to our storms and say peace, be still. We can speak to our mountains in faith and it will obey.

In conclusion to live in peace: pray for our leaders and for all people, keep your mind stayed on things that are truly  from God’s word, be in harmony with everyone even if you have to love them from a far distance, and when things are chaotic in your life speak to your situation by declaring the word of God.

To remain at ease, walk in peace!

To Receive The Blessing, Learn The Lesson

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Most of you who went to school or are in school currently know that you can’t pass the test or go to the next grade without passing and learning the lessons that the teachers gave.

It is the same way in life, you will keep going over the same thing until you learn how to slay whatever keeps coming up and kill it by the root in order to receive your blessing.

Jesus is the master teacher because He lived, died, and rose again. Jesus finished out His purpose, now he is seated at the right hand of God (His Heavenly Father).

When Jesus wanted people to learn the way the spiritual world works, He would give a story describing the natural so that they would understand the spiritual. It was called a parable(a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the Gospels.)

Jesus spoke a parable about the different grounds in Mark 4.

Mark 4:1-8 Message Version

3-8 “Listen. What do you make of this? A farmer planted seed. As he scattered the seed, some of it fell on the road and birds ate it. Some fell in the gravel; it sprouted quickly but didn’t put down roots, so when the sun came up it withered just as quickly. Some fell in the weeds; as it came up, it was strangled among the weeds and nothing came of it. Some fell on good earth and came up with a flourish, producing a harvest exceeding his wildest dreams.

Which one of the grounds are you an example of?

Ground 1 Seed falling Along the Side of the Road
14-15  “The farmer plants the Word. Some people are like the seed that falls on the hardened soil of the road. No sooner do they hear the Word than Satan snatches away what has been planted in them.

Ground 2 Stony Ground
16-17 “And some are like the seed that lands in the gravel. When they first hear the Word, they respond with great enthusiasm. But there is such shallow soil of character that when the emotions wear off and some difficulty arrives, there is nothing to show for it.

Ground 3 Thorns
18-19 “The seed cast in the weeds represents the ones who hear the kingdom news but are overwhelmed with worries about all the things they have to do and all the things they want to get. The stress strangles what they heard, and nothing comes of it.

Ground  4 Good Ground
20 “But the seed planted in the good earth represents those who hear the Word, embrace it, and produce a harvest beyond their wildest dreams.

We hold on to the word by meditating, speaking and reading it throughout the day. It is your charger when your spiritual battery is low.

I am declaring this “Jubilee July”! Let us hear the word, hold on to the word by hearing because that is how faith comes,  and finally reap the results.

To receive the blessing, learn the lesson!

 

Kill It Dead, Cut Off The Head!

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It is time to put the ax to the root to things that are holding us back. We can start with the word of God.

Hebrews 4 :12 KJV  12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

A good book of the bible to read is Proverbs.  You can gain wisdom and correction in areas that you may need help in. I used to read a chapter a day. Some things mentioned in Proverbs will cut you. As my dad would say ,”Ouch”. But, it is necessary in order to gain wisdom and victory in certain areas we need victory in.

I love watching suspense, thriller, and some action movies because it teaches you how to fight.

One of  the things I noticed that caused some characters in the movies to lose was when they get caught up in their emotions. It could be anger, division, unforgiveness, or it could be lust where they were tricked and they were defeated. The characters that maintained control of their emotions and didn’t allow anything to distract them would always win. The characters would use wisdom to win rather than acting off impulse.

In the spirit realm the only thing that should move us is the word of God, not circumstances.

Psalm 62:6  KJV says He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved.

We get wisdom from the word of God by meditating and speaking the word. Then, God will give you instructions needed to gain the victory.

I also noticed the characters in the movies were bold. They faced their problems head on, and never backed down from a fight. The characters kept going. They may have lost a few  people/ things along the way and may have some scars/bruises, but they fought to the finish.

Hebrews 10:36-38 NIV Version says 36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For,“In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.”38 And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back. ]39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

That is enough to rejoice over. God doesn’t take pleasure in those who back down and give up. If we mess up, we repent and get back up. If you want to please God, walk by faith because it is impossible to please Him without it.

Proverbs 24:16 Christian Standard Version says 16 Though a righteous person falls seven times, he will get up.

Righteous people can fall, but they don’t  have to stay there. The righteous gets back up. There is no time to wallow in self pity and condemnation.  Repent, start to the path of God, and rise again. There is no condemnation to those that are in Christ Jesus.

Romans 10:11 NIV says “Anyone who believes in Him (Jesus) will never be put to shame.”[

After you repent and start trusting in God, you will come out on top and people will be glorifying how powerful your God is.  God is cheering you on.

I also noticed in some movies the characters would go in and out of time within a day or in minutes.

I thought about the scripture 2 Peter 3:8-9 With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord does not delay his promise, as some understand delay, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.

God revealed to me that he gives us time so we can get back on track, but if we walk in faith it overrides time. God can do for you  on some things that can take years in a matter of a day, an hour, minutes, to seconds.

That is enough to shout about. Faith is always now.

Hebrews 11:1  “Now” faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Now is the time. Now is the day of salvation. God is waiting on us to get it together and fight the good fight of faith, so he can release what he has already done for us.

I also noticed that there were some things the characters in the movies would keep quiet on to win the battle.  There were some things that the characters would not tell their closest friend, because the characters knew they would not understand and would try to stop them. After they defeated the enemy,then they would speak.  Some things are to be kept only between you and God.

Isaiah 30:15 Amplified Version: 15 For the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel has said this,“In returning [to Me] and rest you shall be saved, In quietness and confident trust is your strength.”But you were not willing.

We can talk ourselves out of what God has for us by discussing it with the wrong people. Ask God to put a check in your spirit on when to speak and when to keep quiet. He will do it.

Jesus left us an example to follow in His footsteps. John 12:49  Jesus said  For I have not spoken on My own authority;but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak. 50 And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”

Unless God gives us what to say we should be silent, rest , and trust in God until He gives us what to say and when.

We also have to be willing and obedient in order to receive the best in life.

Isaiah 1:19-20 says 19 If you are willing and obedient,

You shall eat the good of the land; 20 But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword”;For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

We get devoured by things in life because we refuse to trust God,  are not willing nor  obedient to the word of God. We must trust God.  We must be confident in His ability, not our own ability, and we must be patiently and quietly waiting on God to give us what to do in order to remain strong to defeat the giants in our life.

In most of the super hero movies when the super hero characters didn’t trust the inner strength, trusted in their own ability, or tried to do what another person was doing, or got prideful, they were defeated. However, when they relied on the inner strength (for the people of God, God’s strength), they got the victory.

You can’t defeat the giants in your own power. It has to be in the power of God. It keeps you humble and gives glory to God, not yourself. Remember “Your Kingdom Will Crumble, If You Don’t Stay Humble.”

You can go back to the blog on April 29 2018 “Be Defiant, Slay The Giant”  about David and Goliath. It also has the scripture about the armor of God to fight spiritually. We don’t fight people. We come against the spirit that is operating in them.  Sometimes you have to come against evil spirits operating in your own self.

July 4th is coming upon us. Let’s walk in the freedom and liberty God has given us.

Ask God to reveal the root of the problem, cut off the head with the word of God, and all the other things in our lives will fall into place.

Kill it Dead, Cut Off The Head!

 

 

 

 

 

When Things Seem To Annoy, Count It All Joy

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It is time to put on joy as we go through things that test us.

Webster’s definition of  annoy:

1 to disturb or irritate especially by repeated acts

2 to harass especially by quick brief attacks

Things can come at you to disturb you, irritate you repeatedly,  and harass you. They  happen so fast that it can throw you off guard or for a loop.

The word of God says when trying things happen to count it all joy.

Webster’s definition of joy: 3 a source or cause of delight.

We as believers know the source of delight comes from spending time in the word of God. Joy is eternal and spiritual. In order to receive joy like Webster’s meaning, we have to hook up with the source to get the supply.

What does the word of God says about going through trying times or attacks?

James 1:2 New Living Translation: Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.

I am already receiving joy just by reading this. Hallelujah!

Nehemiah 8:10 says the joy of the Lord is our strength.

Glory to God! That is something to rejoice and be glad about.

As long as we hook up to the source of joy, which is spending time with God and in His word, we can have joy when things around us are chaotic.

When things seem to annoy, count it all joy!

You Are Not A Bother To Your Heavenly Father

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I think of my Heavenly Father as a natural father: adviser, protector, disciplinarian, loving, and provider.

It is easy to view our heavenly Father as a disciplinarian. However, if we really knew our Father, we would know it is out of love and that He wants the best  for us. This is why He disciplines us.

Hebrews 12:6 Amplified Version says For the Lord disciplines and corrects those whom He loves.


Whenever we go to our Heavenly Father, He accepts us back no matter how far we have strayed.

John 6 :37 Amplified Version says  37 the one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out [I will never, never reject anyone who follows Me

We can go to our Heavenly for what we need as our provider, protector and adviser.

Matthew 7:7-8 New King James Version says “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!.

As long it is according to the will of God and it is not harmful,  when we ask something of our Heavenly Father (just like our natural father does for his child or children),  it will be given to us.

When I was a child, I kept reminding my father over and over what I wanted until he gave it to me. If it wasn’t good for me and harmful, he would explain it to me so I could understand.

Even though  our  Heavenly Father disciplines us, it is out of  His love for us and because He wants the best for us. If we come to Him, He won’t cast us aside and if we ask anything according to His will, he gives it to us.

You may ask, well how do I know He is listening and hears what I ask of Him?

1 John 5:14-15  says 14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

Our Heavenly Father wants us to come to Him when we need help and not try to figure out on our own, just like a natural father loves when their child/children comes to him for help.

You are not a bother, to your Heavenly Father!

 

 

Righteous Elevates, Sin Separates

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In order to understand the power of something you must understand its meaning.

What is righteous and what is sin?

Webster’s meaning of righteous:

1: acting in accord with divine or moral law : free from guilt or sin
2a: morally right or justifiable barising from an outraged sense of justice or morality
We are made righteous by believing and trusting the word of God.  Actions will follow what you believe.
Webster’s meaning of sin: Going against God’s law (the word of God) a serious shortcoming
To understand the spiritual, you must understand the natural.
Naturally, if something is clogged, it is hard for anything to flow throw it. If your ear is full of wax it is hard for you to hear.
It is the same with sin. God can not bless us to a certain capacity with sin in our lives. It will stop us from hearing from God effectively with sin there. We can only go so far.
I desire to receive every blessing God has for me. I want to keep going higher with God.
I John 1:9 NIV version says If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
When we confess our sins to God and start towards being righteous (believing and trusting the word of God) it cleanses us spiritually.
Just like we clean our cars, houses, teeth, and bodies, we have to  clean our spirit man.
We take a spiritual bath by meditating, reading, and speaking the word of God.
Most of us in our right mind don’t like anything  unclean, filthy and nasty. We turn our nose up and leave.
That is how God looks at sin. He loves people, but hates sin. God will not dwell in us with continuous sin in our lives.
Once you confess your sins to God, don’t beat yourself up about it.
Romans 8:1-2 Amplified Version says  1 Therefore there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior]. For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the law of our new being] has set you free from the law of sin and of death
You are able to boldly pray to God when you confess your sins to God and start trusting in his word.
Proverbs 28:1 Easy Read Version says The wicked (morally bad/evil) are afraid of everything, but those who live right are as brave as lions.
Living righteous makes you bold.  Sin makes you fearful and separates you from God.
A great example is Paul. Paul talked about, hated, and murdered church people  because of their beliefs.. However, after he gave his life over to God and started on the path of living righteous, he was able to walk in boldness.
Paul would say, “I wronged no man.”  Talk about boldness! That is powerful.
Once you confess your sins to God, it it is like it has never happened..
2 Corinthians 5:17 says if any person be in Christ he is a new creation, old things are passed away and all things become new.
Once you accept Jesus into your life and start on the path of living righteous, what you use to do will change. It is like you are a new person. God comes in and transforms you.When people bring up your past, let them know that is the old me.
If you are not saved, it is no time like the present to accept Him into your life; it is an amazing journey.
The change starts with us as believers in Jesus. We are the examples. We can’t be effective witness to others with constant sin there.
2 Chronicles 7:14 New King James Version says
14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
This scripture sums it up for us with the current state the world is in.
How we know we are of God is if we have love for each other. It is easier said than done but we have to pray for our enemies. It will either transform them or remove them. If we see someone who is going in the wrong direction, pray for them.
Here is a scripture if you find someone in sin:
Galatians 6:1-5 1  if anyone is caught in any sin, you who are spiritual [that is, you who are responsive to the guidance of the Spirit] are to restore such a person in a spirit of gentleness [not with a sense of superiority or self-righteousness], keeping a watchful eye on yourself, so that you are not tempted as well. Carry one another’s burdens and in this way you will fulfill the requirements of the law of Christ [that is, the law of Christian love]. For if anyone thinks he is something [special] when [in fact] he is nothing [special except in his own eyes], he deceives himself. But each one must carefully scrutinize his own work [examining his actions, attitudes, and behavior], and then he can have the personal satisfaction and inner joy of doing something commendable [a]without comparing himself to another. For every person will have to bear [with patience] his own burden [of faults and shortcomings for which he alone is responsible].
No one is better than anyone. It is only by the grace and mercy of God that we are not into the same thing. In our flesh dwells nothing good.
A great example for us as believers to follow is  in Hebrews 12

Hebrews 12:1-3 Easy Read Version (ERV)

We Also Should Follow Jesus’ Example

12 We have all these great people around us as examples. Their lives tell us what faith means. So we, too, should run the race that is before us and never quit. We should remove from our lives anything that would slow us down and the sin that so often makes us fall. We must never stop looking to Jesus. He is the leader of our faith, and he is the one who makes our faith complete. He suffered death on a cross. But he accepted the shame of the cross as if it were nothing because of the joy he could see waiting for him. And now he is sitting at the right side of God’s throne. Think about Jesus. He patiently endured the angry insults that sinful people were shouting at him. Think about him so that you won’t get discouraged and stop trying.

If we examine ourselves, deal with the sin/ things that are weighing us down, walk in love, rely on God’s strength, we can win every time.

Righteous elevates, sin separates.

God’s Word Is Legit, Receive The Benefits

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The origin of the word legit, is legitimate.  Webster’s meaning of legitimate means rights by birth; not false.

Romans 3:4 Easy Read Version says Even if everyone else is a liar, God will always do what he says.

Benefit means something that produces good or helpful results, useful,  and financial help.

In order to receive full the benefits or to have the legal right, we must accept Jesus as Lord and Savior of our lives.  In order to receive benefits from your work place, you must meet the requirements to receive them.

Yes God makes the sun shine on everyone according to Matthew 5:45.  However you will receive the full benefits when you receive Jesus into your life.

Romans 10:9-12 says 9 if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

You will have some issues you have to deal with once you accept Jesus into your life, and that is why we need Him. As you get into the word of God, spend time in prayer, and worship, it transforms you. We all are a work in progress.

Once you have made a decision on accepting Jesus into your life, you now have access to the benefits

The benefits of  receiving Jesus:

Psalm 103: 1-5 Contemporary English Version says it best.

With all my heart I praise the LordI will never forget how kind he has been.The Lord forgives our sins, heals us when we are sick, and protects us from death. His kindness and love are a crown on our heads.Each day that we live, he provides for our needs and gives us the strength of a young eagle.

I like that benefit package. Everyone needs forgiveness, healing when they are experiencing sickness/disease, protection, provision for everyday needs,love/compassion and strength to make it through this life.

Trust what God’s word says is true in order for the benefits to work for you. You have a legal right as a believer to the benefits.

God’s word is legit, receive the benefits!