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And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body, and be thankful. – Colossians 3:15 NKJV
When God secures an opportunity for us, we can be thankful. We can rest with our minds at peace, knowing that God cares about every detail of our lives.
When God’s peace is in our hearts, we can have the assurance that wherever we go, Jesus will be with us and will keep us in perfect peace when we set our minds on Him.
He seeks harmonious relationships for us, and as all the parts of the body function as a whole so that we can enjoy health, when we allow God’s peace to take over our hearts, everything works in a perfect sequence. Nothing is out of place when God is in control. He can guide us through anything. Amen.
“Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.” 2 Samuel 7:16 NIV
It was no coincidence that Jesus was a descendent of King David. God told Nathan, the prophet, to relay to King David an incredible promise: that the Lord would establish David’s throne forever. What an astounding promise! We are incredibly blessed to be able to be included in God’s promises to His people. God’s promises stand. Because He lives, we can hope for a better tomorrow.
As I watched political powers change yesterday, I could sense the tides turn. It all seemed surreal. The first African American woman to become Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, was sworn into office on 1/20/21, a historic moment to behold.
We, as a nation, can overcome adversity. As we emerge from a period of strife and division, there is hope, hope for unity and healing.
Just as God keeps His promises to us, we can strive to fulfill our part in peace. Amen.
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. – Romans 12:18 NIV
During times of political unrest and division, our God asks us to make peace. We do not need to engage in arguments or debates. We are one people, one nation, under God. We are privileged to have freedom to practice our faith.
At times, it is difficult to understand the world around us. We live in a time that is far different from what we had known when we were young children.
One thing never changes: God is with us, and He envisions peace for us.
There will be no tears in heaven. There will be no need for physicians because there will be no more suffering, pain, or illness. All things will be made new. What a glorious God we have! Amen.
These things I have spoken to you, that in me you have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. – John 16:33
There’s no doubt that this has been a hard year for many. We endured sickness and loss, pain and trials.
But there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Jesus has overcome the world, and He has made our sins as white as snow.
He gives us the power to clear the negative, poisonous energy that people cast upon us. He knows our struggles.
The path of righteousness and love is not always easy.
Our Lord is more powerful than the forces of darkness. He can give us direction, hope, and peace in the midst of a turbulent world. If we rely on Him, He can give us peace. Amen.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. – Isaiah 9:6 NIV
Jesus’ birth was cause for celebration. If He had a business card, He would have many titles. These names reveal something about His character.
He counsels us. He is powerful. His love lasts forever. He is one with God the Father. He brings peace to the world.
So often it feels like we don’t have peace. It takes mindfulness to understand where peace comes from, and instead of complaining, be thankful for the peace God gives us. He doesn’t want us to get into disputes with each other. He wants us to love one another the way He loves us. His peace is always available to us. Amen.
The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace. – Psalm 29:11
There may be division and strife in the world, but God blesses us with peace if we focus our attention on Him.
I watched my son play at a playground outside the other day. He was full of joy. He had so much fun going down the slides.
The Lord doesn’t want us to focus on everything that is wrong with the world. Each day has its miracles.
The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace. – Numbers 6:24-26
There are many uncertainties in life. When we suffer illness, there are no guarantees that we will recover. Our health, our life, and our breath is a gift from God. When we are healthy, we can praise Him for His many blessings that He bestows upon us. When our health falters, that is a good time to ask Him for peace.
Some things are in our control and some are not, and for those things that are not, we need to surrender our worries to God. He will always take care of it and we can trust Him.
When we enter into a medical facility we have to trust that God will bless the hands of our doctors. With any medical procedure, there are always risks, but God is faithful and He is the great Physician. He will always heal us and our loved ones. He will always take care of us and ensure that everything will be okay. He will give us peace no matter what happens. Amen.
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13
I’ve been searching for God’s peace. It’s hard to find it when there are 7.75 million cases of COVID-19 in the USA. It’s hard to hear His voice when the noise in our heads is so loud that we can’t hear anything else except the negative self-talk. My relationships have sometimes become strained because I don’t share others’ opinions, especially when it comes to safety during the pandemic.
Some people want to live their lives as they always did before, but I find it hard to enjoy dinner out when everyone in the restaurants is wearing a mask, and I have to worry that if I go to the bathroom, I will touch a surface contaminated by COVID-19. Sometimes I hold it and sometimes I risk going to the bathroom, even if it might not be clean.
I can’t sleep some nights because my son is in pain from his allergies. I was terrified to take him to the doctor because COVID-19 might be at the doctor’s office.
Everything seems harder during the pandemic, more dangerous, and risky. My work burns me out sometimes. Things are not right.
God knows our hearts and can comfort our souls. He can give us rest. We just have to ask Him and trust Him.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are just, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy — meditate on these things. – Phil. 4:8
I have been meditating a lot lately.
I remember my meditation instructor, Coleen Camenisch, saying that meditation is like a gatekeeper. It observes the thoughts passing but doesn’t let them in.
The COVID-19 virus pandemic has caused closures that I have never seen in my lifetime. It is scary, but Jesus asks us not to be afraid.
He asks us to seek the truth. He asks us to look at the good reports, not just the bad ones. He wants us to be peaceful. So even though the times may be scary and other people may be in a panic, we have a savior who has already overcome the world and who can save us.
He will give us perfect peace. No matter what is going on and no matter how many businesses close, Jesus will renew us and He will come for us. Amen.
For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’ – Isaiah 41:13
The Lord is your helper. Even in the middle of the night when your mind won’t shut off, the Lord is there to help you.
One night I couldn’t sleep because I had the “Praise the Lord” song stuck in my head. I was playing it on YouTube for Jacob.
The Lord can help you let it go. All the worries don’t matter. He will help you. He will heal you. He will take away your grief and give you peace.
That is a promise.