Monday, March 24, 2014

Peace in the storm

Psalm 62:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)
To the Chief Musician. To Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved. 
Acts 12:6 (NKJV)
"And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison."
John 16:33 (NKJV) 
Jesus said, "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."
 Rev 21:3-4( NKJV) 
 "And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." 
John 3:16-18 (NKJV)
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,

My Comments: How many times do we find ourselves saying things like, “I want…(to go, do or have something).”  Or “I worry about…(something, situation, need family member),” and or “I have to do... to make things work or help…” In other words we are concerned and we think we should solve our situation or concern. First Abba Father wants us to turn to Him first and to trust Him for the answer. Yet looking at these passages as well as others we know that when we are saved we become Children of God.
When we are a child we are taken care of by our parent. God being our Father will take care of us better than any earthly parent. In the passage Acts 12:6 Peter was to be executed yet he slept peacefully. Why? Because he trusted the Father to take care of him. He knew the truth of the Gospel. You see he knew when he died he would go to Heaven with the Lord God and if he lived he would do the Lords bidding. He also knew when he would die. When God allowed and not before. He was at peace in his situation.
In John 16:33 Jesus tells us (and Peter heard it as well) that there is peace in Him even when there is tribulation in the world and to be of good cheer. In other places in the Word of God we are told there is Joy in the Lord. Why? Because of our salvation! We are His people as spoken in Revelation 21:3-4, He Jesus the Tabernacle is with us and He is our God who will wipe every tear and in Him there is no more death, sorrow, pain or crying. Does that mean we will not sorrow or have painful situations here? No. It means because of our salvation we will have His strength (if we want and accept it) to go through the situations because He will be with us and will go through them with us.
Loved ones I pray you have or will at this moment accept Jesus Christ as your Savior and ask His Holy Spirit to come into you to guide and instruct you, to comfort and strengthen you, to fill you with His wisdom and knowledge so you will trust in Him as Daniel in the lions den and Joseph who was sold into slavery.
Beloved our Lord’s timing is not ours and His solutions to our situations may not be ours yet if we trust Him and His love for us they will be the best timing and the best solution for our situations.
If we or a loved one is not healed but taken home we trust Him. Home is the best healing. It is the prize we who are His look forward to. A new job may be the beginning of a better future and a stronger walk with our Lord. Our child not getting into the school we want them in may be the best solution for their walk with God. I could go on and on yet one always needs to trust in Abba Father, who loves His children, to do what is best for them spiritually as well as physically. When Christ is in the boat with us the storm calms and we can be at peace.
Abba Father, we praise and glorify Your Holy Name and ask You to forgive us when we worry and do not turn to You as situations arise. Help us Lord to turn to You in all things so we may be instructed and strengthened and filled with Your glory and peace. Fill us with the Joy of Your salvation, Jesus, and anoint our hearts so we will not falter when walking on the water. Keep our eyes on You Lord and fill us with the hope of the Resurrection and Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus name. Amen.

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