Fix your eye on Jesus! Peace! Not on your difficulties!
In Jesus, we have received the greatest inheritance of all! The Kingdom of God is ours! The victory is ours! We are co hiers with Christ, adopted into Sonship with Him! Peace.
Stress is one of the most damaging factors to our physical, spiritual, and emotional health. Yet, when God created you and molded you with love, He didn’t destine you to live a life of permanent worry. He intended you to live a life filled with His peace! He has already given it to you, as the following Bible verse reminds us: “‘I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.’”(John 14:27)
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 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.
“You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me. “Come now; let us leave. John 14:23-31
I understand that this peace is so often threatened or disturbed by various situations: at work, in the midst of your family, or in your health. Or through your relationships or financial difficulties.
So you may be wondering…how is it possible to enjoy this peace that God gives you? To not be “troubled” or “afraid” in the face of these disturbing events? God has only one word to say to you: “Trust.”
He’s inviting you today to return to His arms that you may have left. To surrender yourself totally to Him, to rely on Him. How do we do this, practically speaking, when the bills pile up? When the pain is unbearable? When nothing is going right any more? By choosing to believe and continuing to trust Him, whatever happens, despite the circumstances, because:
His Word is true, His promises certain.
He loves you personally.
He is taking care of you.
Perhaps you can’t seem to completely let go, and the more you struggle, the more your peace melts like snow in the sun. So it’s time to renew your trust in the One who can do all things…
Let’s pray together that this peace given to you won’t be stolen from you!…“Father, I admit that life’s worries tend to steal my peace. Today, I choose to turn to You. I want to fix my eyes on You and not on my difficulties. You are and You have, Lord, the solution to all my problems. I trust in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
Do you feel like the truth is ever-changing? Do you often find yourself anxious about knowing what is true and what isn’t? It doesn’t have to be that way! it is unchangeable and always true despite how one feels about it; even if no one believes the truth, it remains true. Let’s get into God’s Word with this topic!
Been truthful, is anything that agrees with what God has said in the Bible and what God has created.
You looking for truth that is cut and dried, black and white, and it does not change. Check the Bible. So how can something so static and immovable evoke such powerful waves of emotion, both positive and negative?
The truth can bring order to chaos. It can settle long-standing arguments and it can set you free from the bonds of deception. The truth can also be viewed as harsh because there is no room for compromise or negotiation. Truth can be painful to accept.
You are loved. You were created with a purpose. Nothing you do or say can disqualify you from God’s mercy unless you choose to remain separated from him.
That’s the Truth.
God is holy and righteous. He has revealed himself through everything he has created and no one can claim that they have not seen his nature. His anger burns against those who are wicked and who worship anything other than him.
That’s the Truth.
We can get a great feel from the Book of Psalms about God’s revealed glory and power through his creation. We can understand truth from God’s created order and this should lead us to praise God.
God’s Wrath Against Sinful Humanity
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. Romans 1:18-23
Find yourself in these verses
In the above passage from Romans, Paul gives us a view of the condition of those who pursue wickedness and who choose to worship false gods. The truth is that sin earns death.
You might catch a glimpse of yourself in these verses. If you do, don’t be alarmed. God offers each of us a chance to reject that path, make a u-turn, and accept his free gift of a relationship with him through Jesus.
If you haven’t confronted the truth about your sin and the reality that it separates you from God, you might not ever recognise just how incredible the gift of forgiveness, restoration, and eternal life really is.
That’s the truth
Think about how you would define truth. Why do you think the truth about God’s anger against evil is just as essential to his nature as the truth about his love and mercy? Could a true god who tolerated even the smallest bit of wickedness, sin, or evil ever really be considered loving?
Drifting from God
When you swim in the ocean, it’s quite common to look up and discover that you’re no longer lined up to where you left your towel and flipflops on the beach. In fact, you realise that you got caught up in a current without even noticing it, and you’ve drifted pretty far from where you were when you started.
It’s possible to experience the same kind of drift in our relationship with God. Instead of ocean currents , the forces that move you away from where you started can simply be a busy schedule or as complicated as bitterness over what you think God has either done or failed to do.
The Biblical equal
So what’s the biblical equivalent of making your way back to where you started at the beach? In the below Psalm, the steps are given to get back in line with God and his purposes again.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8 The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. 9 The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. 11 By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Psalm 19:7-11
First, praise him. Start to name the attributes or qualities of God. If you can, write them down or say them out loud. Declaring the nature of God reminds us how good and trustworthy he is.
Second, recognise and respond to God’s truth. Truth is anything that agrees with what God has said in the Bible and what God has created. Acknowledge that you have drifted and that you want to return to where you were.
And third, commit to making the additions or deletions in your life–relationships, habits, thoughts, or actions–that will keep you lined up with God’s truth and purposes.
That’s the truth.
1 John 1:5-10 reminds us that God is true and when we confess our sins that cause us to drift, he forgives us and we live in light and truth.
Light and Darkness, Sin and Forgiveness
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
Do you believe you are without sin? If so, then you’re calling God a liar! Let that sink in!
Your own life
What is one area of your life where you realise you have drifted away from God? What is something you can do immediately to reverse that ‘drift’ and get back to where you need to be?
Connect and belong
There are few things that feel worse than feeling totally isolated and alone. We connect to each other regardless of our personality type, ethnic or regional background or age. We’re biologically wired for connection because we are made in the image of God. From the wildest extrovert to the most introspective introvert, we all want to connect and to belong.
We love the camaraderie that comes from discovering someone who shares a favourite sports team, movie, or muscian. It is also a common heart desire that we search for someone we can trust enough to share our most intimate thoughts.
God is always close
When it comes to Christianity, God declares that he’s not a distant, unknowable being. We can have access to him one-on-one.
The Bible also says that God’s character reflects most accurately in his Church— not a denomination, a building or campus— but in his people.
That’s the truth.
Today, you can know the creator of the universe and trust that he knows you completely. God is trustworthy, because he is the author of truth. Truth is anything that agrees with what God has said in the Bible and what God has created.
In his time on earth, Jesus reflected God’s compassion, mercy, and willingness to pursue the outcast and the overlooked. Jesus saw past people’s position, status, and condition and reached into their deepest brokenness with love and healing.
John 14 talks about how your trust in God gives you a place in Jesus’ Body, the Church, because you’ve seen the Father. You have spiritual gifts and the Holy Spirit that enables you to join with other believers to reflect God to a hurting world.
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”John 14:6-7
Speak to God in your secret room
Take a moment to express to God something you have not been able to tell anyone else. What is one thing you can do today to do his work and build up the church?
Psalm 119:105: Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
Light on my path
Life is truly a journey, but sometimes while on the trip we are faced with turns, stops, and forks in the road where we desperately need God’s divine guidance. In the middle of the indecisive moments in our lives, we must do our part in seeking God’s will.
The word of God is designed specifically for the believer to utilise in reading, studying and meditation regarding any situation. God additionally provides his children with the Holy Spirit to guide us in all truth and revelation concerning our life’s purpose, plan, and assignment. Frustration often occurs when we independently choose our own plans apart from God’s word and the promptings of the Holy Spirit.
John 16:13-14: 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.
Similarly, irritation attempts to creep in when we follow God’s word and heed to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, and change in our situation doesn’t happen instantly. During those waiting periods, I encourage you to wait some more, trust, pray, and praise the LORD because additional guidance and revelation is on the way.
Hebrews 11:6: And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Without faith, it is impossible to please God and sometimes He doesn’t provide the entire picture of your life’s plan, just one pixel at a time. When you feel like you don’t know where to turn, remember God’s word is the light that guides you and illuminates your path.
2 Timothy 3:16-17: 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
God continues to reveal, speak, and guide his children. Be encouraged today and make sure that you are in alignment with his will, word, and way. Then you will begin to notice God’s divine guiding power in your life.
Search me, oh God
Psalm 139:23-2423 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
If we’re not careful, our hearts can become like double-sided tape, picking up slights and hurts with increasing ease. And God is never duped by our outward appearance. He, better than anyone, knows that no human being is exempt from needing to declutter our hearts.
Even David, described as a man after God’s own heart, asked God to examine the contents of his soul in Psalm 139:23-24
His prayer gives us three practical steps to follow in decluttering our hearts.
1 Ask God
David courageously asked God to conduct an internal excavation. This was a brave request considering God knows all things, even that which we hide from ourselves.
And though the combination of our mind, will, and emotions may look like a long overdue garage sale, He is not hesitant to delve inside. He is not repelled by the complexity of our soul. Fully aware of the sum total of who we are, He delights in us.
2 Listen to God
David not only asked, but was prepared to listen to all that God would reveal to him about his heart. This was evident by his asking “See if there is any offensive way in me,”. David wanted to know God’s opinion of who he was at his core.
If we choose, like David, to declutter our hearts, we need to be prepared for what God has to say about us. He may ask us to part with a piece of ourselves we feel intimately connected to. Though it may be difficult, we can rest in the truth that God loves us extravagantly.
He is a master heart pruner, who purges because He knows it will make us better. Gently he persistently prompts us to release the jumbled hodgepodge of clutter we’ve piled up in our hearts. As our Creator, we can trust He has a purpose when He says “Let it go.”
He alone knows what needs to be kept or discarded.
3 Follow God
David ends his Psalm by saying “. . . and lead me in the way everlasting.” If you are like me, sometimes I think I am a shepherd instead of a sheep. Foolishly, I get confused into thinking I can do a better job leading myself; but I can’t.
This is futile because a self-led person is headed for ruin. It is better to be led by God who sees our beginning and our end. If He can speak to the waves and bring peace then he can speak to our cluttered souls and bring order. We must surrender to Him: believing His infinite understanding of who we are is far superior than our finite perspective.
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