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Perfect Peace, Guaranteed

Perfect Peace

In our lives which getting difficult day by day, there are many people lose their peace. We are living in hard and difficult situation that could raises pressure to us. We could easily got stress, depression, worry and fear. And it all will quickly seize our peace. Life become bitter, we loosing smile from our face, we have unstable emotion and become like dynamite that could explode easily, and many other bad things. The question is… Is this God wants from us? No! God wants us full of peace which bring joyful in our lives. If God wants it, what can make us still have peace?  In fact, God even has been providing for each of us who believe in Him.

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

(Isaiah 26:3)

Bible verse above was clearly explained that God will guard every people who clinging to Him, and people who believe in Him peacefully.  Amplified Bible version said as follows:

You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.

In the other passage Isaiah said:

The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.

 (Isaiah 32:17)

If we read this verse carefully, we will found a correlation between God’s word righteousness with peace and quietness. We will be difficult to live with stress, fear and worries. But for the believers, for God’s child who always want live with totally put trust in God’s hand will have peace that gives us quietness and peace. It is one thing that cannot be bought with money. And it is not come from a condition but it is only from God and His righteousness.

Actually, the truly peace is only from God. It means, God can grant peace and serenity to anyone that has steadfast heart to relying on God. That is the basis to receiving the peace that comes from God and is not dependent on the circumstances we are experiencing at this time. Jesus Said:

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)

That’s the promise of Jesus, and when he had promised, of course it definitely be fulfilled. In the one of his introduction letter, Peter said:

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2)

Knowing God and Jesus will make us endowed with grace and peace.

Thoughts and feelings is one of our weak points to watch out for. When we continue to think how hard our problems, just focus on difficulties, stress, anxiety, and think negatively, it all can poison our minds even then slowly but sure we will lose our peace. Very ironic if we were believe in God but still haunted by thoughts and feelings like that. As Paul said, we must focus our minds on Jesus as the source of peace.

…..and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5b)

God provides peace and quietness for us. And it will enable us to face all the problems of life without losing the joy. We just need strong faith to trust and obey in God with wholeheartedly. There is no God’s promise that not be fulfilled. There will always be a difficult situation in our lives, but we will always remain calm if trusting in God. He has a wonderful plan to each step of our lives, and God give us guarantees that everything is perfect! Be still in His ways, walk according to His will, and accept the perfect peace that comes from God. Let’s Keep in God’s perfect peace. Amen

My dear readers, few times ago I was asking my sister in Christ Sue Nash to write a poem for me and now I will end this post with her beautiful, strengthen and comforting poem to ponder together. Thank you very much for your beautiful poem, my dear sis Sue. God Bless you always.

Perfect Peace, Guaranteed

If in God, we would just trust,
Our fears wouldn’t have free reign.
Worry and doubt would bite the dust,
Frowns and fretting would not remain.

If for God, we would obey,
This life wouldn’t take its toll.
Thorns and snares would be kept at bay,
Help and blessings would soon unfold.

If to God, we would just cling,
Our problems wouldn’t overwhelm.
Hope and joy would make our heart sing,
Rest and comfort would be our realm.

If on God, our minds would stay,
No trouble would make us flee.
Storms and threats would not make afraid,
Perfect peace would be guaranteed.

By Sue Nash/ © 2014

Karina – Living by Faith

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No Anxiousness in God

No anxiousness in God

Every day, in daily lives many people in this world are filled with unknown circumstances. They don’t know what today or tomorrow will bring. There are so many things that we can speculate on that might cause anxiety. This can cause worry or anxiety. I am interested to write my thought about this issue because many of my friends asked me to write about it.

Anxiety is a feeling that comes over us all from time to time.  Where does it come from?  Why do we experience it?  The Bible has some clear, truthful insight on this.  Let’s dive into the scripture.

God commands us to not be anxious. Let’s we take a look in this Bible verse: “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.” (Luke 12:22-23) A real, genuine faith requires us to actually believe that God will provide for us.  When we take the focus off of us and what we can do, it makes trusting in God and what He can do much easier.  Anxiety is all about us and nothing about God.  That is why we are commanded to stop being anxious.  God has a plan for every step of our life.  Anxiety is only a stumbling block and a hindrance to walking on the path that God has set for us.

Anxiety and worry are tools that the Devil has used throughout history to hinder God’s people from moving.  I choose the story of Moses to describe this statement.

When God appeared to Moses in the burning bush, He asked Moses to go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt. (Exodus 3:10)  First of all, this was God physically speaking to Moses.  We think that would have been enough for Moses to obey.  Moses’ response is, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11)  Moses was worried that he was not going to be able to accomplish this task because he was a “nobody”.  Further on in Exodus 3:14-21, God tells His game-plan to Moses about how Moses will come out victorious.  Still Moses was doubtful and anxious about it all.  Moses says, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice.” (Exodus 4:1)  Then God gives Moses 2 signs to show that He is Almighty God and nothing can stop His will.  He makes Moses’ staff turn into a serpent and then turn back into a staff again. (Exodus 4:3-4)  Then God makes Moses’ hand leprous and then restores his hand to normal. (Exodus 4:6-7)  After these two signs and more explanation from God, Moses says, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” (Exodus 4:10) God then reassures Moses that he will be OK because God will teach him what to speak. (Exodus 4:12)  Moses then speaks his most anxious reply to God, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” (Exodus 4:13)  Moses was focused on himself, instead of focusing on God.  That is why he was so anxious and worried.  Had he enough faith to believe God and move, this whole ordeal would not have happened.  Of course God still accomplished His will and Moses did deliver the Israelites out of the hands of Pharaoh.

In the case of Moses, Satan used fear, anxiety and worry to get the best of them.  This is why so many Christians today aren’t moving where God wants them to go.  Don’t worry about anything if we are feeling God telling us to move.  If God wants us to take a step in any direction, He already has our path set before us.  All we have to do is walk on the path He has set.  He will take care of us.  Give God us worries in prayer and let Him lead us.

Anxiety is not productive. Anxiety is only a stumbling block and a hindrance to walking the path that God has set for us. “And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?” (Matthew 6:27; Luke 12:25). According some psychology books that I read anxiety does not add anything good to our life, including longer life.  Actually, anxiety and stress have many negative effects on the body from high blood pressure and heart attacks, migraines and sleeplessness, also can lead to worse certain symptoms or diseases.

Anxiety and worry causes one to ‘not hear God’s still small voice.’ If you worry, and not give your cares unto God, you will miss His voice telling you what to do. We are to give all of our cares unto Him, and if we worry about things in how to make them better, He will allow us to ‘try’, until we realize there is nothing that we can do to make it better. WE cannot do anything in our own abilities. (Great suggestion from Apostle of Jesus Christ Solael ) (solaelministrieschruchwithoutwalls.org)

Anxiety is nothing but trouble.  Try to avoid it whenever possible.  We are commanded to not be anxious, anxiety is a tool of Satan, and our health is in danger when we stay anxious for extended periods of time.  Whatever problems arise, remember that if God brings us to it, He will bring us through it.  God bless us as we live a life worthy of the calling! Amen.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)

Karina

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The Mystery of Prayer

The Mystery of Prayer
Beyond that which words can interpret
Or theology can explain
The soul feels a “shower of refreshment”
That falls like the gentle rain

On hearts that are parched with problems
And are searching to find the way
To somehow attract God’s attention
Through well-chosen words as they pray,

Not knowing that God in His wisdom
Can sense all man’s worry and woe
For there is nothing man can conceal
That God does not already know…

So kneel in prayer in His presence
And you’ll find no need to speak
For softly in silent communion
God grants you the peace that you seek.

Unknown.

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Stop our Worries

Dont worryWhen we feel that things are out of our control we tend to worry but how do you stop worrying?  Most of the awful things we imagine will happen never do. We can be thankful for that.

We should understand that worrying never helps a situation get better. Worrying sends a message to ourselves and those around us that we are helpless and have nowhere to turn. However, as a Christian, we believe that God has everything in His control. If He really does, and we really believe that, then we have nothing to worry about. We only need to trust that God will take care of everything according to His plan.

Here are 7 tips from the Bible to help us stop worrying.

Pray To Stop Worrying

Philippians 4:6, 7 “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

These wonderful verses tell us to not be filled with care or worry, but to trust God in prayer. Stop worrying by taking your requests to Him. There is nothing wrong with having concern over matters and sharing that with God and with others so that you can pray.

Often in prayer you will hear people asking God for peace in a situation. Why do we need peace? Because without the hope we have in God we would be filled with worry. Paul tells us in these verses we can trade our worry for peace through prayer.

Be Thankful

In the above verses to the Philippians, Paul says that another aspect of getting rid of worry is to be thankful. Be thankful for the things you have. Don’t dwell on those things you cannot control.

Paul indicates that there is nothing wrong with taking your questions and concerns to God. But we should not go to Him out of anger and demand that He work everything out the way we want. We should humbly go to Him in prayer, with a thankful heart, and ask Him to give us that peace that will open our minds to understand and accept His plan.

Think on Good Things

Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

Just after Paul’s comments about worry he says that we should think on good, godly things. When we focus on positive and wholesome events, memories, plans, etc., then it is hard to be worried about everything else.

Holy Spirit Can Bring Peace

John 14:26, 27 “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

In John 14 Jesus is explaining to the disciples where He is going and that He will return. In the meantime the Holy Spirit of God will come and indwell the believers. This was something new to the people of Jesus’ day. They did not have the Holy Spirit living within them like we do as believers today.

One of the names of the Holy Spirit that Jesus often used was Comforter. As a comforter the Holy Spirit can help take your cares and ease them. That doesn’t mean we never have concern for things, but we don’t worry like we would if we didn’t trust that God was in charge. The Holy Spirit is our companion to remind us that God has control.

Trust God’s Strength

Psalm 27:1-3 “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.”

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

Life was a lot less scary (and worrisome) when we were kids and we had parents who were bigger and stronger than us. When we had problems we could go to them and they would say that they would take care of it. We have a God that wants to do that for us today. Will you take your concerns to Him and rely on His strength? He is waiting to take that burden from you.

Worry is Not from God

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

Fear that we have is not from God. Understand that the basis of your worry ultimately comes back to the fact that you are not trusting God. God wants us to stop worrying and not to be afraid.

Remember that God Cares For You

1 Peter 5:6, 7 “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

God cares for you and me. He wants to take our problems and resolve them. Isn’t it frustrating for us as parents to see our children struggling with a problem, but they won’t listen to us on how to solve it? They come to us and tell us things are wrong, yet when we offer a solution they take the problem back and try to solve it on their own. It makes us hurt for their sakes. What are we doing to God when we worry? When we tell Him we want His help, but then we take the problem back and try to shoulder it ourselves?

I have a friend that says she gets worried when she has nothing to worry about. I know she is joking when she says that, but the truth is we often do the same thing. Worry and anxiety becomes a habit. In some way it gives us comfort, yet it is not healthy and it shows a lack of faith.

When you are tempted to worry or stress remind yourself that worry is a lack of faith in God. When you can trust that God has a perfect plan, then you will be able to stop worrying.

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

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