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May 23, 2017

Our Father God is the author of peace.

1.  Our Father God is the author of peace. "Now the God of peace be with you all, Amen." (Romans 15:33).

2.  Jesus Christ, the Son, is called the Prince of Peace. "And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6).

3.  His peace is still available for you.  "...of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end" (Isaiah 9:7).

4.  Jesus died on the cross and paid for your peace. He took the punishment for you. "...the chastisement for our peace and well being was upon Him, and with the stripes that wounded Him we are healed and made whole."

5.  The Peace of God is a gift to you. Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27).

6.  The Holy Spirit can give you an Anointing of Peace. "For the Kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit" (Romans 14:17).

7.  We are to be peacemakers and live in peace. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the Sons of God" (Matthew 5:9). "And let the peace fo God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body: and be thankful" (Colossians 3:15).

8.  Receive his Anointing of Peace. "Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you (and set you apart for service) completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (I Thessalonians 5:23).

May 15, 2017

How do you handle sudden problems? Who do you run to for help? The disciples found themselves in a unique situation. They were in a boat with the miracle worker Jesus. They had just spent the day watching Jesus heal the sick and then witnessed an evening healing crusade. 

 

I am sure they were ready for some rest and peace. But, the Bible gives another story that brought great fear. "And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with waves. But He (Jesus) was asleep," (Matthew 8:23-27). The disciples did what anyone else would have done. They awoke the Master and said, "Lord, save us! We are perishing! (We are going to drown!)

 

"But He said to them, Why are you so fearful, O you of little faith?" Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea. And there was a great calm."


I like Mark's writing from Mark 4:39, "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." Isn't is wonderful that even in the middle of a storm, you can still have peace if Jesus is in your boat!

May 8, 2017
I'm always amazed by the "suddenly stories" in the New Testament. We find that God often moves unexpectedly and greets us with unforeseen events and plans.

 

I like the story from Acts 2:2,4. "And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as a rushing mighty wind and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance."

 

I love the surprise moves of God. He is like the wind. The Holy Spirit moves as He wishes and He is the One Who brought our spiritual birth by His renewing and transforming power.

 

We find another great unexpected event in Acts 16:26, "Suddenly there was a great earthquake so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were loosed."


In this story we find that Paul and Silas were in prison. They had cast a spirit of divination out of a girl who was a fortune-teller. In verse twenty five, we read that Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God at midnight. As all the prisoners were listening, suddenly God's power caused a chain reaction and brought release to Paul and Silas.

 

In these verses, we find a key to solve problems in our life. These believers prayed and worshipped God in song in the midst of difficult circumstances. The result - doors were opened and chains were loosed!
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