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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Inspired by. . . a safe harbor

 

Do you hesitate to turn on the news, or open a newspaper? Do you think twice about going to the movies, or heavily attended events? Do you find yourself anxious about your financial security, healthcare reform, natural disasters? We live in a turbulent, quickly-changing world.

 

"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud,

blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent,

fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God"

 

The fact is, this world is not our home. And this earth is not eternal. Neither our time here, nor the earth itself will last forever. It was never meant to.

 

"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard,

neither have entered into the heart of man,

the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him."

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SOOC

 

But for now, this is our reality. This world is where we live, work, play.

Exist.

So how do we find peace when our world, either personally, nationally, or internationally {or all three} seems out of control?

 

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace.

In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer;

I have overcome the world."

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Textured with RH West's clarity

 

We can only find true peace, a calm amidst the storm, a safe harbor, in the One who has the power to still the sea with only a word.

 

"And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea,

Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm."

 

His peace He gives freely.

 

"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."

 

As with any gift, we have to accept it, open it, and then use it to receive its benefit.

The gift of Jesus. A life lived in relationship with Him, where we seek to do His will.

 

"...make every effort to add integrity to your faith; and to integrity add knowledge;

to knowledge add self-control; to self-control add endurance; to endurance add godliness;

to godliness add Christian affection; and to

Christian affection add love....   for if you do these things, you shall never fall"

 

A relationship takes two. Although Jesus has done it all with respect to saving your soul, living a blessed, peaceful, joyous life is very much up to you.

 

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Textured with Kim's chase

 

"Blessed are they who keep His testimonies, and who seek Him with the whole heart."

 

It is possible to have peace and joy

in all circumstances.

Try God according to His promises, and

see if He does not open the windows of heaven

for you and flood you with blessings.

 

Shalom שׁלום,

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9 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I'm so thankful for the peace that is mine through Jesus!

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  2. You shared some very powerful WORDS! Thanks and blessings be unto you.

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  3. Dear June
    This is the verse that keeps me sane when we hear all the news of these terrible times! And it is so true; His peace is way and beyond anything this world can offer us!
    Blessings XX
    Mia

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  4. Loved. And I cling to the words. I lean on them, mediate on them. The world is very scary and unsettling. Thank heavens, I have Him! Beautiful post!

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  5. These days certainly do give one pause, but yes, God is in control!

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  6. Loving that cone flower with the frilly center. So pretty.

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