Isaiah 26: 3, said, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Focus on God, and He will keep you in perfect peace, because if you stay focused on God, you will trust Him; which is the main thing.
Philippians 4: 6-7: Tex’s paraphrase: “Don’t worry about anything, but with an attitude of gratitude, tell God what you need, and leave it in His hands. Then His peace, the peace that gives you comfort and rest, the peace that passes all understanding, will guard and protect your hearts and your thoughts through Christ Jesus.”
“Don’t worry about anything.” In Matthew 6:34, KJV Jesus says, “Take no thought for the morrow.” Liberally translated that’d be “Don’t worry”, but Tex’s paraphrase would be “Don’t even think about tomorrow AT ALL.” That’s what Phil 4:6-7, starts out saying as well, “Don’t worry about anything, don’t even think about it.” God wants us to turn all our problems over to Him, not even think about them anymore, just let Him take care of them. Continue reading
How can you tell if people are Christians? There are several things:
1] They love one another. 2] They trust God and surrender to Him daily. 3] They seek God’s will, and His Power, and His direction in their lives. 4] They bear fruit – a] Fruits of the Spirit b] Fruits of more disciples 5] They read, study and memorize the Bible. 6] They pray for themselves and others, they meditate on God’s Word and they listen for God. 7] They tell what they’ve seen and heard about what God is doing in their lives and in the lives of others. (They just can’t help it.) 8] They are ready to give a reason for the hope that is in them. 9] They know, be, make and teach others to make, disciples (followers) of Jesus. 10] They gather themselves together regularly to worship God and encourage each other.
Might be a good idea to compare ourselves to this list periodically, to see how we’re doing. None of us are doing all the right things all the time, but it’s God’s will that we continually grow and develop as Christians by the power and the grace of His Holy Spirit. (Sometimes you run into someone who exhibits the love and peace of Jesus in their personal demeanor, and even though they don’t say it in so many words, you just know they have to be followers of the King.)
Two things to remember: 1] This is not a comprehensive list of things Christians do (LOL); it’s just a good place to start; and 2] What this is really all about is having a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ our Lord, and being more like Him every day.
Prayer 1] Listen for God. Meditate on His Word. Apply the revelations you get to your life. Prayer 2] Don’t worry. Give your problems to God; trust Him; get peace. Like Phil. 4:6-7. Prayer 3] Trouble? Pray. Sick? Pray for each other so that you may be healed. God can and will fix it. Pray together, pray separately, pray for each other, pray for those who depend on you. Like James 5:13-20. Continue reading
You know, every day with Jesus really IS sweeter than the day before; but sometimes the cares of this world just get you down. There is too much to do and not enough time to do it all in. The bills are more than the income and lots of people standing in line waiting for their part. You’re tired, exhausted, and you get depressed from all the toxins in your system caused by the fatigue. There’s nothing you’d like better than to have one whole day just to sleep, and maybe another day to get organized, but all this stuff is still there demanding attention. What do we do? Continue reading
In Philippians 4:6-8, Paul says, “Be anxious for nothing, (don’t worry) but in everything by prayer . . with thanksgiving, . . [ask for what you need]; and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. . . ., whatever things are true, noble, just, pure, lovely, . . [worth knowing], whatever is virtuous and worthy of being praised—meditate on these things.” (Tex’s paraphrase)
So what is this passage about, really? Continue reading
Matt. 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [and daughters] of God.
“Blessed are the pure in heart.” Is there anybody out there who is really pure in heart? I don’t know. But I do know I have met very few. And the few I’ve met have been little old people who have long ago given up thinking they’re somebody; given up any illusions of how great they are; surrendered their whole hearts to God; and God has poured a full dose of His purity into them. Pure, unadulterated, whole, entire, love. All about God, none about them. That’s humble.
“Blessed are the peacemakers.” Why them? Why does God bless them? Maybe it’s because in order to be a peacemaker, you have to know how to be humble. You have to attribute the best motives to both sides, in order to find the middle ground of peace. Maybe it’s because you can’t be the “ruler” and expect either side to genuinely agree to peace. Maybe peace only comes from God (really), and if you’re going to “make peace”, you’re going to have to get your self and all of the self-ish stuff out of the way, because that’s the only way God can or will use you to “make peace”. Did you ever think about the word “selfish”? We always think it means an attitude of possession, usually of property, stuff, things. But “self-ish” really is a lot more about me having my way. Not just about stuff, but more about control. My ball, my game, my goal posts, my way. If you don’t do things my way, then I’m not going to play with you anymore. I’m just going to pack my stuff and go home. Not much humility in that, is there?
Like it has been said before, if you want to be like Jesus, you have to be humble. Jesus was the same Person about Whom Paul said, in Philippians 2:5-8: “Let this mind, [this attitude] be in you that was in Christ Jesus, . . . who, being found as a man, . . humbled himself and became a servant [a slave] . . and was obedient unto death, even death on a cross.” So if you want to be pure in heart, so pure that you see God; if you want to be a peacemaker, so that you’re called a son [or daughter] of God; then you have to Be Like Jesus; and part of what that means is to be humble.