Peace is something we all long for, but it isn't something that just happens, we need to seek it in all of the right places. Please join me in the search.

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Thankful

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5: 18 NIV

This scripture doesn't just apply to the holiday we call Thanksgiving. It is something that is learned as we grow and mature in the Lord.

I remember the first time this verse really had an impact on me. I was a brand new Christian and my life was a mess. I was in the process of a nasty divorce, trying to raise three children with no child support or help from anyone. When I read those words, I felt like asking God how He could expect me to thank Him for all this mess and unbearable pain. My pastor assured me that no matter what, we need to give thanks. It was difficult, but I prayed and told the Lord that I want to be obedient, but I just didn't know how to thank Him for this. In the months and years that followed, I grew tremendously in my walk with the Lord.
That was many years ago. I survived that difficult time and there was a season of what I considered to be a season of blessings. Just as seasons change, our circumstances change. Sometimes for what we consider good and sometimes for what we consider bad. And just when we have learned a lot in the Lord, we find that we still have so much more to learn.

The last few years of my life have been very challenging. Due to chronic illness and pain, my life is no longer as it was. But, thank God, I have grown and matured in the Lord so that no matter what is happening and no matter how much pain I am in, I can still thank God for His love and His mercy to carry me through the hard times. I have learned that it is in the hard times that I can lean on Him and be in peace.

Father, not just on Thanksgiving, but everyday, help us to be truly thankful for all that You have done for us and all than You are yet to do in and for us. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright (C)Pam Wilson 2004

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Blessings

Matthew 5:3 AMP Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous--with life-joy and satisfaction in God's favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the hu mble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Of all of the translations of the Bible, the Amplified Bible is my first pick. I have worn out several copies.

As I was reading this afternoon, I came to Matthew Chapter 5 verse 3, and I began to wonder how many people can testify that they identify completely with this verse. I don't yet, but I want to. The world pumps into us that happiness is money, posssessions, prestige, owning the most expensive home, car, clothing, etc. People of the world are focused on one person and it isn't Jesus. Society is being told to have self-confidence, self-esteem. (There is a balance to be reached). Everything is focused on ME, ME, ME.

If we live by the world's standards, we will never have peace, because we will always want more. But if we surrender our hearts and lives to Jesus, the One who loves us so much, He will begin a work in us and we will come to a place where the things of the world won't matter to us anymore, and Jesus will mean everything to us.

Copyright (C)Pam Wilson 2004

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Thursday, November 11, 2004

Settle You Down

And The peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7 NKJV

Peace can mean different things to different people. To some it neams quiet, no arguing or fighting, no shouting (referring to the legal definition of disturbing the peace). To others, it may mean that there are no problems to deal with and everything is going well. But the peace that Paul is referring to in Phillipians is a spritual peace, something that we cannot even define with words. I like what the Message Bible says in the same verse. Before you know it, a sense of God's wholeness, everything coming together for good. will come and settle you down. It's wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worries at the center of your life.(Phil 4:7). Notice that it says, "will come and settle you down". So that leads us to think that there will be times when we struggle with worry. These verses are telling us that no matter how much noise and agitation is going on around us, no matter how many things are going wrong, we can experience God's peace.

Father, help us to begin to understand what true peace is. May we seek Your face and study Your Word. As we grow in our relationship with You, we will grow and one day we will begin to comprehend true peace. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Copyright (C)Pam Wilson 2004

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Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Come

Matthew 11:28 AMP Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy- laden and over-burdened and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls].

1 Peter 5:7 AMP Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns,once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you.

Matt 6:34AMP So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.

I woke up this morning with these three scriptures going through my head and they spoke so many things to me. He said for us to come to Him, seek Him and His will rather than laboring in vain for our own agendas. Our agendas won't bring us peace.

We're to cast ALL of our cares on Him. We need to lay down all of our worries and fears. He never meant for us to carry the loads we inflict upon ourselves

We need to learn and discipline ourselves to live on day at a time. We miss the blessings of this day because we're fretting over yesterday or tomorrow. We can't get yesterday back and we're not guaranteed tomorrow. Matthew 6:34 says that each day brings a new set of problems, so each day we need to cast our cares on Him.

Father, please help each of us to take this message and apply it to ourselves and our lives. We all long for peace and we want to rest in You. In Jesus' name. Amen

Copyright(C) Pam Wilson 2004

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Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Rest

Psalm 139:3 NLT You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am.

When I am getting ready for a road trip, I always get out the atlas or use the internet for directions. If I have a specific destination in mind, it would be foolish of me to just get in the car and go, not knowing which way is the right way. The same thing can apply to our walk with the Lord. We need to look at the chart the Lord has provided for us in His Word. He has our life charted out for us because He loves us and wants what is best for us.

Stopping and resting are important parts of the trip. Men seem to be focused on one thing when on a trip. They want to get there as quickly as possible. Women tend to want to take breaks and at night, most women want to stop and get a motel room. In God's plan for each of us, He tells us where to stop and rest. God invented rest the same week that He created the world. He knows that rest is something we all need. It is difficult to experience peace if we don't rest.

Copyright(C) Pam Wilson 2004