I Choose To Live In Peace

Dear Friends,
We have finally kicked off the fall season of ministry…. Yes, I know that technically its still summer, but I run my fall season as Sept. thru Nov…..

As we head out for a busy time on the road I want to leave you with some powerful thoughts on Peace….

First of all, as believers we need to realize that God is not mad at us.. In Romans 5:1 it says this ““Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:”
We have Peace with God and need to learn to walk in the Peace of God….

When you need peace, God promises to provide a peace that passes understanding. The best thing you can do when you are filled with anxiety and worry is to find a quiet place to pray, read Scripture, and listen to encouraging worship music. God wants you to have a life lived to the fullest and that includes being at peace!

Also, Its time to distance yourself from those who do not value the anointing of God on your life…. You still love them, Pray for them, help them when and if God gives the open door and you can, but walk consistently with those who build you up in your faith and calling…. Live as much a drama free life as you can in the presence of Jesus… Jesus is so beautiful… He Loves and values you……….

Here are just a few helpful verses on Peace:

2 Thessalonians 3:16 – Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord [be] with you all.

John 16:33 – 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.

Philippians 4:6 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Isaiah 26:3 – Thou wilt keep [him] in perfect peace, [whose] mind [is] stayed [on thee]: because he trusteth in thee.

1 Peter 5:7 – Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

Matthew 5:9 – Blessed [are] the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Romans 12:18 – If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

Matthew 10:34-36 – Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. (Read More…)

1 Peter 3:11 – Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

Romans 15:13 – Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Hebrews 12:14 – Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Psalms 4:8 – I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.

Proverbs 12:20 – Deceit [is] in the heart of them that imagine evil: but to the counsellors of peace [is] joy.

Isaiah 12:2 – Behold, God [is] my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH [is] my strength and [my] song; he also is become my salvation.

1 Corinthians 14:33 – For God is not [the author] of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Make the quality decision today: I Choose To Live in Peace…. You don’t have to be mad and offended to choose to walk with those who appreciate what God is doing in your life and distance yourself from those who create drama and do not really believe in the vision God gave you… Just obey the Word… Pay them little attention except to pray for them. LIVE IN PEACE… Only you can make that choice for your life…

Because this life is all about JESUS you are free to live to please only JESUS and let others do, say, and think what they so desire.. God will send you people who care and who build you up..
No circumstance can steal Gods Peace in you either.. That can be very hard at times but God will give us His precious Grace that leads to His Peace…..

As for Me, I choose to Live in Peace… I choose to allow the circumstances of my life to be used by God for HIS Glory.. I choose to spend my time with the Lord and with those who value what He is doing in my life and ministry… I choose to decrease while Jesus increases in me.. I choose to Glorify God by living a joyful and peaceful, happy life…..
Philippians 4:7 refers to “the peace of God which transcends all understanding.” Most of Paul’s letters began with the words “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Peace is a state of tranquility or quietness of spirit that transcends circumstances. The term peace is described in Scripture as a gift from God and congruent with His character (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Galatians 6:16; 1 Peter 1:2; Hebrews 13:20).

If God is peace, then to know God is to bask in His peace. The closer we draw to Him, the more of His peace we can enjoy (James 4:8). God gives us clear instructions about how to draw near to Him. Psalm 24:3–4 says, “Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.” But Scripture is also clear that we cannot make ourselves clean enough or pure enough to earn the presence of the Lord (Romans 3:10, 23). So how do we draw near enough to experience His peace? 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 hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27). We come into the presence of the Lord through His Son (John 14:6). When we allow Jesus’ death and resurrection to purchase our forgiveness from God, we are counted as righteous (2 Corinthians 5:21). Our sins are forgiven because Jesus already paid the price for them. Only then can we have peace with God (Romans 4:5; 5:1; 1 John 4:10).

When we develop a lifestyle of making the Lord our refuge, we begin to live in the peace of God (Psalm 46:1; 62:8). Psalm 91:1 holds the secret to living in the peace of God: “He that dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.” That secret place in our hearts is where we go to meet with God. When we choose to live there and hide away under His shadow, staying in constant communion with Him, we can remain peaceful, even when circumstances may not be. When we learn to cry out to Him in times of trouble, we find that His peace really does pass all human understanding (Philippians 4:7).
Angie and I love you… see you soon……. ( some attribution to Got Questions)

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a keen observation

I try to be a keen observer, though i often do fall quite short. After watching, listening, and learning: here is what i told a crowd the other night in service……. I would rather have a letter than a dollar bill… I would rather have a phone call than a bank account… The hamburger of a real friend than the steak dinner of a casual enemy… the embrace of an aquaintance overwhelmed with emotion than the indifferent “umm mh” of someone with you a long time… etc. etc. Lets Celebrate life instead of dreading the road ahead of us…. Genuine interest can go a long way in pointing the right direction to those along the way.

More FB Nuggets

It may seem like you’ve been in this storm forever. Look past your troubles and you’ll see your turnaround on the other side of your fears. No storm lasts forever. Nothing lingers past its time. Hold on. God is answering all your prayers……..

Big always starts small. Many always starts with few. Much always starts with little. Any journey always starts with a step. Healing always starts with prayer. And miracles always start when you believe. Never be afraid to…always start…….

Open your eyes and take a good look at your life. In spite of your troubles you have a good life. Stop worrying about what’s not and see all the good that really is. Your life is better than any fairy tale. Be Thankful…….

You woke up this morning with one glowing truth. You’re one day closer to things getting better. You’re one day closer to seeing a turnaround. Shake off those fears. Your breakthrough is so very very near……

When you have reached the place that you can tell God to have it His way instead of your own, you have reached the turning point in prayer. It’s at that point your victory is near……

One of the blights of the modern church is MacDonald faith; Microwave Instant blessings… We often want what we want and we want it now…. I’ve learned through the years that seldom does God operate like that… Oh He can, and sometimes He Does. But often there is a growth process called Wait: I have had to wait and tarry in prayer for the salvation of souls in the meetings (I have no idea how many through the years but over a thousand in the past 3 years, Ah Practice.) I have sometimes had to tarry and wait in His presence for my own personal needs…. Generally I ask no one but the Lord… And He has never let me down!! Waiting on God may be the hardest thing in the world sometimes, but if you think about it, He’s the only one worth waiting on. Trust Him. It’ll be worth your wait…….

The Lamb will rule in the heart of His church! As we daily lay aside self, flesh, offense, and cast all our cares upon Jesus: we reach new plateaus of holiness and Christ likeness.. Together, we grow up into the fullness of Christ and then we see Him as He is more and more.. Together we run faster and grow the gifts He has placed in each us.. This season of Advent we get the realization of the meaning behind it all : We are waiting— He is coming.. wherever you are today; He is coming!!!

Drive Out All Unbelief In The Coming Days

The Lord has been speaking to my heart about the days we are living in. In the next few weeks, please be looking on our blogs for more on this subject.
Let me say for today, that in the months to come be prepared to have your faith tested. It is very important that you drive out, forcibly, all unbelief. You and I are going to need to fully depend on the Lord as never before. We will have to trust God to provide for us during some tough economic times ahead. Remember, His word promises His provision. If you and I will remove all idols of greed from our hearts and drive out all unbelief, we will live in Goshen during the upcoming hard times. There is some sensitive information that I am not sharing with you here at this time, and I will have to pray about just how and when I can share it. But I want you to trust the Lord and give no place to fear. God will take care of His children.

Fear and unbelief will rob you of much needed faith and focus that you are going to need in the coming days. Please, do not believe the soft, pillow prophets that are telling you that all is going well in our world. Folks, we are living in the last days. But truly, that is no cause for fear. Hard times ARE COMING, but God WILL PROVIDE for His children. You have got to know that. Many people, who truly love Jesus, panic in times of crisis. They worry and they fret. Listen, Jesus hears all cries, loud or soft and He invites us to come and dine with Him. In the coming days, you and I must walk closely with Jesus. Trust Him and believe His promises.

Do as David did when he was overwhelmed by circumstances: he encouraged himself in the Lord. Even your best friends or relatives cannot give you the comfort and direction that you need. This is the work of the Holy Spirit. Here is an eternal word for your encouragement; THE LORD WILL NEVER TURN YOU OVER TO THE POWER OF SATAN, our enemy. Read Psalm 31:8 and Psalm 31:24
Really, you and I should spend much time in the whole of Psalm 31.

” Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.” Hebrews 3:12

” And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not ? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” Hebrews 3:18,19

 

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Getting The Doubt Out!

The more we grow up spiritually in the Lord, we become more rooted and grounded in the faithfulness of our God. But sometimes doubt will try to creep in and attack our trust in the Lord. In order for us to not lose ground under the attack of the enemy, we must act decisively. Below are 4 steps that we must take to eliminate doubt.

Matthew 21: 20-22 says, “Seeing this, the disciples were amazed and asked, ” How did the fig tree wither all at once?”. And Jesus answered and said to them, ” Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ” Be taken up and cast into the sea’ it will happen. And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” (NASB)

The first thing we must do when dealing with doubt is to recall God’s past faithfulness, and remember His promises. God has done so much for each of us, we have no reason to think that He won’t help us in what we are going through now. When we spend time praising God for what He has done for us in previous situations, we are reminded of His Love and provision. Meditating on promises from scripture will reassure us that God will continue to meet every one of our needs.
Read Psalm 41:12, John 16:13; Eph. 3:16 for encouragement.

The second thing is that we must ask the Lord for scriptural guidance. The Lord will direct you to certain passages and make them a rhema word to you for your situation. Get these passages from the Lord down into your inner man. Meditate on them and give God thanks and praise for being active in your life. Prayerfully consider how to apply these verses from the Lord to your circumstances.

The third step is to choose to believe God and His promises. We are wise to put our confidence in Him.

And finally, we must place our trust and faith in what Jesus did for us at the Cross of Calvary. That is where the victory was won forever..

Our human nature is what makes us vulnerable to doubt. But we are also partakers of the Divine nature if we are born again.( 2 Peter 1:3-4) So when we choose to trust God, uncertainty cannot shrink our faith.
God bless you.

Proclamation for March 27, 2015

Make this proclamation with me today, will you…… The Rest Of My Life Will Be The Best Of My Life…….. I am Faithful to God, To the Word, To the Blood, and the Word says A Faithful Man Will Abound In Blessings…..( Prov 28:20)…. The blessings of the Lord come in a variety of ways….. IN JESUS NAME……

Sow Happiness and Joy In Your Heart

Galatians 6:7-8King James Version (KJV)

7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Today we live in a world of restlessness and discontentment. When things are going well we tend to be up and when things are rough, well we tend to be down and depressed.
I do not believe that this is Gods best for any of us. Yes we are human and we are but flesh however, the Word says we can reap that which we sow. We Can be content; we can have joy, we can be at peace…. Even in the storms of life. How? By sowing those things; those thoughts, those scriptures into our hearts and by making a quality decision to stand on the Word of God!

When the phrase is used “Soweth To The Spirit” it means to live by the Holy Spirits enabling help in accordance with His prompting and leading, thus cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23…. We cannot force these things to abide in our lives but as we trust the Holy Spirit and stand on the Word, The Holy Spirit will do His work within us which will always produce the promises and the fruit He desires. Our Key is Faith and Choice. Don’t sow to the flesh by talking doubt and depression but instead sow to the Spirit by putting the Word in your mouth.. Even when I hurt inside, the Lord always brings a deep and abiding sense of Joy into my Life.. This is how you and I can reap Life everlasting even now while we live in the body.

So today, irrespective what you are going through and dealing with, find some promises from the Word of the Lord that the Holy Spirit will apply to your situation and then trust the Lord to turn everything that concerns you to your good; according to His plan for you.. You will find Peace, Happiness, and Joy in The Lord alone and little by little, your circumstances will no longer have anything to do with it…..

Then you can say with bold confidence as Paul did:
Philippians 4:11King James Version (KJV)

11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

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