Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
We can feel safe and protected as we surrender our anxious thoughts to God. All we need to do is to make them known to Him. He loves us, and He cares for us, and it is His desire to relieve the mental stress and anxiety that we are carrying. We don’t have to do it on our own, in fact, our own independence can actually hinder us from receiving the help that we need.
In difficult circumstances its hard to be thankful, because we can only think about what is weighing us down. It’s easy to miss God’s care, protection, and provision, as we move forward trying to figure things out. However, we can notice the little things. Those times of God’s grace and mercy where He extends His kindness and gives us room to breathe. If we will just take a moment, then maybe He will show us what we have been missing.
Today, I pray for those who are seeking His peace of mind. The peace of God comes to those who have made peace with God through faith in Jesus Christ. Every believer in Jesus has peace with God. Jesus promised to give us His peace and to leave it with us. It is not something from the world, but from God, for God is the author of peace. It can sustain every believer who trusts in Him. For His peace is beyond comprehension and too marvelous for words. At this time in your life, may His peace rest in your soul. Let it guide the direction of your life. Allow it to transform your mind, calm your heart, and give you hope for your future. Amen.
The title of this post came to me this afternoon. The Holy Spirit said to me: “I will not be forced”, so I am very happy to write this post with Him in mind.
Many years ago, I remember Chuck Swindoll saying: if its part of man’s will it’s forced, but if its part of God’s will it flows. This also reflects scripture for it is not by man’s will, nor by man’s power, but by God’s Spirit, says the LORD Almighty (Zechariah 4:6).
Back in the early 90’s I remember hearing talk of the Holy Spirit moving in our midst. There were even some Christians who referred to the Holy Spirit as an “it” as if He was some kind of force to be controlled by man. When I heard about this, I was deeply grieved to think that the third person of the Trinity could be controlled like some puppet on a string.
In the midst of our challenges, Satan can try to force God to respond, but God has the upper hand. He will not be moved, nor will His foundation – for the solid rock of Jesus Christ – cannot be moved.
So, remember what the Holy Spirit has come to do: to convict us of our sin, convince us of our need for Jesus, to remind us of the judgment to come, to lead us into all truth, and to bear His fruit in and through us. For even Jesus told us that the Holy Spirit will teach us all things and remind us of everything He has said to us (John 14:26).
Please forgive us for thinking that we could ever force you into submission. You are not some genie in a bottle that we can summon at our command. Rather, you are our advocate and our helper whom Jesus has sent to be with us. So, we surrender ourselves to you, and to your leadership. Please help us to fulfill the Father’s will of being conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. We choose to honor you as the Spirit who empowers us to fulfill the great commission of making disciples and baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To God be the glory! Amen.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. (John 15:13)
Today, we honor all of the members of the armed forces who have died in the line of duty. Their own personal sacrifices to defend our country, and to bring us freedom, will always be remembered. These brave soldiers left their own homes, saying goodbye to their families, and fought as one to bring down the strongholds of evil.
Your own Son, Jesus of Nazareth, also laid down His own life. You sent Him into the world as a sacrifice for our own sins. He humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. His sacrifice has brought us peace with God, freedom from condemnation, and a fully restored relationship with you, forever.
May everyone who has laid down their lives for the sake of family, friends, and country be highly honored and always remembered. Their dedication of service, and personal sacrifice, are wonderful reminders of true love. For such love gives for the benefit of another, at such a great cost, always having a profound impact upon the recipients who choose to receive it. Amen.
I pray for the mother’s who are struggling with the issue of abortion. May they seek your counsel and choose your desire for their lives. You have created and knitted together the baby in their womb. You see how both mother and baby intimately know each other, and how they are fearfully and wonderfully made. You also know that a mother can never forget the baby at her breast, for she has compassion on the child she has borne; in like manner, you will never forget them.
For those who have had an abortion, I pray for your comfort during their time of sorrow. May your presence help them in the midst of their pain and despair. Draw near to them, help them with their loss, and fill the void in their hearts with your immense love. As they move forward, speak your life back into the heart of every daughter, help them to experience the depth of your forgiveness, and the richness of your own compassion through your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.