From Beth Moore’s ‘Living Beyond Yourself’:
“You must first have peace with God before you can experience the peace of God. You receive peace with God by accepting His gift of grace on Calvary. Christ was uniquely able to bring reconciliation because He is fully God. All God’s fullness dwells in Christ. He accomplished His task through the shedding of His blood on the cross.
Christ Jesus gives us His peace through the Holy Spirit. It is a quality of the fruit of the Spirit. The filling of the Holy Spirit releases the glorious power of His peace.
The key to being filled with the Holy Spirit so that God’s peace may be released within is a mind focused on Him. The peace of God sustains abundant life.”
Here’s some scriptures on peace:
“Peace I leave with you, my peace give I unto you.”
“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
“… He himself is our peace”
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
2 Jn 4:4 = God is my peace
Phil. 4:7 = He has given me peace that passes my understanding
“What if your relationship isn’t as much about you and your spouse as it is about you and God?
-by Carol Heffernan… In ‘Sacred Marriage’, Thomas has not written your typical “how to have a happier relationship” book. Rather, he asks:
- How can we use the challenges, joys, struggles and celebrations of marriage to draw closer to God?
- What if God designed marriage to make us both happy and holy?
- …we can appreciate what God designed marriage to provide: partnership, spiritual intimacy and the ability to pursue God — together.
- The problem with looking to another human to complete us is that, spiritually speaking, it’s idolatry. We are to find our fulfillment and purpose in God
- …God created the husband and wife to steer each other in His direction.
- <“Walk in love” is what Pastor Patsy Perry says often!>
- God designed sexual expression to help married couples build intimacy.
- …if we marry for the glory of God, to model His love and commitment to our children, and to reveal His witness to the world, divorce makes no sense.
…ways to strengthen a floundering relationship — or even encourage a healthy one:
- Focus on your spouse’s strengths rather than their weaknesses.
- Encourage rather than criticize.
- Pray for your spouse instead of gossiping about them.
- Learn and live what Christ teaches about relating to and loving others.
…many newlyweds aren’t adequately prepared to make the transition from seeing one another several times a week to suddenly sharing everything. Odds are, annoying habits and less-than-appealing behaviors will surface. Yet as Christians, we are called to respect everyone — including our spouse. Thomas suggests praying this helpful prayer:
Lord, how can I love my spouse today like (s)he’s never been loved and never will be loved?”
From ‘Humility-the Beauty of Holiness’ – by Andrew Murray
2 Corinthians 12:9-10:
“Most glady therefore will I rather glory in my weaknesses, that the strength of Christ may rest upon me. Wherefore I take pleasure in weaknesses: … for when I am weak then am I strong.”
Thorn in the flesh was sent him to keep him humble.
Paul’s 1st desire was to have it removed, he besought the Lord thrice that it might depart.
The answer came that the trial was a blessing; that in weakness and humiliation it brought, the grace and strength of the Lord could be the better manifested.
Instead of simply enduring it, he most gladly gloried in it; instead of asking for deliverance, he took pleasure in it. He had learned that the place of humiliation is the place of blessing, of power, of joy.
I think about the Kingdom a lot… I want to know more about it… then I came across this gem of info on one of my friend and mentor’s blogs: http://blottyp.wordpress.com/
“Acts 2:45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.
The new converts to Christ on the Day of Pentecost recognized that they had received the Kingdom of God.
Matthew 13:45 “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
Nothing is more valuable than God’s Kingdom.”
I don’t get to go to friends blogs as often as I would like, but everytime I do, I read something wonderful! Thank you fellow-bloggers!
Ever felt REALLY confident about something…
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Been thinking about this off and on for the last few weeks.
God is so good.
Faith is so cool!
1. Joy is the result of realizing that our names are written in heaven.
2. Joy is the result of discovering the person, power, and plan of God in our multitude of circumstance.
3. Joy is the result of restoration.
4. Joy is the result of “remaining” in Christ.
5. Joy is the result of relating God’s way to God’s people.
From Beth Moore’s “Living Beyond Yourself”… may your holiday cheer be REAL!
We’ve all heard,
“Silence is Golden”
Here’s the scripture for it:
“A man of knowledge uses words with restraint,
and a man of understanding is even-tempered.
Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent,
and discerning if he holds his tongue.”
– Proverbs 17:27-28