Praise, peace, and the chosen

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

What images come up for you when you hear the word “peace”?  For me peace means the absence of fear- the beach, my pets, my children, and flowering plumeria swirl around my mind when I think of the word peace. God created all of those things that represent peace to me.

“Be on  the lookout for everything I have prepared for you: stunning scenery, bracing winds of adventure, cozy nooks for resting when you are weary, and much more. I am your Guide, your constant Companion. I know every step of the journey ahead of you, all the way to heaven.” Sarah Young: Jesus Calling

Peace is the absence of fear and if God is leading the journey and knows every step of it all the way to heaven there is no reason to fear. And if in fear we hang our heads and focus on the path we’ll miss all of the blessings along the way- we can’t be on the lookout for the blessings unless we are watchful: head up and eyes forward.

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2

Prayer drowns out fear and echos peace. Colossians 4:2 is like the navigation system or mapquest for the journey. Pray, watch for blessings, and give thanks that God knows every step of the journey all the way to heaven.

PRAISE CHANGES THINGS

“Nothing so pleases God in connection with our prayer and our praise, and nothing so blesses the man who prays as the praise which he offers. I got a great blessing once in China in this connection. I had received bad and sad news from home, and deep shadows had covered my soul. I prayed, but the darkness did not vanish. I summoned myself to endure, but the darkness only deepened. Just then I went to an inland station and saw on the wall of the mission home these words “Try Thanksgiving.” and I did, and in a moment every shadow was gone, not to return. Yes, the psalmist was right, “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord.” -Rev. Henry W. Frost

GOD CHOSE US

The comradeship of God is made up out of men who know their poverty. He can do nothing with the man who thinks that he is of use to God. As Christians we are not out for our own cause at all, we are out for the cause of God, which can never be our cause. We do not know what God is after, but we have to maintain our relationship with Him whatever happens. We must never allow anything to injure our relationship with God; if it does get injured we must take time to put it right. The main thing about Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship we maintain and the atmosphere produced by that relationship. That is all God asks us to look after, and it is the one thing that is continuously assailed. -Oswald Chambers

The awareness of God’s presences energizes us for our work. It is awesome what happens when you are aware of God’s presence in your life. There is no limitation to what you can do as long as it is within His will.  Don’t degrade or devalue yourself because of events in your past. God has something important for you to do. He is interested in working in your life. – Walking With God: Life Principle #4

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