Friday, February 28, 2014

Real Peace

Real Peace as revealed in Philippians 4:1-9

Previous posting was on P - PRAYER.  Adding on that subject I heard Dr. Tony Evans message on the radio where he indicated, Prayer is a demonstration of our Dependence on God, and while God knows what we will ask, He still wants us to ask before he will answer.

This week the letter E of PEACE:

E          Expectation – that word is not specifically used here, but it is implied in  v5  "The Lord is near."   The word that Paul uses here has a dual concept of nearness in terms of spatial distance (as in the presence of the Lord) and nearness in terms of time (as in when the Lord returns).  Thus with the knowledge that both of these facets are true, there is less for the believer to be anxious about, because he or she is not alone in whatever they are facing.  The Footprints picture and story serves as a reminder for us of the truth that when we feel alone, in reality we’re not.  The Lord knows, the Lord understands and He is acting as He knows best.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Real Peace

Real Peace begins with:

P          v6 Prayer is a vital part of experiencing the peace of God.  Prayer is something that is                easier to talk about than it is to actually do, at least as God desires.    For most of us                    it’s:
·         an event - something we know we’re supposed to do;
·         something we expect when we go to church or act spiritual;     
·         a spiritual 911 call (use for emergencies only).  

 But God desires prayer to be a state of being (as automatic and natural for us as breathing or our heart beating).   If we’re honest, most of us use prayer to remind God about some things we want or think are important.  But a God who knows everything doesn’t forget, and doesn’t need to be reminded.  So then why is prayer so important?  Because God uses it to remind us of what is important to Him, and He causes us to think about how we might be involved.  It’s been said that Prayer changes things.  It really doesn’t change things, but it definitely changes those who pray and has the potential to bring about a change in those that we pray for. Plus, our Father wants his kids to stay close to Him and to know our Heavenly Father is there for us.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Real Peace

Would you like to know and experience Real Peace?  It’s something that’s very elusive in this world of ours but something we’d all like to have.   First let’s begin by recognizing that it’s something we cannot possibly achieve on our own.  And consider, based on the Genesis chapter 4, it didn’t exist when there were only 4 people in the world in a single family unit.  If it wasn’t possible with 4, how can it be possible for 7 billion people?   In future postings the letters of the word PEACE will be used as an acronym to remind of the peace God promises.  Look up Philippians 4:4-9 in preparation for the future posts. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014


It's your choice to become a Son or Daughter of God and to spend eternity with Him in heaven.
How?  It's as simple as ABCD:

A – Rom. 3:23 ALL have sinned and fall short of God’s standard of perfection

            But now God has shown us a way to be made right with him without keeping the 
            requirements of the law, as was promised in the writings of Moses and the prophets 
            long ago.  We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And 
            this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are.   For everyone has 
            sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.   (Rom 3:21-23 NLT)

B – Acts 16:31  BELIEVE in the Lord Jesus Christ and You will be Saved 

Then he brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”   They
replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in 
your household.”  And they shared the word of the Lord with him and with all who
 lived in his household.    (Acts 16:30-32  NLT)

C – Rom. 10:9  CONFESS and Accept the Forgiveness God offers you.

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that 
God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your 
heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth
that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never 
be disgraced. Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same               
Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For “Everyone who calls on the 
name of the Lord will be saved.”    (Rom 10:9-13  NLT)               

D – 2 Cor. 6:2  DO it now.

As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness 
and then ignore it. For God says,  “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of 
salvation, I helped you.”  Indeed, the "right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.   
(2 Cor. 6:1-2   NLT)