Well that is exactly what the Bible says is possible. But it is so hard—oh my my my it is so hard to give it all to God—to completely hand it all over to our caring Lord and totally dismiss the terror and panic that we sometimes or maybe often feel. I know the struggle first hand. I heard a definition of fear in a movie that has stayed with me: “False evidence appearing real”. This is particularly relevant to Christians because that is exactly how the devil wants us to view those disquieting situations. He grabs ahold of those fears making them even more unreasonable and uses them against us in the most forceful way, trying to keep us from trusting the Father. But dear friend open your heart wide and let your mind soak up the following message.
Philippians 4:6,7 “Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].” Amplified Bible (AMP)
I love the words “anything” and “everything” in this Scripture. Talk about all inclusive. Anything means whatever is troubling us—from the seemingly most insignificant to the most paramount. Everything means the small, the big, the medium, those things that might seem inconsequential to another person—all are important to our Heavenly Father. Remember Jesus saying that the hairs on our head are numbered? (I think these days it takes Him less time to count mine—LOL). But seriously if something that minor is important to the Lord, for sure the issues that trouble our being, bring tears, shortness of breath—those are definitely at the top of His priority list. Why is it we know and accept exactly what these words mean in any other context but are reticent to give them full acknowledgment when it comes to bringing our needs to the Throne of Grace?
Then Paul uses the phrase “specific requests”. God does not want us to come to Him with generalizations. He wants to hear exactly what we need from Him. Envision our gracious Father standing with His arms outstretched saying, “Yes my child. Was there something you wanted to visit with me about? Just ask Me—I am waiting to help you.”
Observe that Paul says “that peace which stands guard over your heart (emotions) and mind (intellect)”. There is a reason it says both. In order to have true peace it requires both emotions and intellect. I have often read that we should not let our emotions run away with our heads—that because emotions are affected by our circumstances we need to let our heads bring our emotions into reasonableness, etc. And there is truth to that. But this Scripture states that BOTH our emotions and reason can feel peaceful.
Note the prayer and petition comes first THEN “with thanksgiving”—in other words we make our requests and thank God at the same time as we are asking, for answering the prayer. Of course the thanksgiving also includes the good blessings we already have.
Interestingly enough just a few verses down from admonishing us to not be anxious, the Apostle Paul (who wrote this passage as a part of his letter to the church in Philippi) adds in verse 19, “ And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Amplified Bible) Umm this could certainly be one of the reasons we are wasting our time with worry and concern—what d’ya think.
I leave you to ponder this: I Peter 5:7 “Casting the whole of your care–all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all–on Him; for He cares for you affectionately, and cares for you watchfully.”
Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. The Lord God is my strength, and He will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and He will make me to walk upon mine high places. Habakkuk 3:17-19
Habakkuk expressed his frustration and dismay at the way things were going in his beloved nation. Truly, it was God’s nation, for He had called the Hebrews to Himself centuries ago.
Yet here is the conclusion Habakkuk comes to: “I will joy in the God of my salvation. God the Lord is my strength.” Here’s where we must arrive: “The Lord is my strength. He will make my feet like hinds’ feet. He will make me to walk upon my high places.”
Habakkuk began by asking, “Why? Why, Lord, why?” God never did answer why. He just said, “I’m going reveal Who: It is I. I am your strength. I will make you like a sure-footed gazelle, and you can live on your high places.”
If you’re saved, if you know the Lord, it doesn’t matter if gasoline goes to $5 a gallon or if Wall Street hits bottom. If you know the Lord Jesus Christ, it doesn’t matter if they take away your fine house. The Bible says: “You can rejoice in the Lord your God!” Remember God’s greatness. Rejoice in God’s goodness. Rely on God’s grace.
For nothing is secret that shall not be made manifest; neither anything hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. Luke 8:17
I read an account of Michelangelo’s painting the Sistine Chapel. He was in a spot out of everyone’s view. Someone said to him, “Forget that area; nobody can see it anyway.” But Michelangelo replied, “I know it’s there.”
King David prayed, “Who can understand his errors [omissions, mistakes]? Cleanse Thou me from secret [unconscious, unintended] faults” (Psalm 19:12)
People make false assumptions when they think they’ve gotten away with something. Through the years I’ve spoken with men and women who travel a lot, and in almost every hotel, R-rated and X-rated films are available. “Nobody’s in here but me,” they say. Are you sure? Jesus is in that room. “Then said He unto me, ‘Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? For they say, “The Lord seeth us not; the Lord hath forsaken the earth.”’” (Ezekiel 9:12).
Be faithful in the secret things. Who you are in dark when nobody else knows, that’s who you really are. Let me give you a test of your character. What would you do, either good or bad, if you knew nobody else would ever know? That reveals your true character.
Isaiah 29:15 says, “Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord, and their works are in the dark, and they say, ‘Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?’”
Do you struggle with the secret sins of the flesh? Make this verse your prayer: “Cleanse Thou me from secret faults.”
What do we think of when we hear the word victory? For the serviceman, it means winning a war, often with bloodshed as a trophy. For the addict, it means conquering the desire to hurt themselves physically, morally, and spiritually. For the policeman, it means that a crime has been solved and the criminal is punished. For the fireman, it means that the flames are extinguished and lives are saved.
But, as noble and important as these things are, to those of us who are convicted of our sins and desire peace with God, victory is when we surrender to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and death, hell, and the grave hold no place for us for eternity. We are made free from the grip of the devil and have an ever-present Friend who will guide and protect us from the wiles of the enemy. Romans 10: 9-10 says: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that god hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”(KJV) We can ask Him to save, cleanse, and forgive us by the blood He shed on our behalf on the cross.
We can sing with the redeemed the old hymn:
“Oh Victory in Jesus, my Savior forever, He sought me and bought me with His redeeming blood. He loved me ere I knew Him, and all my love is due Him. He plunged me to victory, beneath the cleansing flood.” (Public Domain)
Victory for the child of God is based upon the fact of salvation found only in Christ.
Jesus is promised victory over death, hell, and the grave (Isaiah 53:12)
Through Jesus, we overcome the world and all its sins (John 16:33)
Jesus will deliver the kingdom to the Father at the end of time, with His work of redemption concluded (1 Corinthians 15:24)
Jesus has victory over the events of the world and will bring all things under His rule (Revelation 5:5)
He will be victorious over the evil of the world and usher in a time of peace for all time (Isaiah 9:6-7; 11:1-10).
When we see the terrible things happening on the earth and within the souls of people, we can get discouraged and somewhat frightened for our lives. We see that the clock is ticking and the forces of Antichrist are soon coming upon this world, enveloping all who take his mark into a future of absolute hell on earth and eternal hell forever.
This is why, against all the odds, we must continue to be faithful and effective witnesses for Jesus. Our loved one’s lives are in the balance. God’s calendar does not need to be corrected or hurried. Even in this seemingly chaotic world, everything is going according to His plan, even if we can’t see the “big picture”. Remember, we are victorious in Christ and we have become one of His children by trusting Him for salvation. He will have the last word and nothing will stop Him from accomplishing His triumphal mission. Remember that when you feel overwhelmed or discouraged. It’s going to be all right. We are on the winning side! Amen!
Even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me. Psalm 139:10
I think a lot of folks believe they’re going to be kept saved by somehow just “holding on.” You hear them say something like this: “Pray for me that I’ll hold out faithful to the end.”
Suppose God had said to Noah, “Now, Noah, if you want to be saved, put some pegs on the outside of that ark. When it starts to rain, you get on a step ladder, go up, and hold onto those pegs. Your feet will be dangling; the water will be rising; it’s gonna be rough. But Noah, if you can hold onto that slimy peg until the water goes down, you’ll be saved.”
I don’t think Noah would have made it, do you? I can see Noah saying to Mrs. Noah, “Honey, pray for me that I’ll hold out faithful the end.” But God said to Noah, “Come into the ark,” and the same God that shut the water out, shut Noah in. Now Noah may have fallen down inside that ark, but he never fell out of it.
Oh, friend, people think they’re saved by holding onto Him! No, my dear friend! We’re saved because He holds onto us! Security is in a person, and His name is Jesus. It’s not that we hold on to Him, but that He holds on to us.
Spend some time today simply praising God for His faithfulness, His steadfastness, and His unconditional love for you.
“And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.” Colossians 3:17
The sign over the church door where I attended as a boy read, “The Lord is in His holy temple. Let all the earth keep silent.” I mistakenly took that to mean that I had just entered the holy temple and had better start acting religious. We are the temple of God, not a building made of brick and mortar. Wherever we go, whatever we do, we are to be doing all in the name of Jesus. The secular is to be sanctified so that Jesus will be glorified in everything. Because He lives in you, every day is a holy day, not just Sundays. The spiritual life is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for all eternity.
Have you ever had a home appraised? Get a trusted friend or loved one to give you an appraisal of the home where the Holy Spirit dwells—you! Are there areas that need repair, restoration, or removal?
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:20
It is the evening of the Last Supper. Jesus is with His disciples for the final time before His crucifixion. He raises the cup and says, “For this is My blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28). The word “testament” comes from the Greek word diatheke, which means “covenant.” Our Lord purchased us, but not with silver or gold as a bridegroom would have in that day long ago. He purchased us with the silver of His tears and the gold of His blood. Through His blood we have entered into a covenant with Him. The church is the bride; He is the bridegroom. We are betrothed to Him in a covenant bought with His blood.
Listen to these powerful words from “The Church’s One Foundation,” a great hymn we sing:
“The Church’s one foundation is Jesus Christ her Lord. She is His new creation by Spirit and the Word. From Heaven He came and sought her to be His holy bride. With His own blood He bought her, and for her life He died.”
Let this powerful truth sink deep into your heart today. Meditate on what it means that Jesus came and sought you, then bought you with His blood.
(The Olive) The gun grabbers in New York state have outdone themselves this time. In proposed new gun legislation, if a person wants to purchase a firearm, or renew a permit for a firearm – one will have to turn over their Internet search history and their social media passwords!
According to an article by Daisy Luther, police would be looking for evidence that the applicant used “racist or discriminatory language, threatened the safety of another person, inquired about or alluded to an act of terrorism,” or any other item or thing the investigating officer finds suspicious.
This new gun control law is headed down an extremely dangerous road, our personal freedom is literally on the line here – and if this bill passes, there may be no turning this around. The potential for abuse here is not only very real, it is almost 100% guaranteed – and I for one am not willing to bite this bullet.
Lets say “Joe” applies for a permit to purchase a firearm, and lets say “Joe” has had a known loud disagreement with his wife – no violence, just a shouting match. Joe could be denied the right to purchase a firearm.
Suppose you make some smart comments that of course you don’t mean on a social media site, we have all done this in the spirit of fun, being silly etc. Maybe a comment you made on social media is taken completely out of context, quite possibly on purpose. Well now, this kind of thing could cost you your God-given right to own a firearm.
How is any of this fair? Answer – it’s not! This is where our society is headed anywhere that Democrats are in control. Guns do not, nor have they ever; killed people – people kill people. Despite some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation, Chicago is the leader in killings and gun violence. So does gun control really work?
I can hear what some of you are thinking, that is New York, it has nothing to do with where I live. This writer is here to disabuse you of that notion; it has everything to do with you – no matter where you live in the U.S. Does anyone for one minute honestly think that if the Politicrats manage to pass a bill severely restricting an American citizens right to purchase a firearm – that said law will remain only in the state it was passed in? That’s like saying California will become a bastion of conservative values tomorrow – not going to happen.
The socialistic utopia includes the removal of guns from its citizens – wake up people! “It cannot happen in America” is an outdated, dead and false concept. It CAN happen in America, and the Politicrat zealots are moving ever closer to the reality of a socialistic America that welcomes the values of the zealot globalists.
If the values of America mean anything to you – now is the time to rise up and fight. Not with violence as the Left advocates, but with your vote, with your voice, with your articles, with your comments, with your calls to your Senators and Representatives, and with your prayers.
America, many of you have the false perception that civil war might happen, or more likely your view is that civil war will never happen, this is after all America. If you are one who shares these views – you have NO idea how wrong you are!
The new American civil war has already begun. How can I make that statement? Easy. Notice the Left’s push to take away your guns, notice the Left’s incitement and approval of violence – Antifa anyone? Notice the John Kerry’s of the U.S. all to willingly ready to give away your God-given rights (guns) to the United Nations? What about the persecution of Christians that has begun in this country? You say you are not a Christian, so – whatever. What and if YOU are next? What then?
This new civil war is being waged on social media and in the national media, as well as in the courts by the Politicrat social justice warriors masquerading as judges.
I will leave you with this thought: the government that controls the guns – controls the people. You good with that?
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For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. Luke 12:48
As Christian citizens, we must abstain from all that’s wrong and approve all that’s right.
It is character that produces liberty. The reason Americans live in freedom today is because they began as people of character. Don’t let that go past you.
Responsibility and character are two ways of saying the same thing. They’re inseparably linked with liberty. For example, a little baby has no responsibilities. He doesn’t have to worry about anything. Everybody takes care of him. But he has no liberties. He does what he’s told to do. He eats that bland oatmeal and those strained beets. He is bathed and put to bed. No responsibilities…but no liberties.
As he grows in responsibility, he gets more and more liberty. There’ll come a time when his father will give him the car keys. But if he acts irresponsibly with the car, the father takes the keys and his privilege away. If he acts really irresponsibly, he may wind up in jail and all his liberties are taken away. Liberty is responsibility assumed.
A republic is a government for people with character, and only people with character can maintain it. If we lose our character as a nation, we are going to lose our liberty. If we want to remain free, we must be men and women of character, and raise young men and women of character.
He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. Luke 16:10
I heard about a man who was an executive in a company. They were going to move him up and make him one of the chief executives. The Board of Directors had talked it over, and it was a done deal. It was a monumental advancement. But in the company cafeteria one day, the owner of this company just happened to be behind this man in the cafeteria line. Unbeknownst to him, the CEO saw him take a pat of butter costing about 3 cents, then put a slice of bread over the butter so the cashier couldn’t see it. The CEO went back to the Board and told them they had the wrong man—he didn’t have integrity. And for 3 cents, the man lost a monumental promotion and multiple thousands of dollars!
If you have integrity, how much more will your heavenly Father be able to bless you! But if you live like this almost-executive, your Father must say, “I can’t bless him. He doesn’t have integrity in the small things.” God help us to be faithful.
Be faithful in the small things, the secret things. What you are in secret is what you are, nothing more, nothing less.
Are you faithful in the little things? Let this be the beginning of a new day of faithfulness in your life. Remember the little things. God is watching to find you faithful.