The God of Peace

If you Google the dictionary definition of peace you may see it given as : “freedom from disturbance; tranquillity “, ” a state or period in which there is no war, or a war has ended.”

God is the God of Peace.  ” Now the God of peace be with you all.  Amen.” Roman’s 15:33

Jesus Christ said to His disciples:  “Peace I give unto you.  My peace I give unto you, not as the world gives give I unto you.” John 14:27

Christ is the Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6.  So, ” Let not your heart be troubled; neither let it be afraid.”

Peace is foremost a state of being.  To be at peace is to have that calmness or tranquillity of mind and heart, which cannot be disturbed.  It comes from knowledge and from love.

Knowledge of who you are and that God is.  Love of self and of God.

Further, knowledge that you are loved – by God and by his Creation.  Loved by others, your fellow men.  For if you love your self, you must know that others love you.  Somewhere there is someone who loves you.  And G-d loves you.

 

“And the God of Peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.”  Romans 16:20

“The peace of G-d which passes (surpasses) all understanding, guard your heart and mind in [the knowledge and love of G-d and of His Son] Christ Jesus our Lord.” Philippians 4:7

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Word for the Day: Immobilize

Immobilize:  To hold fast or prevent from moving.

Life is about living.

About moving on:  growing, learning, loving, hurting, healing, teaching, sharing experience, caring, failing, re-charging, winning, rising, accomplishing, laughing, crying, and all the failing (or apparent failing) that instructs us in-between those times of absolute bliss.  Life is wonderful!

Every day is a new beginning, the start of a new year or passage in our lives.  Purposeful action is the stepping stone which cements our future.

Every day, every year we must immobilize something of word or thought or action that may lead to a negative realisation or attitude or outcome.  Do not deny that the negative is possible or likely, but deny it life.  So immobilize it, that it dies.  Let it never come into being.

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus:” 6 2:5
“Commit thy works unto the LORD and thy thoughts shall be established.” Proverbs 16:3
 “…Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?” Matthew 9:4

Allow that thought of negative realisation to pass on to nothingness.  Watch its rancour be swept away.

“Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Colossians 3:17
“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved,” Roman’s 10:13
“So they strengthened their hands for this good work.” Nehemiah 2:18

Pin that action of negative outcome, like some pin butterflies, to a prayer.  Watch its impulse flutter and die.

“Let my mouth be filled with Thy praise and with Thy honour all the day.” Psalm 71:8

Trap that word of negative attitude under a drinking glass.  Watch its meanness suffocate and expire.

 

Immobilize your faith in Christ.  Hold it fast. Prevent it from moving… and watch it move mountains!

The Name Of God

What is the name of God? What is God’s name?

Our Father in Heaven…

When you meet someone you usually refer to them by name. If you have never met them before you usually ask them their name so that when you address them or want to get their attention you can; just by saying their name. They know that you are speaking to them specifically.

What about God?

Almighty Father….

For those of us who believe that God is, how do we get his ‘attention’ when we want to speak to him specifically?

More importantly, do we know whether our way of addressing him is indicative of our present desire?  For instance, is there a hint to him when we say “Father” rather than “Almighty God”? i.e. Do we want God to hear us and be with as Father, when we are desirous of the Almighty God in our current situation?

O Almighty God…

In whatever way, and by whatever name, when we pray or talk to God we must remember that the name of God is….Holy.

Whether we are addressing Him as friend, lover, saviour, deliverer, teacher, healer, or god, we MUST remember and be conscious in our hearts that his name is holy.

 

A Prayer

“Eternal God help us to know you and your name.  Help us, O Father, to know you to whom we pray, and to whom we talk in our distress, and joy.  In so doing Holy Lord, make us more aware of your holiness and the holiness of your name.  Amen.”