2 Corinthians. Chapter 1. Verse 2.
I think I shall be brief this morning.
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. source
Merriam-Webster surprised me with its definition of Grace.
Unmerited divine assistance. Coming from GOD. etc.
But Peace? Not so good.
It doesn’t even attempt to define this Peace of verse 2. Perhaps because we cannot define GOD’s Peace, we can only experience His peace. Here check out M-W’s definition of Peace. HERE.
Now my note to myself on verse 2, Chapter 1. See if you can relate.
Is this verse asking me, do I?
Do I come (go) to people in and with the Grace and Peace of GOD who is our Father and with and in The LORD JESUS CHRIST?
Is this how I interact and react with people? And when I talk about one to another, do I?
Do I speak the Grace and Peace of GOD, my Father, over them or is it something else I speak?
I am mulling this over and as I do I see changes a-coming.
Philippians 4:7 (AMP) 7 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]. source
Are you worried?
The world is drowning in sin, but you know that, don’t you?
So what are your reasons to rejoice?
For me First and foremost, JESUS saves sinners and I am one of them.
Another is that even in this sick world and I don’t mean COVID, GOD is with us and He has a plan; even if America falls to Communism in 2021 HE will still be faithful to His Children.
So let us suit up. (Ephesians 6:10-19)
Let us fasten not our eyes on the filth in this world. (Psalm 101:3-5)
Let us not conform to this world. (Romans 12:2-4)
Let us rejoice. (Philippians 4:4-9)
And it read: 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Philippians 4 source
And I said, ‘have I?’ Have I learned to be content whatever the circumstance?
Prove it. List how content you are! Name how well you responded to THIS and THIS and THAT!
Mind your own business!
Have you ever worried over what another thinks of you? Me too!
I think I’ve heard it before, but I heard it again with freshness this morning!
“What another thinks of you is none of your business – but it is GOD’s – what they think and you think. So stop messing around in His business and mind your own mind with His.”
Philippians 4: (CSB) 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. source
1 Peter 1: (NASB) 13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. source
And You Version was messing with me too with this from Carol McLeod: “Every single one of us has spoken words “under the influence” of warped feelings and slurred thinking. And we soon wish we had the magical power to take those words back. It’s our thoughts and emotions that determine what words come out of our mouths.”
So at the prompting of the devotional I have this mission: What Bible verse can I use to help me declutter my mind and keep it in sync with the mind of The Father?”
What verses do you go to when your mind rebels?
Do you ever look at a blank screen with an intense desire to put something on it but all that comes is this!
A week since Thanksgiving weekend; I blinked and it’s Friday in less than 6 hours! I need an emoji with sound!Before we meet here again we will be well into Day 3 or 4 of our Jesse Tree Devotions. This is one of my favorite observances of the Christmas Season. We start Saturday! Our bare tree is in place and the ornaments are waiting to grace lighted limbs.
We have new ornaments this year and I am excited to see them one by one day by day for 25 days added to the tree, telling the story of the lineage of JESUS.
Perhaps as the ornaments appear on the tree, I’ll give you updates.
But for today, inhale the love of Jesus and exhale His grace on others!
Philippians 4: 8 Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy—dwell on these things. source (CSB)
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