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Peace of Christ – Colossians 3:15

Peace of Christ Colossians 3:15

The alarm goes off and immediately I’m struck with a feeling of dread. There’s so much to get done today and not enough time to do it all. Stress takes over and fills my heart with worry.

We’re all running the race against the clock. Work or school, church obligations, finding time to spend with family and friends, that emergency that pops up in the middle of an already busy day and a million other little things. There just never seems to be enough hours in the day. Somehow we manage to get most of it done. Maybe not everything, but the most important priorities get checked off the to-do list. The rest will be waiting for us tomorrow when we get up and do it all over again.

Does this sound like your life? Are you at the end of your rope? Are you wondering how you’re going to make it through yet another crazy, busy day?

There’s a better way. Instead of that stressful, chaotic day, we can have a peaceful day. Peace may be the last thing we’re thinking about when its crunch time. But at the end of the day, when our head hits the pillow, peace is what we all want.

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.
                                                            Colossians 3:15

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I must have read this verse a thousand times over the years. But this time, when I read it, God whispered something to me. It hit me like a ton of bricks. “What rules your heart?”

Unfortunately, for me, the answer always seems to be stress and worry. I guess I’m a bit of a worry wart. But all of that worry gets me nowhere fast. It makes me feel like a hamster on my little hamster wheel and there’s no way off. And the worst part is, all that stress and worry keeps me from experiencing the lasting peace of Christ.

And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith!
                                                                      Luke 12:25-28

When Jesus spoke these words, He knew that I would be a worrier. He knew that I needed to be reminded of God’s love and peace. So, why am I worrying and stressing when God has promised to take care of me? I don’t know! It just happens and then I have to take a step back and realize that I don’t need to worry. I can trust God. If He cares about the grass and the flowers, then surely He’s going to get me through today.

Maybe for you, it’s not worrying but something else that is keeping you from having the peace of Christ. It could be a family drama, work problems, troubled relationships, fear of failure, a longing for something different in life or one of the many other things that pull us apart. Whatever it is, Jesus wants you to have the peace that only He can offer.

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So, how can we find peace?

If you are a Christian, then you already have peace in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself is peace! And He gives us His peace! The Amplified Bible describes this kind of peace as “an inner calm”. Isn’t that what we all want? To have an inner calm when life hits us hard? To feel peace in the midst of chaos? This peace is a spiritual peace that comes from the confidence of knowing Jesus.

Emotional peace, that feeling of peace we are looking for in the chaos of life is more elusive. But we can find it by doing these two, simple things.

#1 Pray

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
                                                                 Philippians 4:6-7

#2 Read the Bible

Your word I have hidden in my heart.
                                                             Psalm 119:11

It seems so simple, yet, when we’re in the thick of it, it’s so hard. We get caught up in everything else that we need to do and forget to make time to spend with Jesus. But if we want to experience the peace of Christ we need to choose to make Jesus the focus of our life and walk with Him every day. When we do that, the peace we are looking for will come.

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Our Hope – Psalm 71:5

Our Hope Psalm 71:5

We all have hopes and dreams. And we expect the goals we set for ourselves to work out exactly as we plan. Sometimes they do, and we can celebrate our accomplishments. But other times life gets in the way of our best-laid plans. We get up every day, go to work and take care of our families, just going through the motions. All of our hopes and dreams we started out with begin to slowly fade away. Until one day we find ourselves wondering, is this all there is in life?

I know how it feels to have your hopes and dreams crushed under the weight of life’s demands. A few years ago, I set out to accomplish a huge life goal. I put everything I had into it. And I truly believed it would change my career and my family’s future. I was completely invested in it, both financially and emotionally. But no matter how hard I worked, it just didn’t happen. I was devastated and became disillusioned with the work I was doing. I felt like a total failure and that I had let my family down. Try as I might, I couldn’t understand what had gone wrong.

The problem wasn’t the work I was doing or the amount of time I invested. It was who I was counting on to see the project through. I was relying on myself and my abilities instead of relying on God.

The solution to my problem was simple… I needed to put my hope and trust in God and what He wanted for my future!

And when I began to put my hope in God, He led me in a completely new direction. A direction that is full of opportunities to serve Him that I never thought were possible. It may be a different life than what I had planned, but it is a better life than I could ever imagine.

Our verse this week, Psalm 71:5 says… For You are my hope, O Lord God; You are my trust from my youth.

When we put our hope in ourselves, we are trusting in our ability to make something happen. We are essentially saying to God, “I don’t need you, I can do it on my own.” This path of thinking we don’t need God only sets us up for a fall because we deny ourselves the opportunity to see the goodness of God’s plan in action. And we miss out on the blessings He has in store for us.

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Hope in God is different from hope in ourselves. It is grounded in His truth and faithfulness to us. It is concrete confidence in God’s ability to make His will for our life happen. When we surrender ourselves to God’s will and put our hope in Him, we no longer need to rely on our abilities. We can trust that God has our best future in mind and He will lead us into it.

Another verse that speaks so well to the blessings that come from placing our hope in God is Jeremiah 17:7-8…

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,

And whose hope is the Lord.

For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters,
Which spreads out its roots by the river,
And will not fear when heat comes;
But its leaf will be green,
And will not be anxious in the year of drought,
Nor will cease from yielding fruit.

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I love the image of a tree planted by the raging river of life yet dipping it’s roots into the water and receiving all it needs to survive. There’s just something about that picture that place a calm hope into my heart.

God understands how it feels when the hopes and dreams we have for ourselves fall flat. But as His children, we don’t fall into a dark abyss of hopelessness, instead, we fall into the light of our Heavenly Father’s arms.

This is where our hope is found! 😊 Not in ourselves or material things. It comes from the firm foundation of our faith. We have a loving Father who is always willing to hear us when we cry out to Him, support us when we seek His will and give us hope for the future.

So, when the heat gets turned up and hope seems lost, remember God will sustain you and make you into the beautiful tree this scripture describes so eloquently.

May you be blessed by placing your hope and trust in God!

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Monday Motivation – Psalm 85:13

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Victory In Jesus – 1 Corinthians 15:57

Victory In Jesus 1 Corinthains 15:57

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But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
                           1 Corinthians 15:57

What do you think of when you hear the word, Victory? Maybe you think of gladiators entering the arena with one goal in mind… total victory. They fight hard, overcome obstacles, and if they are victorious, win their freedom.

Or maybe you think of a Civil War soldier marching through a field, his rifle raised as he faces a brutal battle. His future is uncertain and he doesn’t know if he’ll see home again, but he’s fighting for the glory of the cause he believes in.

I can only imagine how Jesus must have felt as the Romans led Him up to Golgotha. He was facing the pain and agony of the cross, but He was also promised victory over death. He had prayed for this cup to be taken from Him, but He chose to die a sinner’s death in our place anyway. On the cross, death and sin were conquered. And just as God the Father had promised, when Jesus rose again, He had the victory!

But Jesus doesn’t keep this victory all for Himself. He gives it to those of us who believe in Him. As Christians we are active participants in the victory of Jesus! All we have to do, is to claim that victory as our own. Let’s take a look at some verses that show us how to have victory in Jesus.

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Have Faith

And this is the victory that has overcome the world- our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
                                                                        1 John 5:4-5

To have victory in Jesus, we must accept Him as our Savior. When we do, we no longer live our life for or take comfort in the things of this world. If we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that He died for our sins, then our faith in Him has already given us the victory we are looking for. If you have not put your faith in Jesus, now is the time. Do it right now and claim the victory! If you are already saved, then be encouraged, you have victory over death and sin through your faith in Jesus.

Believe that God is on your side

for the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.
                                                                       Deuteronomy 20:6

In this life we will always have hardships. If you are not currently in a crisis, then you soon will be. It may be financial, emotional, physical or spiritual, but you can bet your bottom dollar that you will wake up tomorrow facing some kind of conflict. But no matter what this world throws at you, God will be there with you, fighting the battle for you. He is on your side and He will see you through it. He has already won and He will give you the victory!

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Prepare for Victory

The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
But the victory belongs to the Lord.
                                                                    Proverbs 21:31

A soldier gets ready for the battle. He puts on his armor, readies his weapon and prepares his horse to ride out onto the field. Just like the soldier, we should also prepare ourselves for the battle ahead. Praying, reading the Scriptures and seeking God’s will, these are the weapons we use as Christians in our spiritual battle. But no matter how many preparations we make or how confidant we are in our abilities, we must always remember that true victory belongs to God. We can only achieve victory by placing our trust in God’s Son, Jesus.

A victorious Christian life is not a perfect life. We make mistakes and we have pain and hurt sometimes. But we keep moving ahead, fighting the good fight. Because we know that we have already won the battle. We have victory in Jesus!

Keep fighting. Don’t give up. We are victorious!

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