It can be a confusing and even difficult interval in our lives that we have no choice but to endure. Sometimes these times means that a new chapter is being opened for us, other times it heralds the end of a significant period and the need for closure.
Through the Valley of the Shadow of Death: God's Gift of Peace in Times of Trouble
When our circumstances change, God will always help us and provide a solution. However He is more interested in the changes He can make in you. Isaiah I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
John Jesus gives us the free gift of His own peace. It is a present that He handed over to us, before He left to be with the Father. This is a level of peace that has withstood open criticism from the Pharisees, trials in the desert from the devil, public prosecution, degradation, pain, suffering, and even death.
Is there any treasure on this earth, which can be comparable to the peace that Jesus gives us? Nothing can intimidate you.
When we experience difficult times, we often get distracted or even overwhelmed by the given situation. We start to fret and get annoyed. We become emotional. Consequently, we start making wrong decisions that can make the current situation even worse. Only when l actively sought to be peaceful in such times, did l discover a new interpretation of how l could live my life. I realized that living a life filled with peace begins with a choice.
The conscious choice to pursue it. The purposeful pursuit of peace is something we as Christians need to be exercising. It is, with the other Fruits of the Spirit, a ready arsenal that can make not only our own lives, but the lives of our family, friends, and others who interact with us, all the more richer and victorious. Think about Exodus KJV :. It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed. You will forget your misery; you will remember it as waters that have passed away. And your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning.
And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. To the choirmaster.
A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the Lord ; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord. But you, O Lord , are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Answer me quickly, O Lord! My spirit fails! Hide not your face from me, lest I be like those who go down to the pit. Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.
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He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
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Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. The steps of a man are established by the Lord , when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord , plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Psalm 23: The Lord is My Shepherd
Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord. The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.
But rejoice insofar as you share Christ's sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
But he who is joined with all the living has hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.
I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. Cast your burden on the Lord , and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.
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