Posts Tagged ‘peace’

The Promise of Prayer

 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you. – 1 Peter 5:7 (NLT)

Prayer is a promising exercise.  Aside from its ability to help believers release tension and pressure as well as express themselves openly to God directly, prayer comes with a simple promise.

Prayer may not change the outcome.

The promise of prayer is that it can change our own outlook.

Prayer can change our outlook on matters both big and small.  It can actually alter our own perspective on our position within the midst of misery or the precipice of a problem.

“Prayers never die.” – E.M. Bounds

Once we pray, the promise still holds true.  The promise is all about change.

You may not God’s mind or His intention like the prayer of Hezekiah when called out to get his house in order through the prophet Isaiah.  Yet, prayer offers us power to change our walk along this journey of life.  You can make changes in your life due to your prayer life.

Here is how to tap into the ever-changing power and promise of prayer:

  • Put prayer into effect.
  • Take advantage of what God can offers you through prayer.
  • Always stay connected to God through an active and responsive prayer life.

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Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. – 1 John 2:7

John was pretty clear.  He wasn’t writing about anything new.  It wasn’t anything that the believers had not already heard, either directly from Jesus or quoted by one of the followers who had walked with Him during His earthly ministry.

It was the same as it was in the beginning.

There was already an “old commandment” and that was “no new commandment.” It all was the same.

Nothing was new.

Jesus said what needed to be said.  He said it all from the onset of His ministry.  He continued with it throughout His ministry.  He wrapped up His ministry with the same thing.

His disciples and apostles were to continue in what He taught them from the beginning.  New followers were to do so also.  No one was to add anything to it.  No one was to compel others to get circumcised or recognize new moons or other feasts to become at one with Christ.  All that it took was a faithful belief in Him as the Son of God, the Savior, and the propitiation of our sins.

Nothing was added.

We have all that we need in Him.  We have all that we are to follow in His Word.  There is nothing new to it.  There is to be nothing added to it.  It is totally complete.

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Who Cares

Casting all your care on Him, for He cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7 (NKJV)

These are some comforting and divinely  inspired words of one of the few men who knew Jesus personally .  In fact, Peter personally knew Jesus, was personally called by Jesus, and even had Jesus share with him how the gates of hell would prevail against the church that the Lord would build “upon this rock.”

Read more: http://relijournal.com/christianity/casting-your-cares-on-christ/#ixzz2YUsDjgj6

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Rest in Him

God offers us peace if we will simply rest in Him.

Ever felt like it was a bad day getting worse?

Rest in Him.

Ever felt stress mounting up like a volcano ready to erupt?

Just rest in Him.

Trust God’s Word.

There remains therefore a rest for the people of God.
Hebrews 4:9

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Jesus runs down several blessed people in the famed Beatitiudes.  From the poor in spirit to the meek, the Lord shares how each group is blessed for upholding and withstanding.  Yet, I am intrigued by Jesus’ reference to the “peacemakers.” Rarely is such a stance taken by many people, particularly when you look at our economy and global situation.   Few people set out to make peace.  Most people want to make money, have fun, or simply succeed (whatever that may mean to them).  However, we need more peacemakers.  We need them to help make a difference.  We need them to help push a new agenda.  We need them to keep Wall Street and Main Street on their toes.  Become a peacemaker today.  Become a voice for those who have no voice of their own.  Become a peacemaker without delay.  There is little time to waste.  Become a peacemaker now.

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