JEHOVAH SHALOM

There is so much going on in the world. There is so much going on in our country. There is so much going on in our churches, our families, and our lives.

Sometimes we search for peace in all the wrong places. But, the best place to find peace – that peace that passes all understanding – is within the person of Jesus Himself! “For He Himself is our peace…”. (Ephesians 2:14)

The Lord is peace. He is JEHOVAH SHALOM.  

Remember WHO Jesus is as we continue to navigate through the days ahead. He is our peace! Our hearts will not be troubled! We will not be afraid!

May the PEACE of God flow within you and flow from you! SHALOM!

Lord, You Are Faithful!

“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:13‬ ‭NIV)

This scripture reminds us that no matter the temptation – there are others who have journeyed through the same thing.  It’s easy to sometimes feel that we are alone in our journey, but that’s not true!

The Lord uses others to support and help us as we are going through challenging circumstances. As they have journeyed through – so can we!

And even more powerful is God’s promise that He will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear. AND He will provide a way out. Hallelujah!!

[Prayer]. Lord, You are FAITHFUL!! You are trustworthy! You are more than able to see us through anything that tries to stop us in our journey with You. You go before us and provide a solution, an answer, a way out of our temptations. And You are with us providing all the strength and wisdom we need. LORD, YOU ARE FAITHFUL!!

Serving a Faithful God, Tina K. Roach

Salvation

“So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling;”. ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:12‬ ‭NASB‬‬

Paul is recognizing that the Philippians followed his teachings not only while he was there among them, but even when he was absent. 

Do we follow the teachings of Jesus not only when we are among our fellow Christians, but when we are out in the world?

We are to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling.”  We are not working FOR our salvation. There is nothing we can do to earn it. We have been saved by God’s Grace through faith.  We are able to receive salvation by what JESUS has done.  Hallelujah!!

As a result of our salvation, we begin to “work out” or do the good works of God that He has prepared us to do.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:8-10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

LORD, as we go forward from our position of being saved by grace, may we never take it for granted! May we never take YOU for granted! You are Almighty, Creator, King of kings and Lord of lords! May everything we do and say in Your name be in recognition of Who You are. You are WORTHY of our deepest reverence and our highest praise!! Amen!

Holy Ground!

Sunday, as I joined my Brothers and Sisters in singing “We are standing on holy ground…” I felt the Lord reminding me that we have the opportunity to stand on holy ground no matter where we are. We don’t have to be in church!!

In Exodus 3:2-5, Moses saw a burning bush that did not burn up. As Moses stopped to see the strange sight  “God called to him from within the bush, Moses!  Moses!  ….Do not come any closer…take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”

The ground where Moses was standing was not holy in and of itself – it was holy because God was present!  Wherever God is, His holiness is there!  

Prayer:

LORD, may we be a BURNING BUSH that You use to speak to Your people!! May we be a holy people that bring Your holiness to the land! Set us ablaze for You, LORD!!

I Shall Not Be Shaken!!

“I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.  ‭‭Psalm‬ ‭16:8‬ ‭

Have you had times of feeling “shaken” lately?  I know I have.  It may be because of what we have allowed to be before us…what we are focused on. If we are more focused on the news and all that is happening in the world instead of on the Lord, we can be shaken!  If we are more focused on the problems that arise in our day-to-day lives instead of on the Problem Solver, we can be shaken!

Prayer:  Lord, forgive me when I have allowed other things to envelope all my attention and thoughts. I want YOU to be in my line of sight at all times. I want YOU to be my focus and be my right hand. I shall not be shaken!!!

Living Sacrifice

A living sacrifice…are we willing to sacrifice our plans, our schedule, our desires, our lives…and put them in the hands of Almighty God?

This is worship that costs something. This is truly believing that the God of the universe has a better plan for us than we have for ourselves.

Do we trust Him that much? It is a minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, day-by-day choice.

I choose YOU to be the Master of my destiny, LORD! Your way is the best way! Your plan is the best plan! I offer myself as a living sacrifice. I am Your vessel… may You live in and through me! May You be glorified!!

SPEAK LIFE!!

Are we talking too much about all the wrong things going on in our lives or in the lives of others?  
There comes a time when just talking about and lamenting our current circumstances needs to end. 

It’s time to start DECLARING and DECREEING God’s will in our circumstances and in the circumstances that others are facing and in our world!!

“The tongue has the power of life and death…”. ‭‭ Proverbs‬ ‭18:21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

The Lord is calling us to SPEAK LIFE! SPEAK LIFE! SPEAK LIFE!

“for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.” Matthew‬ ‭10:20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life…”. ‭‭ Proverbs‬ ‭10:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Help us, Lord, to speak forth Your heart, Your love, Your will!! May Your life-giving words flow forth in power and accomplish what You desire!! In Jesus’ Name! AMEN!