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Colossians 3:15-And let the PEACE of God rule in your hearts, to the which ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

In other words…don’t make issues with those in the Body of Christ. Be peaceful with one another and make decisions with keeping the peace in mind. We are apart of ONE body. In a healthy body, you don’t see the different members fighting against one another, they work together. And be thankful for the other members in the body, each one is needed to work efficiently.

In this trying time that we live in there are many things that can take our peace. Our job, the economy, relationships, and uncertainty with what the future holds to name a few. Some times I find it a struggle to hold on to the precious peace that God has gave me when I placed my trust in him.

I was talking with a friend last night about stress and how many times people focus on the everyday things in life, creating unnecessary stressful situations. They talk about the monthly bills as if they are new and unmanageable. Christians can get caught up in this habit also. In conversation with one another, the bills are due or the car needs washing or the lawn needs mowed and what a big deal each one is.

We don’t need to allow daily responsibilities to take our peace. God is our strength and we can go to him for help for every day things. We can rest in him to take care of our every need.

When I got home I read Philippians 4:6-7, Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

I was so encouraged to find this simple recipe to keep the peace of God that passeth all understanding. It is to not worry and to bring our petitions before God with thankful prayer. He knows our needs and has promised many times over to supply each one. The bills will be paid, relationships will work out, the strength and time will come to get the yard work done. I have a secret to tell you, My God in all his riches has promised to supply each need (Philippians 4:19). In this we can rest and remain at peace.

My life has been quite uncertain lately. My job is not very stable, my home may be taken from me, there is great sickness in my family and yet through all of this I have peace. When people ask how I am, I can only say that I am good. God is good. It is because of him that I can go on. My trust in him is what keeps me on a level keel when the sea of life is tossing.

In my devotions a while back I was looking for scriptures in which I can continue to place my trust. I had been reading in Hebrews about those that have gone before us in faith. I was at the last chapter and this is what I found.

King James Version – Heb 13:1-8
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

I have a couple other Bibles that I use for reference and I looked up the same passage in them.

The Amplified Version – Hebrews 13:5-6
Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money – [including] greed, avarice, lust and craving for earthly possessions – and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He (God) Himself said, I will not in any way leave you with out support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless, not forsake not let [you] down, [relax My hold on you]. – Assuredly not!
So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper, I will not be seized with alarm – I will not fear or dread or be terrified. What can man do to me?

Interlinear Greek-English New Testament – Hebrews 13:5-6
Without love of money [let your] manner of life [be], satisfied with present [circumstances]; he for has said, In no wise thee will I leave, not in any wise thee will I forsake.
So that we may boldly say, [The] Lord [is] to me a helper, and I will not be afraid: what shall do to me man?

I have held on to these verses. We can feel contentment in our lives even though it seams that the bottom has fallen out because God has promised to be our provider. With this confidence we can boldly and with experienced knowledge say “Who or what can come against me? God is my helper, I don’t have to be afraid.”

Because of this we can be well in our soul, spirit, and attitude even though life isn’t well.

In the Wednesday night Bible Study we started reading in 1 Samuel. We can learn a lot from Hannah and Samuel.

I was first impressed at Hannah’s attitude after Eli spoke to her in the temple.

1 Samuel 1:17-18 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him. And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.

At the beginning of the feast Hannah wasn’t able to eat or take part in any way so great was her burden. As soon as Eli spoke to her, granting her the petition of her heart through God, her countenance was not more sad. She was content and happy even, trusting that God would give her the child of her heart. You could not have known the burden that she carried as the left for home.

I was encouraged by Hannah’s song of praise at the beginning of chapter 2. She speaks of the Lord that giveth and taketh away, the one that provides and grants blessings, the rock through all times, the all knowing one that knows just what his people need. Through her trial of wanting a child, the grief of not having one, and the joy of receiving the blessing, she never once believed that God would fail her.

The next even that stood out to me was when the Lord spoke to Samuel. At this time Samuel didn’t know the Lord personally and Eli wasn’t the best example. When the Lord began to speak to Samuel, we can tell that he was listening. He might not know what or who he heard, but he was listening and quick to respond to the call. When Eli told Samuel to answer the Lord, he wasn’t skeptical but just obeyed. In those two simple things, listening and obeying the strength of Samuel’s service to God was built.

1 Samuel 3:10 And the LORD came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.

As I was reading this I thought, am I always listening, waiting for the call? Are my ears open for the call of God? Do I respond right away to his call? Do I obey quickly or does he have to call several times before he gets my attention?

 

Let us learn from Hannah and Samuel:
-When we bring a petition to God, we can leave it with him and trust that he will provide for the need or desire. We don’t need to continue to be sad or bothered about the burden; we can be content and trust God.
-Listen for God’s voice and quickly follow his instructions. If we have a listening ear and an obedient heart God will strengthen us in him and our relationship will grow.

Psalms 145

I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.

Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.

I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.

And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.

They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.

The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.

They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;

To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.

Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.

The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.

The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.

Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.

The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.

The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.

He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.

The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

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