July 2019

Paul – The Peace of God

What an amazing life Paul led – certainly not without its trials and tribulations – but as we read of his life we capture a sense of the peace and confidence he walked in – regardless of what he faced.

I wonder how many of us would deal with, let alone welcome the ‘challenges’ Paul faced.

Singing and praising God, from prison, after being beaten, shipwrecked, often hungry, ill-clad, homeless, cold and brutally treated, (Philippians 4:12-13; 2 Corinthians 11:27, 2 Cor 6 :5).

These conditions would and do immobilize many Christians.   Yet Paul lived in peace and positivity, motivated by his love for Christ. He learned to be thankful whatever his circumstances. “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Colossians 4:2

We must note it does not say ‘give thanks for all circumstances’ – We are to thank God in every situation because we know that He has a way through to bring us into His peace and victory.

Having watched competition diving, confidence, poise, purpose and focus must be the order of the day. The struggles we face today are springboards to tomorrow’s testimonies.  We just need to keep in step with the Holy Spirit..

There is no one on this planet who does not have a ‘situation’ going on in their lives at some point, yet it is easy to look at the life of someone who appears to ‘have it all together’ and think  their life is problem free.  The truth is, they haven’t and it isn’t but………………….

My friends – the secret – like Paul – they have come to know that Christ is our all sufficiency.

We must not let something / someone else determine our destiny – the choices in life belong to us – God placed before us life and death, blessing and curse – we and we alone are responsible for the choice we make.

Paul chose to praise God when his circumstances were dictating otherwise, which took him into a walk of freedom and security – into a place where the peace of God which passes all understanding directed his actions.

Don’t we want to live in that place, of peace and confidence – well – we can because we have Someone who cares for us and who is constantly working all things out for our blessing, giving us all wisdom and direction in all events of life.

What an amazing place to be – so – deep breath for July and let’s determine to be totally focused on Him, knowing and truly believing that He 100% cares for and directs us, His beautiful beloved children.

Love and blessing for a peaceful, closer walk with our Beautiful Lord and Saviour – Jesus.

Barbara