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Sunday, August 11, 2013

The Gift of His Peace

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God" (Philippians 4:6, NIV).
Worry will destroy you. It eats at your faith, and steals your joy. Your anxious heart accomplishes nothing but fear. That fear rips your very spirit into shreds. There is a promise of peace, and it is real. In every fear and in every circumstance that brings heart-wrenching pain, PRAY. Give your fear to God. Present it as your gift of faith in Him. When you give a gift you don't take it back. Don't take back your fear. Trust Him to handle it. Ask believing that He will supply all that you need to handle the circumstance. Ask believing that He will take the fear out of your heart and mind. Trust His love for you. Giving Him your fear with thanksgiving, means that you trust His faithfulness to you. Bring Him your need knowing that to lay it on the altar means help in your time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

His desire is to supply what you need, but you must ask, believing that He will supply what is best for you. Faith is the key that unlocks the door, but faith is only found through knowing His Word (Romans 10:17), and through intimate contact with Him. "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him" (1 John 5:14-15, NIV).
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7, NIV). Here is your promise! His peace, that your mind can't understand or comprehend, is just “there” in the midst of your pain and circumstance. It is a peace the world can't grasp, because it is comes from the Holy Spirit. When you give Him the gift of your fear, He gives you the amazing gift of His peace.

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