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Monday, May 18, 2015

In His Word I Find My Answer

"As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it" (Isaiah 55:10-11, NIV).

I remember the moment I found these verses in Isaiah. The words on the page suddenly became full of promise for me. They were like a hidden treasure,and I was hungry for what they offered. I wanted them to accomplish His best in my life. As the pain, loss, and troubles of life have hit me fully in the face, God has always reassured me with the promises I have discovered in His Word. Through many years He has continually given me peace with the power they impart.

Two of my favorite verses are Philippians 4:6-7. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (NIV). Whatever happens I can trust God to handle my pain. I can trust Him to carry all my worries and problems. But I must release all of it to Him, and allow His peace to work in my heart and mind. I have to choose to surrender everything to Him, and that process means letting go and allowing His strength to become mine. I must face my fears and problems head-on, believing He will carry me through each ordeal. I must exercise faith trusting that no matter what the outcome, He will provide for my every need. My attempt at control will only make my anxiety worse. His control promises peace for my heart because I have allowed Him to be responsible for whatever I face. I have allowed Him to bring about His answer. It is my responsibility to continually surrender control to Him, and follow His guidance through the trials of life. If I surrender control and follow His direction, then responsibility for the outcome is longer mine. It is His. I no longer carry that burden. I choose to trust that He will take care of my life. The peace that these verses impart comes only through my surrender.

The Word says that He is my hope and promise! "Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23, NIV). I choose to believe in His promise! “Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame" (Isaiah 50:7, NIV). Unswervingly! With my face set like a flint! This is way I choose to believe. He will provide the strength to overcome my fears, and face my problems head-on. "So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised" (Hebrews 10:35-36, NIV). "The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it" (I Thessalonians 5:24, NIV). I will never give up! I choose to believe that He is faithful to take care of whatever I have released to Him. I believe that when I surrender my body, soul, spirit, mind, and heart to Him, I receive what He has promised me. He gives me victory over fear, problems, struggles, and I have a peace that the world can never give. It is His peace that passes all my human understanding. I know Him through His Word alive in my heart, and His Spirit alive in me. He truly is my strength, my victory, my Savior, my peace, my joy, my love, and my life.

The best for my life is in His Word. He sent His Word for His and me. There is no greater love and no greater purpose than its promise for our lives. What is your need?

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