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Jun
14

Peace in The Pits

John Tilton

Scripture

Philippians 4:4-7

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.6Do not be anxious about anything,but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.7And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding,will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Observation

Paul reminds us that even in the midst of situations that can bring on anxiousness; if we flip anxiousness with words that result in the same emotional state such as anxiety and worry; then to know that we instead can rejoice and garner a peace that surpasses all understanding from Jesus Christ and rejoice, as our hearts and minds will be guarded and consoled! Paul give us the keys to peace in terms of prayer, making our requests known onto the Lord and with gratefulness, He will in His love and faithfulness respond with that peace.

Application

As the enemy would want us to be consumed, depressed and worried about matters that we often have to contend with; matters that we either cause or matters that blind-side us; having the ability to call upon the Lord and believe in his faithfulness to respond and give us a peace even before a matter is resolved, is FREEING.

I recently felt blind-sided by a potentially life changing situation that would have many ramifications on myself and my family. It was a situation that I ultimately had no control over. I couldn’t make it go away, I couldn’t resolve it either, as the resolution and results was not in my hands to handle or decide on. It consumed my thoughts for days and even brought on a sadness and despair. I turned to the Lord in prayer. I was very specific in my prayers. I thanked the Lord Jesus Christ in expectation. The peace that I found was that I did the most important thing that I could do in prayer, making my requests known and giving thanks, and that the rest was in God’s hand. The Holy Spirit also prompted me with ideas of what I could do in being positive and proactive in the situation. What seemed to be a deep pit that I felt I had slid into, became a peace and providence of the Lord with His plans for me.

I REJOICE NOW in God’s peace, faithfulness, answered prayer, resolution and even answers and blessings that surpassed my expectations; and a sincere peace that does indeed transcend all understanding … a peace that reignites my heart and mind of how amazing our Lord Jesus Christ is! THANK YOU, JESUS!

Prayer

Dear Lord, I am so grateful. You’ve walked me through what seemed to be so potentially dire. Yet, as I was able to turn to you, you showed me your love, peace and plans for me; plans not to harm me but plans for my future and hope. I am so blessed and thankful to you! You are so good! You are so faithful! You are so amazing! I love you Lord Jesus!


Devotions for June 14

1 Kings 15
2 Chronicles 13,14
Philippians 4

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