Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
I simply love God’s word. It seems like every time it instructs us to NOT do something, it gives us something else to do. Don’t worry…instead, pray! The verse above goes on to say, “Tell God…..…” Wait a minute! What do we need to tell God? Doesn’t he know everything? Why should we waste any time telling him something he already knows?
He knows when we’re…
I can tell you why in one word. Relationship! When we actively come to him with our heart opened a relationship is formed. You see, only when we are honest with him will we have peace in our circumstance. Only when we are bold enough to step near his throne will he guard our hearts and minds from all the distractions of life.
When changes and trials approach us we really only have two options. We can resist. I like to compare this to attempting to stop an avalanche with a gardening shovel. Our efforts are usually ineffective. The other option is to accept it, and discover how to embrace it. This leads to a strong witness to those around us. It also is evidence that we are maturing in our faith.
What has shaken your world this week? Take time today to tell Jesus all about it. He’s waiting on you to invite him into your pain. May you then have peace in his arms of love.
Recently, I was able to attend the final night of prayer concluding a week of prayer at our church. I was unable to be there three other nights due to my work schedule, and I assisted in the kids area the other night (my wife is the Children’s Director). Every time our church family gathers for these times of ‘Crave,’ as we call it, God inevitably speaks and reveals amazing things. So I was very excited to participate on Friday.
As I was reading and meditating on the Word, I found myself stuck on a passage in 2 Corinthians. Has that every happened to you? Getting ‘stuck’ in a passage? I read it over and over multiple times. And this is what I read:
You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:11
Simply stated, we will be blessed….to be a blessing! And this is only the beginning. The end piece of this passage is the key point. Through our obedience (with those blessings) God will be praised! Wow…what we do with what God gives us will determine the thankful voices of praise lifting up God’s name.
For some this means to be a blessing with finances. But for others it may mean being a help, spreading your joy of life, being a listening ear, etc. It may also mean forgiving someone who does not deserve your forgiveness.
How have you been blessed by God? What would it look like if you were to bless others in the same way? Be a conduit of praise for Him today.
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This Sunday morning I was leading a small group of 4th/5th grade girls. One particular activity we had was to ‘build’ the perfect Dad. You see, prior to class dozens of men’s heads, arms, legs, torsos, etc. were cut out from magazines. The group had to dump all the parts out on the floor…pick their favorite fatherly attributes…and build away! Now, just before we began the first round one of the girls raised her hand. “Mr. Brent,” she said, “I don’t need to do this activity. I already have one!”
Of course, the lesson was supposed to be teaching that God is our perfect Father in Heaven. But I couldn’t help being taken back by this young girl’s heart-felt & sincere love for her earthly father. What a blessing.
Which leads me to beg this question. Can you relate to this young girl when you think about your own father? Might I encourage you that it doesn’t matter really how you answer. Because either way….you are the child of an awesome, loving, loyal, forgiving, and understanding Heavenly Father! You are His….and you are loved. So you see, you already have one too!
1 John 3:1
Sing praises to the LORD, who sits enthroned in Zion! Tell among the peoples his deeds! Psalm 9:11 (ESV)
As I was sitting in the café of our church on Sunday morning…listening to the people sing as the music played…the above verse came to mind. Specifically, the second part resounded in my mind. ‘Tell among the peoples his deeds’…my paraphrase being, BE OUTSPOKEN AND BOLD WHEN BRAGGING ABOUT GOD’S HANDIWORK! This is what praise is, thanking him for all he has done. But that’s not all. I would encourage you that this should also include all that he is doing and is about to do.
Have you recognized his hand in your life in the past? Praise him for those times. Can you see him at work now? Rest in the fact that he is…..and he is already at work in the things to come in your life. Praise him for that as well.
Praise the LORD today…
…that he is control.
…that he cares for & loves us.
…and that he dwells among us 24/7.
Proverbs 18:10 reads:
The name of the Lord is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe.
photo by: thefatherheart.org
Names. Everybody’s got one. We either like what our parents named us, or we wish that we could change our name to something else…and some do! Onomatology is the study of names. Do you know what your name means? Mine (Brent) is from a Celtic word meaning ‘from the hill.’ Now, maybe I tend to read into things like this a little too much, but a couple questions come to mind. First, what ‘hill’ is being referred to? And second, what was the first Brent doing on that hill? See…random thoughts.
For those of us who believe in God and have given our lives over to Him, the scripture passage above offers tremendous hope and security. What’s in a name? Simply put…the name of God is our home base…our safe zone…our Daddy’s lap. Additionally, when we take a look at all of God’s names in the Bible it quickly becomes apparent that He is much more than that. He really is our everything.
So for this week, may you find safety, rest, and comfort sitting on the knee of your Heavenly Father. May you also feel His strong, loving arms embrace you as your child-like grin touches His heart.