Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Verse for Today
2 Corinthians 13:11 - Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.

Words of comfort, encouragement and benediction always flow to God's children through His Word. God often used men like Paul who experienced God's peace and love amidst severe tests, and channeled such words of comfort to others who go through tough times in life. These words of encouragement are God's mind for us each day. We all have every reason to be sad, or in confusion and discomfort in our daily lives, and cannot find peace on our own accord in our situations which are infiltrated by the enemy and his agents. Every effort is taken by these enemies to manipulate our lives and to take away our sleep and rest in the Lord. Our eyes are darkened by unexpected events and experiences and our hope is drained away. Thus when we lose peace, we would not be able to praise God and that is what the enemy wants to see in us. But the Word of Comfort comes from God through His people to us to encourage us to rejoice in spite of circumstances, and be comforted in times of severe persecution and oppression. We are granted these experiences of joy, peace and comfort, and at the same time we are admonished to take effort to achieve these by putting our trust in the One who is able to give these benedictions to us through His Spirit and Word. God who loves us in spite of our failures, weaknesses and thoughtlessness, forgives our failures and mistakes and extends His pure love to us. When we are in His presence, we will be able to enjoy this love just as a child enjoys the love and comfort from a parent in whose lap the child remains fearless and at perfect rest. This experience is ours positionally, and it is for us to claim by the asking. It comes and fills our hearts as we seek to experience the peace and love of God in a larger measure. When we are filled with the Spirit of God, and as He takes full control of our emotions and intellect, God will fill every column in our minds with His love and peace which will be visible as fruit in our behavior and actions. His Spirit will stand guard around our hearts so that the discouragements of the environment and the enemy will not penetrate our thoughts.

Dear friend, are you able to possess and experience the joy, peace and love of God in your present circumstances? If you are going through a rough patch in life, you have every right and privilege to go to the Father and drink from His reservoir of love, joy and peace and fill yourself to overflowing. When your thinking, emotions and volition are fully under God's control, you will know the coolness of His comfort to resist the heat of your rough circumstances. Knowing God and His peace in our lives is the greatest strength we have in facing our difficult situations. We will not be afraid of our circumstances and our enemies if God reigns in our hearts and emotions. When we are thus equipped with God's resources of love, joy and peace, we would be able to face any circumstance and come out victoriously. This was what David had when he was forced to run away from Soul in the wilderness for fear of his life. And these experiences made his heart flow with some of the most comforting hymns of peace and joy which we all sing and praise God. These kinds of songs of peace and love were in the lives of God's people like Jonah while in the belly of the fish, and people of Israel after they crossed the red sea and when the walls of Jerusalem were rebuilt and commissioned. Just before the arrest of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, the disciples and Jesus sang praise to God. These praises are songs of joy and peace for all that God undertakes for us as we go through the valleys of life. Today let the songs of the redeemed be our songs of praise as we cross the difficult valleys of our lives. The Son of God's righteousness will shed His light into our hearts to lift us up and take us to the hills which are at the end of the present valleys.

Philippians 4:7 - And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Thought for Today
God's showers of blessing in the form of peace, love and joy will fall on us and soak us when we allow our hearts to be in full control by His Spirit.

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