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Fruity Spirit: Peace

Peace can be mean many things; it can mean rest, safety, refuge, shelter, and more. The Lord is the ultimate peace-giver, as his word says time and time again.

May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” Ruth 2:12

Taking refuge in God is your ticket to eternal peace in Heaven. To be peaceful, and to have peace at mind and heart, we have to rely on Christ’s encouragement and protection. As humans, we have a nasty tendency to revert to anger or aggression in place of peace. Under God’s wings we take refuge in him, in the Lord, and find peace in his refuge.

Or else let them come to me for refuge; let them make peace with me, yes, let them make peace with me.” Isaiah 27:5

Again, this verse talks about refuge in God, which is very important to our faith, and we remember to let God take care of the bad guys and we help get  them saved. Being peaceful can make such a difference to our reputation and in the lives of others. To be someone who has peace and brings peace to the chaotic lives of others, who are living everyday in such a violent world, can change their lives for eternity.

This week, I encourage you to find peace in Christ. Pray, reflect, worship, and set your heart at rest, so that you can show others the rest and restoration that the Lord offers freely.

Before you can do anything else, you have to be saved and redeemed by confessing your sins. Just as well, in order to listen to the Spirit, follow Christ’s example, and obey God’s commands, we need to have our heart in a place that is ready to listen, follow, and obey–in the refuge and sanctity of the Lord.

The Lord will rescue his servants;  no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.” Psalm 34:22

 

Don’t forget to check-in next week for my post on Patience!

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Moving Forward

In the midst of difficult situations, tempting circumstances, and harsh conditions, even as Christians we often deal with our life scenarios just like any other average Joe might. So we’re talking about the non-average way, the right way, to deal with issues. Last week, we talked about the first step in dealing with difficulties, which is extremely important: accepting your circumstance. This week, it’s about the execution.
Even among hard times, God is always working in our lives and in the lives of others. He’s always looking out for us. You can trust that before God would ever put you into a time of difficulty, he would give you a way to get through it.
Simply as a testament to God’s constant intervention, I had a lot of things I was considering putting in this post, and was a bit confused, if not lost on the subject. Then, I went to Sunday church, and was intrigued to have a guest speaker speak on this exact subject, dealing with resolving difficult times in a Christ-like way.
I can’t help but use the same verse in his sermon, because it wonderfully depicts the wrong way and the right way of dealing with troubles.

In the Lord I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain. For look, the wicked bend their bows; they set their arrows against the strings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?”” Psalm 11:1-3

David isn’t in an easy position, either. He’s under attack, literally or figuratively for his faith and for doing what he knows is right. Other people are telling him to flee from his enemies and run from his troubles, but he’s asking those others how they can ever suggest him to flee or run away when he takes refuge in the Lord. And so do we.
Because we are protected by God, we can trust him to help us through difficult circumstances, trusting him that we’ll come out all right. It’s critical that we move past our fear, and we don’t simply run and hide from the situation at hand. Rather, we have to get our hands dirty and face it: to move forward. When our foundations are being destroyed, the Lord is our solid rock and foundation. It’s a tough message, and a tough thing to do, and we only can succeed with God, but if you want to do things right, God’s way is the only way to go.

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