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Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God. Isaiah 26:2,3 Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter, the nation that keeps faith. You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. In times of trouble we must continually strive to keep our minds turned to the Lord in prayer, trust and hope. This is difficult because of the demands on our time and our imagination. Proverbs 3:13-17 Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. Wisdom Sophia-the insight into the true nature of things. Phronesis-the ability to discern modes of action with a view to their results. Isaiah 54:10 Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you. C.S. Lewis When I invited Jesus into my life, I thought he was going to put up some wallpaper and hang a few pictures. But He started knocking out walls and adding on rooms. I said I was expecting a nice cottage, but he said “I’m making a palace in which to live”. Giants-Pamela D. Curtis Giants looming round about, Taunting, spitting fear and doubt Challenging God’s ways and words With frightful boasts and vicious slurs. Take up arms in holy wrath, Confront them with a scornful laugh, Stand in Christ’s victorious power, This is the giant’s final hour. Struggle fiercely in the Name, Block the blows of guilt and shame. Use your sword! Cut through their lies, Drown their threats with triumph cries, Push back their clouds of doom and blight, Overcome in faith-fired light, Wielding Christ’s authority, Make the giants turn and flee Giants looming all around? Rise up! Fight! Take back the ground. Numbers 13:30, 14:8,9 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the Lord is with us. Do not be afraid of them. Malachi 2:5 My covenant was with him (Levi), a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him; this called for reverence and he revered me and stood in awe of my name. Reverence To have a healthy fear of the Lord. To understand who he is and what he is capable of doing. Create an Atmosphere of Peace Too many people are living in a state of subdued panic or organized confusion. The church often breeds a hyperactive body of believers who are forever on the go, yet they have lost their sense of direction. We are called to generate a peace in the hearts and lives of others. Mike Bickle Jesus isn’t coming for a church that’s gritting her teeth, struggling to stay free from sin, secretly wishing she could indulge in a little immorality but abstaining because of being afraid of getting caught. No. Jesus is coming for a church passionately and utterly devoted to Him— one that is free on the inside. II Cor. 13:11 Finally brothers, good-by. Aim for perfection, listen to my appeal, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.
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