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Tired of Being Sick and Tired? Try Peace!

Are you dragged down by bad news? Tired of Coronavirus? Tired of political lies and shenanigans? Tired of murders, riots, and racism? Pretty much sick and tired of it all?

Well, I’ve got some good news! There is something we can do to bring our minds out of the depression brought on by the problems of the world.

While Paul languished in a Roman prison and the Philippian church was enduring severe persecution, Paul encouraged the Philippians to rejoice and be glad. He said,

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8 NIV

In other words, don’t think about all the problems we face. Instead, think about things to be glad about.

We can let our minds be dominated by bad news or we can follow Paul’s admonition and set our minds on all things praiseworthy, lovely and true. The Philippians had good reason to be depressed and discouraged, but Paul told them that there was something else they could do. And that’s what we need to do today!

Make a decision to rejoice and be glad. Make a decision to think about what is noble, pure, and admirable. Avoid negative Facebook rants and don’t obsess on the news. I want to be informed, but I don’t want to watch the same news more than once.

Paul knew the Philippians would be worried about him. Roman prisons were horrific! Historians describe Rome’s Mamertine Prison as a former cistern – a dungeon in a well that was a dozen feet below ground. It was small, dark, dank, and stone-cold. (Jeremiah Study Bible)

But Paul said this:

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7 NIV

It they could experience the peace that passes understanding then, so can we today. God has made that provision for His children. Jesus said,

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 NIV

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” John 14:1 NIV

What are you thankful for today? Make a list of all the beautiful people you know and write down at least one thing that makes them special. Watch your mood change as you obey God’s Word and trust Him to give you the peace we so desperately need.

With Love,

Cindy

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Coronavirus and the Christian

In these perilous times where the Coronavirus has the world on edge, what could be more important than being privy to the wisdom of God? We know wisdom is tied to the fear of the Lord.

Someone asked me recently, “What is the fear of the Lord? What does it mean?”

It’s important to fully understand what is meant by it, for many promises are tied to it. Here are just three:

  1. “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” Proverbs 9:10 NIV
  2. “The [reverent] fear of the Lord [that leads to obedience and worship] is a fountain of life, so that one may avoid the snares of death.” Proverbs 14:27 AMP
  3. “He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.” Isaiah 33:6 NIV

The Amplified Bible says, “He will be the security and stability of your times.” (Isaiah 33:6)

Stability is resistance to change. We talk about a stable economy, meaning it won’t suddenly change. We want stability in our life, also. The fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.

The New Testament talks about building our life on Jesus Christ, our Rock.

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:24-27 NIV

So, in order to have stability in our life we must know the Word (The Bible) and put it into practice in our lives. Then, no matter what storms come our way we will stand firm on the Rock.

To fear the Lord means to be in awe of His Majesty and holiness. He is our friend, but He isn’t our buddy. We must not treat Him as merely a means of blessing and a way to get what we want.

When we incorporate the fear of the Lord into every moment of our lives, we make decisions based upon His approval. We live with the knowledge that the Creator of the universe is intimately involved in our every move. He sees, knows, and evaluates all our choices, and we will answer to Him.”

Got Questions

Remember the words of the Apostle Paul and do not be afraid.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 NLT

So, as we move forward in these days of uncertainty, let us be unafraid, trusting in God. May we live in the fear of the Lord and receive His wisdom, that our times will be steady and sure, built on the Rock, who is Jesus Christ, our Lord.

With Love, 

Cindy

This Is My Journey Unscripted.

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