Occasionally I am reminded of a post I did in the past that is still relevant today. My pastor at Zion Family Ministries delivered a message this morning that reminded me that most of us get off the path of righteousness sometimes and need to call out to God for direction. Enjoy this revelation from February 2009: http://roadrevelations.org/?p=245
I heard a verse of scripture this week that spelled out four steps to Peace that I wanted to share with you. Then just yesterday I read another verse that said almost the same thing and I thought it was a “revelation” that God really wanted me to share.
The first verse was Phillipians 4:6 from the New Living Translation, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” I love scripture that seems to spell things out in steps. Step 1 – Don’t worry! Worry shows fear and fear is the opposite of faith. Many times in the Bible we read; fret not, don’t worry, don’t be anxious, don’t let your heart be troubled, and many other ways of saying the same thing. Worry shows a lack of trust in God and His Word.
Step 2 – Pray. And not just about the big things but pray about everything. Nothing is too small for God to want to help you with. Pray at all times with all kinds of prayers, (Ephesians 6:18). Prayer is simply talking, and listening, to God.
Step 3 – Express your needs. Tell God what you need, what you want. Now, He will straighten you out on the difference in your wants and your needs. In the Lord’s Prayer Jesus said to say it like this, “Give us this day our daily bread,” (Matthew 6:11), give us what we need today. The more you talk to Him, the better you’ll understand what you need and what you just want. But if you are in line with His will, He will give you your wants too.
Step 4 – Thank Him. God knows what’s best for you so we must give Him thanks for His decisions. We must thank Him for what He’s done for us in the past, what He’s doing now, (whether we are aware of it or not), and what He has planned for our future. It’s a good plan you know, (Jeremiah 29:11). Always give thanks, (Ephesians 5:20).
So there you are: Don’t worry – Pray – Express your needs, and Thank God; four steps to peace. But I told you earlier I found another scripture that said almost the same thing. 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18 says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” If you’re rejoicing, you’re not worrying, pray and give thanks. We say we want to know God’s will for us, well, there it is. Do these things and you will find peace and a whole lot more.
Have you ever failed God? Have you ever done something bad and then later realized what you had done and were overwhelmed with guilt? Sure, we all have. But the fact that it really bothers us shows that we are repentant and are sorry. At that point, we need to ask God to forgive us, ask Him for His help not to do it again, and accept his forgiveness. He will forgive us and get us back on the right path to where He wants to take us.
If you think you’ve failed Jesus too badly or too many times to get back in His good graces, let me remind you of Peter, the disciple. Jesus called Peter, “the Rock”, (Matthew 16:18), when he correctly answered Jesus by saying He was the Messiah. When Jesus told them at the last supper that they would all deny Him, Peter was quick and bold to say, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”(Matthew 26:33). But later that night, Peter, the Rock, not only denied Jesus but did it three times, the last time with cursing. Then… he heard the rooster crow and remembered what was said earlier and he was overwhelmed with guilt. Peter failed Jesus, he blew it badly. And so have we. But all is not lost…
The words of the song from 1980 by Don Francisco, “He’s Alive”, come to my mind relating to Peter:
“And Jesus stood before me, with his arms held open wide.
And I fell down on my knees and I just clung to Him and cried.
Then He raised me to my feet, and as I looked into His eyes.
The love was shining out from Him, like sunlight from the skies.
Guilt in my confusion, disappeared in sweet release.
And every fear I’d ever had, just melted into peace.”
Peter, as bad as he had failed Jesus, was forgiven. Jesus got him up off the floor, looked him straight in the eye, and, I imagine, said, “I love you Peter, I know you are sorry, and I forgive you. I bet He gave him a big hug too. And, Jesus will do the same for you. Look into His eyes… what do you see? That same love is there. Let go of that guilt today. Jesus is standing there with His arms held open wide. Go to Him.
“The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy;” (John 10:10). Jesus said, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” (Luke 10:18). Lucifer was like the head worship leader in Heaven until he wanted to be equal to God and got kicked out. Along with him went 1/3 of the angels who were sympathetic to his cause. They ended up on earth where Satan began by lying to and tricking Eve and Adam, (oh Adam was there and should have stopped his wife from listening), into giving up the blessing of God. They did and sin and death entered the world. Noah found favor with God and was chosen to help set things straight again but two of his sons blew off the blessing just like Adam did which set the stage for Jesus. Jesus came and took us back to square one with the devil’s defeat at the cross but even though he’s a defeated foe, he is still lying to and deceiving God’s people. He can’t stand us because we created beings look like God and sing praises to him like Satan used to. But the only way he can steal, kill, and destroy is to bully us.
The Bible says we are to, “Resist the devil and he will flee from us.” (James 4:7). But what does the first part of that verse say? “Submit to God…”. Yes, submit to God, get close to Him, learn His word and , “Put on the full armor of God..”. Why? “..so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (Ephesians 6:11). We’ve got to know our rights and authority which are stated in the Word in order to resist the devil. Otherwise, we’ll get bullied.
I had a vision once of a little demon harassing me telling me all these lies trying to get me to doubt and fear which was beginning to work. I put my hand to my forehead and said, “Oh Jesus.” Suddenly, the demon’s eyes got big, he stepped back trembling with a look of fear on HIS face. I turned and saw Jesus standing behind me who said, “Son, I’m always right here. I’ll back you up.” We can’t be bullied if we have Jesus with us. Is he with you? Are His words in your heart?
We’ll look at some more about this topic and some offensive strategies in the next Revelations From The Road. Be blessed!
This is going to be a sort of survey and might step on our toes a little, if you know what I mean. Are you a believer? Yes or No.
“All things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9:23).
You believed with your heart and confessed with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and asked Him into your heart. The Bible says you’re saved. Are you saved? Yes or No. (If you’re not, do what it says three sentences back.)
Jesus took a beating for your healing, “.. and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5). Do you believe you are healed? Yes or No.
When a couple becomes pregnant they say they are “expecting”. They can’t see the baby but they believe it’s there and start making preparations for its arrival. “Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing me.” (John 20:29). Do you believe and expect good things from God even though you can’t see them? Yes or No.
God made a promise to Abraham and cut a covenant with him. “If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:29). “Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.” (Romans 8:17). Do you believe you are in Abraham’s will? Yes or No.
Do you believe we can be like Jesus? Yes or No. “.. no servant is greater than his master,” (John 13:16), “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing,” (John 14:12). Do you believe you can do what Jesus did? Yes or No.
Finally, are you more likely to believe the doctor or the Bible? Are you more likely to believe the government or your Bible? Are you believing the lies of the devil or the promises of the Bible? Do you believe the TV news or the Bible? I think we all can say like the father of the boy with the evil spirit when Jesus asked him if he could believe, “I believe, but help my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24). Do you believe? Yes or No.