God's Words For US
by Cecelia Lester
Bond of Peace
“Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” Ephesians 4:3 (NIV)
As children of God, we strive to seek tranquility in our lives. Every area of our life-home, workplace, and our business relationships- is to bring comfort to those we encounter.
Given the state of the world, we may find this difficult to do. We get hit from every side by events and happenings that the devil plans to undermine our beliefs and our faith in our way of life.
Paul tells us to strive to maintain the integrity of the Holy Spirit through the meeting of minds and hearts to find ways to live in peace. Matthew Henry says the bond of peace is like twigs bound together for strength. We would have this power in our lives if we sought to approach the world and those in it with meekness. Possessing a visible sign of serenity gives evidence of the presence of oneness with the Holy Spirit.
How can we achieve this kind of solidarity of the Spirit?
Filled With Peace
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace.” Romans 15:13 (NIV)
In our world today, we feel a lack of peace. We see and hear about the crime rate and atrocities done to one another. Vandalism, theft, and forgery arise in our world. In a given eight year period the population of women in prison had risen 61 % in my home state. The two main causes for this rise in number were theft and forgery.
Women who wouldn’t have thought of taking something that wasn’t theirs suddenly find themselves without jobs or any prospect of finding new ones. They run out of unemployment benefits but they still have expenses-utilities, rent or mortgage payments, grocery bills. They may have children to support.
We can only see what’s in front of us. We need to learn to communicate with God and ask us how to guide people who find themselves suddenly without the means of supporting their families. When we work together to help them through these times of panic and desperation, we allow God to become a reality to them, filling them with peace about who they are.
* By allowing God to control our lives, our thoughts, and our actions.
* By seeking His guidance when we have trials or problems.
* By trusting Him implicitly-without question.
* By obeying Him when He speaks to us.
“The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” Psalm 29:11 (NIV)
This verse describes what I believe has happened in my one friend’s life. God has made her strong. She and her sister were in worship service two days after being told she had Cancer. She smiled and responded when I reached across my pew to shake hands with her sister and her.
As I made my way back to my seat at the end of the time of greeting one another, I stopped to give her a hug. (Yes, we hug at my church.) She told me she would know more sometime the upcoming week.
As the congregation began a time of intercessory prayer, another friend came across the back of the Sanctuary, sat down beside this lady and held her hand. I reached around in back me to join in prayer for the one who faces this fearful diagnosis.
As I reflect on that day’s service, I am reminded of the peace she had in her smile and her eyes- a peace that only comes from the Lord.
I believed my friend was at peace with all this. I know she believed we serve an awesome God.
The lady who received this diagnosis went to be with the Lord on August 11,2011. She received divine healing-the best healing.
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Cecelia Lester has been serious about her writing for over two decades..
She composes Christian essays and posts them to her blog quietspirit-followingmyking.blogspot.com/
She has served in a faith-based organization, Grace In Action by writing two newsletters and searching for possible grants.
In July 2017, she published her first book, 'Times of Trouble Bring Rays of Joy.'
She and her husband of 52 years live in central Indiana. They have one grown son.
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