Rise and Shine my loves. Happy Hump Day. Hang on in there.
I have been feeling the peace of God in a way that just brings joy to my soul. It so good that I have been smiling all day and my loves, I'm not much of a smiler at all. I want to praise the Lord and sing praises to Him for all that He does for me and has done for me. My God is my comforter, my protector, my provider, my Holy Father, my Righteous King. My Alpha and Omega, my beginning and my end. My strength. My source of perfect peace. He is the one true love of my life. He is my All and All.
There is nothing more beautiful and comforting than the peace of God. It transcends all understanding. It keeps you. It protects you. It frees you. It washes away all worry, stress, anxiety and fear.
The peace of God encourages you. It brings you an inexplicable calm or sense of calmness. It provides a personal ray of sunshine in the midst of a raging storm.
The peace of God relieves the pain. It delivers you. It'll allow you to joyfully release it all through one last good and funky ugly cry and then lift your hands and eyes to Him knowing that by trusting in Him, truly trusting in Him that it will all inevitable be okay. It allows you to say to yourself and mean it "I know it will all be okay. It will all work together for my good in the end. Jesus I trust you."
The peace of God provides you joy, happiness and love. It's all encompassing.
The peace of God is so strong that it will leave you a bit confused, if you ain't used to being at peace. It'll have you going around blessing your enemies and putting away ya boxing gloves like what just happened. It'll have you walking around humming to yourself and praying and giving thanks to God throughout the day.
The peace of God will have you walking around quoting scriptures and wanting to see messages from your favorite preacher or minister on tv and YouTube. It will have you ready to give "it", whatever "it" may be one more go.
The peace of God will have you going around sharing your testimony with everyone you encounter about how good God has been to you.
The peace of God will rid you of any shame or condemnation. It will have you taking up a position of power and authority. God don't want you to be walking around all weak all you life, now.
The peace of God will remind you that you are a child of the most high God. Ruler of the heavens and the Earth. King of kings. Lord of Lords.
So, my loves I want to encourage you to give "it", whatever "it" may be to Jesus and for you to stay in peace.
If you have a child who's gone off course, give him or her to Jesus. If money is tight and you don't know how you are going to pay your bills, give it to Jesus. If you are out of work and need a job, ask the Lord to bless you with a new opportunity. If you are worried about the Coronavirus, give that worry to God and ask Him to keep you in perfect health. If you are taking a leap of faith and doubt is starting to creep in, give it to Jesus and speak truth that you dreams will come to pass. If business is slow and you don't know how to turn it around, give it to God. If your marriage is going through a rough patch, and you are about ready to throw in the towel, give it to Jesus. If your friends or family have turned on you and walked away, give it to Jesus. If you don't know where to turn or what to do, give the confusion to Jesus. He will provide wisdom, knowledge, discernment and a way to make it through anything.
Therefore, whatever "it" is, give "it" to God. Ask Him for peace. Ask Him for peace like only He can give. Ask Him to remove all confusion, worry, fear, anxiety, doubt, stress, concern, anger, unforgiveness, feeling of fret, and anything else that is blocking you from having peace, to be gone. Just ask the Lord to take those feelings away.
Now, when He gives it to you, you gotta learn to accept it, now. I'll be the first to admit that accepting the peace of God has been hard for me.
My loves, I used to pray for peace, I mean really fervently pray for peace, I mean I would cry, decree, declare, plead the blood for peace, then walk around wondering why I wasn't upset or stressed about a situation anymore. The problem hadn't gone away but me trying to control it had. I would end up so stress free and at peace so quickly after my prayer that it would have me wondering what had happened. All anger would disseminate so rapidly it would be like woah, what's going on? Where's the chaos? That peace would be so strong, so powerful, so imminent and so forthcoming, that it used to catch me off guard and leave me confused.
I just wasn't used to being at peace and not having to walk around upset and ready to fight all the time.
I wasn't used to having blessings come out of nowhere. I wasn't used to people randomly being good to me or speaking life into me.
I wasn't used to problems being resolved without me even having to tap into my list of resources.
I wasn't used to not having to defend myself. I wasn't used to having the desire to pray for those who meant me harm come upon me.
I wasn't used to getting surprise checks in the mail and other unexpected sources of income come out of nowhere.
I wasn't used to being full of "just because I'm alive" joy.
I wasn't used to being able to abide in the Spirit and take up the full armor of God in order to withstand every attack of the enemy. I wasn't used to Satan attacking me from every which away and still being able to clinched teeth say "Devil, get thee and yo demons behind me! I serve a God who will keep me from all hurt and harm. All heartache and pain."
I wasn't used to seeing the traps set by my enemies and shaking my head and questioning "Is that all you got? Is that yo best shot?"
I wasn't used to seeing sticks of dynamite openly set for my destruction and being able to say, "God let the dynamite explode. I know you will bring me out from the rubble all limbs still in tact, without a scratch or trace of dust. Clean as a whistle I will be."
I wasn't use to truly embracing and sitting in the peace of God. So learning to accept and sit in the peace of God was really really hard for me at first. And even now there are still times when I'm tempted to handle it on my own and I have to humbly remember to bow before the Lord and allow Him to reign me back in and allow Him to keep me in perfect peace, to keep my mind stayed on Him, while He handles "it" for me. So, it may take time to get used to sitting in the peace of God for you as well.
For starters, to help you to learn to embrace and sit in the peace of God, I want to remind you that the battle is not yours, it's the Lord. The problem is beyond who or what you see. I want everyone to commit Ephesians chapter 6 to memory.
Let's explore a chunk. Please know Ephesians 6:10-12. The NIV reads, "Finally be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood (aka people- realize this aka is not in the Bible but is a clarification I'm adding), but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
I want to skip down to verse 18 of Ephesians 6 and in the NIV it says "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people."
So you don't have to go around fighting everyone you see. They are a problem but they are not the source of the problem. This one simple realization will deliver so many of you from so much worry and pain.
You don't have to go around worrying about people. You don't have to go around trying to prove yourself to people. You don't have do go around seeking approval from people. You don't have to go around seeking justification from people. You don't have to go around defending or explaining yourself to people. You don't have to go around worrying about what they down did to you now.
They are a problem, you can pray for them, you can pray to overcome their attacks, you can pray them out of your path, but the true source or root is not flesh and blood my loves. It's not. If you worry and fight people once you overcome that one person, trust me Satan will just use another one of his demons to take you out doing the same nonsense as the last person. If you want to get rid of the problem, you need to battle against the source which is not that person or group of people.
My loves, I promise you, if you read the word, apply the word, talk to God, give it to God, when you're tempted to retake control of the situation from God and you readjust your focus and re-give it to God, and you patiently wait and pray for Him to work it out while you stay in peace, He will. I'm a living witness.
I've been jobless before and when I finally truly gave it to God he took care of me. Not a day hungry or without a house over my head was I. I've been hurt, lost and confused and when I gave each and every situation to the Lord, in time, He worked each and every situation out. I've felt attacked and ready to fight not the good fight of faith but the my fist to yo face fight if you don't leave me alone type of fight, but when I humbled myself and told God that I would let Him fight my battles for me, time after time, He did. I've had my share of broken friendships and familial relationships and when I prayed to God for the power of forgiveness and restoration, I kid you not He restored each and every one of those relationships.
I have had Satan and am having Satan use everyone and everything available to take me out. I tell you Satan and his network of demons don't fight fair. They're vicious. They're crushing. They're destructive. They play for the jugular and they don't hit like no little -----.
They lie, cheat, manipulate, frame, falsify, malign, make up stuff, cause dissension, create chaos, create discord, speak to the minds and hearts of others against you, all in an attempt to kill, steal and destroy you but I'm doing what I'm telling you to do, and that is to give it God.
Satan and his network of demons aim to take your mind, focus and commitment away from God. Don't fall for it. Trust God even more when you are being attacked by the devil and even more when it don't look like there is a way out or you don't see how you will ever be able to make it through.
When you are under spiritual attack that is manifesting itself through all sort of human and earthly ugliness, that is the time to stick you shoes in the mud, be unmovable, be unshakeable, be unbreakable, and scream the name of "Jesus!!! Help me Jesus!!! Handle it for me Jesus!!!! Deliver me Jesus!!! Keep me Jesus!!!! Guide me Jesus!!! Don't let them hurt me Jesus!!!! Don't let them destroy me Jesus!!! Don't let them win Jesus!!! Don't leave me, Jesus!!!! Don't take your joy away from me Jesus!!! Don't take you peace from me Jesus!!! Keep me Jesus!!! Comfort me, Jesus, Help me, Jesus! Give me strength to make it one more day Jesus."
In the midst of it all, he, Jesus will give you what He has given me the last couple days, and that is an illogical, immeasurable, undeserving, unrequested, irreplaceable, all encompassing, beyond comforting, smile evoking sense of Peace that only He can give.
So as a living witness, I promise you, keep asking Him, keep praying to Him and He will work "it" out for you. He will. You just have to be still, have faith, ask Him for discernment for your involvement in the matter and let Him do what He do.
God will give you the desires of your heart, so be ready to embrace it. Don't be afraid when you end up walking around smiling like Chesta Cheetah (aka Chester Cheetah) when everything in your life is going opposite of how you would like it to be. You may experience attacks coming at you from every direction and still end up being just as happy as can be. Everyone will be like what's wrong with you, I thought you're life was falling apart and you just a grinning.
You're enemies will be confused to see you Cheesing. Smiling. Walking around looking like Chestah. All while silently praising the Lord. They thought their evil schemes were really going to take you out this time, and you just sitting over there like "Nah partna, as long as I got King Jesus, I don't need nobody else. I've been lied on, talked about, defeated, mistreated, framed, thrown down to the ground but as long as I got King Jesus I don't need nobody else."
That smile and joy that you'll experience, that smile and joy that may feel so weird if you are not used to it, is the peace of God. Just enjoy it when the time comes.
I want to give you all a couple scriptures that have been placed on my heart that you can read as part of your daily devotion today, Psa 37:4-11/18-19/23-26/37, Jud 1:2, Phi 4:6-7, Isa 32:7, Joh 16:33, 2 Tim 2:22-24, Isa 26:3
Also my loves, I always like to give a song of praise or two or a few. I want you to que and softly play:
- "I Feel Like Going On" by Keith Pringle
- "Break Every Chain" by Tasha Cobbs Leonard
- "Smile" by Kirk Franklin
- "Peace Be Still" any version whether Rev James Cleveland or Vanessa Bell Armstrong or any other
- "Perfect Peace" by Keith Pringle
- "He Knows My Name" by Tasha Cobbs Leonard ft Jimi Cravity
- "Forever At Your Feet" by Tasha Cobbs Leonard
- "I Will Trust In The Lord" by Reverence James Moore
- "You Are My Strength" by Miranda Curtis
- "Everlasting God" by William Murphy
- "Fill Me Up" by Tash Cobbs Leonard
My loves, God loves you. He is not a God of nonsense. He is not a God of turmoil. He is not a God of chaos. He is not a God of confusion. Though problems may come. Though trials and tribulations may occur. Though unfair situations may arise. Please, allow Him to keep you in perfect peace.
Know that restoration will come. Vindication will come. Justice will come. Just keep the faith, stay in peace, and keep on holding on.
God is for you and will never leave you, no matter how it seems or how cloudy the day may be, He is there.
My loves, I love you all. Stay prayed up. Stay in peace. Have a blessed day my loves and have a great rest of your week.