Peace and Be Still, in the Name of Jesus Christ.
I have peace of God. That peace of God surpasses my understanding of what the future holds for me, even as I type this blog post. I want to encourage you, dear reader with what the Word of God says in Philippians 4:6-7:
~”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 4:6-7, NIV~
I have been through many things in my life: from transitioning from college life to graduate student life online to traveling abroad and job after job after job…….including financial gains and losses. The losses I experienced from 2017, I count as gain for the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. They bring glory to God as I experience what it means to suffer for His sake. As I type this blog post, I don’t care for attention to myself, when I know that I am an overcomer of my circumstances. All I care about is allowing what God allows to happen in my life, whether the events be good or bad, for His sake, to bring glory to the Kingdom of God as I seek Him first.
“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”~Philippians 3:14, ESV~
~”No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”~Romans 8:37, ESV~
I want God to be glorified in all that I do. Whether it be through my writings on this blog, sharing the love of Christ with a friend over coffee, or being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in my workplace, I want to glorify God in all that I do as I have peace and be still, knowing that Jesus Christ is the Lord and God of my life. My opinion of whether or not I believe that God deserves all of the glory in my life does not matter because the Word of God is what stands. It stands as I live and breath for Jesus Christ for my Christian and non-Christian friends to see in my life.
I remember a friend of mine, who goes to my church. She likes my writings: very much. This friend of mine told me that my writing is very good and that I should use it to glorify God. And that is exactly what I am doing: using my writing to point people to Jesus as I continue to be the light that God has called me to be for the Kingdom of Jesus’ sake. I don’t care if others think I am too loud or noisy in sharing my faith in Jesus with them or even crazy. If others ask me about my faith in Jesus, I will tell them about it. As followers of Christ, we are called to share our testimonies of what Jesus has done in our lives with the world. We are called to be bold, not afraid or fearful, of what others, whether non-Christians or Christians, will say or think as we step out on faith and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a person who really needs to hear about Him.
~”For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.”~2 Timothy 1:7, NIV~
I try to be Jesus to the homeless person I pass by him or her whenever I go to the Marta station by smiling brightly at him or her. I try to be Jesus to one of my family members, who struggles with mental illness as I show this family member love and compassion as Jesus tells us to. I try to be Jesus to colleagues I run into at Starbucks, as I sip my cup of warm coffee and talk about and share my life with him or her. I try to be Jesus to my church friends, even as I text them and ask them for prayers and pray for them. I try to be Jesus to everyone because it is what Jesus wants us to do: To be His hands and feet to the masses and to the multitudes, who need Jesus to brighten up his or her day.
~”A large crowd followed and pressed around him.”~Mark 5:24, NIV~
Dear reader: rest and know that you are loved and Jesus loves you so much! There is so much more that I want to tell you other than this:
I desire you to be like Jesus in all that you do because this is a desire that God put in my heart for you. I want you to come to Jesus as you are because it is what Jesus wants you to do. I want you to present your prayer requests to God and pray, pray, pray for those of the world and those in the world so that they come into a personal relationship with Abba Father. I desire for you to just trust God with everything: with your life, your heart, and your soul. Jesus loves you and He loves you better than I ever could.
That is my hope for you, dear reader. Now, I want to pray for you before closing this blog post ( I could have made it longer, but am keeping it short, sweet, and to the point):
Thank You for Your peace and that it surpasses the understanding of every reader, who opened up this blog post and read it today. May Your peace encompass each reader as he or she remains still in the peace that is found in You. I do not know what each of these readers are going through, but I ask You and Your Holy Spirit to meet each reader where he or she is at as he or she comes to you where he or she is at. Show compassion where each reader is at. May Your loving arms wrap themselves around each person so that they find themselves resting in the peace that is found in You. Dry each tear that has fallen from the readers’ eyes as they remain in Your peace and constant joy that is found in You. May they have a firm and solid understanding of what Your peace is, as victors and not victims of Your Son, in Your precious name. May Your hand heal them as they find that peace in You always and not focus on the bad that is around them. I give You all of the glory, the honor, and the praise.
In Jesus’ Name,
God bless and cherish you today! ❤