Peace in the Tangles

Throughout the weeks, I’ve noticed a spike in the number of people visiting this blog and reading the posts focused upon depression, trouble, hope, and prayer.

I adapted some of my posts and Bible study helps that I’ve written in the past to create a booklet. Additional Scriptures to consider are included at the end of the first four chapters. The last two chapters apply the Scriptures as prayer.

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The Secret of Rest

Feel like you’re jammed in traffic all the time? You’re going here and there. There’s no time to rest, no time to enjoy this life you’re living?

You’re busy doing good. Maybe you’re taking care of the kids or grandkids, and there’s soccer practice, homework, dance lessons, dinner, lunches to pack, science project, and in between you’re getting groceries, cleaning the house, doing laundry and helping the neighbor with her sick mom.

You’re visiting the sick, delivering meals to shut-ins, and teaching a Bible study.

You’re busy doing good at work. You are tied to your phone and your computer. There’s the social media for work and for yourself. You need to write that report, and the meetings take the day away. When you get home, you cook dinner, help the kids with homework, bathe them, put them to bed, snuggle with your husband, put him to bed, then you settle in to get the work done for the next day at the office.

The “To Do” list is 10 sheets long and growing.

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You can live with Jesus forever!

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Finally, the time had arrived. Jesus’ time. The time to show Himself as the long-awaited Messiah. The Great Promise!

Jesus mounted a young colt and rode down the Mount of Olives as the crowd hailed Him as King, laying down their cloaks and palm branches before Jesus, their King.

As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Luke 19:37-38

Word had spread about His mighty works … healing the blind, deaf, and lame; feeding the 5,000, calming the storm, and raising Lazarus from the dead. This Son of Man was the Messiah destined to save all of Israel and set  up His kingdom.

He was born for this. It was prophesied. It was promised.

Psalm 118 was one of the traditional Psalms that the Jews sang during the Passover feast.

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity. Blessed be he that comes in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD. Psalm 118:24-26

Jesus rode the colt on the same route the Passover Lamb took that day.

The LORD is God,
and he has made his light to shine upon us.
Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,
up to the horns of the altar! Psalm 118:27

Jesus was the festal sacrifice. It would not be necesary to pay for the sins of the people again with a Passover Lamb. Jesus was the Passover Lamb.

Jesus paid the price, once, for all. All that was necessary to be saved from sin after Jesus was crucified was to abide in Him.

That is the greatest miracle of all, isn’t it?

Our Great God, our Creator God, gave the world the greatest gift He could ever give, His only begotten Son, Jesus, as the One who would pay the price of our sins, death on the cross, so that we could live with Him forever.

In Jesus, we have peace with God.

In Jesus, we can come boldly before the throne of God and call Him “Abba, Father” …

Daddy!

Do you know this kind of love, this wonderful Savior?

You can know Jesus today.

Please pray:

God, I am so sorry that I have sinned against You. I want to know You. I want the gift of salvation that You have for me. Please forgive me of my sins. I want to give my life to You. Teach me how to know You and to abide in Jesus. Thank You for saving me, so that I can live with You forever. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Your next steps:

  • Tell another Christian that you just gave your live to God.
  • Find a Bible-preaching church and start attending it.
  • Start reading the Bible. You might want to start with the Book of John.
  • You might want to check out the free resources at BlueLetterBible.org.

If you just gave your life to God, please tell us in the Comment Section,
and we will be praying for you.

My prayer:

Father in heaven, thank You for sending Jesus to live among us, to teach us, to perform mighty works for us, to show us perfection, and finally, to pay the price of our sins, so that we would not have to live eternity away from You. Father, Your love is higher, wider, and deeper than we can understand. Your grace and mercy are beyond measure. If there are any who are reading this post who do not know You, I pray for them, Father. Show Yourself to them, and soften their hearts to trust You for their salvation. Thank You for Jesus, our Savior. In His name, we pray.

Please share this salvation message widely with your followers and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

The cost of a peacemaker

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Peace on the Sea of Galilee

Abram and Lot journeyed to Bethel (means “House of God”) in the Promised Land. They had great flocks and herds, and the land could not support them. This caused tension among the herdsmen.

So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers. Genesis 13:8

Abram told Lot that they needed to separate in order to continue prospering and living in peace.

Lot, choose the direction you want to go, and I’ll go the opposite direction.

Abram, I’ll take the valley. It has plenty of water and looks like the best land.

So Lot took his flocks and herds and traveled towards the cities, as far as Sodom.

Abram walked in the opposite direction and settled in Canaan. There, God expanded His promise to Abram to include not only great descendants, but also vast land.

It costs to be a peacemaker, but God honors peacemakers. They are God’s sons.

 

Cost of peace

Abram gave the choice to Lot to preserve peace. Lot chose what he thought was the best land.

Peace between God and humanity cost Jesus His life. Jesus brought peace through His death on the cross, through taking our sin upon Himself and paying the price for our sin … death and separation from God. His disciples thought all was lost. But Jesus rose from the dead and now sits at the right hand of God speaking on our behalf.

Our Messiah’s peace leads to our salvation, completion, rest, and reconciliation with other people and with God. Our Shalom is the fullness of life.

Markers of a peacemaker

  • Received Jesus.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, John 1:12

  • Placed faith in Jesus.

For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26

  • Led by the Holy Spirit. 

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. Romans 8:14

  • Loves and prays for enemies. 

You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven … Matthew 5:43-45

  • Guarded hearts and minds

And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

My prayer

Father, thank You that Jesus brings us peace with You. Father, loving our enemies is hard. Yet, Your dear Son loved His enemies and prayed for them. He asked You to forgive them. I pray for our enemies, those who hate You and hate Your followers. Father, show them Your love and Your forgiveness; show them Your holiness, and draw them to You. Soften their hearts, Lord, and cause them to receive Jesus as their Savior. Pour out Your peace upon them and upon Your children. Holy Spirit, lead us and guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Thank You, Father. In You, we have peace that is pure, merciful, and gracious.

Leave a comment telling us what the Lord is teaching you about your role as a peacemaker.