How to live at peace with each other during these turbulent times.

 

 

Romans 12  (KJV)

12 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Bodies that are not polluted in mind, spirit or soul by the rhetoric that society ahs infiltrated into the church as an acceptable response to social morays. Guard our hearts and mind.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

If we are acting like and responding like the world to the troubles of this world using the words of the world to respond to the challenges of this world. Pleading for our pound of flesh like they world. Condemning people. places, things, ideologies without gaining the fact like the world then how are we demonstrating transformation.

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Are we applying this principle to the sufferings of the 40,000 million people who will be without health insurance and will die because they have pre-existing conditions or are we thinking soberly about being our brothers’ keeper?

Christian Leadership is demonstrated in the verses below.

For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:

So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Not separated by political agendas but joined in spirit and in truth by the Holy Spirit.

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;

Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Using our gifts for the enhancement of the Church of the Living God not the political machine that is dividing our nation. We must standout as different. We must be the walking, talking Jesus on the sermon on the mount of folks – especially people who are looking for a place where belonging means they can mess  up and still experience warmth and love,

Our daily walking orders from God our Father is Simple

Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. 1Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

How many times have people with need been ignored so we may going on our merry way and entertain ourselves? We live in a culture that says “The Weekend is Mine for me to have some Me Time!” But what happens to the fellowshipping of the saint when the church becomes a scattergram after the sermon and the call to the alter is over?  How do we build relationships when we are not talking to each other, getting to know each other. How do we rejoice with each other when a social “How are your doing?” is the only communication we have with each other. How do people ground in an environment when all they here is what is wrong with them or what they are doing.

13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

HOW DO WE HANDLE CONFLICT?

  1. 14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
  2. 15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
  3. 16 Be of the same mind one toward another

I have seen a pattern in social media that is disturbing to me. We will post “Get well son” or “you are in my prayers” etc., on the pages of people we have known for a while or sometimes people whom we want to impress. But we consistently ignore  the people we may be ticked off with or whom we consider “lesser” beings in out mind.  We may not be willing to admit this. But we don’t get to choose who we will pray for. We pray for everyone-even our enemies.

  1. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
  2. 17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 

Demonstrate agape love with all men. All is very inclusive. It is not at all exclusive.  This is where we must set aside our petty grievances, our passive aggressive patterns of behavior and pretend that all is well when it is not. This is when we institute the guidelines for conflict resolution in Matthew. Take your issues with your brother to your brother instead of to someone whom your believe “will handle-your brother and the problem for you.”  It is hard to tell a person that they must address the problem themselves rather than use a third pattern to be their battering ram. How can we live at peace when we will not initiate peace ourselves.

19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Does this Scripture apply to our enemies in 2017? If God is the all powerful god in whom we believe. I believe that it does.

21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. Weapons do not bring a about resolutions and our make a nation powerful. GOD DOES!

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He will give us Peace

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus – Philippians 4:7 NIV

I pray that his peace will be each of you this day and every day. It seems like this month we have had many tragedies and loss. The Lord is calling His loved ones home. For the last 4 or more years, each Thanksgiving season either I have lost a friend or a friend has lost a family member, or I have had a friend who is so sick I am wondering if the Lord is going to take them home. All the while praying that he won’t because I will miss then so.
Or I looked at a loved knowing that this will probably be their last Thanksgiving on this ball of clay.
As far as counseling goes, this has probably been the hardest year for me. The enemy seems determined to sift God’s people as wheat! The war of spiritual warfare is REAL, and it rages on. BUT GOD!! We are His people and t I declare unto you this morning that we are not called to have a spirit of fear, but to have a sound mind!!
He is our Jehovah Jireh. He is our Jehovah Shalom!!
It is hard to take the high road when we are walking through the valley of the shadow of death – either emotionally, spiritually, or psychologically and are screaming to God why have you placed me here! But friends He says, “My child – rest in my arms. You have work to do. The fields are indeed white with the harvest. I am sending YOU into the fields. Your strength is not imperfect it is perfect because it is my strength that is sustaining you. Though it may seem that the hordes of hell are at your heels look UP, do you see the host of angels guarding you?
Look inward can you feel the power of the Holy Spirit within you?
Take up your cross! Walk out into the darkness that is enveloping this world
and …
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, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 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 –  Ephesians 6:10-18 NIV
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Double post

I guess the Lord thought the first prayer did not get the point across. LOL Or maybe it was just a blonde thing. Did not realize that I had posted that prayer twice.

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