Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise
Jesus’ Package of PEACE…
“LORD, MY heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty; neither do I exercise myself in matters too great or in things too wonderful for me. Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with his mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me [ceased from fretting]. O Israel, hope in the Lord from this time forth and forever.” (Psalm 131:1–3, AMP)
The apostle Paul wrote, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I like the way the Amplified Bible puts it, “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and
equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am
self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency].” (Philippians 4:13, AMP)
About a month ago our church softball team closed out its 2015 season in second place. Because of artificial hips, a troubled heart, and pulmonary fibrosis I am unable to be a player instead I am the teams score keeper. Not an inning went by but what I didn’t want to be out on the field saving the game by making a great play or getting the winning walk off RBI. But what I wanted to do and what I could do are two different things. According to what Paul wrote I could have been a player but Paul didn’t write, “I can do all the things I want to do through Christ who strengthen me.”
In the upper room the night of his arrest Jesus told the disciples he was going to give them his PEACE, a peace the world could never understand a short while later they received his PEACE. We too have the PEACE of Jesus. The Psalmist and Paul provide us with some powerful insight into what comes with Jesus’ PEACE. “I am self-sufficient in Christs sufficiency,” And “LORD, MY heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty; neither do I exercise myself in matters too great or in things too wonderful for me.”
Included in the “Package of Jesus’ PEACE” is the ability not only to accept the path God has chosen each of us to walk but also to hold our head up high and walk with Jesus all the way. The path I walk includes artificial hips, a troubled heart, and pulmonary fibrosis therefore I live my life empowered by the sufficiency of Jesus accordingly.
A person living their life in the PEACE and sufficiency of Jesus will never be handicapped.
Believe! Anticipate! Experience! Be transformed!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7, NLT)
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