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Rest in Times of Trouble

Paul wrote to troubled Thessalonians, “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven … When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe” (2 Thessalonians 1:7, 10).

As in the troublesome days when Paul wrote these words, we are living in perilous times also. There is the threat of terrorism, political unrest, and sin abounding on every hand.

But, Paul extends an invitation to those who are troubled to “REST with us.”  Paul was resting, so why can’t we rest with him?   How can we rest with world conditions getting worse and worse?  By looking forward to the day when the Jesus shall come and put an end to our troubles.

Until then, rest in this assurance—When Jesus comes He will make everything that is wrong in the world, right!  This truth should bring rest to any troubled believer.

10 Important Words in Christian Relationships

With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” (Eph. 4:2, 3, 32).

This exhortation from the Apostle Paul is a plea for church members to exercise some T.L.C. towards others.   We all have our shortcomings and weaknesses.  None of us are perfect.  I pray these 10 words will be manifest in all our dealings with one another:

1.“Lowliness”— Being humble. Not proud.

2.“Meekness”— Not easily provoked; Yielding rights.

3.“Longsuffering”— Patience.

4.“Forbearing”— Tolerance of another’s shortcomings and failures.

5.“Love”— Putting the other person ahead of yourself.

6.“Unity”— Sticking together.

7.“Peace”— Freedom from strife or agitation; calm.

8.“Kind” — Sympathetic, gracious, adverse to hurting.

9.“Tenderhearted”— Affectionate, pitying.

10.“Forgiving” — inclined to overlook offenses; mild; merciful.

These 10 words will make a difference in your church and in your family.  How many of these words are manifest in your relationships?

Inner Peace

INNER PEACE

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” —Colossians 3:15

Frustrated, Lucy once told Charlie Brown, “I hate everything. I hate everybody. I hate the whole, wide world!”  Charlie Brown replied, “But I thought you had inner peace.”  “I do have inner peace,” Lucy retorted, “But I still have outward obnoxiousness!”

Our inner peace is often disrupted by obnoxious people or difficult circumstances. However, if we are walking in the Spirit, we can experience God’s inner peace no matter what how unpeaceful our outward situation may be. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, PEACE…” (Gal. 5:22).

Today’s text says, “LET the peace of God RULE in your hearts…” The key words are “LET” and “RULE.”  That means we must make a choice. For something to “rule” means there must be a surrender.  You must choose to “LET,” or allow, God’s peace to rule over your circumstances.  Our problem is we don’t allow God’s peace to overrule our emotions.  We stew and stress instead of surrender our problem to God.

Paul wrote, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). As we commit our problems to the Lord with trust and thankfulness, we will experience His inner peace.

Are you in a situation that is robbing you of God’s inner peace? If so, turn it over to God and allow His peace to rule in your mind and your relationships. The choice is yours:  The rule of God’s inner peace, OR, the pain of an obnoxious problem.

The Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” —Romans 14:17

The Kingdom of God is not about what you eat or drink. It is not a physical kingdom. It is spiritual. Notice those components of the Kingdom of God:  Righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Now Paul goes on to say, For he that in THESE THINGS [righteousness, peace, and joy] serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men (Rom. 14:18). If you serve the Lord in righteousness, and have peace and joy while you’re doing it, God accepts it and men will respect you.

One of the most difficult testimonies a Christian will ever have to give is when everything seems to go against him and he still maintains his peace and joy in the midst of it all. That’s tough because fiery trials have a way of disrupting your service for God and tends to rob you of your peace and joy.  Then some unsaved person sees you in the dumps and he thinks, “Uh-huh. That Christian just like me.  If I were going through what he is going through, I’d probably act the same way.”

But, what really causes that unsaved guy to be amazed is when everything goes against you and you go right on happily serving the Lord with peace and joy. He can’t understand how you can still have peace and joy when your are in the midst of trouble.

The reason is, you belong to a different kingdom than he does.  Your kingdom isn’t effected by meat and drink (physical things). Your kingdom is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” The unsaved man doesn’t have that.

Does you life demonstrate you are a citizen of God’s kingdom when you go through difficult situations?