Advent Week 2: Day 6 PEACE

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This verse describes Gideon’s reaction to God’s compassionate response to  his (Gideon’s)expectation that he would be destroyed because he had “seen the angel of the Lord face to face!” “It is all right,” the Lord replied. “Do not be afraid. You will not die.” (Judges 6: 22-23, NLT). In the midst of what was likely abject terror, God spoke words of comfort and assurance to Gideon. Out of that experience, Gideon received the revelation that “the LORD is peace.”

God does not only give peace. He is peace. And I am reminded of a truth shared by Ann Voskamp in her book, The Greatest Gift, “God gives God.” He gives us who He is.

In addition, to Judges 6, examples of this truth are found in verses such as Psalm 71:5 (AMP), “For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my trust and the source of my confidence from my youth, ” and Psalm 28:7 (NIV), “The Lord is my strength…”

Prayer

Father, this Advent season, may we have a fresh understanding of the truth that You give who You are. May it sink deep into our spirits. Also, help us to remember that You, LORD are peace and everything else that we need.

Five Minute Friday: Surrender

 

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Joining Kate Motaung and other members of the Five Minute Friday Community for our weekly writing adventure. To learn about Five Minute Friday, click here. This week’s prompt is “Surrender.”

All to Jesus, I surrender;
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

Refrain
I surrender all, I surrender all,
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

The lyrics above are the first verse and the refrain of the hymn, “I surrender all,” written by Judson W. Van DeVenter in 1896. I learned this hymn as a child and, for many years, thought that my surrender to God was a one-time deal, much like is seen in images of various generals surrendering after losing a war. Life has taught me, however, that my surrender is a daily, sometimes, minute by minute process. And a life-long one.

I have learned that I may have surrendered to Him in one area of life only to discover that there are other areas where I am resisting and pushing against His Lordship. And He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is sovereign apart from me. But it is my obedience, it is my surrender with every choice that I make which establishes His Lordship in my life, and liberates me to experience the fullness of life that He desires and designed me to have. Surrender.

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Only

 

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John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

“In this is the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” 1 John 4:9.

Only. Defined as “alone in in a class or category.” In this the last day of the 31 days series, it is fitting to turn my attention to the Only Son, Who God give for us and Who also willingly offered Himself up for us.

The Son.

The One Who is the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us.

The One through Whom grace and peace came.

The pioneer and perfecter of our faith.

The One Who is the only mediator between God and mankind.

The One Who is God but made Himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant. And being found in an appearance as a man humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death, even death on the cross.

The One Who is the Light of world.

The One in Whom the fullness of the Godhead dwells bodily.

The One in Whom we are complete.

The Beloved in Whom we are accepted.

The One Who is our High Priest.

And our Shepherd.

And Who ever lives to make intercession for us.

The Lamb.

The Lion.

The Soon coming King.

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Day 31 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes challenge. Today’s prompt is “Only.”

Click here to read previous posts for the series, 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes.

Thanks to every one who read one, some, or all of the posts in the series. Special thanks to GiGiMandy, Ladymanni, and Granonine.

Aware

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After giving thought to today’s prompt on and off for approximately 2 hours, I am aware, cognizant of the fact that I do not know what to write in response to this prompt. I have considered and discarded various themes and options so I have decided to engage in a stream of consciousness process, hoping that something fairly coherent emerges.

I am thinking of the role context plays in my awareness. For example, if I am driving, I tend to be focused on the road, traffic lights, other drivers, etc., However, when I am a passenger, I see things that I was oblivious of while driving.

I am thinking also of the role emotions such as anger can play in what I give attention to, that which stands out. For example, I can become more aware of and be annoyed by the quirks of a loved one during times of conflict. But what can help me overlook those quirks is being aware that I also have flaws and quirks and I also need grace extended to me. And that I am a recipient of God’s grace and mercy every moment of every day.  I can forgive and He helps me to do just that as often as I need to do so.

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Day 13 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes challenge. Today’s prompt is “Aware.”

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Sky

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A rainbow in the sky. It has not yet become a commonplace sight to me and I pray it never will. A rainbow in the sky. It was given by God as a sign, a sign of His solemn promise to Noah, his sons, and every living creature who came out of the ark, and to everyone who would live after them. It was the sign of His solemn promise that He would never again allow floodwaters to destroy all life. And He has kept His promise.

But there is another promise God made which predated and is of greater significance that His promise to never again destroy all life through  floodwaters. This promise was made to Adam and Eve, and through them to all mankind. It was His promise to redeem us, first voiced in Genesis 3:15.

And the signs of His promise were repeated in all the books of the Old Testament until its fulfillment in the New. Jesus Himself mentioned one of these when he told Nicodemus, “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up.” And Jesus’ death is the ultimate demonstration of God’s love for us as stated in John 3:16 and Romans 5:8. The next time you see a rainbow in the sky may you also be reminded that He kept His promise to redeem us and will keep every promise He has ever made to you.

N.B. Links for Scripture references were added after the post was completed.

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Day 12 of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes challenge. Today’s prompt is “Sky.”

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Mid-week Boost (MB): Just Breathe and Be

“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and on the earth; Yours is the dominion and kingdom, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.” (1 Chronicles 29:11, AMP).

He is in control. Just breathe and be.

Mid-week Boost (MB): Be held

“He will protect His flock like a shepherd,
He will gather the lambs in His arm,
He will carry them in His bosom;
He will gently
and carefully lead those nursing their young.”

(Isaiah 40:11, AMP)

 

 

Mid-week Boost (MB): His Strength

Today I begin a new feature called “Mid-week Boost” (MB) which  I will continue at least until the end of the year. The purpose is to provide some encouragement, a boost to help us get us over the mid-week “hump.” The feature will include a song and a verse or passage of Scripture. I would appreciate your feedback. Also, if there is a song and/or passage of Scripture by which you have been encouraged, please share it in the comments. Also, you are invited to create a post of your own and use the tag, #midweekboost.  Thanks.

Concerning this I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might leave me; but He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me. 10 So I am well pleased with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, and with difficulties, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak [in human strength], then I am strong [truly able, truly powerful, truly drawing from God’s strength]. (2 Corinthians 12:8-10, AMP)