No, You Need Peace

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“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” Isaiah 26:3, NKJV.

Read the Scripture above out loud and think on how it applies to you.

I’ll never forget a season in my life when every time I went to the altar for prayer the minister would tell me that I needed peace. I would go to them and say, “I need prayer for wisdom because I’m having to make important decisions.” They would look at me and say, “No, you need peace.” Then I would go up to the altar again the next Sunday-this time to a different person-asking for prayer for my marriage and family. Same response, “No, you need peace.” After this happened several times I became frustrated because I thought I already had peace. So I asked my husband, “Do I look peaceful to you?” He smiled and said, “No, you look like you always have a lot on your mind.” I didn’t have peace at all because my mind was on everything else but God.

Peace is more than a feeling, it’s a knowing that everything is going to be alright because God is in control. It’s a song on your heart and an attitude of praise because you know God won’t let you down. In every situation, you can trust in the Lord to make good on His promises to you. You can choose not to worry about how He is going to do it or when He will come through. You can choose to fix your mind on His promises instead of the problems because you know He loves you, He’s with you and He is in full control.

Prayer: Father God, I thank You for speaking to my heart. You are my faithful God and I love You! Help me to keep my mind stayed on You. Keep me in Your perfect peace. I can’t do anything in my own strength. You are the only One who can do it. I put my total trust in You right now and I ask that You be glorified in my life. In Jesus name, Amen.

It’s not over until His dream for your life come to pass!

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“Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more.” Genesis 37:5

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11

Years ago, while attending a women’s conference at a large stadium, I heard the voice of the LORD whisper in my ear, “Why not you? Why can’t this be you, My daughter?” He said, “I will expand your reach to many across the world and I will use you in even greater ways to teach and preach My Word.” I breathed in that moment. Unbeknownst to me, I was going to need that memory for the weeks, months and years ahead. The Bible says how Joseph had a dream and his brothers hated him even more. Shortly after that experience, I went through the darkest depression I’d ever faced and had tried to end my life. The vision I received from God at that conference seemed lost. I felt like it was over for me. But to God, it’s never over until He says so. Instead of feeling sorry for myself, I got up, rolled up my sleeves, and I fought with everything in me to renew my mind, rediscover who I am, and reclaim my destiny in God. It wasn’t easy, but God’s Holy Spirit helped me every step of the way, and years later, the LORD gave me a dream of a stadium and has said He is expanding my reach to minister the gospel to many across the world.

Maybe your actions or the actions of others have caused you great pain and disappointment in your life, but it doesn’t have to be the end of your story. The Word of God says, you are saved and called with a holy calling, not according to your works (or lack of works) but according to His own purpose and grace which He gave you in Christ Jesus before the world began (see 2 Timothy 1:9)!

You are victorious through Jesus no matter how you feel and no matter how it looks! Determine not to feel sorry for yourself! Get up, my sister, and roll up your sleeves! Fight with everything in you to:

1) Renew your mind with God’s Word (see Romans 12:1-2)

2) Rediscover who you are in Christ (see Luke 15:16-18; 1 Corinthians 15:10)

3) Reclaim your destiny (see Genesis 32:22-32; Acts 20:24; Philippians 3:14)

It’s not over until you accomplish everything God purposed you to do in the earth by His grace and power. It’s not over until His dream for your life come to pass! The one who calls you is faithful, and He will do it! (see 1 Thessalonians 5:24)