Serenity for our hearts…
Philippians 4:6-7 (NET): “Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God. And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Let us remember this week that:
During the good times and the not-so-good ones, we can turn to God’s Word to give us strength and a clear sense of purpose to persevere through life. The Bible is a powerful source of inspiration and guidance – it can transform our lives as we encounter Jesus and follow His example.
Our weaknesses and imperfections do not define us. Rather, it is our relationship with God as we follow His precepts and walk in the footsteps of Christ that shapes our true identity.
When we feel alone in our struggles, God promises in Psalm 34:18 (NIV) to be close to the broken-hearted and save the crushed in spirit.
Allowing God’s Word to permeate our beings sets us apart for His purpose and fills us with the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control). As we live out our faith, our lives emit a sweet fragrance that shines God’s light into our broken world.
By turning to the truth and power of God’s Word, we can come to understand the immense significance of Christ’s crucifixion, death and resurrection. Through this profound message of redemption and renewal, made available to us all through Jesus, we can find hope and transformation in our lives.
By God’s grace and the truth of the Gospel, we can use the gifts our Lord has given us, and have a sound mind to discern what is right and noble in His eyes. We can worship Him no matter our circumstances as He is loving, good and faithful, and His plans and purposes will prevail forever.
May we rejoice always, being consistent in prayer and giving thanks to our Lord in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). May the Bible and our grateful hearts be the source of peace, contentment and joy. May God’s life-giving Word help us see His work in our lives. May we recognise how He has called us to serve in His Kingdom, and may we be propelled forward as we focus on eternity, surrender to God’s will, and rely on His resurrection power. Let us become witnesses of hope, restoration and transformation, standing in awe of our Father’s love! He heals our broken hearts, gives us strength, and immerses us in His love, grace and compassion. Let us glorify our Father in Heaven by living a God-first, Christ-lead, Holy Spirit-inspired life!
Lord, we pray that Your Living Word will be salve for our sore hearts. May we remember that You can use every circumstance for good. You are the Creator and you see every tear that falls and every challenge we endure. Help us to bring all of our hurts and concerns to You, knowing that You can bring the peace that transcends all understanding. Make us new, and fill us with your Spirit – so we may proclaim You, worship You and praise You in all circumstances. Fill us with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, so that we may share that fruit with others. In Jesus’ holy name.
Father, full of grace and mercy, I come before You and I want to thank You for Your Word, for Your life-changing Word. Help us to become a sweet fragrance for You. Thank You, Lord, for Your love and Your goodness. In Your precious name.
Lord, we thank You today for the example of Your disciples – in which we can so often see our own weaknesses, fears and brevity. Who we are is defined by who You are in us. Who we will be will be defined by our discipleship as we become followers of You – as we become witnesses regarding Your purposes for us. Your resurrection power will be displayed as we persevere in participation with Your crucifixion, Your death and Your resurrection.
Holy Father, we know that You are truth, and we know the greatest truth is the salvation You have created through Christ Jesus. We pray for everyone to understand this truth. We pray for Hell to be shrunk and for Heaven to be enlarged and more and more to be saved. In Christ’s name and for His Kingdom.
Father, thank You for giving us so many things to be grateful for. Thank You that You direct our attention again and again to Your Word – in which You call us to give thanks always in all circumstances. Teach us how to do this, Lord. Help us to be focused on Your work in our lives, not on the work of the enemy. As we walk in gratitude each day, may we experience Your joy, Your peace and Your contentment. Amen.
(This WRAP is with great appreciation towards Lisa, Tarryn, Dave, Cliff and Viola)
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