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But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 AMP
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The Lord Is God
“In the beginning [before all time] was the Word (Christ), and the Word was with God, and the Word was God Himself”. John 1:1 AMP
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39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God. I Kings 18:39 KJV
You are of more value than many sparrows. These are the words of Jesus. The cares of this life are many if you allow them to be. Sometimes there is rain on the earth. Spending sunny days worrying about whether rain will come is a good way to miss out on good weather. Spending good-hair days stressing over you may look a mess tomorrow (since those curls may not survive the morning fog on your way to work) is a good way to miss out on today’s compliments. Focusing your life energy on making up for the past is a good way to miss out on new opportunities that have nothing to do with yesterdays.
God wants you to be at peace. He gave you His peace for this reason. The peace of God is not like the peace of any other source. His peace surpasses the understanding of men and women. His peace is the calm in the midst of a storm when it is raging. He is able to keep you in perfect peace when your mind is focused on Him. No matter how the storm is rising; no matter which way the wind blows; no matter how your curls fall flat, or the heel of your shoe breaks, or the dog takes up gardening and leaves only the first “A” in azalea, God knows that you need peace. He is always ready to renew your mind. You can go to Him in prayer, even while you are on your job; while you are waiting in line at the grocery store. Your secret closet is open when you enter it, not only when you are in “the right place.”
The Lord does not want you to worry about your future in Him. He wants you to trust in Him. He said that even the hairs of your head are numbered (Matthew 10:30). He knows you that well. He does not want you to always wonder about His plan for you, never finding the answer in all of your days (Jeremiah 29:11). He wants you to seek Him that He may reveal His will.
If you have overcome a trial of your faith, or difficult times, ask God how He wants to use your experience to help others. Maybe writing a book or participating in inspirational ministries will help you give glory to God while He lets the world know that He is working on something greater than your situation. He is growing peace from the seed of His own glory – you.
God will show himself to anyone who truly wants to find Him. When the heathen sacrificed and prayed and injured themselves to abjure their false gods to speak unto them, the Bible says that they received no answer, not a one of them (I Kings 18:29).
I Kings 18:21-39 KJV
21And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word. 22Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men. 23Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: 24And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.
25And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under. 26And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made. 27And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked. 28And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them. 29And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.
30And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down. 31And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name: 32And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed. 33And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood. 34And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time. 35And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.
36And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. 37Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again. 38Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 39And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.
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