Peace In The Midst of Chaos!

Peace In The Midst of Chaos!

So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and  no one will take away your joy.In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.“Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.” “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:22-33 NIV

On a daily basis we are assaulted–through news outlets–with the woes of the world, the chaos in the White House, and even with the turmoil  in our own homes, but there is a way–we can overcome–the adversity of the chaos, by putting our complete trust in Jesus, receiving His peace and obeying His Word.

Everywhere we look–in one country to another–especially the Middle East–there is raging war, taking away peace and lives of all those living in those regions. There is unrest on the continent of Africa, in South and North Korea, China and elsewhere–and the war that rages in the United States–the calamity after the hacked election–dealing with the next phase of insults and empty rhetoric coming from those in the White House.

While most of us are not in a position to take on the world and change anything, we can take on the idiocy that resides in the White House by calling it what is is–every chance we get. We have to resist the urge to be complacent and apathetic–never letting our guard down because if we do–we will never know peace again in this land.

The enemies of the people have determined to rule without knowledge, compassion, empathy or understanding of how government is supposed to work. Instead the #WHidiot is choosing to set up a family dynasty–of totally oblivious people–who know no more than he does–to establish policy when from all that is known–their business knowledge leaves a lot to be desired.  Yes, they have money, but how they obtained the money is questionable–especially since most of it appears to be tied to Russian oligarchs. Can any of us rest–without concern–with this debacle in the White House?

Actively fighting back by whatever means possible–against the attempt for those in position to turn our democracy into a dictatorship is how we will obtain peace. There is never peace in the midst of a war until the battle is won and we will continue to fight–actively opposing and resisting–until America is seen again as a beacon of hope, not the death knoll of a planet.

And while we fight against ignorance, we must remember to nurture our spirits on the daily bread of The Word. For in it–we find hope, joy, and peace and an avenue to refresh ourselves and prepare for the continued battles on a daily basis. The peace that we receive from Jesus is not the peace as the world understands peace; it is the peace of knowing–in Him we live and move and have our being; it is the peace of knowing that no matter what happens on this side of heaven, our eternal resting place with Him is assured; it is the peace of knowing that He will lead us in the victory we know is destined by Him in keeping Satan under our feet–calling out evil whenever we see it.

We can indeed have peace in the midst of the chaos as long we remember who it is we are fighting and knowing that the enemy was defeated on the cross--long ago–and it’s up to us to keep him in his place, every time he raises his ugly head.

The Spirit of The Lord is upon usHe has anointed us to do battle and conquer the spirit that resides in those who promote bigotry and hate and we will win with love overflowing from within–saturating those we meet and greet in every venue!

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Prayer For The Nation!

“When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:13,14 NIV)

Father,

I humbly seek You now,

In the midst of chaos and confusion in these times,

Stirred up in the minds of those led by Satan,

To destroy all that You love, hear my prayer, O Lord

Guard and protect our minds from the influence of evil,

Open our eyes so we might see, in the spirit, lurking danger.

Since I pray not just for myself, but for a nation that’s lost,

Because they forgot to count up the cost–of sin,

Before Your wrath is poured out upon the land,

In every crevice and corner, wreaking havoc

Raining down on the just as well as the unjust.

Examine my heart to know my motives are sincere,

And if You find no fault in me, hear and answer my prayer.

Speak to the hearts of the unrepentant, revealing who You are,

Remind them of the Foundation on which this country

Was established, survived and thrived, using Your Word for the laws of the land.

Speak to the heart of the President, reminding him

Of the path, You established, but which he has strayed.

Speak to the hearts of the lawmakers, showing them

How apathy results in solving nothing, but creating more problems.

Speak to the hearts of the appointed ones, the judges and others,

Who swear on Your Word for installation ceremonies, but by their actions,

Prove they don’t know who You are and their symbolism means nothing.

Speak to the hearts of those who continue to rebel against what is right,

Changing, perverting, Your Word, instilling in many the will to fight,

But not on their terms, realizing this war is not carnal, but spiritual,

And can only be won, if You’re in the lead, paralyzing all in the path

Of rebellion inspired by witchcraft and demons.

Speak to the hearts of Believers everywhere, remind them

Of Your Word–blessed for obedience, cursed for rebellion;

Their role, promoting Truth, is not finished, until You return to gather us all unto You.

Encourage them to stand tall and firm on Your Word,

Your Word that guides, corrects, instructs, and trains us to be

Victorious in the army of God, confronting the confusion

Whose author creates the rhetorical delusion that Your love,

Erases all need to obey Your Word, spoken by Your Son, The Word,

When He came in Your name, to give Himself as a sacrifice to save

Us all from ourselves–in a sin-ridden world–who loved us enough

To die for us, now we have a chance to love Him enough to live for Him,

Loving You enough to obey Your command to love–You and others,

And enough to know we cannot take Your grace and mercy in vain,

Allowing sin to continue to reign, encouraging others to do likewise,

Knowing that one day, we will stand before You and give an account,

Of all we have done in ourselves and those things we promoted or condoned in others.

Speak to the hearts of parents everywhere,

Reminding them how to parent according to Your Word,

Loving them, providing for them, instructing them in Your ways,

Correcting them and punishing them, when they don’t always obey.

Speak to the hearts of the children, both the young and the old,

Reminding them that long life and happiness are the result of obedience.

Speak to the hearts of teachers all over the land,

Reminding them they are to teach the children, not abuse or misuse them.

Speak to our hearts, Lord. Remind us of Your Holy Word,

Give us direction as we offer ourselves up for Your correction,

Giving up greed with speed to stop sickness and disease in its tracks,

Using Wisdom from above, as we pray on our knees

Asking forgiveness for all our wrong, distorted, rebellious deeds.

Obeying You in all things so we will have long life and prosperity,

Giving the devil no place in our lives, no victory for him as we thrive.

So when You return and position us before You,

We’ll have no need to fear or be ashamed of the Victory we’ve won,

In living for You and all we’ll hear is, “Well done, my child.”

All this we ask and thank You for doing,

In Jesus’ name and we count it done!

Standing Against The Devil’s Schemes!

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:11,12 NIV–please read the rest).

The armor of God–designed to cover and protect all the sensitive areas of our bodies from the attacks of the enemy. We can stand against the enemy and thwart his attack when:  our waist (stomach) is covered by Truth and we will not be compromised by lies, Righteousness covers our heart, our feet are ready to promote the Gospel of peace, our Faith is the shield upon which the fiery darts of the enemy are extinguished, our heads are covered with the Helmet of Salvation (we are saved), our Sword, the knowledge of The Word which we carry in our hearts that are protected by the breastplate.

We have all we need to withstand the attacks of the enemy and win, but we must be willing to stand and face the enemy who dares to attack the children of God.

We have to know–we should not lie or accept the lies of others.

We have to know–our faith is in Him and Him alone and trust Him in all things.

We have to know–The Word and how it impacts every area of our lives.

We have to know–the enemy thrives on lies, deceptions, half-truths, and fear because his job is to kill, steal, and destroy.

We have to know–how to recognize the enemy and those who he uses to implement his plan of destruction.

We have to know–that God knows the plans He has for us and those plans are for us to succeed and have victory in every area of our lives. We have to know this and proclaim every time the enemy attacks.

And when we stand–fully covered and prepared for spiritual warfare–we will see the victory that God has already established–no matter what the enemy attempts to do!