PEACE! BE STILL

66DDDB6F-2695-4076-9FC7-1F647CCDD234As I grab a minute before the unknown of the day begins, I sense the Father whisper “PEACE! BE STILL” and reminding me of the storm of uncertainty the disciples faced in Mark 4:35-41

“That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “PEACE! BE STILL.” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!””

Do you need to hear this today too?

I don’t know what “furious squall” you are facing or what is leaving you “nearly swamped” but I do know you don’t have to face it alone. Jesus is there too. 

And He is speaking to the waves you feel crashing over you and declaring “PEACE! BE STILL” to the storms in your life of fear, worry, anxiety, doubt, insecurity, inadequacy … 

Whatever you are dealing with or feel unable to deal with, He can and will make “completely calm”.

You don’t have to be “so afraid” or question does He really care? 

Take a moment to BE STILL, to breathe deep and allow His peace to wash over you.

Exchange your fears for His faithfulness.

Exchange your doubts for the certainty of His great love.

Exchange your inadequacy for the awareness that He is your more than enough.

And receive His “PEACE!

Thank you Lord you are commanding your PEACE, perfect peace to be released, revealed and restored in me in this moment and in my situation.

PEACE! BE STILL.

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“You are the God who sees me”

My forest walk didn’t seem as colourful this morning. It was one of those grey, foggy, murky days when it’s so hard to see what’s ahead, to see if there is a different picture on the horizon.

But I’ve travelled that river path so many times, I know there is beautiful view of the other side, I know there is so much more beyond the fog.

So often to see ahead more clearly, we need to look back to remember there is more than we can see at this time, we need to remind ourselves of snapshots of his faithfulness throughout our journey.

Times He made a way when there seemed to be no way.

Times He brought His clarity to our confusion.

Times He revealed His love and goodness and released His hope and joy.

Times He guided and provided, restored and renewed, set us free and on our feet again.

Maybe today you feel surrounded by fog mentally or emotionally; in your job or in your finances; in your relationships or in your health and it looks impossible to see where He is in the picture facing you.

In Genesis 16:13 Hagar realises “You are the God who sees me” and each of us can say this too.

He IS the God who sees you in whatever circumstance you are facing.

Allow him to remind you of how He has been there for you in other circumstances so your view of Him becomes clearer and like Hagar, you can also say “I have now seen the God who sees me”.

Buried treasure?

Recently during a break in Donegal, my eye was drawn to an unusual shaped jug in the room where I was writing. I sensed the Holy Spirit’s nudge to invite Him to fill me just like this jug.

He reminded me the purpose of a jug is to contain what is being poured in, but it is also designed to pour out what it has been filled with.

An expanse of water without inlet or outlet soon becomes stagnant.

I’ve blocked outlets in my life because I’ve allowed the opinions of others to be more of a concern than obedience to my Father.

What is the Holy Spirit pouring into you to pour out to others?

Have you allowed anything to block the outlet?

Today I read a devotional by Alan Scott entitled ‘Permission to Dream‘. At first as I read, I was tempted to feel not only dream-less but job-less, aim-less, even worth-less.

I don’t know what ‘LESS’ words come to your mind or are entrenched in your heart but I do know this – no matter how we feel, NOTHING can make Him love us less. This precious and powerful love makes us MORE. “We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:37).

This love gives us permission to dream again.

You are God’s idea, and He longs to see the treasure that is in your heart. As we learn to dream with God we become co-labourers with Him.” (Bill Johnson)

He longs to see the treasure that is in your heart” because He deposited it there in the first place. He hasn’t given us dreams, desires, talents, gifts, uniqueness for it all to remain buried treasure. When we use and reveal this treasure it brings him pleasure and that is increased when this treasure brings us pleasure too!

Eric Liddell famously said in Chariots of Fire “when I run, I feel His pleasure“.

His pleasure is made complete when we give away what we’ve been given, when we share His treasure.

Have you hidden this treasure on the shelf or buried because it doesn’t look like anyone else’s and you’ve no idea where to start with it? Are you blocking outlets because you feel inadequate or insecure?

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

He is the one who has planted those desires and that treasure right there in you.

What is the treasure in your heart? What is your dream?

REMEMBER He longs to see it and RECEIVE His permission to dream again.

SHARE YOUR STORY (Day 21)

imageDay 21! We made it!

Today we round off this final week of RECOVER

ALL
You have a right to recover what the enemy has stolen from you because it’s rightfully yours (Day 15)

LIFE
Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.” (Day 16)

HOPE
Don’t stay stuck on the hope-less page. God’s hope has your name on it. (Day 17)

DREAMS
Dare to dream again! ‘I have heard the prayer you no longer pray‘. (Day 18)

PEACE
When we pursue His presence it opens up the way to the presence of His peace in our lives. (Day 19)

WONDER
May we never lose the wonder of WHOSE we are. (Day 20)

Thank you for joining me over the past 21 days as we journeyed together to PURSUE, OVERTAKE and RECOVER all.

Let’s look again at the words that started it:

When David and his men reached Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive.”

“David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.”

“and David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party? Will I overtake them?” “Pursue them,” he answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.”

David recovered everything the Amalekites had taken, including his two wives.

and furthermore “the plunder of the Lord’s enemies.
1 Samuel 30:3, 6, 8, 18, 26 NIV

David “recovered everything” that had been stolen from him AND he also took “the plunder of the Lord’s enemies” – what the enemy had stolen from others.

HE PLUNDERED THE PLUNDERER.

You can do the same!!

How?

Every time you share the story of your journey, you invite others to join the journey too and steal back what has been stolen from them!!

PURSUE. OVERTAKE. RECOVER ALL. Now PLUNDER!!

Share your story.

It’s just the beginning!

 

Recover wonder (Day 20)

imageMay we never lose our wonder”

These lyrics from Bethel music have been playing in my head.

In times of doubt, confusion, instability, insecurity, it’s easy to forget WHOSE we are.

We can be so blinkered by our circumstances and concerns, it’s hard to see beyond the immediate.

The sun has a diameter more than 100 times that of the earth yet you can block it completely out of view with something as small as a coin!

We can allow our penny’s worth to block out the immensity of our God.

The Creator of Heaven and Earth.

The Lord of All.

The King of Kings.

Omnipotent.

Omniscient.

Omnipresent.

El Shaddai.

Wonderful Counsellor.

Mighty God.

Everlasting Father.

Prince of Peace.

Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.” Isaiah 9:7 NIV

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens?” Isaiah 40:12 NIV

But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” Psalm 33:11 NIV

to him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:4 NIV

He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted.” Job 5:9 NIV

Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.” Psalm 40:5 NIV

May we never lose our wonder“.

Look to the Son.

Recover peace (Day 19)

imageRecover peace.

Little did I know how topical this would be for today.

Today marks a historic moment as the Brexit campaign resulted in 52% making the decision for the UK to leave the EU.

This blog is not a political one but no matter whether you voted REMAIN or LEAVE there is no doubt that today has been one when the media has used words like fear, turmoil, shock, upset, uncertainty, worry again and again.

Maybe these words have been making headlines in your life too, long before today.

They denote an absence of peace.

But when we pursue His presence it opens up the way to the presence of His peace in our lives regardless of circumstances and situations.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27 NIV

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3 NIV

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10 NIV

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” 2 Thessalonians 3:16 NIV

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 NLT

We don’t have to find this peace within ourselves. We find it in HIM.

The Lord of peace

My peace I give you

My covenant of peace

Experience God’s peace

Perfect peace

“It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Philippians 4:6-7 MSG

Recover the perfect peace that the Lord of peace has covenanted to you.

Allow the presence of HIS peace to displace fear, turmoil, shock, upset and worry in your life.

Make a big decision to say YES to His peace and NO to fear.

Recover your dreams (Day 18)

imageRecover your dreams …

The dream that has felt stolen time after time. The one you no longer dare to dream. The dream you’ve put on the shelf and tried to forget about.

But He hasn’t forgotten and He has been reminding you about it again. Time to take it down from the shelf, time to dust it off, time to dare to dream again ….

In Luke 1 we read of Zechariah and Elizabeth who “were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.” Luke 1:7 NIV

But an angel appeared to Zechariah and “said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.” Luke 1:13 NIV

Your prayer has been heard.

Bill Johnson explains that a more accurate translation of this verse is ‘I have heard the prayer you no longer pray’.

What’s the prayer you no longer pray? The one that seems totally impossible. The dream that has never gone away. The one that you’ve longed for but felt you’ve endured disappointment after disappointment.

YOUR PRAYER HAS BEEN HEARD.

God has not forgotten the desires of your heart. He planted those desires. But He does not want those very dreams to become a nightmare so He knows the development of your heart is essential.

Remember Joseph’s dream. His circumstances seemed to take him further and further away but they were actually moving him closer. Those prison times were preparation times.

Sometimes you face difficulties in life, not because you are doing something wrong, but because you are doing something right.” #BIOY

Don’t give up.

Pursue. Overtake. Recover.

Dare to dream again.

YOUR PRAYER HAS BEEN HEARD.