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Don’t, Do, and a Promise

Philippians 4:6 tells us: Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God…

Be anxious for…NOTHING
Pray for…EVERYTHING.

But, it doesn’t stop with don’t and do. Notice the ellipsis at the end of that verse. It is only half the sentence. Beyond “don’t do this thing that is in human nature and do this thing that you have to consciously do all the time with thanksgiving in your heart even if times are really super hard,” there is the promise of a beautiful gift.

Philippians 4:7 says: …and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

The PEACE of GOD which surpasses ALL understanding will GUARD our hearts and minds through CHRIST Jesus.

I know I want that peace. I know I cling to the promise that I will receive that peace that passes all understanding. I know even in the depth of the valley when I’m sinking and overcome with despair, I can seek God, open that line of communication with Him, and receive HIS peace.

What burdens are on your heart, friend? How can I pray for you today?

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Today’s Word of Promise: Zephaniah 3:17

Do you feel worthless? Do you feel unloved? Do you think that you have no value in this life? Do voices whisper in your ear the lies that you’re ugly and unappreciated?

Beloved, The Mighty One loves you! He is in your midst. Think about that! The Creator of the Universe, who knows the placement of every speck of sand of every beach in every planet in every galaxy is in YOUR midst. You are not alone and He KNOWS you! He will save. And He will rejoice with you!

We were made in His image, and He has gifted us and equipped each of us in abundance so that we can grow even closer to Him. Throughout scripture we can see ourselves reflected back the way God sees us!

You are:

Beautifully and wonderfully made
Saved
Forgiven
Born again
Reconciled
Justified
Redeemed
New creation in Christ
God’s own possession
Free from sin
Joint heir with Jesus
Ambassador of Christ
Sealed by His Spirit
Temple of the living God
Created in His image and Likeness
Holy and blameless
Dearly beloved

Take those truths forward and let them speak to you and drown out the lies of worthlessness and insignificance. Cling to this knowledge and rise from the ashes to see your true beauty and refinement.

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Today’s Word of Promise: 1 Chronicles 28:20

1 chroniclesMany days a week, I do a 4-mile aerobic walk. It takes me one hour. I listen to my Word of Promise Bible while I walk.

Right now, I’m listening to the Bible in chronological order. This morning, I heard the end of 1 Chronicles, several Psalms, and the beginning of 1 Kings.

A verse this morning made me pause as I was walking. It was 1 Chronicles 28:20:

And David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God—my God—will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.

I realize this was specifically to Solomon from his father David about building the temple of God. However, I found that it immediately spoke to me, about my career as a Christian author who is using my gifts as God has given them to me. My mission statement for my writing is to prayerfully craft stories as modern day parables to uplift fellow believers and minister to seekers in our fallen world.

I believe that is my own work for the service of the house of the Lord, even if it’s not for physically building the temple that Solomon constructed. With that comes a host of other duties — speaking, interacting with readers, traveling the world alone. Most of those things would terrify me if I gave it enough thought. However, I would rather not focus on what should make me fear what I do and instead focus on one thing: my God will be with me. He will never leave me nor forsake me.

So, even as I travel all over the United States and beyond (to Australia) in the coming year, most of the time alone, and as I work through my production schedule and bring you, my readers, the conclusion to the Song of Suspense Series and introduce you to my next series, I know that I am continuing in my work for the service of the house of the Lord.

May God bless you and bless your day. Find a word of God speak to you today.
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