Confidence in Christ

Where do you get your confidence from today?

Money? Relationships? Possessions? Self? Work?

The Apostle is thankful to God that the Colossians have confidence in Christ.

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— Colossians 1: 3-4

I love how the Amplified helps us around the word faith: “how you lean on Him with absolute confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness”.

If there is one major threat upon the Church it is that they choose not to lean as much upon Christ.  Maybe through disappointment or failure and discouragement or perhaps through temptation of wanting what others seem to have there can be a tendency for our faith in Christ to take a back seat. We still believe but other things are what we talk about.

I found myself in the middle of a conversation with a group of seasoned Pastors the other day as they talked about some of their faith stories of their past. How refreshing it was to talk about what Christ did as they trusted him! I thought we need more of these faith stories being told today. Younger ministers need to know about the ancient paths of faith.

Last Saturday I conducted an induction of a Pastor which I am always privileged to do but especially this one seeing it was one of my church leaders of years gone by. The service only had a very few in attendance social distanced and everyone was watching it online. Towards the end of the service and as we were bringing things to close one of the leaders began to pray from where she was sitting. She had not been asked to do so and it wasn’t in the programme. But I felt stirred in my spirit and I grabbed the microphone so that those watching from their homes could listen. What stirred me was her confidence in Christ that He was going to do a new thing. He was going to build His church. He was going to move things forward. This Church doesn’t have much. Looking at them you wouldn’t expect anything naturally to happen there. But they have faith in Christ. Their confidence is in Christ Jesus and when I pray for them I do so thanking God for their confidence.

Today put your confidence in Christ.How refrs

Christ has sent me

You may feel unqualified to step into this new chapter of your life. Who am I to think I can do this new job? Do you ever have to pinch yourself because you think it must be a dream? Are you sitting with people around a table and wonder ‘why am I here, I don’t have anything to contribute?’ When people are going through a tough time and they say you wouldn’t understand because you have never gone through it, what do you say? Do we have to experience everything before we can speak in to the situation?

Paul had never been to Colossae but he writes to them as an apostle.

“Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father” Colossians 1 v 1-2

It is not where you are going but where you have been that counts.

It is not who you are speaking to but who has spoken to you that is important.

Where you have come from and who you have been with qualifies you.

Paul says I know who I am, I know who is with me and I know who I am writing to. However, more importantly than all that, I know whose I am.

Christ has sent me.

It matters not where Paul is writing this letter though he is obviously in prison and like his letter to the Ephesians, Tychicus, will deliver it (maybe he takes both letters on the journey). What does matter is who Paul writes about? That is Christ. The Colossians letter is very similar to the Ephesians one but perhaps the purpose is different. The Ephesians has the focus of the Church whereas Colossians has the focus of Christ.

This letter is still important today. Especially during this pandemic when we are restricted and locked down. When Church has become different than we have ever experienced. There is one constant. Jesus Christ. He is not first among equals He is supreme above and beyond all. He is not one of the ways to the Father He is the only way.

One of the most beautiful and well known paintings in the world is ‘The Last Supper’. But what is strikingly important in that picture is what is missing from it. In 1498 Leonardo Da Vinci sat back having completed the masterpiece. He invited a friend to comment on the work. The friend pointed out how the most beautiful part of the picture was the cup in the hand of Jesus. The friend believed the cup was truly worthy to touch the lips of Jesus. Da Vinci said goodbye to his friend and then painted out the cup and later responded by saying, “Nothing must distract from the figure of Christ.”

In the many voices of opinions and comments and there are many church guru’s offering help to get us through this pandemic. Experts telling us how things will be when we get back to ‘normal’. Further experts telling us what the new normal will be. Please let us not forget that however it looks like, whoever is with us and whatever the Church has become, it is not as important as making sure we have been with Christ.

Christ has sent me. I don’t know you but I know Christ. I am not that important. Timothy is not that important. I am writing to you because I want you to have every good thing from God. However, I write because of Christ. He is all in all.

I have Undying Love

So here is the last devotion of this beautiful prison letter. The 113th blog all starting with I.

I wish it was an even number it seems odd ending on an odd one!

I hope they have been a reminder of the beauty of God the Father, the mystery of Jesus Christ and the powerful help of the Holy Spirit.

If they have stimulated your thinking, encouraged your walk and if they have lifted your head to heaven then I am thankful.

On the days of offence then I hope not only for forgiveness but also that by seeing the whole landscape of what has been just short of 4 months that the provocation into the pursuit of truth is not destructive.

For those who regularly message a thank you to encourage, thank –you.

Okay Apostle Paul let’s finish this …

“Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.” Ephesians 6 v 24

Powerfully moving especially when we remember that around 40 years later Jesus says to the Church in Ephesus that they had lost their first love for Him.

I think this final message from the Apostle is crucial: stay in love with Jesus!

To stay in love will not come naturally in fact if we do not take action we will definitely grow cold.

We need to keep on choosing Jesus.

We need to keep on putting Jesus first in our decisions.

We need to keep on being blown away by Jesus’ love for us.

You will know the story of undying love of a not very successful preacher who married the love of his life. He had high hopes for this new chapter. They would share everything together. They would dream together, walk hand in hand into the future they would build together. But it wasn’t long before his loved one began to break his heart. She chose another man to be with. In fact she chose not just one. Were the children she bore his? He couldn’t be certain. But he turned from being a struggling preacher to a broken-hearted father, a betrayed husband and an embarrassed Pastor. But it got worse for him. His wife was abducted by the men she cavorted with. Was this God’s judgment on her? Was it God’s mercy on him? More questions raged in his mind until he was left with one conviction. He had to go and get her. He had to buy her back from slavery. He had to redeem her.

Their names are Hosea and Gomer. A story of undying love. A picture of God and His people.

God loved us though we were unfaithful.

God loved us though we wandered away.

God rescued us when we got ourselves into trouble.

God redeemed us when we found ourselves trapped.

God loved us when we stopped loving Him.

God’s undying love.

But let us step into undying love for Him.

So when it appears He has stepped away from us. When it feels He has let us down. When He is not doing what we think He should be doing: we love Him with a love that is undying and incorruptible.

It does not shrivel up, it is not spoiled; it does not decay for it has an unending existence. This is not a fad, nor an affair. It is an abiding emotion. The Apostle knew it. He knows that neither nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth nor anything else in all creation will stop this undying love.

Let me close with this prayer from the Apostle:

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3 v 17-19)

I say Good- bye

“Never part without loving words to think of during your absence. It may be that you will not meet again in this life.” – A quote from Jean Paul Richter, German writer (1763-1825) who happened to be a romantic humorous writer though I don’t see anything funny in this quote, romantic perhaps!

“Every parting is a form of death, as every reunion is a type of heaven.” – Tryon Edwards, American theologian (1809-1894) great grandson of the famous preacher Jonathan Edwards, Tryon was more famous for his quotes such as this one, in fact he created a Dictionary of Quotes.

Throughout our lives we have had to learn to say good-bye and we have been helped by poetry, pictures and prose to do such that. Who remembers these lyrics?

There are places I’ll remember; All my life, though some have changed
Some forever, not for better; Some have gone, and some remain
All these places had their moments; With lovers and friends, I still can recall
Some are dead, and some are living; In my life, I’ve loved them all

But of all these friends and lovers; There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning; When I think of love as something new

Though I know I’ll never lose affection; For people and things that went before
I know I’ll often stop and think about them; In my life, I’ll love you more

The Beatles, 1965. If you remember it then I’ve probably put the tune into your mind, sorry! But for those like me who weren’t around (just) well, it’s just another song of moving words of good-bye of which there are many.

We are drawing near to the end of the Apostle’s letter to the Ephesians. He is about to hand it to Tychicus to take it to them. How will he end it?

I love the Message translation, “Good-bye, friends.”

The NIV, “Peace to the brothers and sisters,and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ …” Ephesians 6: 23-24

What would you say if it was your final words to someone you love?

Perhaps the Apostle remembers the time when on the journey to Jerusalem he had called the Ephesians elders to travel to him so he could say good-bye properly to them. In Acts 20:37 “They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him.” Paul had said his farewell speech, they had knelt and prayed and embraced and then they all cried together.

Maybe this is in his mind, what does he now say to all the believers knowing he will never see them again? How do we say good-bye to someone?

Peace – it has been clear in his letter that Paul wants them to know they have peace with God and that they should also have peace with one another.

Have a total desire that the person you say good-bye to will know this peace in every circumstance and chapter of their life.

“Don’t be afraid, you are my brother/sister, you are in the family of God and you belong to Him. He will guard you and protect you. Peace. Step into wholeness, live with a clear conscience, move with integrity so you can withstand the accuser of your soul and the voices of doubt in your mind. Peace.”

Love with faith – do you remember how Paul started his letter? “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” That was his opening doxology and he ends with a blessing again from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Have a total desire that the person you say good-bye to will know the love of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

“Don’t forget you are incredibly loved, let your faith in Him fuel your knowledge of His love. It is His love. He is not angry with you so let go of your anger towards others. Breathe love. Be love. Love yourself. Don’t harbour hurts, forgive others and forgive yourself for the Lord Jesus Christ sacrificed His life that you may know you are loved.”

Grace to all – Do you remember how Paul has already spoken of our blessings regarding the riches of God’s grace? God’s grace is a daily reality for us all to explore.

Have a total desire that the person you say good-bye to will know courage that comes from grace enabling them to journey through whatever pain they experience in this next chapter.

“Don’t let go of grace. Fight for it. The Pharisees are everywhere, the grace-killers. The fight for grace is the fight against performance. Grace is treasure, you have it so don’t let go. It will give you endurance, it will secure you and will enable you. Go in grace.”

We all have to say goodbye. But how we do is really important. Paul blesses us with timeless and precious words. He says one more thing and we will see that tomorrow. But for now let me close this blog with the powerful words of Snoopy from the Peanuts cartoon!

“Why can’t we get all the people together in the world that we really like and then just stay together? I guess that wouldn’t work. Someone would leave. Someone always leaves. Then we would have to say good-bye. I hate good-byes. I know what I need. I need more hellos.”

I have a Friend

In 1971 James Taylor sang a song about having a friend “To brighten up even your darkest night” who will “come running to see you again” and when people “hurt you and desert you and take your soul if you let them” then “you just call out my name” because “you’ve got a friend.” A song written nearly 50 years ago is on my playlists today.

Let’s go back further as we have done, to AD 62 and we see friendship was deeply important. In every generation of the history of the world friendship has been sought, broken and found again. Times of deep loneliness as friends have walked out the door and times of huge blessing as friends have been made again. If you have a friend, treasure them. I am not speaking of your Facebook friends, you have loads of them, I am speaking of Tychicus’ friends. The name means fortunate or chance. Sometimes you do feel ‘fortunate’ to have found that friend by ‘chance’ but as followers of Christ you realise it was so much more than that.

“Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord, will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing. I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage you.” Ephesians 6: 21-22

I have a friend

Someone who knows more than others know.

“will tell you everything, so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing … that you may know how we are”

Loneliness is when you are not known. The enemy of your soul will try and make you an island, separated in either your thoughts or worse deeds, so that you have no one who truly knows you. To be known is to be safe.

Someone who is present in your prison.

“so that you also may know how I am and what I am doing … that you may know how we are”

Some people leave you when you are locked down. They were there for what they could get from you not for who you are. When you went into prison they didn’t follow you. The shame and embarrassment was too much. You can only talk badly about someone in prison to others if you are not there yourself. The fear of man is a snare.

Someone who has stood the test of time.

“Tychicus, the dear brother and faithful servant in the Lord”

The Apostle’s friend was part of his team on his 3rd missionary journey as they carried the gifts of money to Jerusalem. He was trusted. Tychicus was considered by Paul to take on the leadership of the Church in Crete (Titus 3:12). He was trusted. And of course Paul was sending his friend to the believers of Colossae and Ephesians with the important letters. He was trusted. Time has many experiences and some very challenging ones. Who went in with you isn’t necessarily who comes out with you but those who have stood by you during the time are the Tychicus friends.

Someone who shapes your life.

“ … the dear brother …” Unlike myself who have often used these words for when I have forgotten someone’s name, the Apostle uses this word carefully! Tychicus is a brother. Do you remember when with his pre-conversion name Saul he met Christ on the Damascus Road and became blind? Do you remember how the Lord called Ananias to go and disciple Saul? Now, do you remember the very words Ananias used? It was “Brother Saul …” That must have made a profound impact upon him. There can be negative impacts on siblings growing up together of course but in terms of teaching social well-being, emotional development, the shaping of your life. There are few more influencers in your life than a brother or a sister.

Someone who is faithful.

“ … faithful servant in the Lord …” He was dependable. The Apostle could rely on his friend to speak about him. Do you ever wonder what people say about you? As a minister most of my working life I realised very early on that I do appear as a subject of people’s conversations and have tried my very best not to torture myself on what people are saying about me. Of course, I may be deceived and am not that important to have taken up anyone’s conversational time! What I do know is if you have found someone who you can rely on to speak well of you away from your presence then that person is a faithful friend.

Someone who is self-less.

“… servant in the Lord …” The word is literally a bond slave. Someone who doesn’t have their own rights but is under the control of their master. The Apostle uses the word a lot. His friend is not his bond slave but the Lord’s, just as he was, fellow servants, slaves to the Lord. We may struggle with some of these words in 2020 but nevertheless this person is someone who doesn’t think of themselves above others. Have you ever gone out for coffee with someone and all they do is talk about themselves and you wonder if they will ever ask a question of you so that you might for one moment be able to say something which may be slightly interesting to them about you?! (too many words in that question indicates this is a problem I have!) Have you ever gone out for coffee with someone and you always pay for the coffee? You get what I am saying. To journey with self-less people is a dream.

Someone who encourages.

“ … and that he may encourage you.” Finally, the friend who makes you feel better. You just know that they are a joy to be with, they lift you up, the speak well over you, they spur you on. The word encourage means ‘with heart’. We need friends who don’t just give us a pat on the back but who can give us a new heart and who brings the best out of us.

I have a friend, do you?

I’ve got a better question.

I am a friend, are you?

I need Prayer

“Morning Paul – praying for you today as you carry the burden of all the churches under your care …”

That was the text I received yesterday morning from one of my ministers. It was unexpected but not only was I immediately encouraged I understood that the ancient practice of praying for each other had not lost its power. The Apostle knew the power of praying for others. He says in this next verse, “Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” (Ephesians 6 v 19-20

How many times do you say or have it said to you, “I’ll pray for you”? We all know that it is either a) often used out of a sense of care and because we love that person; b) it is focused on getting the person out of the situation, we want them to be healed immediately, we don’t want them to suffer or c) it means nothing!

“Pray for me” the Apostle asks.

There are evidences that Paul at times does ask for help to be rescued from deadly peril etc. But here is one of the many examples where Paul moves into another level of prayer altogether. So from these 2 verses what do they show us about prayer?

  1. Paul believes in it.

It is difficult to try and explain how prayer works. It seems a nonsense. How can someone like me in my small world be heard by God who seems not only invisible but is spoken of as so great and powerful that He couldn’t possibly be interested in giving me a good day?!

Unless!

Unless as Paul believes that when a person goes on being filled with the Spirit of God in their lives that God who is actually Spirit, Breath, like a Wind, resides in Christ followers. It is then when prayer (which is simply a conversation with God) becomes not only understandable but believable. That prayer does work. Prayer impacts our world. For God is here.

  • Paul knows the kind of conversations to have with God

Yesterday I was chairing the International board meeting for Elim Globally, which is always a huge privilege and totally inspiring for me and the 10 leaders from around the world who are at that meeting. As we have done in a previous meeting during this covid-pandemic we focused on the difficulties the Church is facing during this time. Over the last few months I have found myself discussing with my ministers the question around our buildings, “When should we go back?” Also what are we permitted to do when we do go back? Of course all the ministers under my care vary in their opinions about this. Nevertheless that has been the big conversation. At this meeting yesterday we didn’t have time to hear from all the nations but I was particularly interested in one of the hardest hit nations, India. The leader is called Rajesh and belongs to a Church denomination known as the Gospel Echoing Missionary Society and their history with Elim is a special one. I invited Rajesh to speak. He had often taught me how when persecution struck them as it has done on many occasions in their history that their vision and strategy for the gospel simply exploded with radical steps of faith so I was interested with how this pandemic had effected them. (India has now 5 million people infected with the virus with upwards of 100,000 being infected every day). He explained how a) they had taken the decision not to open their buildings till 2022; b) they had decided to ‘make every house a church’ with intensified Church leadership training and 2 households would make a church. They are envisaging a new explosion of growth with the gospel. At the same time they will carry on building new church buildings so that in 2022 they are ready when they emerge from their house churches. They are expecting huge growth of new believers.

Of course there isn’t anything wrong with praying for covid to leave this world; there isn’t anything wrong to pray about how we will navigate going back to our buildings; but the point is there is another kind of conversation to have with God around His mission. Rajesh knows it. The Apostle knew it, again, look what he says:

“Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.”

He is not asking to be freed from prison. He is not asking to be sustained in prison. He is asking a kingdom prayer. He is wanting his words to be fearless. He is wanting to do what he knows he should be doing.

  • Paul knows that prayer brings a different perspective, God’s.

As we come to the end of this letter to the Ephesians Paul is saying the same thing as he commenced it with.

We have to go 109 blogs back and we find these verses, (Ephesians 1:1-3) Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To God’s holy people in Ephesus,the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul doesn’t start his letter about being locked down or contained or not free to travel. He begins with God and He ends with Him also.

“Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.”

Prayer for Paul helps him realise who God calls him not what his circumstance calls him. He is not a prisoner of the Romans he is an ambassador of the gospel, a representative of the good news of Jesus Christ, in that prison and from that prison.

Around the world today there are prisoners, ambassadors of the gospel in chains, they were locked down years ago. This last week thankfully 27 Christian prisoners in Eritrea were released and in July there were others. In total there are around 500 ambassadors of the gospel in an Eritrean prison and there are around 30,000 Christians in North Korean labour camps. But where they are so is the gospel. Do we pray for their release, of course, but they teach us to pray for the gospel to be known fearlessly! (You could find out more from this section of a website: https://releaseinternational.org/lockdown-church/

So don’t be afraid to ask for prayer. But perhaps think through what you would like prayer for. Take your eyes off the obvious and have a different conversation with God from His perspective. Above all believe in it for prayer does work!

I Pray, it is essential.

Many have brought their interpretation as to what the Apostle means when he says, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6 v 18

What we know is Paul has been thinking about the Holy Spirit and His help in our lives throughout this letter, 16 times actually and this is the last time before he closes.

He is there helping us to submit to one another; helping us in our relationships, in our home and work.

Over the last 8 days I chose to write a prayer regarding ‘the armour of God’ because it is only through prayer that we put these items on. Who helps us in those prayers? Of course, in every aspect of our lives the Helper is helping. None more so than in prayer.

I think that’s what Paul is saying. The Holy Spirit alongside us, helping us to pray.

The Message says, “In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.”

So …

  1. If you are praying for you then pray for who you are more than what you can get.
  2. If you are praying for others then pray with your eyes open so that you give a helping hand where you can.
  3. If prayer enables you to get through any occasion then pray every day and all the time, don’t give up.

“Poverty-stricken as the Church is today in many things, she is most stricken here, in the place of prayer. We have many organizers, but few agonizers; many players and payers, few pray-ers; many singers, few clingers; lots of pastors, few wrestlers; many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few intercessors; many writers, but few fighters. Failing here, we fail everywhere.” (Leonard Ravenhill)

The greatest need for the Church today is not to move into the digital world but to move into the world with prayer.

The world is not waiting for the Church to become modernised and slick in front of a camera but it is waiting for the Church to discover the ancient paths of being in front of God.

Great communication is only successful if there has been communication with a great God.

I pray Christ: Saviour and Sword

A final prayer for the armour of God …

Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6 v 17

Lord, cover my mind, you are my Helmet of Salvation. It is the area that becomes the playground for so many negative thoughts. Be my Saviour in that place. Save me from every anxious thought. These are not my thoughts, they come from the enemy, I must take hold of them and stop their destructive pathway. Saviour, save me. My hope is in you. My future is in you. I was saved, I am saved and I will be saved in the future.

Word of God live in me and live through me. Word of God speak to me and speak through me. My only weapon is your Rhema, your spoken word in season for my circumstance. You are my now God with a now Word for today. Be in my mouth today as a sword to fight every opposing, declining and oppressive attack, let us cut it into pieces. I choose today to not be silent but I will speak Christ over my life and into my situation. The creative agent of God, Christ the Word in my mouth is stronger than any foe. So bring to my memory a passage or a verse which specifically applies to this immediate situation I am in today.

So fill me again and again with the Spirit so that Holy Spirit will illuminate the Bible to me but also bring to my mouth the Rhema, the Word of God, Christ, the Sword of the Spirit.

My Saviour and Sword, I am now complete.

Amen

I pray Christ: Taking up the Shield of Faith

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6 v 16

Lord, you are my shield. The enemy doesn’t give warning of the attacks. I don’t see in advance where the next hurt will come from. It may happen today so I lift you up. Christ over me will extinguish whatever fiery attack that comes my way.

I don’t need to ask ‘How will I make it through?’ or believe ‘I’m not going to make it.’ I stand with YOU covering me.

When anxiety comes it is extinguished because I have lifted Christ over me.

When condemnation comes I get my shield up.

When doubt rages I will extinguish it and I will keep standing firm.

Just as Roman soldiers saturated their shields in water to extinguish the fiery arrows so I also ask that you saturate my life in your presence and in your promise for my life.

My faith is held high and covers my life completely. You empower me to stand against every attack on my mind and heart.

When I don’t think I will make it, I will make it.

When I feel alone, I am not.

What you have said about who I am and my situation outweighs anything anyone else says about it.

You are my shield and helper and my glorious sword. My enemies will cower before you and you will march all over them. (Deut 33 v 29)

Amen

I pray Christ: Ready to share Peace, His.

“ … with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” Ephesians 6 v 15

Lord, I see with fresh eyes this morning that the gospel I am called to is one of peace. Anger is all around. People are anxious about many things. They are highly strung in their opinions and they express these freely. But you have brought good news; news of peace that is good. Of course the ultimate peace you bring is not between human beings but between us and you. Anger incurred from some person is one thing but the anger from an omnipotent God is something completely different. I don’t have that. I don’t face your anger. Thank you Jesus for taking that wrath.

Give me divine moments to tell people that they can live their lives with the joy of knowing only peace and not anger. To live peacefully is all of grace.

Sin breeds anger but your grace breeds peace. The battle I am in is a war between sin and grace.

I stand in this battle with my shoes of readiness. I am ready to move. Whatever you have for me today and whoever I come across today I am ready. I want to bring good news and be good news of peace. I want to declare ‘Our God reigns!’

Let my mouth be filled with such vocabulary. Where others may rant let me raise the God of Peace into the circumstance and situation we are in.

Amen