i don't claim to know it all. i don't claim to be perfect. i just claim to love jesus.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

perfect peace.

and ONLY god can give it.

we had church last night. ahh what a study i needed. we're currently working our way through isaish. we're in chapter 26. our memory verse for the week was 26:3

You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
yeah. that's what i needed to be remembering this week. i wasn't. my mind wasn't 'stayed' on him. i wasn't completely trusting in him. and so i didn't have perfect peace.
because i'm human, that's why i forget. then god lovingly 'smacks' me on the head and says hey wake up. (maybe that's not what he does to you, but that's usually what i need...a good smack)
so last night at church was my wake up.
god's peace is perfect.
god's peace surpasses ALL understanding (Philippians 4:6-7)
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
so that's my prayer this week. to be anxious for NOTHING and in EVERYTHING be in prayer. and with THANKSGIVING in my heart. and then and only then i'll be given the PEACE of GOD that surpasses all understanding.
during the study last night our pastor, mike, shared something that i found SO true. he actually heard jon courson (a super awesome calvary chapel pastor) preach once and said that if we can understand our peace about something, it probably isn't true peace from god. true peace is when everything around us is going crazy and then you're fine. calm. at PEACE.
i liked that. and it's true. until i completely and with my whole ENTIRE soul, heart and mind trust god and obey him, i'm probably not experiencing true peace. because you know...i've been that person who 'understands' the peace. and then i realized how i probably wasn't feeling so 'peacey' afterall.
i really love our calvary chapel. (check out the main calvary site, that link is really just to our church's address we have no official site) sure it's a small church. in a basement. but god doesn't care. and hey i don't care. as long as i'm being fed, and what is being teached is entirely BIBLE based. it's okay. and it doesn't matter 'where' it's being taught as much as WHAT is being taught.
some people/churches i think are trying to fit what they teach into what they want to hear. they don't want to hear the 'bad' stuff from the bible. or what god says about certain things. the truth is...god said it. i believe it. so hey...that settles it. i believe what god says to be true and the way i should live my life. do i fail? heck yeah. does god take me back? every time. i don't fail 'on purpose' but when it happens, and it does, god smacks me (remember i need that) and says
get back here.
i love you.
fall into my arms.
you won't hit the ground.
so i'm off to enjoy my perfect peace today. not anything i can do for myself but from my perfect loving father.
i encourage you to find perfect peace. get your ticket to heaven. it's the only way my friends. the only way. because why? you ask. well because god said so. i ain't messing with him!

4 loving words from you.:

-stephanie- said...

Yay, I can comment. Disregard my e-mail if you didn't read it yet. Or, thank you for fixing it, if you read my e-mail and wasn't aware of a problem.
Anyway, great post! I do have God's perfect peace about the 3 miscarriages I had. I can't explain why I feel peace, and like you said, it's because it's God's peace, not mine. I'm sad about it, and question why, but still have God's peace, which I am so thankful for.

Jill said...

Love those wake up calls! Glad you are feeling more at peace with the craziness around you (and it sounds like you have more than your fair share of craziness!)
Our church meets in a middle school auditorium for the time being. Truly the best worship services I've ever been to. :)

CityMom, CountryMom said...

Amanda! Philippians 4:6 was one of the verses I used in Bible Study last week at the nursing home! Uncanny!? Probably not, but it's not as if we can't use that verse daily as a reminder....have a wonderful rest of your weekend!
CountryMom (Suzanne)

3 Bay B Chicks said...

I have read this post several times now and find your words really inspirational. Thank you for the time and effort you put into this. So appropriate, especially given the time of year.

I have to admit, though, that I did laugh when I read the word, "peacey." That is something that I haven't seen before!

Thanks so, so much for your wonderful e-mail yesterday. Absolutely made my day to read it. I couldn't agree more with your sentiment re making new friends who are several states away. I often think how great it would be to meet all of the wonderful people that you come across on the internet (like you) in real life. :)

-Francesca