July 08

Perspective. Peace. Power.

Perspective. Peace. Power.

How do we get those in the midst of turmoil, frustration or personal assaults to our bodies, minds or reputations? How do we share those as we watch our loved ones go through hard and hurting times?

First, we’ve got to be real. God never asks us to deny the hurt and brokenness we experience in our lives — as if that denial is somehow proof of our faith or our strength. Sometimes the very denial of our hurt, anger, doubt or frustration may actually be more tightly linked to our pride rather than to our real and humble trust in our Eternal Abba.

Second, we’ve got to let God be God. Not us. Not in our limited understanding. Certainly not in our own limited power. It is a great freedom to admit the truth that we are each frail, flawed and finite. And it is a great hope to know that there is nothing frail, flawed or finite about the Sovereign LORD of all Creation.

Third, we’ve got to choose to receive what God offers to us…in His Way, in His Time. God offers us His perspective, peace and power continually in order to transform, renew and strengthen our hearts and minds — our very lives. God’s fullest offer of perspective, peace and power comes to us through the sacrifice and resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ! HE is ours to receive.

“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

And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. — Isaiah 9:6

For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. — Colossians 1:13

…the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. — Romans 8:6

God’s divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. — 2 Peter 1:3

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. — 2 Timothy 1:7

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. — Romans 15:13

In our GOD — the SOVEREIGN and INTIMATE LORD — who loves us unfailingly, we will always find, and be held by, True Perspective, Peace and Power.