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May 18 – Embracing Grace

This month we are seeking a deeper understanding of grace — the undeserved favor given to us by God. We are following a study by Kristy at the Organic Christian Living blog. Click HERE to go to her website for this study and dig a little deeper, with a playlist and devotions for each week of the study. You can join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Embracing Grace in How You Think and Act —

Philippians 4:4-9

Final Exhortations

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

2 Corinthians 10:3-6

 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.

SOAP Note

Peace of God | Kathy Page

Scripture

Philippians 4:6-8

Observation

The Peace of God – a peace so wonderful it cannot be compared to any other type of peace.  It is a peace that stands in a category by itself and rises far above and goes beyond anything the human mind could ever think, receive or imagine by itself.  Nothing compares to this powerful, protective, guarding peace that God positions to stand as a sentry or guardian at the entrance of our hearts and minds.  It stands there, at the gate, disabling the devil’s ability to disturb us by preventing his attacks from passing by or slipping through. This peace keeps our hearts and minds in proper alignment with the will of God.

Application

I have seen a picture many times of a young girl bowing her head in prayer, as a raging wind is picking up debris and scattering it all around her. You can see the fury of the wind. It is, to most, a mystery how she can be so quiet when the tempest is raging around her. She has a deep, inner calm that dominates her heart and mind.  It passes all understanding.   It is the Peace of God, not of the world, and He is the one who gives it.

The peace of God is an inner sense of contentment and quietness, regardless of life’s circumstances.  It is steadfast confidence in our ever-faithful, unchangeable Heavenly Father.  We must keep our focus on Him.  Discipline ourselves to sit in His Presence.  We must trust Him. God’s timing and purposes are always perfect. And, we must meditate on His Word as Paul tells us in God’s Word, think on what is true, noble, pure, right, lovely, admirable, and praiseworthy.

Prayer

Oh my Lord, Your peace in me brings stillness to my turmoil, clarity to my confusion, wisdom to my worry, and contentment to my striving.  Your peace in me brings gentleness to my anger, patience to my panic and hope to my suffering.  Your peace in me brings faith to my frustration and a sweet, sweet quietness in my heart.  In You and the Peace that You give me, I find strength for my journey.  Thank You.  In Your Name I pray.

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