Saturday, December 11, 2010

"Making Croutons"

Proverbs 17:1 "Better a dry crust with peace and quiet
than a house full of feasting with strife."

This "peace" means "being in a right relationship." Having peace in our hearts, in our homes (relationships) and with God, is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit.

Philippians 4 is my helps me to keep a right perspective in shows me what peace looks like and how to have it and keep it.

Philippians 4:4 "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 everything, by prayer & petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts & your minds in Christ Jesus."

Philippians 4:7-9 "Finally, brothers, 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."

Paul says, "Put everything through these 8 filters. If it’s not true, then don’t welcome it. If it’s not noble, if it’s not right, or pure or lovely or admirable or excellent or praiseworthy, don’t let it find a home in your heart. And if you’ll use these filters you’ll have peace with God....which will flow over into all other relationships.

Making Croutons,

"Rolling Stones"

Proverbs 16:3 "Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed."

Commit: I looked this word up in the Greek and it means to "roll as stones". I also looked it up in the Lexicon which said that the power of this word is expressed in the German root ~ that these plans should be rolled quickly.

What a picture this paints ~ Our plans are heavy and should not be carried, they are like a heavy stone or heap of rocks on our backs. And they will remain heavy in our life ~ until we commit them to the LORD.

The LORD says: roll these heavy stones, these heap of rocks over to me and do it quickly and you will see my full Power work.

"Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act." Psalm 37:5