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Today’s Devotional | February 5 | MATTHEW 5:1-12 | Rewards in Heaven

Today's Devotional

Memory Verse
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you (Matthew 5:12).

You can’t take it with you.

But you can send it on ahead.

The Bible is clear in its teaching that no one can earn heaven through good works:
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us…” (Titus 3:5). Neither are we saved by faith and works: “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified” (Galatians 2:16). Salvation is by faith alone: “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).

Equally clear is the truth that the saved can lay up rewards in heaven through faithful service for Christ. And these rewards may be the most underrated possible possessions in the universe.

One of the shocks of heaven will be the revelation of what really should have counted on earth. Riches here compared to rewards there will seem unimportant. We will wonder at our folly and the lack of wisdom in our present priorities.

We must lay down riches here to lay them up in heaven.

Interest rates here will seem small compared to God’s hundredfold paid in heaven. Where are your investments?

Heaven’s dividends are eternal.

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As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God…”

Psalm 42:1, 2

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    February 4 | ACTS 2:41-47 | Fellowship
    Memory Verse
    And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers (Acts 2:42).

    Millions have joined in singing the great song of fellowship, “Blest Be the Tie That Binds,” written by John Fawcett, an English Baptist minister. The song was written to commemorate an experience in Fawcett’s life.

    In 1772, after only a few years in pastoral work, John Fawcett was called to a large and influential church in London. His farewell sermon had been preached in his country church in Yorkshire and the wagons loaded with his furniture and books stood ready for departure to the new home and work.

    Fawcett’s congregation was brokenhearted.

    Men, women, and children gathered about him and his family with sad and tearful faces.

    Finally, overwhelmed with the sorrow of those they were leaving, Dr. Fawcett and his wife sat down on one of the packing cases and gave way to tears.

    “Oh, John!” lamented Fawcett’s wife, “I cannot bear this! I know not how to go!”

    “Nor I, either,” returned her husband. “And we will not go. The wagons shall be unloaded, and everything put in its old place.”

    The congregation was filled with joy and their continued fellowship was the basis for the song by John Fawcett that has blessed so many for so long.

    The Early Church was strong in fellowship.

    The church that is strong in fellowship is strong in its witness in the community.

    What are you doing to deepen fellowship in your church?

    February 3 | ACTS 3:1-16 | Such as I Have
    Memory Verse
    Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk (Acts 3:6).

    Luke, the physician, wrote the Book of Acts. It is properly called The Acts of the Apostles. And it is a book of action; the story of the Early Church on the move.

    The first Christians had little of this world’s goods. They had no expensive church buildings, none of the things that make a church appear successful in our day.

    People are easily awed by trappings that are designed to impress, but spiritual power is far more important. The church at Laodicea, described in the Book of Revelation, looked prosperous but was poor in the areas that really mattered: “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked...” (Revelation 3:17).

    As Dr. Luke recorded the experience of Peter and John in their encounter with the lame man, he must have felt the pain and frustration of this one who had been afflicted for so long. Luke knew the limitation of man in helping some who are helpless.

    “Silver and gold have I none,” said Peter. And the poor man’s heart must have drooped. But then the blessing came...he was healed of his affliction.

    Peter had neither silver nor gold and therefore was not accountable to give what he did not have. But what he did have was exactly what the blind man needed.

    Let us give “such as we have” that others may be blessed.

    February 2 | PSALM 73:23-28 | A Friend in Heaven
    Memory Verse
    Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee (Psalm 73:25).

    Upon the death of Anne Sullivan, her patient, painstaking teacher, Helen Keller said, “I look forward to the world to come where all physical limitations will drop from me like shackles; I shall again find my beloved teacher, and engage joyfully in greater service than I have yet known!”

    A man of God once sat at our table and reminisced about his son who had died in the service of our country. He had been an only child and had looked forward to entering the ministry upon his return from the war. The good man shared his heart with us and said that he and his wife were looking forward to heaven to see their son.

    Many anticipate heaven because a friend or loved one is there whom they long to see. Heaven will be a place of glad reunions but the greatest thrill of all will be our meeting with Jesus... our most faithful friend.

    Christians have a friend in heaven. Joseph Scriven said it well: “What a friend we have in Jesus!”

    People often boast of having friends in high places. Let one know the President or one of his cabinet and he will announce it to the news media so that all his friends and neighbors will know of his important connection with one in power. Name dropping becomes his favorite pastime. But we have a friend in the highest place in the universe. No earthly sphere of influence compares with the throne of God.

    And our friend is there.

    Aren’t you glad you have a friend in heaven?

    February 1 | PSALM 11 | The Throne
    Memory Verse
    The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men (Psalm 11:4).

    Heaven is the focal point of the universe.

    God’s throne is in heaven.

    Justice and judgment proceed from the throne of God. There are many wrongs in the world as a result of sin. Wars rage. Oppression thrives. Dishonesty is rampant. Evil people seem to prosper. But God will make everything right. There will be a day of reckoning. The Psalmist declared: “Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne... “ (Psalm 89:14).

    God’s throne is a throne of grace. While none deserve the privilege of prayer, God deals with us in grace. Thankfully, our merit is not a factor. We come to the throne on the basis of Christ’s death for us on the cross: “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

    The throne of God is a place of breathtaking beauty. John described it as follows: “And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald... And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal...” (Revelation 4:2, 3, 6)

    The throne of God is a place of praise: “And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy... “ (Revelation 5:9).

    Someday we will join the heavenly choir... and sing His praise!

    January 31 | MATTHEW 19:13-15 | The Children
    Memory Verse
    But Jesus said, Suffer the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 19:14).

    Following a Sunday evening service, I saw a woman crying at the rear of the church. Upon questioning her about her burden, I discovered she had recently lost a child in an accident and that the minister who had conducted the funeral had told her the child was lost because he had not been baptized. How good it was to show her from the Bible that children go to heaven when they die!

    Jesus had time for children. The disciples, thinking He was too busy, rebuked those who brought their little ones to the Saviour, but Jesus reversed the action of His disciples and revealed His great love for boys and girls. What a thrill it must have been for the parents standing there to see the Lord fulfill their desires concerning their children. He laid His hands on them and prayed for them as the parents had requested.

    And wouldn’t it have been great to be one of those children? Imagine the impact of this experience when it was known later that He had risen from the grave.

    The One who came down from heaven had time. The Eternal One. Yet, we often get so taken with our importance that we think we do not have time for others, especially children. When we stand at the Judgment Seat of Christ, it will surprise us to find out how badly we sorted the important from the unimportant. Hours and opportunities that escape us can never be brought back. Learn a priceless lesson from Jesus.

    Take time!

    January 30 | REVELATION 1:1-8 | The Time Is At Hand
    Memory Verse
    Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand (Revelation 1:3).

    Israel is a nation.

    Russia has a form of government built on atheism.

    The Common Market moves toward a United States of Europe.

    What does it all mean?

    To most students of the Bible it means that we are living in the last days.

    The weight of evidence for the truth of Bible prophecy is now so strong that any informed person would have to close his eyes to escape seeing its fulfillment.

    Christ is coming!

    He will come in fulfillment of His promise to the disciples: “I will come again, and receive
    you unto myself” (John 14:3).

    He will come as promised by the two angels who appeared at His ascension. These heavenly messengers announced, “This same Jesus, who is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11).

    He will come as described by Paul, the apostle: “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16,17).

    Yes, Jesus will return.

    “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).

    January 29 | JOHN 12:1-9 | The Complainers
    Memory Verse
    Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? (John 12:5).

    Judas was a complainer. Though Pilate could find no fault in Jesus, Judas did. Some are specialists at picking flaws. Life will be better if you refuse to hear them.

    Refuse to hear the “daily downers.” Some thrive on complaints. They enjoy ill health and spread their contagion everywhere they go. Even God cannot please them and they spend their lives blind to His blessings. Though sometimes feigning spirituality, they know nothing of the Bible command to “do all things without murmurings and disputings” (Philippians 2:14). Their cups overflow — with vinegar.

    Refuse to hear criticism of others. When hypercritical people find fault and gossip in your presence, tune them out. Change the subject. Inject conversation that fits Paul’s call for continual praise: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

    So, practice that delightful deafness that breaks the chain of criticism and complaining. If you have been the guilty one, confess this serious sin to the Lord and claim His forgiveness.

    Weigh your words; they’ll be weighed again in judgment.

    Week 5 | The Night God

    The ancient Greeks loved the theater. Their
    writers created elaborate stories -- both comedies
    and tragedies -- in the form of plays to be acted out
    in their amphitheaters.

    Greek actors, skilled at playing many roles,
    switched from one character to another by going
    backstage and changing masks. When an actor
    returned to the stage with a new face he became
    another person.

    The Greek word for one of these people of many
    faces was hypokrite -- or hypocrite in English. It
    has come to mean one who acts out a part or
    pretends to be what he is not.

    In the New Testament Jesus chided the religious
    elite of His day, the scribes and Pharisees who
    were more concerned with the traditions and
    ceremonies of serving God than the meaning and
    purpose of God's laws. He said, Well hath Esaias
    prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written,
    This people honoureth me with their lips, but
    their heart is far from me
    (Mark 7:6).

    Today so many who call themselves Christians
    have an extensive collection of masks they can put
    on and take off at will. They wear many different
    faces, depending on where they are, who they are
    with, and what they are doing.

    Don't misunderstand me -- I'm not talking
    about being able to perform different functions as
    a person. A man may be a husband, father,
    businessman, sports enthusiast, handyman, scholar,
    and spiritual leader. A woman may be a wife,
    mother, counselor, chef, chauffeur, seamstress,
    designer, musician, gardener, etc. But in both
    examples, the individual can remain the same
    person while performing various functions.

    Hypocrisy comes from attempting to be
    completely different people according to the
    environment or situation in which we find ourselves. And
    all of us are tempted to try our hand at role playing
    at one time or another.

    The real you!

    Do you ever find yourself acting one way at
    church, another way at home, and still another at
    work? Have you ever considered allowing your
    values, appearance, vocabulary, personality, and
    behavior to change dramatically from Sunday to
    Monday... from your work place to your home...
    from public to private life?

    Are there times when you wonder who -- and
    what -- is the real you?

    Several years ago, Dr. Van Impe and I knew of a
    young evangelist who had enormous ability. He
    was handsome, knowledgeable, and articulate.
    He spoke with eloquence, diction, and power. It
    seemed certain that he would become one of the
    most effective ministers in America.

    I remember especially his strong messages
    about the evils of alcohol and how the devil was
    using strong drink to cause untold misery and
    destroy countless lives.

    Then, in the prime of his life, this young
    minister suddenly died! In an instant he was gone.
    Later, it was revealed that he had fought an
    unending personal battle with liquor. Many nights
    after his evangelistic services he drank himself
    into an alcoholic stupor. How tragic that he
    proclaimed the life-changing, transforming power of
    Christ's salvation to multiplied thousands, yet
    never accepted God's deliverance from the satanic
    bondage that enslaved him.

    Mixed signals

    One troubled young man in California came to
    as after a service and said, "I don't understand my
    dad's religion. He's a deacon in the church and he
    seems so pious and so holy. But when he comes
    home, he yells and swears at my mother." This
    boy was troubled at the mixed signals he was
    receiving from his father's behavior. He realized
    that something was dreadfully wrong.

    The Apostle James asked, Doth a fountain
    send forth at the same place sweet water and
    bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive
    berries?
    (James 3:11,12).

    Of course not! Then why is it that we often see
    entire casts of characters wrapped up in a single
    individual? Sometimes we're not quite sure
    which face they will show us next. How can this
    happen?

    I believe it may be explained by noting that man
    loses the awareness of his true identity when he
    loses sight of who God is! When man -- either
    deliberately or accidentally -- loses sight of God
    the Father, he soon loses his way in the resulting
    darkness.

    The Bible tells how in the beginning the Lord
    God himself came into the Garden of Eden to have
    fellowship with Adam and Eve. He knew them
    personally... and they knew Him.

    Then they sinned by disobeying God.
    Immediately Adam and Eve changed the way they acted --
    they hid themselves from the presence of the
    Lord. Ultimately they were driven out of the
    Garden... and out of fellowship with God.

    From that day on, the human family began to
    lose sight of God -- to forget who He was and what
    He was really like.

    Putting a mask on God

    As the years and centuries went by, man created
    a picture of God that was so distorted and
    mistaken that very few really understood His divine
    plan and His tender lovingkindness.

    In the eloquent words of Paul the apostle: When
    they knew God, they glorified him not as God,
    neither were thankful; but became vain in their
    imaginations, and their foolish heart was
    darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they
    became fools, and changed the glory of the
    uncorruptible God into an image made like to
    corruptible man
    (Romans 1:21-23).

    I like the way The Living Bible expresses verse
    21 -- And after a while they began to think up
    silly ideas of what God was like and what He
    wanted them to do.

    In effect, man created a mask -- grotesque and
    corrupt -- and used it to cover the face of God. And
    darkness again covered the earth and the lives of
    men.

    It was then that God chose to reveal himself
    afresh and anew to all mankind. Paul Scherer
    described "the night of all nights when God came
    down 'the stairs of heaven with a child in his
    arms.'"

    Throwing aside the crude mask that man had
    placed upon Him, the Father sent His Son, Jesus,
    from heaven to earth -- to once again walk among
    men and show them who God is and what He is
    like. So Jesus came, ministering to the poor,
    healing the sick, pouring out boundless love to all
    men. "Do you see me and my works?" He asked.
    "Then understand that this is the nature of God.
    For when you see me, you see the Father."

    Identify with God

    Oh, my friend, the joy of seeing the Father... of
    having fellowship with God! This is the secret of
    true self-discovery. For as you find out who God is
    and your eternal relationship with Him through
    Christ, you will suddenly see yourself in a new
    light.

    And then, you can strip away all your masks
    and faces and go forth in your new identity -- as a
    child of God.

    Join me in giving thanks for that first
    Christmas, when God took off His mask and
    revealed himself to us again. If you have not yet
    received Him, I urge you now to -- Turn your eyes
    upon Jesus, Look full in His wonderful face; And
    the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the
    light of His glory and grace.

    Week 4 | They Shall Mount Up

    All of us at some point in our lives have had
    traumatic experiences. Life has a way of forcing us to
    cope with difficulty, pain, sorrow, and stress.

    Some people seem to come through every test
    stronger... and rise above every tumult. Others
    appear to be in danger of drowning in their sorrow
    ...of being totally overcome by seemingly
    insurmountable circumstances.

    What makes the difference?

    I believe a large part of the answer is a matter of
    perspective... the point-of-view we have of life and
    its challenges.

    Let me share with you a beautiful experience of
    Dr. Van Impe's and mine which helps reveal the
    way I feel we should look at life's problems. It
    happened when a special friend of the ministry called
    and asked if we'd like to ride in his hot air balloon.

    Of course we said yes. And Mr. John Raya, of
    Father and Son Construction Co. in Rochester,
    Michigan, set a time for us to meet him.

    So on a glorious afternoon, we climbed into the
    passenger basket and looked up at the beautiful
    blue-and-white balloon billowing fifty or sixty feet
    above us. My pulse was pounding with excitement
    ...and I have to admit the tiniest bit of
    apprehension gripped my stomach.

    But not for long! With a blast of flame from a
    propane burner above our heads, additional hot air
    was pumped into the balloon... the crew turned
    loose of the basket... and we took off -- up, up,
    and away!

    What a sensation! What a thrill! If you've ever
    gone up in a balloon, you know what I mean -- it's
    an unforgettable experience.

    Ballooning is nothing like flying in an airplane,
    enclosed by glass and aluminum. Instead, you
    begin to feel like a free spirit -- there is a distinct
    sense of physical disembodiment as you feel
    yourself floating upward, leaving the earth, rising
    higher and higher.

    A new way to see!

    First of all, I was astonished at what I could see.
    There was more sky than earth! Once above the
    walls and enclosures of man-made structures, a
    panorama of incredible beauty and unlimited
    space unfolded all around me. I remember
    thinking that this must be like seeing things from
    God's viewpoint.

    In their now miniature size, things that
    appeared so important on the ground seemed
    somehow insignificant. Dented car fenders, a
    burned-out house, rushing traffic -- everything
    seemed to blend into a much larger background.
    The walls and fences separating people
    diminished before my eyes and faded into mere lines in a
    magnificent tapestry of soft color and interwoven
    patterns.

    I began to see a bigger picture of life itself.
    Suddenly I understood as never before how
    even events that seem like disasters close-up can
    actually disappear into the perfect pattern of
    God's master plan for our lives. And rather than
    being overwhelmed, it is possible to accept each
    circumstance as a purposeful part of God's will...
    of His greater good for us!

    How good it is to develop our spiritual sight in
    faith. If only we would make it a practice to allow
    the Holy Spirit to lift us above ourselves and see
    our situation from God's viewpoint.

    A new way to hear!

    The second thing I discovered up in the balloon
    was that in addition to a new way to look, there
    was also a new way to listen.

    As a musician, I am very conscious of sound --
    of voices, cries, music. Floating hundreds of feet
    in the air, I discovered there was no noise -- no
    traffic roar, no barking dogs, no ringing
    telephones, no blaring radios or TV sets. There was
    only the soft sigh of the wind... and the silence.
    It was so quiet I could almost hear my own
    heartbeat. I actually had to get used to hearing
    nothing. And in the soothing, uninterrupted
    silence, I felt a healing, restoring power washing out
    my brain and smoothing down the wrinkles in my
    inner being.

    With crystal clarity, I sensed a message of
    reassuring love being whispered inside my heart in a
    still, small voice. I recognized that Voice! And
    suddenly I thrilled with new understanding of what
    my Heavenly Father meant when He gently
    commanded, Be still, and know that I am God
    (Psalm 46:10).

    On that crisp autumn afternoon, drifting
    quietly above the patchwork quilts of the earth and
    under the brilliant blue of the heavens, I knew God
    afresh and anew.

    Satisfied!

    The Lord ministered to me through all my
    senses on that special day. In addition to being
    blessed through seeing and hearing, I became so
    aware of God's presence that I could almost reach
    out and touch Him -- I'm sure I felt Him touch me!

    And smell -- the air above our beloved Michigan
    homeland was so pure, so unpolluted at that
    height. I've never smelled anything so clean. It
    was like the very breath of God... exhilarating...
    delicious!

    I distinctly remember being aware that my
    senses were totally filled up -- that I wanted
    nothing to be satisfied. I had no need for food or
    drink. I could cry out with the Psalmist David, O
    taste and see that the Lord is good
    (Psalm 34:8).

    All too soon our balloon ride came to an end, and
    it was time to descend back to earth. Almost
    reluctantly we left the sky and stood once more on the
    ground.

    But I'll never be quite the same again. How
    much I learned about Christian living through
    what I experienced that day up in the balloon.

    I'm told that in stormy weather, that greatest of
    birds, the eagle, does not seek a shelter or place of
    refuge. Instead, he flies high into the sky, turns
    into the wind and sets his wings so that the very
    force of the storm lifts him safely above it.

    Surely it is no coincidence that God's Word
    declares --

    They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their
    strength; they shall mount up with wings as
    eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and
    they shall walk, and not faint
    (Isaiah 40:31).

    Week 3 | The Quest for Peace

    I heard a story recently about a nagging wife
    who kept writing complaining letters to her
    serviceman husband who was on combat duty in
    another country. Finally, after receiving yet
    another hateful letter, the husband wrote back,
    "Will you please stop writing me vicious letters so
    I can fight this war in peace?"

    We all want peace, don't we? Personally and
    nationally we crave it. Yet, so few of us find it.
    I've read that over half the beds in our hospitals
    today are filled with people who have mental
    problems. These individuals have desperately sought
    for peace but haven't found it. At last, they have
    reached the place where they can no longer cope
    with life, and they have become ill.

    A noted doctor once said that if all the
    tranquilizers were taken away from the American people,
    we would have a national nervous breakdown so
    big there wouldn't be enough well people to take
    care of the sick ones. People who take
    tranquilizers are trying to push the turbulence in
    their lives out of their minds. They have to resort
    to a little pill to put them in "peaceful" oblivion.

    My heart goes out to those who do not know the
    meaning of peace. Each day is a repetition of the
    previous one, filled with hostility, despair, and
    loneliness. They are miserable, frustrated, and
    unhappy with themselves and everyone around
    them.

    A picture of peace

    Remember the story of the rich man who
    commissioned an artist to paint him a picture
    illustrating true peace. The artist painted a
    beautiful picture of a lake surrounded by trees. In the
    distance were majestic, snow-covered mountains.

    When the rich man saw it, he shook his head.
    "It's very beautiful," he told the artist, "but it's not
    a picture of true peace. Please try again."

    This time the artist thought a long time before
    he began to paint. On the canvas, he painted a
    huge, thundering waterfall. He showed the water
    churning over the falls and crashing onto rocks far
    below. Then, at one side of the waterfall, he
    painted a birch tree whose slender branches
    reached out over the roaring water. On one of the
    branches, he painted a little bird sitting quietly
    and contentedly on her nest, oblivious to the
    danger around her.

    That is true peace -- not an escape from the
    pressures and trials of life but the quiet repose of a
    heart at rest with God. Jesus said, These things I
    have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have
    peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but
    be of good cheer; I have overcome the world

    (John 16:33).

    Jesus' life was anything but peaceful. Yet, His
    last legacy to His disciples and to all those who
    would follow Him was the promise of peace. Peace
    I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as
    the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your
    heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John
    14:27).

    I love the old hymn that goes:


    Trust and rest when all around thee
    Puts thy faith to sorest test;

    Let no fear or foe confound thee,

    Wait for God and trust and rest.

    Trust and rest with heart abiding,

    Like a birdling in its nest,

    Underneath His feathers hiding,

    Fold thy wings and trust and rest.

    I don't know the things in your life that cause
    you unrest and destroy your peace. But I want to
    remind you that there is a way to handle them.
    God has given us guidelines that can take us
    through these troublesome times.

    Guidelines for troubled times

    In His sermon on the mount, Jesus said,
    Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be
    called the children of God
    (Matthew 5:9). What
    does that mean to you in your everyday life? It
    means that if you will turn your thoughts to God,
    He will take control. Then, regardless of the
    conditions around you, you have His abiding peace, joy,
    patience -- whatever you need at the moment -- to
    draw on.

    The Apostle Paul tells us that He [Jesus] is our
    [way of] peace (Ephesians 2:14). It's only when we
    follow after Him that the walls of hostility which
    surround us come tumbling down. He is our way
    of living at peace with others. Paul also speaks of
    those who do not seek after God, and he observes
    that they do not know the way of peace (see
    Romans 3:17).

    A verse that has helped so many who were going
    through turbulent times is Isaiah 26:3, Thou wilt
    keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed
    on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
    When you
    keep your mind on the Lord and trust
    unwaveringly in Him, you can truly live in peace though
    the world around you be filled with turmoil and
    strife.

    My prayer for you today is that... the peace of
    God, which passeth all understanding, shall
    keep your hearts and minds through Christ
    Jesus
    (Philippians 4:7).