Saturday, July 4, 2015

Your Miracle and Peace

I was not particularly looking for this, but this morning the Lord dropped it into my lap to present to you:

Below you will find a key scripture to weave into your spirit while you are praying and believing for your miracle

Phil 4:6Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

What are some of the keys in the scripture above?

1.  Thanksgiving.  We always approach the Lord with praise, rejoicing, and thanksgiving.  The Lord does not suffer whining, grumbling and complaining well....

Numbers 14:26The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: 27“How long will this wicked community grumble against me? I have heard the complaints of these grumbling Israelites. 28So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very thing I heard you say: 29In this wilderness your bodies will fall—every one of you twenty years old or more who was counted in the census and who has grumbled against me.

This rejoicing, thanksgiving and praise are not some artificial exercise, it is an exercise of our will over our feelings.  Our feelings are traitors, we don't feel like getting up out of bed in the morning but we know that is what we have to do.  We do not feel like praying but we know that is what we have to do.  We do not feel like doing many things that are absolutely critical to our success and well being.  Our feelings are traitors...Our will was given to us so we can decide over our feelings to do what needs to be done.

Every one of us has something in their life they can be thankful for, that is not some artificial fantasy of our imagination.  Everyone of us also has things we can rejoice over and praise the Lord for, these are real things not fantasy.  We remember these things as an act of our will and we bring them to the Lord as living sacrifices offering the fruit of our lips to our great God.

Hebrews 13:15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of
praise--the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.

Thanksgiving, praise and rejoicing should surround us like a gift wrapping around our being as we approach the throne of grace.  Then we present our requests to the Lord.  The next part in Phil 4:6 I never fully understood until the Lord dropped it on me this morning:

7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

You may say to this ^^ that's great that I will have peace but what I really need and what I am praying for are x,y, and z.  Here is where we go deeper.  That peace the Lord gives you that guards your hearts and minds, that peace IS the guarantee that x,y, and z are coming.  It is unfeigned faith and confidence in the promises that guarantee the deliverance of the prayer or miracle you seek:

Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe
that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Your prayer and/or miracle are all about a transference of power from the Lord to your situation.  The Lord expects, no..He demands faith.  He demands belief.  For us, believing is seeing.  That rock solid, unwavering shield of peace around our faith filled hearts and  faith filled minds, guarantee that (if we are patient) we will have what we ask for.

So, our peace is not some frivolous, nice to have thing the Lord gives us as a condolence prize when we pray.  That peace is a royal seal on our request that it is certainly coming.

If we want to see our prayers answered and miracle power in our lives we must fully grasp the spiritual side of our situation.  The physical manifestation are the afterthought.  If we do what the Lord told us to do, if we ask in faith, if we stay in rejoicing, praise and thanksgiving in patience and in spite of what our eyes see (we live by faith not by sight), then the peace comes and after the peace comes the answer.

Sometimes you are rejoicing, praising and giving thanks while you "feel" like someone punched you in the stomach because your situation is so desperate.  I know, the Lord has someone writing to you who has been there.  We praise, rejoice and give thanks in spite of being punched in the gut.  We give thanks as an act of our will, as an act of faith in the promises and as a pre-thanks for the eventual physical manifestation of what we have been asking for.

There are no secrets, the Lord openly told us what to do.  Decide to praise, give thanks and rejoice in spite of your circumstances and in spite of your feelings.  Do it because you were told to do it and more importantly because you have good reason to do it.  Call to remembrance all of the things the Lord has already done for you.  Attach each victory as a streamer on your battle flag as you bring to bear the spiritual power you need (with and through our Lord) to get your miracle.

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the
knowledge of God our Father and of Jesus our Lord