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Do You Stand? (& Give Away…)

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cushion in field with hat pixa x     Longing for a day without…hurt, pain, grief? Longing for a family with…love, contentment, plenty? Longing for a world without…strife, war, chaos? Longing for…peace?

“The world’s idea of peace: no conflict. That doesn’t exist. Peace is the quiet calm in the conflict.” (Larry Adams pastor) Ah, that’s what we’re longing for: the quiet calm. To stand each morning, at every turn in the day, and before the starry night and know that though there be no peace now….someday…

The truth is “The plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations.” (Psalm 33:11 NIV) So whose plans do we stand on? We can plan every next step, but our plans are fleeting…no matter how grand or right or seemingly worthy. The plans of the Lord, they stand firm forever. How to enter and stand there, in His plans?

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Wait – are we His children? Is Jesus our Savior? If our answer is a resounding YES, then “…I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.” (1Corinthians 15:1 NIV) The good news, the gospel, is where we take our stand and…

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.” (Romans 5:1-2 NIV) We now stand in His grace? Grace – that loving kindness, forgiveness, wholeness – all ours…

“If life is going to be hard, why not live in such a way that struggles bring glory to God?” (Jay Holland, pastor) And life is going to be hard, maybe not every minute, maybe every minute. But if we can live that hard in such a way, stand in such a way that our little lives bring glory to Him?

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Take our stand on the good news, stand in His grace, and with faith did you know that all the enemy’s fiery arrows will be extinguished? When we sit at our loved one’s bedside, last breaths coming, still satan has no power. When no more money is coming, beloved possessions being taken, still satan has no power. Though none stand with us, worry our only companion, still satan has no power!

Do we stand? After everything, He is able to make us stand – on the heights, of His love – in the depths, of His mercy…an ever present help in trouble…

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GIVE AWAY: Dance With Jesus by Susan B. Mead addresses the grief of a mother losing her son and a God who taught her to dance through her pain. If you, or someone you love is dealing with a loss, email me at parisrenae1@gmail.com and mention today’s post. I will randomly pick two who will receive a copy of the book and a bookmark. I will be sending them out on 8/22 so be sure to include a mailing address.

If you stopped by because you read my devotion today over at Encouragement Cafe, WELCOME!   So glad you are here!​​

 

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6 thoughts on “Do You Stand? (& Give Away…)

  1. Thank you for this message of hope today, Paris! Yes, I stand on this promises today even though I can’t see the answers to some of the problems I’m facing. I stand because I am his! So blessed to find you at #RaRaLinkup today.

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    • Abby, thank you for stopping by. Praying with you that as you stand on His promises, in His love, and in His mercy that you will find that peace that passes all understanding. Father, asking that you will be with Abby as she trusts in You, help her to shine her light to all who know her. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

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  2. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions, stand firm, and see the deliverance the Lord will give you (2 Chron 20:17). Thank you for this.

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  3. I’m on my feet – standing next to God! What encouragement this was to me this morning as I was unable to attend our church service. I’m so thankful God directed me here.

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    • Pamela, I’m right there with you, we stand in His mercy and His unceasing love and grace. Thank you for your kind words and hope you will stop by again. Praying you have a wonderful Sunday as His Spirit speaks life and healing and wisdom to your heart…

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