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This month's theme:
 
7 Steps toMaintain
Inner Peace  
(Philippians 4:4-13)

 
(Part 2 is continued in the same issue as last month.
Pages 5, 6, and 7 are the new pages.)
 
 

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1. Rejoice in the Lord
The first and foremost step for peace, in which all else builds on, is to rejoice in the Lord.  

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AGAIN.... I say rejoice!

The foundation of peace is to rejoice in the Lord. The next six steps to maintaining peace will be built on the foundation of understanding and appreciating what it means to be in the Lord. 

Do we find joy in being in the body of Christ... being a part of Christ's spirit - having His blessings of salvation, strength and hope - does it bring us joy to know who the Lord is and that by answering His call, we now sit in heavenly places; our spirit in communion with the Creator?! Rejoicing in the knowledge of the Lord and our relationship with the God of spirits will bring peace - it is the source that pours out gentleness, prayerfulness, good thinking, caring attitude, contentment, and a reliance on Christ's strength. Without a true joy in the Lord, our lives can not maintain the peace that passes understanding.

"Too Amazing to Comprehend" 
 Richard Chinnis

“The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.”Romans‬ ‭8:16-17 This is one of those passages that's too amazing to comprehend. Heirs of God? Fellow heirs with Christ? Our imagination will never expand to encompass that glory until He's revealed.

 

But I think there is a purpose to knowing things that are too amazing to comprehend. There are days when that weight has its effect - days when you don't feel like an heir of God. Some days you just feel like an engineer who can't get all your work done. Some days you feel like a son who can't figure out how to be that. Or a parent, likewise. Some days you just feel frail: physically, spiritually.

 

Those days are when you feel the weight of truths like "heir of God" and "fellow heirs with Christ" even without comprehending them. Everything God has prepared from eternity to give to you is ready to be inherited. The circumstances that define Jesus' existence in eternity, He waits to share with you. And the contrast between those blessings and your life here overwhelms you.

 

This seems related to Paul's prayer in Eph 3 where he prays for them to "know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge." Why pray for such a paradox? Because it's those days when your own knowledge fails you so spectacularly that you come closest to grasping "love which surpasses knowledge;" or when your body fails, you get a peek at love which surpasses physical life; or when you fail, you appreciate all the more love which surpasses and conquers sin. 

 
     

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August 2017