Now may the God of peace [Who is the Author and the Giver of peace], Who brought again from among the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood [that sealed, ratified] the everlasting agreement (covenant, testament), Strengthen (complete, perfect) and make you what you ought to be and equip you with everything good that you may carry out His will; [while He Himself] works in you and accomplishes that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ (the Messiah); to Whom be the glory forever and ever (to the ages of the ages). Amen (so be it).
For we are the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus, to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago.
For it’s by God’s grace that you have been saved. You receive it through faith. It was not our plan or our effort. It is God’s gift, pure and simple. You didn’t earn it, not one of us did, so don’t go around bragging that you must have done something amazing.
But God, with the unfathomable richness of His love and mercy focused on us, united us with the Anointed One and infused our lifeless souls with life—even though we were buried under mountains of sin—and saved us by His grace.
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Lord, free us from anything & anyone who would cause us any harm.
The Lord helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they take refuge in Him.
Love, in the Christian sense, does not mean an emotion. It is a state not of the feelings but of the will; that state of the will which we have naturally about ourselves, and must learn to have about other people.
Life involves responsibility, but are there certain times meetings take priority over a friend in need, deadlines over a meal with your family? How important will that deadline be in comparison to having missed sharing that last meal with a loved one, having been there for your child who needed help with homework? How available are you?
How do you respond to the demands on your time in the midst of your busy schedule? Are you willing to have your schedule interrupted? Are you too distracted to listen or even hear the call for your attention from someone in need?
God often uses interruptions to get your attention. How willing are you to be interrupted?
When I came, why was there no one? When I called, why was there no one to answer? Was My arm too short to deliver you? Do I lack the strength to rescue you? By a mere rebuke I dry up the sea, I turn rivers into a desert; their fish rot for lack of water and die of thirst.
Thank You Lord for Your grace. Thank You Lord for Your joy. Thank You Lord for the gift of Your salvation. May I never forget to thank You. May I never take You for granted. Thank You for redeeming me, for that I will never cease to praise You!
2 Samuel 22:47
“The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!Exalted be my God, the Rock, my Savior!