YCCM PART III HEART OF A CHILD

Chapter 14

FINDING PEACE

 

My Brothers and Sisters,


Every now and then, we wander into a grey zone and find ourselves in unrest, greatly distracted and without the peace in which we rest so comfortably. We are left feeling that peace has left us. Do not let it distress you so; for it is then that we must find peace in understanding, not as we know it, but in the understanding that comes from knowing God.


God is with us, we are not alone. Many believe that they know and understand this. As simple as it may sound, not everyone really understands and acknowledges God's presence within themselves. We must must make what is in our hearts a reality in our mind, so that it will be manifested through us into our lives and the lives of others. It is of great importance that we do so; for the strategy of the enemy is to make us feel isolated and to forget that God is right there with us, in the midst of our trouble, with all power in His hands.


However, knowing you're not alone is not enough. God said He would NEVER leave you. YES, if God be for you, then who can be against you! These assurances we most assuredly have because God keeps His promises and does not lie.


STILL! In your hour of trial or tribulation, WHO do you choose to serve? If you are to have peace, this is the FIRST understanding and surety that YOU must have. Who do you choose to serve? Can God count on you?


What is in your heart during this time? Are you in self? Do you expect God to punish all those around you, who you believe have offended, inconvenienced or hurt you and taken your peace? Where is your FAITH and ACCOUNTABILITY in this hour of your life; in this relationship?

 

 

 

THE COMFORT ZONE


When you find yourself out of your comfort zone, what do you do? Do you put all the blame and responsibility on others and expect God to alleviate your stress? Do you expect others to tiptoe around you, not to fluster you, or ruffle your feathers and disturb what you consider to be YOUR peace? Do you always expect someone else to rescue you or just rid yourself of others in order to restore your peace, which in reality is just your comfort zone? Could this be why God allows you to fall into the pits and snares, the shadows and the grey zones?


Today's society has very explict and rigid rules concerning the comfort zones of others. I've read that one should not put entire words in capital letters, because it denotes shouting and rudeness. A young lady once told me that she didn't like going to church and refrained from doing so because she didn't like being yelled at from the pulpit.


In both instances, we find that people are expected not to disturb, what is seen as, the peace and comfort zone of others. Yet, pride is disguised and traveling incognito. Maybe it's not blatantly out in the open, but it's still the same old pride, laced with fear--"Arsenic and Old Lace [Note 1]" disguised to create an illusion of being docile, sweet, and innocent, while it comes to kill, steal and destroy, from the inside to the outside, having no mercy and bringing no peace.


The enemy uses these disguised instruments to play a silent lullaby to lull people to sleep, within their comfort zones. This is why BOLDNESS in Christ, as Christ is bold, is needed today to awaken the sleeping.


Christ has given us His Sword to awaken the walking dead (those living in sin). He has given us words that reverberate, echoing within the heart and soul with much loudness and mirth, clanging and rattling to shake the very soul and loosen the grip of the enemy, before the first trumpet sounds, that our brothers and sisters may live in Christ and enjoy abundant and everlasting life, today.


Jesus' parables and manner of speech affected those who were ready to come out of their comfort zone, as well as having a heart, which desired Truth, Holiness and Righteousness. Does it mean that God loved these people more? You may wonder why you do not have ears to hear or understand all of God's Word. Has He left you out?


God's love for you is unconditional and everlasting. He hasn't forgotten you or left you out. His desire is that none should perish.  Yet, until you have humbled and surrendered yourself to Him, until you, too, thirst for Living Water, until you come out of your comfort zone, you are like a caterpillar still developing in a cocoon, not ready to mature and be transformed.


With freewill, comes accountability. Are you ready to take responsibility for your life and come out of your comfort zone?


BOLDNESS, given in love, the love of Christ, is required to wake the sleeping and shake them out of their comfort zone. We cannot avoid stirring up the pride of those who wish to remain in their comfort zone, who will reinterpret (not misinterpret) boldness as being incorrect, blasphemous, angry, arrogant, unnecessary, hostile or rude, etc. 


They cannot understand it because they are still of the world. It does not look and sound sweet and they refuse to take the bitter with the sweet. Within their comfort zone, they can cling to self and be of the world; for within their comfort zone they can reinterpret this, also.


By no means am I suggesting that we be inconsiderate or put aside kindness or gentleness; nor does this mean that we should advocate and encourage rudeness and boldness out of ill and hardened hearts. --But, FOR mercy and respect of others, we must understand the seriousness of discipleship and not forget that Jesus said in Matthew 10:34-39 (KJV):


34 "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.

35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.

37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

39 He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it."


SECOND, in order to find peace, we must understand dying to self, or flesh (losing our life, that which keeps us attached to the world), and learn to live and walk in the spirit, by faith, to follow Christ. Dying to self requires us to permanently leave our comfort zone, because it is a thing of the flesh.


Self-control (forbearance) is a fruit of God's Holy Spirit. We must be able to foresee and prevent our first reaction to adversity,  which is to turn to self or hide in self. Therefore, we must not be anxious. If we have no control over self, then the enemy takes over. 


This is the pivotal point in whether or not we are taken into bondage or remain in bondage. If we are to help others become free, this is the point in which we cannot be distracted, deterred or defeated. We must be able to die to self and abide in Christ Jesus and be led by the Spirit of God.

 

 

THE TEST 

 


THIRD, understand that whatever you're going through is a test. No matter what it may look like, it is a test, because you must BELIEVE that God did not bring you this far just to leave you. He doesn't want you to remain in grief or turmoil. It may look like the biggest mess you've ever been in, in your life. It may look like it's the end. However, even in the face of death, you must believe that God will carry you over the river to a better place.


Remember, God is with you and He has allowed you to be tested to strengthen you. Together, as One, you will overcome and go on to tell and show others--THIS is how you conquer the world with God!


God is training you, like a horse with blinders on, as He did with Jeremiah, so that you do not fear man and know who to put your trust in. He wants us to know what to do when we come against the enemy, even as we face death or lay upon our death bed.


KEEP your eyes on Jesus and do not let them stray; regardless of what's going to happen to you; regardless of what's going on around you; regardless of what the enemy says or does.


You are not unprotected or defenseless. My Angels are encamped around you. You have a charge to keep--a mission, even unto death, as Jesus did, and you must complete it at all cost. For what profit is it for a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?


Is there not Peace in this?


If we go into a test or storm of life, with a hardened heart and come out with a hardened heart, then, we have failed.


God showed us the heart of a child in Jeremiah. Now, He wants us to keep the heart of a child, but, to mature and become like Jesus, always trusting and obeying, because of our love for Him. 


If we keep our eyes on Jesus, we can go into a test or storm, with the heart of a child (trusting and obeying) and come out with the heart of a child, then, count it all as joy. Win or lose, with God, you have been victorious and overcome, having kept the faith, obediently walked in His Will and Way and stood for Holiness and Righteousness. Whatever the loss, God knows what is best. He is forever faithful and will take care you.


Is there not Peace in this?


Overcoming our circumstances as individuals is for a greater cause. We are connected to one another, members of the same Body of Christ. When one member is strengthened, it strengthens the Body as a whole. We must meet each challenge and circumstance as: mountains that are not unsurmountable; as feats not beyond surpassing; and as tests given to PREVENT failure. God never gives us more than we can bear.


Is there not Peace in this?


As we overcome, following in the footsteps of Jesus, there are others behind us, following with hope, renewed faith, trust and obedience to God. The Body of Christ is strengthened and the Kingdom is expanded.


 

THE SACRIFICE

 


When something traumatic happens in our lives, it leaves an imprint; not only physically, but also, mentally and spiritually. It is there to remind us and in doing so can either put us into bondage or be used to strengthen us and others. No matter what others may say to try to diminish the impact it has made upon our lives, we are the one who has to live with it. They may say that the same thing or worse has happened to them and they recovered and put it behind them. They may even say they've made peace with it.


There is nothing I wish to say to diminish the trials, grief and trauma you have experienced. I would not want to diminish it, for the fact that you are still here, in what ever shape or form (you ARE still here) which means God has a purpose for you and brought you through.


You are still here and NO ONE can tell your story like you can! The fact that God spared your life means that it is of great value, not only to Him, but to others. It means that you are an Opportunity and that you have an even greater opportunity to be born again and receive Peace, as a gift; not as compensation or reward, but as a purchase of love from Jesus, His Son.


Jesus, God incarnate, who died, bearing all our sins and grief, then rose from the dead, is the only one who knows exactly what you've been through, what you felt and how it impacted your life. He was there and felt your pain. Why didn't He stop it? Why did He allow it and watch? Because, He has great need of you and your Father has a plan for your life; not just this life, in this world, but within His Kingdom and everlasting life.


Did God not have to watch and feel His Son suffer persecution, torture, crucifixion and death? Had He not, what would have become of man in this world? We may see ourselves as one individual, but God sees us as those who have come before and those who will come after. We are the potential to add countless numbers to the Kingdom.


You are more than the sum of your pain and sorrows; more than meets the eye; more than you can imagine. God knew long ago that you were worth the sacrifice and that no matter what happened to you in this world, through Jesus, you would find Peace and be made whole.

 


THE LIE

 


FOURTH, we must understand that the enemy cannot take our peace, because our Peace is not of this world or of the things in this world. Peace is a fruit of God's Holy Spirit, part of God's character that He imparts to us, when we are attached to the Vine. You cannot bear good fruit without being attached to The Vine, Jesus.


The enemy cannot steal your PEACE, because you have JESUS! --And Jesus IS our Peace-- for He is the Word of God...and the WORD is God, Who gives us Peace that surpasses all understanding. Amen


However, when we go interfering with the enemy's territory and those he claims as his, the first lie he wants us to believe is that he can steal our peace. He'll have someone say or do something he is certain will rock your boat, upset you, hurt you, distract you and send you away worried, angry or in pain.


The enemy wants you to believe you're having a bad or tragic day. He wants you to believe that death is the end and you've suffered great loss. He wants you to believe that your heart is going to stay broken and your life is over. He wants you to believe that no one cares about you. Yes, he wants you to believe that things are going to stay the same and never get better.


Misery loves company. He knows how the story ends for him, so he's going down fighting, kicking and screaming to try and make you believe there's no hope for you, either. He knows that if you become One with the Father and Son he can't steal true Peace! But, all he has to do is get you to BELIEVE that you can find peace elsewhere, in the world, and that he can come and steal your peace anytime and anywhere.

 

 

LIVING YOUR BELIEF

 


FIFTH, and within this fifth understanding is the key to unlock the prison door that keeps you from Peace and enables you to walk out of bondage; not break out, run, escape and hide or be a fugitive or ex-convict; but to walk CLEAN and unscathed, like Daniel out of the lion's den [Daniel 6] and Hananiah, Azariah, and Mishael, who walked uncinged, not even smelling of smoke, from the fiery furnace [Daniel 3].


God is COMPLETE in describing what He can and will do for us. God will allow you to walk out, having had your chains to fall off and the door to open, as He did for the Apostles who were jailed in Jerusalem (Acts 5:19,20) and Peter in (Acts 12:5-8). You will walk out like the Children of Israel did in Egypt and even if the enemy pursues, you have a GOD who will part the waters for you and swallow the enemy beneath the waves. (Exodus 12 and 14)


I know that you know about these men and events, but are you remembering them and celebrating them as you go through your tests and pass through your storms? Are you celebrating the victories of God instead of impending doom and failure? If not, then perhaps you're not awake yet, perhaps you've slept through your deliverance and don't even realize your chains have been lifted and you're free to walk out. The only thing that may be keeping you is your state of mind.


Perhaps, you don't really believe God delivered these men in such a way. They're just Bible stories to inflate the power of God, or He just doesn't do that kind of thing anymore. Then, you must carefully consider the fifth understanding, in order for you to find Peace.


This FIFTH understanding is about a way of life that must be lived daily, BELIEVING in what God can and will do for you. This fifth understanding may be the hardest for you to undertake, if you really don't understand the other points.


If you truly want Peace, then, this fifth understanding requires you to digest and absorb the Word and apply it to your life in the midst of chaos and storms and persecution and abuse and torment and whatever may come your way.  To absorb the Word, you must BELIEVE the Word!

 

 

THE RELATIONSHIP

 


My Brothers and Sisters, we must understand that we were created, not only to be caretakers of this planet, but to have a relationship God desires to have with ALL of His Children, in Heaven and on Earth.


In this world, filled with darkness, God placed Light. Through the Light ignited within us, by the Word of God, WE are the Light, if we understand our purpose in life!


Life is about RELATIONSHIPS, but not just any relationships; this is where we must be more specific. Life is about relationships with the Light and in the Light and we must live accordingly. To have this Light, we must have JESUS! If you have Jesus NOTHING can tear you from His love.


Having Jesus affects how we have relationships with one another and the relationship God wants to have with us. If we haven't accepted Him and absorbed Him to become a part of us, we can by no means, way, shape or form have healthy, holy, righteous relationships that are in perfect love and peace. 


Yes! God has a New Covenant! Examine your heart and relationships. Examine your marriage relationship. Are you lacking One thing? Do you have the unconditional, everlasting, Perfect Love of God? Are there times when your heart is hardened, spiteful, vengeful or filled with contempt (scorn, disrepect), criticism, judgment, deception, or betrayal? 


Again, life is about relationships with The Light. If we leave out The Light, then, we continue having relationships in darkness, filled with sin and despair and void of Peace. Our hearts become hardened and we don't even know it. We think we love people, but we don't. Some of us don't even care about loving our neighbors. We pick and choose who we will love and when we will love, because, we don't know what Love is. We believe we have Peace, but we don't know what Peace is.


If we haven't accepted Jesus and the Spirit of God into our heart, one of the hardest things for us to get past in our relationships with others, is what people have done wrong to us, other people and themselves.


Their sin may be so great in our eyes that we cannot find a way of overlooking it. We can be so hurt by what they or someone like them has done to us or a loved one, that we find them repulsive. We can become filled with such anger, bitterness and hate, we can't even bear to be around them, let alone talk to them.


Our feelings may be so hurt that we can't even think of trying to help them or see any amount of good coming into their lives. We may either want to see them hurt or destroyed; out of our lives; or immediately change and right their wrong. --And yet, we want PEACE in our lives.


It is easy to see and condemn the sin and faults of others, but we cannot see the sin upon us that is destroying us because of our hardened hearts. 

 

Do you want your living to be in vain? Then, this is why it is so important to know the character of God and strive to be like Him. 


 

THE PEACE 

 


If we completely surrender our will and abide in Jesus, we come to understand others, accept others and have a loving, healthy and fruitful relationship with them. In other words, we have true Peace in our heart and soul. We have Jesus, there. No matter what comes our way, it is well with our soul; not because we are  lethargic or indifferent, but because of the Peace that comes with Perfect Love.


Ooooh, what a wonderful peace it is! It makes you wonder how you ever survived before without it; and as long as you keep your eyes on Jesus--it's yours. It is yours today for the asking...just...

 

7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

 

8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Matthew 7:7-8 (KJV)

 

There is an old song that says, "I know a Man from Galilee. If you're in sin, He'll set you free. Ooooh...Do you know Him? Do you know Him? [Note 2]" How can we help change others if we ourselves don't have Peace in our lives because we don't know Jesus?


Many Believers love to sing and talk about having Jesus, but have no Peace in their lives. The two go hand in hand. They are One in the same.


The Lost and the Sleepers are right before our eyes, believing they are awake, because they are under the spell of a lie. They've been sent upon a wild goose chase, as they say, to find peace in the world, to keep them clinging to self and the world. They will not find the peace and love they are looking for within the world. The enemy knows that they will only become Lost.


The Kingdom, within, expands with our bringing forth Truth and Light to change hearts and minds. We have spent much time talking about your heart for this very reason. Changing others depends on our heart being purged of the world, sin and self.


We must learn to fast and purge, meaning, ridding ourselves of the things of this world--not just food, but anything that corrupts our mind, spirit and body, such as pain, temptation and lies, which produce doubt, fear, shame, guilt, unhealthy and unclean thoughts and worldliness. We listen to God's Holy Spirit, so that we fast wisely for our health and well-being. 


As we Fast and Purge, we pray, communing with God and loosing and binding things in Earth and Heaven. We empty ourselves of self and being rooted in the world and fill ourselves with the holiness, righteousness, love and power of the Kingdom. Jesus spent much time alone with His Father, doing just this.


You come to love spending time with your Father so much that soon it becomes more automatic and less deliberate. Then, it becomes a part of your relationship with the Father and Son.


Oh, my Lord, help us in this endeavor, that it may become their nature and their character!


FALL UPON THEM, HOLY SPIRIT!!! TRANSFORM THEM!


If you are having difficulty in believing in God, Who is the Word, Who has given us the scripture in the Bible, I encourage you to deepen your relationship with Him; that He may reveal the Truth unto you and increase your faith. Take time to talk to Him as I am talking to you. Open yourself to Him freely and He will fill you with Peace.


Satan likes to keep us busy and unrested, so that we won't make time to be with God and be revived. Then, he can have his way with us and those around us. This is why we must remain prayerful, rested, keeping our eyes on Jesus and seeking Heavenly things; being in the world, but not of the world.


Filled with the knowledge of Peace, dressed in the Armor of God, attached to the Vine and always bearing good fruit, we are fortified, armed with defenses, which includes God's Angels. We are ready to make a stand and change the world person by person, and nation by nation.


Do not look for peace in the world, my Brothers and Sisters; for Jesus did not send it. Instead, He brought it within Himself. If you have found Jesus and you are One with the Father, you have found Perfect Peace. May others find Him within you and desire Him also for themselves.


"God bless you and keep you in Jesus, our Perfect Peace." Amen



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DO YOU REALLY WANT PEACE?


When people, in the world speak of peace, it is not automatically connected to Jesus, Who is the Prince of Peace. No doubt, the enemy does not want this connection to be made. Yet, Jesus also said that He was not sent to bring peace into the world.


As we wear The Armor of God, our feet are shod with peace, therefore, we walk in peace. We read in Matthew 5:9...

 

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

 

Also, as part of The Vine, we bear Fruit of Peace. Is Jesus contradicting Himself or does this require a new understanding of Peace?


Neither. What we must understand is the separation of the world from God's Kingdom and Spiritual Seasons. 


Light came into the world and Darkness didn't understand it. Jesus is that Light and Peace that the world does not know and cannot understand.


John 1:5 (KJV)

 

5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

 

John 3:19 (KJV)

 

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

 

 

WE of the Kingdom can bring Light and Peace to those, in the world, seeking The Truth, The Way and The Life. Once they have drunk from the Fountain and accepted Jesus into their hearts, they become part of the Kingdom and no longer of the world.

 

It is not time for the world to know Jesus, as the Son of God. The Book of Revelation tells of the Second Coming of Jesus and the revelation of His identity and acceptance by the world.

 

It is our Season, as Believers, attached to The Vine, to produce good fruit, to increase the Kingdom and live life abundantly. We are commissioned as Disciples, Followers, Believers, Spiritual Walkers, Ambassadors of Christ, The Body of Christ, Soldiers of the Cross, Watchmen, Saints, Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Teachers and Evangelists, to spread The Good News of the Kingdom, in Peace; to engage in spiritual warfare; to equip; to heal and help; bind and loose; edify and exhort; to worship in Spirit and Truth; to be worthy vessels; and to lead others into discipleship and the Kingdom of God.

 

If we are to be successful, we MUST have PEACE! We cannot go expecting others to follow, if we don't know where we're going. We cannot just fill places of worship with bodies and allow them to remain dead in sin. There is no PEACE in this! How can the dead worship in Spirit and in Truth?!

 

Do you believe in PEACE?! If you want peace, you have to believe in The Prince of Peace--THE GIVER OF LIFE! You have to believe in Yeshuah (Jesus), as the Son of Yahweh (God), King of Kings and Lord of Lords, our High Priest, the Chief Shepherd, the Lamb of God, the Messiah, Counselor, Jesus--The Christ. Indeed, He is much more, our All-in-All.

 

Children of the world, why should God give you something you don't believe in? Since Jesus is our Peace and He is One with His Father, if you truly want Peace, you must believe in the Father and the Son.

 

Jesus did what He saw His Father do. Before He healed, He asked first, do you believe I can do this for you? This, then, must be very important for God to know also. God can give anyone Peace. NOTHING is too hard for God. --But, can or will you accept it, or will your unbelief or religion stand in the way?

 

There are so many who call themselves Believers in God, walking around not having been born again, because they really don't believe God can do this or they don't want Him to change their lives that are attached to the world, darkness or religion. They don't truly believe God can give them something better in this life, than this world, or the religion that they worship.

 

So many people are in bondage to religion and making God a popular commodity or a weapon to control people and the world. They believe God must be called by this name or that name or He isn't God. They have religion, but are void of a relationship with their Father. They lack one thing, therefore, they lack Perfect Love.

 

Children of the world, without Jesus, the spirit thirsts. There is an empty void that must be filled and if we allow it, the enemy fills it with darkness. Look around you, what do you see in the world?

 

The next time we cry out for PEACE, the next time we greet someone in PEACE, let us think of a man named JESUS, The Son of God!

 

PEACE (Jesus) be with you my Brothers and Sisters.

 

 

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SELF REFLECTION: A Look in the Mirror

 

Once again, when we look at Jesus' parables, He is challenging us to examine where our heart lies. Closely examining your heart, answer the questions below.

 

 

DISCUSS your answers with a mature Believer who can guide you in your spiritual relationship with Jesus and our Father, and/or have group discussions to learn from those who have different experiences and perspectives.

 

 

QUESTIONS: Write down your questions and discuss them with a mature Believer or submit them to this blog.

 

 

  1. Having Peace requires having a relationship with God and Jesus. Therefore, you must believe in them. Believing in them means believing in their Power. Do you believe in the Power of God? 
  2. Do you believe in His Power working within your life and the lives of others?
  3. Perhaps, you've said you believe or have written it down, but, what in your life reflects that you truly believe in God and His Power, other than prayer, worship, fellowship, service, offerings and material wealth? 
  4. Can I have a relationship with you if I don't believe in you and your potential? Why or why not? 
  5. If I don't believe what you've done in the past, how will you feel? How will it affect our relationship? 
  6. What kind of relationship will a parent have with their child, if they don't believe in the potential of the child? 
  7. What kind of relationship can someone have with their Father in Heaven, if they don't completely believe in Him and His Power? 
  8. Can we help others believe? How?
  9. READ I Samuel 17:45-47 below. When David came out to meet Goliath, he proclaimed, "I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied."  How do you think this affected David's ability and victory?
  10. When you first come into contact with adversity, what has been YOUR response? 
  11. Do you remember that you're not alone? 
  12. Did you think about who you serve and His Power?
  13. Do you first think about your accountability and how God can count on you?
  14. Do you have a comfort zone? Why or why not? 
  15. Do you trust God to bring you out of your comfort zone, to grow and mature you, to live a full and abundant life? Why or why not?
  16. Dying to self requires us to permanently leave our comfort zone, because it is a thing of the flesh and the world. Have you died to self to live in the spirit and in Christ?

 

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NOTES

 

1. Arsenic and Old Lace is an American dark comedy play by Joseph Kesselring, which was later adapted into a film.

 

 

2. DO YOU KNOW HIM, written by Gregory Jakes

 

 

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REFERENCED SCRIPTURE

 

 

Exodus 12:30-33

 

30 And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

 

31 And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the Lord, as ye have said.

 

32 Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also.

 

33 And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men.

 

 

Exodus 14:26-28

 

26 And the Lord said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.

 

27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and theLord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.

 

28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.

 

I Samuel 17:45-47

 

45 Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.

46 This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

47 And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands.

 

John 1:1-5 (KJV)

 

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

 

2 The same was in the beginning with God.

 

3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

 

4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

 

5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

 

 

John 3:14-21 (KJV)

 

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

 

15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

 

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

 

18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

 

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

 

20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

 

21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

 

 

Acts 5:19,20 (KJV)

 

19 But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said,

 

20 Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life. 

 

 

Acts 12:5-8 (KJV)

 

5 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him.

 

6 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison.

 

7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.

 

8 And the angel said unto him, Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. And so he did. And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me.

 

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Published by Mishael T