Do You Stand? (& Give Away)…
We are honored to have Paris Renae join us today for the Dance With Jesus Birthday Beach Bash and Blog Tour. Paris Renae is just an average woman/wife/mom/friend who has been radically changed by an anything but average Father in heaven. She’s been a Christian for over thirty years and every day is new with Him. Paris Renae started writing poems when she was in second grade and as a teen, term papers were her thing. All that penning got lost in the busyness of life. Little did Paris Renae know that someday she would write two blogs, start a novel, and publish devotions that, hopefully, God can use in the lives of others.
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?
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)
“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)
“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?
Take our stand on the good news, stand in His grace, and with our 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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