Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JULY 1 (How To Find Perfect Peace, Part 4: Perfect Peace In The Storm! (The Ball-Cap))

By admin On June 5th, 2015

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JULY 1

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How To Find Perfect Peace, Part 4: Perfect Peace In The Storm! (The Ball-Cap)

To read part 1, click here…March 6th (How To Find Perfect Peace!)

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There is an old saying, that goes, “A man’s character is never developed in a crisis, but a man’s character is merely revealed in a crisis”. And there may be some truth to this saying.

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For example, there was a certain Christian in an airport, waiting for his flight to arrive, so that he could go home. But that flight was late, and a substitute flight was announced. But when even the substitute flight didn’t arrive on time, this Christian began nervously walking back and forth, and asking fellow passengers if they had heard any new information on the flight’s arrival.

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And finally one of the fellow passengers laughed and said, “Hey guy! You really look worried! Maybe you should read the writing on your own ball-cap! It says, ‘Relax, God is in control!’ Don’t you trust that God’s in control?” And the other passengers there all laughed, too!

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And so, when the Christian was reminded that his own ball-cap was mocking his nervousness and faithlessness, he was really embarrassed! He realized that he had been giving a terrible Christian witness to those around him! If only he hadn’t been wearing that particular ball-cap, nobody would have known he was a Christian! 

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PERFECT PEACE DURING A CRISIS?

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God is in Control Ball Cap - Public DomainBut just how in the world is a Christian supposed to maintain perfect peace during the many troubles which this life will assuredly bring our way?

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Oh yes, it’s easy to have peace when things are going smoothly. Sailing on tranquil waters is not a problem!

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But how about when the storm clouds roll in? How about when the waves start crashing against your boat? And the boat begins to fill with water? Then how are we to maintain that perfect peace?

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After all, the Bible says… “Thou (God) will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed upon Thee. Because he trusts in Thee.” Isaiah 26:3

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OK, so we need to keep our minds stayed upon Jesus!

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Jesus Sleeps During Tempest – James Tissot – wikiart.org

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O YE OF LITTLE FAITH!

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Well, of course, this issue of faith during a storm only reminds us of the account when the disciples were on the sea in a ship… “And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And He was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and theyhttp://www.wikiart.org/en/james-tissot/jesus-sleeping-during-the-tempest-je-sus-dormant-pendant-la-tempe-te awake Him, and say unto Him, Master, carest Thou not that we perish? And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, ‘Peace, be still’. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And He said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?” Mark 4:37-40

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And so, Jesus awoke and stilled the storm. And even though this was a true and historical account, it teaches us an important lesson about faith.

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Jesus Stilling The Tempest – James Tissot – Wikiart.org

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“FOR OUR ADMONITION”

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“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” 1st Corinthians 10:11

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Now here in this true story of Jesus stilling the storm, we are given a perfect little picture of how NOT to react during a crisis. The disciples totally crumbled under the dire circumstances of the moment! They expressed their doubt that Jesus truly cared about them!

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And of course, this little historical account was orchestrated by our Lord, to show us how we also react during so many times when a supposed crisis arises.

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“LORD, WHERE ARE YOU!?!”

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Yes, so often, it seems like God has gone to sleep on us, just when we need Him most! And no doubt, this is why Jesus was sleeping during that storm: to present a scenario of our own times of trouble. “Lord, where are You!? Don’t You care about me!? Don’t You care about what’s happening here!? How could You let this thing happen to me!?”

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And so, during many crisis, both big and small, we are too often just like those faithless disciples in that boat on that stormy sea…Master, carest Thou not that we perish?”

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DAILY TESTS

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There is a little song that says… “How can you stand on the promises of God, when you don’t know what they are?”

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And isn’t it so true that if we would only fight to keep those Bible promises before our eyes when bad news does come our way, we could maintain that perfect peace, even amidst our supposed troubles!

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Yes, right now, God is allowing many little situations which will shake our faith, if we allow them to. And we each have a choice to make: “Am I going to let this bad news overwhelm me? Or am I going to trust in the promises of God?”

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And well, even if we do fail such tests, big or little, then we will no doubt be convicted that we really need to get busy and hide more of those precious Bible promises in our heart!

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Girl – Depression by Danielzanetti for Wikimedia – C.C. Share-alike License 3.0

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THE APPROACHING STORM

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But even though this faithlessness during crisis might be our past modus-operandi, the times just ahead will require a much greater faith!

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So let’s not wait for the coming crisis to strengthen our faith. Let’s be hiding all those precious Bible promises in our heart, right now!

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And then, when we are in midst of the storm, the following Psalm will be our mantra… “He (God) shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.” Psalm 91:4-6 

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ABOVE PICTURE: Hide Thyself in thy Chambers – inspired by Tornado Over Kansas by Curry

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TO READ PART 5, GO HERE…NOVEMBER 24 (How To Find Perfect Peace, Part 5: Seekest Great Things? Seek Them Not!

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to maintain perfect peace, when I’m confronted by disappointments and troubles. Help me to be busily hiding all those Bible promises in my heart, so that when those big and little storms approach, I can have the necessary promises at hand. And by living by those promises in little matters, I can be ready when the big storm finally arrives…

 

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Planet Of “Rest”-Finding “Rest Unto Your Soul” (Part 2, Precious Promises), or you can also read this shorter article… “MAY 10 (Psalm 1: How To Breeze Through The Coming Crisis! Part 4)”

 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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THE FLOWER OF HEAVEN CONSTELLATION

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REVELATION 12 WOMAN ON ALTAR AND FLOWER OF HEAVEN

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This constellation almost appears as a vine, as it projects out from the Altar/Ark Constellation .

This constellation appears in mid-winter through late-spring.

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As you can see in this sketch, the Altar/Ark Constellation is also known as Leo Major , and the stem or vine of the flower is made of stars of the Virgo Constellation, and the flower itself is made of the Corvus Constellation.

 

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Flower of Heaven Constellation”

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TOMORROW…

JULY 2 (Hide Thyself…For A Moment! Part 1: Dwelling In Love! (“John’s Victorious Life”))

 

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20+ MINUTE AUDIO STUDY IN JEREMIAH 

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YOU ARE ENCOURAGED TO BEGIN FOLLOWING THIS 650+ AUDIO BIBLE STUDY THROUGH THE BOOK OF JEREMIAH EACH DAY ON THIS DAILY DEVOTIONAL.

 

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THIS IS STUDY #546 PRESENTED BY THE LATE HAROLD CAMPING…

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above picture: Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.org – Public Domain

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