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You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
Trust in the LORD forever,
For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.
Perfect peace? Could this be true?
As I read this verse, it began to read me. I knew I needed a closer view.
The wording perfect peace comes from the Hebrew word shalowm better known to us as shalom. It’s defined as completeness, soundness, peace, safety, welfare, health, and prosperity, contentment, friendship of human relationships and with God especially in covenant relationship.
After reading the definition of shalom used in this verse in Isaiah 26. I can sincerely say that I’ve experienced perfect peace. I don’t know that I would have been so confident to say so had I not took a closer view. Certainly, not at all times in all circumstances however as I gain understanding of perfect peace, it aids in the framework of my mind. Which is, friends, the prerequisite to our perfect peace.
Strongs describes mind as: form, framing, image, and purpose. I could ask you this way: What are you focusing on? What framework, picture or image is on your mind? Do you allow others to frame your thoughts? If you listen to the media-reports, posts or news feeds they will bombard you with current issues and concerns. It’s easy to be thrown into their projected purpose, which is to leave an imprint of influence upon your mind. In order for you to stay tuned, only for more of the same!
but exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. Hebrews 3:13
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Ephesians 4:23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
We can be informed people without the dramatic digression under the wrong influence. Isaiah 26 verses three and four are most revealing as they state a progressive process to perfect peace, because he trusts in You. Verse 4 continues to encourage us further reminding us to go back and place Trust in Lord forever – He is our everlasting strength. Selah. Stop and think about that. Literally, purpose to imagine and create a framework in your mind of trusting the Lord forever. The Lord is our everlasting strength.
The Rock of Ages – He forever remains.
In His watchful care,
Deborah Somjak~ Unfolded Hearts Ministry
Jeremiah 31:3 says, “The LORD has appeared of old to me, saying: ‘Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving-kindness I have drawn you.'” The Lord’s love is everlasting. In 1 John 4:7 we read, “God is love.” We cannot separate the two. Therefore, before creation was spoken into existence, love was present. Before it was know or seen, His love existed. Even before you or I existed, His love was present, and directed with regard concerning each of us. Matthew 18:20 says, “Whenever two or three are gathering in his name, he is in the midst of them.” He is in the midst of us, even now, friends. Hebrews 13:3 declares. “I will never leave you or forsake you” His love will forever remain; He has willed and continues to love you with His everlasting love. Selah, pause.
His heart yearns to be ministered to by our love. In all of His creation, we are the only creatures who can express our love back to Him.
Action: Take the time today and express your gratitude to God for the love He has lavished upon you!
John 3:16 ” For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten [unique] Son, so that whoever believes in [trust in, clings to, relies on] Him shall not perish [come to destruction, be lost] but have eternal [everlasting] life.”
This passage from John indicates the relationship of the Father’s love to the work of Christ and of both to the life of believers. John, Jesus’ beloved, is the same disciple who wrote the 4th Gospel, as well as the Epistles of 1 John. The first Epistle of John relates to fellowship and faith as John was writing, looking back, giving an account of his daily fellowship with Jesus. It’s an account with a distinctive quality worth meditating on as well as to gain an understanding of love. John’s writings provide one third of the references to love in the bible.
In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul describes love as a “more excellent way” than tongues or even preaching. Wow- love above preaching. We don’t even have to leave our homes to practice the highest regard of the gospel. Paul uses the greek word “agape” to describe love in this verse meaning charity, affection, and good will. This is a sacrificial expression that is voluntary in nature, yet it becomes supreme as we weigh the price of Christ’s divine sacrifice.
When we learn more of love we learn more of God. We cannot separate the two.
Deborah Somjak 4 Unfolded Hearts Ministry
Listen: set aside time daily without distractions and look eye to eye when speaking.
Communicate: (a) Don’t make another guess what you are thinking or feeling. (b) Verbally express your love (women like to hear it). (c) Shamelessly brag of her/his good qualities.
Learn to Forgive: forgiveness is at the heart of the gospel and the heart of every meaningful relationship. Past, present, and future.
Honor Wishes and Take Advice: giving weight to wishes and advice shows importance and priority.
Emphasize Good Points: focus on qualities you most admire.
Don’t: Complain, interrupt, nag, argue, correct– shhhh
Learn to be: Thankful and Content.
Smile: it creates contagious happiness.
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
— Philippians 1
I’ve been pondering love as John and I were preparing to celebrated our anniversary. As I was attempting to fathom God’s lavished love, and how He freely offers this love, I found myself thanking Him! During this same time, I happened to come across an old journal entry I made a few years back. I recall writing this entry after hearing Ephesians 3:17-19 “…being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” Soon after, I began to sing a worship song on the same verse. As I was singing “how deep/how wide” is the love of God, I had a gentle and sudden unction from the Holy Spirit, as if to nudge me saying, “so, are you asking Me?” Immediately I knew He wanted to answer the very question I was singing, and I certainly didn’t want to miss it. I rushed to find pen & paper in order to capture His reply. We know the heart-care of God that when he speaks to one sheep, He often times will speak the same encouraging words to another. When you see my name below you can [insert your name].
Lord, how deep is your love?
My love has gone willingly to the depths of the earth, swallowed up by earth, a place you do not know or have known, a place in which I would not send, require or hope for you to ever know. I went before you so you wouldn’t have to – Yes, I paid the debt, [Debbie] I love you, I love you, I love you – more then you could ever comprehend this side of eternity – – – I am for you, I am with you, now and forever more! Take my yoke and follow after Me, as you serve, lead and love in My Name.
How high is your love, Lord?
It’s the Highest Love it reaches to the Highest Heaven. Its the most wonder-full, glorious, radiant love that could ever be experienced. When you come to Me, you are able to reach this place with Me. Then you carry it on your face, heart, and hands as I lead your steps to bring an expression of the most Holy Love to earth and to those who yet long to reach the highest heaven.
You know of this place! You know, [Debbie], full well how to reach and touch my heart. You fill me when you come to me, even in your desperation and deepest need – you honor My Name, when you cast your cares upon me – – –
I love my time with you, I enjoy how you hide away with me. You hide My word, My ways, your plans, and longings – even your plans of when you will come and you bring all things before Me.
I am watchful over you – My eye, My heart, My ways to protect and preserve you – you are mine, you are mine, you are mine.
You have learned of Me – you truly love Me!
I delight in the process in which you seek to please Me and are un-moveable in your devotion to Me.
By: Deborah Somjak ~ 4 Unfolded Hearts
God Sent a Savior
By Max Lucado
God has given a son to us.…
His name will be Wonderful Counselor,
Powerful God … Prince of Peace.
Every Christmas I read this reminder that came in the mail several years ago:
If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent an educator. If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist. If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist. But since our greatest need was forgiveness, God sent us a Savior.
Christmas cards. Punctuated promises. Phrases filled with the reason we do it all anyway.
He became like us, so we could become like him.
Angels still sing and the star still beckons.
Isaiah 9:6 proclaims, “God has given a son to us. His name will be Wonderful Counselor.”
Prince of Peace.
The wonder of it all is that…
He loves each one of us like there was only one of us to love.
After a time of Personal Worship I began to ask of the Lord.
Lord, what does this day hold for me?
There are endless possibilities and opportunities that are stretched before you. My ways are not your ways the canopy of opportunities are before you each day. Each day I prepare your way and long for you to inquire of my ways to become thee way. Endless are the roads of each choice and each turn, Endless are the opportunities.
Lord, what would you say about what opportunities are?
It is each way of choice you make each path or detour leads to my greater plan for you and the direction in which I desire to direct you according to my purpose. Your choice is you will if you choose your ways over my ways; this is not my Ultimate plan for you. But, you will learn and become pliable even down these roads as well.
Lord, can we take hold of your Ultimate Plan?
YES! My Ultimate plan is when your will becomes my will.
Then you will follow in each path and each direction in which I’ve prepared in advance for you. This is My delight for you And You may trust it, full well
My ways are not your ways.
Come! Inquire of Me!
Debbie 4 UnfoldedHearts
Please consider this a follow-up to my last post, The 5 Women in the Lineage of Christ in which I mention, The Virgin Mary. I recently received a devotional with some further insights from Derek Prince Ministries that I want to share with you. Not only do I find this article to be full of truth and inspiring. I believe this is a living word for many women in this hour.
Excerpt from Article
Derek Prince had some amazing insights on women who responded to the Lord in faith. Listen as he marvels at how Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus, gave the go-ahead to God’s plans for her life.
Let me speak for a moment about God’s dependence upon man. To me this is almost frightening. One example that always impresses me is the Virgin Mary.
So far as I understand Scripture, the total plan of human redemption depends on the right response of the Virgin Mary. If she had failed, the whole plan of redemption would never have gone into action. When you think of what God built on one insignificant little Jewish village maiden, no wonder the Scripture says, “All generations shall call her blessed.”
“I am the Lord servant”, Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” If she had never said those words, as I understand it, there would have been no salvation. God built everything on the response of that one young Jewish maiden. I think the Scriptures make it clear that it was her response of faith that enabled God to go ahead.
I don’t know that there is any way to give expression to my awe at God depending on one little Jewish woman. And then that makes me think,
“What is God depending on me for?”
I don’t believe that’s an exception; I belive it’s a principle. God depends on His people and He has limited Himself deliberately in His sovereignty to do only what we will enable Him to do.
God has a plan for us, and He is abundantly ready and able to implement it. It is our response – our go-ahead – which represents the point of release.
Could this be such an occasion in matters facing you? Could this be the moment God is saying, “Go” and you want to say to the Lord, “Yes, I’ll go! I’ll go ahead! May it be to me as You have said!”
If you are sensing this is your moment of destiny, please pray the following prayer with me:
Dear Lord Jesus, I proclaim the truth of Your Scriptures: that You have plan for me that are for welfare and not for calamity, to give me a future and a hope. I want to step into those plans now by faith. If You are saying, “Go” at this time, my response to You is, “I’ll go ahead.”
I declare this to be my moment of release to You. I release myself into Your hands and into Your plans. May it be to me as You have said. Accomplish Your purposes and plans in my life from this point forward.