Gift: Understanding – With the gift of understanding, we comprehend how we need to live as a follower of Jesus Christ. A person with understanding is not confused by all the conflicting messages in our culture about the right way to live.
Reading: For he is our peace, he who made both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his flesh, abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims, that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile both with God, in one body, through the cross, putting that enmity to death by it. He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. (Ephesians 2:14-18)
Observation: I tried to title my journal entry for today, “If Jesus is our peace, why don’t we rest in Him more often?” However, I think my title is a little more direct, because it begs the ultimate question, “Is Jesus our peace?” If we want to have access to the holy Spirit and the Father, we must recognize Jesus as the one who can keep the peace, not just in the world, but in our hearts. The world is creating turmoil in our hearts, through our families, we must rest in Jesus and tell Him what we need for peace. If we go on trying to make peace by our actions, we will only create more unrest. (IMO)
Personification: Joy I have been the embodiment of fatigue lately, rather than joy, especially to my family. I will focus my attention on displaying the fruit of joy today, with the grace of God making it possible. I am especially joyful for the birth of my best friend David’s new baby daughter, and can’t wait to see her later this morning.
Prayer: Lord, please give rest to those that need it this morning and help me remember to rest in You today. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit…Amen
- Morning Prayer ~ July 19, 2012 (ronpogue.typepad.com)
- Ephesians 1-3 (mybiblereadingplan.wordpress.com)
- Encouragement (5ptsalt.com)