2011 Theme: “MAKE GOD GREATER!”
“There is deceit in the hearts of those who plot evil, but joy for those who promote peace” (Proverbs 12:20, NIV)
Being a Peacemaker: Peace is a part of the delicious fruit that GOD has given us. Having inner peace starts with the renewing of our minds so that our attitudes can be the same as Jesus Christ. Inner peace allows us to have outer peace. Living on earth and in this world we have to face situations, people and spirits. Because of our possession of the Holy Spirit, dealing with the cosmos is easy because that battle is not ours. We often fail when it comes to having peace in our lives because of our dealings with people. We pray for the church member who doesn’t speak to us, the family member that denies us, the coworker that envies us, the neighbor that uses us and the clerk that gives us bad customer service. And most times, it is only after we have allowed our flesh to arise in these situations that we pray. But what do we do to promote peace when we encounter difficult situations and people? What is our thought process like? Is it the attitude of Christ?
“God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9, NLT).
Spiritual Manifestation: We can pray for peace to manifest between us and people all day long, but if we do not apply, do the work, we will still have chaos in our lives. It’s proactive and not necessarily reactive. We can not be entertainers of gossip, envy, strife and those evil attributes and consider ourselves children of God. Instead of responding back to negativity, speak positive. Although difficult, when encountering bad attitudes, either smile or give encouraging words. People are allowed to have bad days and may need uplifting in their spirit. Here is a key factor: Make sure it is not you that is being the peace breaker. If you always find yourself finding fault in others and being negative, ask GOD to reveal your own heart to you. You do not have to remain bitter, but you can be better. Make GOD Greater!
With Love in the Spirit,
Evangelist SJ Hastings
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