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03/16/2017

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Acceptance And Finding Peace


"Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things" (Matt.25:21).

We have all heard the "lemons into lemonade" philosophy. Can it work? All of us are not blessed with a plethora of talents or abilities, but the Lord in the Parable Of The Talents from which today's verse is taken, expects us to use them well. We are not supposed to be like the one-talent man (Vs.24-25) who buried it for fear of losing it. Fanny J. Crosby (1820-1915) was blind from the age of 6 weeks, but became one of the most prolific gospel song writers (over 8,000) of all time. She testified this; "I am the happiest soul living. If I had not been deprived of my sight, I would never have received so good an education, nor cultivated so fine a memory, nor have been able to do good to so many people." Is that making lemonade out of lemons or what? The writer of the Book of Proverbs put it this way; "For as a man thinks in his heart, so he is" (23:7). Curing worry is not an outside problem; it is an inside job. The ability to take a misfortune and turn it into a blessing is a wonderful mental outlook of life. Lastly, the only way to get out of that vicious cycle of worry that we may ensnare ourselves in, is to find an inward peace by accepting God completely. I am afraid our worries are often outward symptoms of a more deep-seated ailment, that being too weak of a faith in our Lord... The faith that accepts God at His Word, His commands and His promises, will rally to our aid in diminishing worry... We must all make sure that our concept of God is not too small. Sometimes, especially in the time of misfortune, its all right to ask this question; "How big is my God?" What's the result of this verse? "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God" (Phil.4:6). THIS! "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus" (Vs. 7). Acceptance And Finding Peace...

Have a great day... Let His light shine through you... Love mark Phil.4:11

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