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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Jan. 31, 2011 - I’m Gellin’

By Jerry D. Scott

Wind-driven rain blows in his face as he waits for a taxicab. A look of misery is written all over his face. Then, magically, some blue gel insoles slide into his shoes and he relaxes, just as the taxicab arrives. As he reaches for the door, another man shoves him aside and jumps in the cab, but our hero doesn’t mind. “I’m gellin’!” he says.

The Dr. Scholl’s company makes great foot-care products, and I’ll always remember those silly advertising commercials featuring a stressed individual suddenly soothed by gel inserts that make his feet feel oh so comfortable!

But we all realize we need more than gel insoles to deal with life’s pressures.

The Word offers disciples of Jesus Christ the way to live with genuine serenity. Several of Paul’s letters open with a greeting such as this one: “Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 1:2, NIV). In another passage we read, “God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13, NLT). Then there is this oft-quoted verse: “The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7, NIV).

With such great and wonderful promises, why do we spend so much time anxious, worried and at odds with those around us?

Living in the peace of God requires more than sole inserts. At issue is the state of our soul! Buddhism teaches the road to bliss is the way of detachment. Is the peace of the Christ-follower found in detachment? No! We need not escape to a monastery, move to the mountains of Montana, or quit our job to live in the peace of Christ Jesus. The basic choice that must be made is to trust. We make the decision to take each day as it comes while trusting God without question. Easier said than done, isn’t it?

As long as we are fighting with God for control of our lives, we will not live in peace. But when we embrace Him, giving ourselves up to His care and choosing to obey Him, we open the door to being filled with supernatural hope, joy and peace.

Gel sole inserts won’t produce peace. But relationship with God and a life in His Word will. Disciple, I challenge you to consider your ways and your days.

“May God himself, the God who makes everything holy and whole, make you holy and whole, put you together — spirit, soul, and body — and keep you fit for the coming of our Master, Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23, The Message).

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Washington (N.J.) Assembly of God.

 

 

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