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Abortion Series #1: Killing Babies

Right to Life is an anti-abortion committee, cause and slogan  that came into being in 1973 shortly after the Supreme Court legalized abortion in the infamous Roe v Wade decision. For the past three decades Evangelicals, Catholics and others have fought valiantly together for the protection of the unborn.

 

In this article I want to attempt to present to you what I believe to be a Biblical  approach to this subject.  I trust you read with an open mind and test what you read by the Bible.

 

Abortion is evil as is fornication.

 

Abortion is not a new thing.  It’s been around as long as mankind has been on this earth. But as a boy, I don’t ever remember it being in the news. I don’t remember preachers dealing with abortion as a major issue until the 70’s.  Prior to Roe v Wade decision,  it was not a hot issue and to my recollection; churches did not make resolutions, march or picket concerning this evil.

 

Before I go any further, let it be clearly understood that I am opposed to abortion.  It is nothing less than mudering babies.  In Bible times those who killed babies were executed. In fact, Exodus 21:22-25 teaches that if  men fought and a pregnant woman got involved and  was hurt or killed or the baby was hurt or killed, the one causing the death to the mother or child was executed. If the mother or baby were hurt, but did not die, he was still required to pay damages.

 

But in keeping with God’s Word, I am just as much opposed to fornication or adultery, the cause of many unwanted babies. It is as much a sin as abortion.  I am also opposed to cruelty to children.  It also is as much a sin as abortion.

 

Each Christian must determine his own involvement in this battle

 

It is the responsibility of each Christian to decide for himself how he or she is going to be involved in the Right to Life cause or any other moral issue. It is not our responsibility  to determine how other Christians should  be involved in opposing this evil. One thing is certain.  It is not our business as citizens to burn down abortion clinics and murder those involved in abortions. 

 

With that background I want to warn you of some humanistic philosophical ideas in the Right to Life Movement.  It is something that has concerned me over the past 40 years Please read carefully and test what you read or hear by the authority of God’s Word.  We do not all have to arrive at the same practical conclusions, but we must be open to the authority of God’s Word. Why has the Right to Life Movement become a major issue of our day and why have individual Christians and churches gotten involved in this movement?

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Abortion Series #2: Seeking a cause

 

 

Why has the Right to Life Movement become the major moral issue of our day and why have so many Christian and churches made this their number one concern? 

 

The answer is that everyone must have a cause for which to live and die; and Christians for the past four decades have taken up this cause and adopted it as their own.  Prior to this time, Bible believing Christians lived and died for one major cause; the fulfillment of The Great Commission and the evangelization of the world.

 

What is our calling as Christians?

 

Not once does Christ command His Church to fight against evil people, but rather preach the Gospel to them.  Jesus never fought against the immorality of His day. It’s true, He did take a whip and drive the money changers out of the temple. When it came to lost sinners, He befriended them and drew them to Himself as their Saviour. Moral problems took care of themselves when people met Jesus.

 

The Apostle Paul could have stood against moral issues.  Instead he preached the Gospel and brought men and women to Christ. In the very wicked city of Corinth filled with all sorts of immorality, including temple “worship” with the temple prostitutes, Paul said, “And I brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.”  I Corinthians 2:1-2 As he introduced people to Jesus and they received Him,  the moral issues dropped off like dead leaves on a tree coming to life in the spring.  Paul could have tackled the slavery issue, but he did not. Instead he taught Onesimus, a young slave he had won to Christ, to be a good obedient slave and he taught Philemon, the slave owner  to treat his slaves as beloved sons and brothers.   Is slavery evil?  Of course.  But the answer is to bring slaves and slave owners to Christ.  When Christian men treat Christians slaves as brothers and sisters in Christ, it isn’t long before freedom follows. and racial hatred and tension disappears.  Read these other Scriptures on slavery and Paul’s attitude about burning issues. Ephesians 6:5-9,  Colossians 3:22,  I Timothy 6:1-2  Titus 2:9-10.

 

Christian friend,  get this!  We cannot teach unregenerate sinners moral values.  So forget trying.  Only God can do that.   He does it by changing our heart when we come to Christ as our Saviour and Lord.  As Dr. Bob Jones Sr used to tell us in chapel, “Our business is to get people to Jesus and He will comb the kinks out of their heads.”

 

 

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Abortion Series #3: False Premises

 

Christians are basing the anti-abortion war on two false premises.  One is “The sanctity of life” and the other is  “The right to life”.  Both of those have no Scriptural support. Let’s examine these two premises.

 

The Sanctity of Life

 

When God was preparing to use Moses to deliver Israel from Egyptian bondage and lead them to their  Promised Land of Canaan, he commanded them to utterly destroy the wicked inhabitants of the land, including  women and children. Deuteronomy 7:1-2 and 20:16.

 

Joshua 6:21 describes Israel‘s obedience to God in this matter. “And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old,  and oxen, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.”    In I Samuel 15:3 God commanded King Saul to “go and smite the Amalekites and utterly destroy all they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant, and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.” Saul did not completely obey in this matter and as a result, God removed him from being king over Israel, replacing him with King David.

 

In the light of God’s command for Israel to slaughter people, including children and infants,  let’s take a fresh Biblical look at this  “Sanctity of Life” philosophy  which is so popular among Christians. Were these Canaanites and Amalekites protected from being killed by Israel because of  “sanctity of life” and did they have a “right to life” as far as God was concerned?

 

Liberal missionary,  Dr. Albert Schweitzer, believed that all life is sacred, including flies and mosquitoes. He believed is was wrong to kill anything including the insects. He even had a problem with killing bacteria since bacteria is living.  Liberals today are usually more concerned about the welfare of animals than they are the welfare of humans. They believe that all animals, birds, fish and insects are all sacred and should be preserved at all costs. This is the theological basis for the extremists in the environmental movement of our day.

 

The Hindus of India protect and worship cattle as deity.   Paul describes the heathen philosophy in Romans 2:25 of worshipping the creature rather than the Creator.

 

The Bible does not teach that human life is sacred. It’s true that human life as well as all other life is created by God. Adam and Eve were created sinless.  But when they sinned in the Garden of Eden, they passed a sinful nature on to the entire human race.

 

Only God is sacred and we as Christians are sacred only because of our identification with Christ. I Corinthians 6:19-20.

 

If human life was sacred, God would never allow people to be killed or harmed in “acts of God” such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and earthquakes.  Furthermore, if life was sacred, God would never allow people to be born deformed, nor would he allow famine and starvation, sickness and death.  But God does allow suffering, sickness and death.  We live in a world groaning under the curse of sin. Romans 8:22-23

 

Dear reader, God alone is sacred and His  glory is more important than anything in this universe. It is more important than human life, good health or financial prosperity or our happiness and fulfillment.

 

The Right to Life

 

Another false premise Christians use in the fight against abortion is the premise of “The Right to Life.”  My biggest problem with this premise is the word “right“.  We have no rights but to die and go to hell.

 

Life, freedom, food, health,  the opportunity and ability to work and earn a pay check, the ability to drive a car,  smell a rose, eat a good meal,  own a home, everything good that you can think of, including our salvation,   is all by the grace of God.  We have a right to nothing.  Yes, we don’t even have a right to live. Jeremiah  said in Lamentations 3:22-23 “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are  new every morning.  Great is Thy faithfulness”

 

Thank God for His gracious gift of life and His even greater gift of  salvation by His grace through faith in the shed blood of His Beloved Son, Jesus.

 

When one truly receives God’s Gift of salvation,  he gladly surrenders all his rights to God.

 

 

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Angels

What are angels?

They are spirit beings created by God for His glory. Psalm 148:2-5 Colossians 1:16 They worship Him continually. Isaiah 6:1-7

Speaking of angels, the writer of Hebrews in 1:14 declares, "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation"?

Psalm 8:4-5 teaches that we humans are made a little lower than the angels as far as strength and wisdom and glory are concerned. Hebrews 2:7-9 teaches that when Jesus came to this earth as a man, He also as a man was made a little lower than the angels in order to suffer and die for our sins.

When were they created?

The Lord, speaking to Job in Job 38:3-7, tells us that when God created the earth, the morning stars sang together and the sons of God shouted for joy." These sons of God certainly do not refer to human beings who were created after God created the earth. they can only refer to the angels, who were created by God in eternity past.

What do angels do?

1. They worship God continually.

2. They worshipped Jesus, who was God in human flesh. Luke 2:6-15, Hebrews 1:6, Revelation 5:11

3. They ministered to Him on earth. Matthew 4:11. Luke 22:43

4. They carry out God's orders at supernatural speed and with supernatural power. Daniel 9:3-27, Genesis 19, II Samuel 24:15-16, Acts 12:20-23. For example, in II Kings 19:35 we read of one angel who smote 185,000 enemy soldiers in one night.

5. They minister to the needs of God's people and often deliver them from serious accidents or death. Genesis 19:1-16, Psalm 91:11, Daniel 3:28, 6:22, Acts 5:17-19, Matthew 18:10, Hebrews 1:14. Acts 8:26. Acts 27:22-24

6. They were with Jesus at His ascension. Acts 1:11

7. They escort the souls of Christians who have died, to Heaven. Luke 16:22

8. They do not marry. Mark 12:25

Are all angels good?

Angels were created with the ability to choose. Most of the angels God created are holy and sinless. Isaiah 6:1-7 Revelation 5:11-14

Some angels (demons) followed Lucifer, the highest of God's spirit beings, who attempted to usurp God's position and was cast out of heaven. Isaiah 14:12-17 Ezekiel 28:11-28 Those angels who followed him were also cast out of Heaven Jude 6-7 Revelation 12. Some fallen angels took the form of men and had sexual relations with women on earth and produced an extremely wicked and powerful progeny which resulted in God destroying life on earth with a universal flood. Noah and his family were saved by the ark that God had told him to build. Genesis 6:1-8 Those wicked angels are presently locked up in a pit awaiting judgment. Jude 6

Other wicked angels with their leader, Satan, attempt to hinder the work of God and futilely attempt to separate believers from God. I Thessalonians 2:18, Romans 8:38-39

Will Christians judge angels?

The amazing fact is that we will. I Corinthians 6:3

Where is the eternal destination of angels?

Godly angels will share Heaven with Christians.

Ungodly angels (demons) will be cast into the Lake of Fire with all those people who have rejected Christ. Matthew 25:41, Rev. 20:10

Should we worship angels?

Absolutely not! Colossians 2:18

Should we listen to angels if one should speak to us?

Certainly we should not listen to nor heed any angel who would bring us new revelation beyond what the completed Bible has given us. Any further revelation is Satanic and false. Galatians 1:8-9, Revelation 22:18-19

What are Cherubs and Cherubim?

Cherub is singular and cherubim are plural. They are heavenly beings who surround the throne of God. Lucifer (now Satan) was once a covering cherub, perhaps the highest of the cherubim. Ezekiel 28:14 Two cherubim made of beaten gold were fastened to the Ark of the Covenant, the place where God dwelt with Israel. Exodus 25

What are Seraphim?

They are heavenly creatures who are associated with the holiness of God. Isaiah 6:1-7. They are associated with the four living creatures of Revelation 4:6-9

Do human beings who die become angels?

Absolutely not! There is nothing in Scripture to teach such a thing. Human beings remain human beings in Heaven or in Hell. Angels remain angels in Heaven or in Hell Of course, Christians will have glorified, sinless, perfect bodies in Heaven.

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I'm reminded of a solo about angels that I used to hear as a boy. It thrilled me when it was sung. It was written by Rev. Johnson Oatman Jr. Let me share it with you.

There is singing up in Heaven such as we have never known,
Where the angels sing the praises of the Lamb upon the throne:
Their sweet harps are ever tuneful and their voices always clear,
Oh, that we might be more like them while we serve the Master here.

But I hear another anthem, blending voices clear and strong,
"Unto Him who hath redeemed us and hath bought us," is the song;
We have come through tribulations to this land so fair and bright,
In the fountain freely flowing, He hath made our garments white.

Then the angels stand and listen, for they cannot join that song,
Like the sound of many waters, by that happy blood-washed throng;
For they sing about great trials, battles fought and victories won,
And they praise their great Redeemer, who hath said to them, "Well done."

So, although I'm not an angel, yet I know that over there
I will join a blessed chorus that the angels cannot share;
I will sing about my Saviour who upon dark Calvary
Freely pardoned my transgressions, died to set a sinner free.

CHORUS

Holy, holy, is what the angels sing,
And I expect to help them make the courts of Heaven ring;
But when I sing redemption's story, they will fold their wings,
For angels never felt the joy that our salvation brings.

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Amoral

Up Side Down

We all know that some things are morally right and some things are morally wrong.  We know it is right to do right and that it is wrong to do wrong.  We may differ as to what we perceive  to be right or wrong. The problem is, we live in a fallen, sin-cursed,  up-side-down world.  The typical person who lives his life without God and without the Bible has confused and perverted values. In fact, he  may boldly affirm that wrong is right and that right is wrong.

 

Right-Side-up

It is  only after one has been born again through faith in Christ and starts feeding on the Bible, God’s Word, that he begins to understand right and wrong from God’s perspective.   Only as we honestly face God’s Word and seek to please Him,  will our lives be turned right-side-up.

 

Amoral Issues

When we consider what is moral and what is immoral, we are faced with the fact that some things are amoral. Webster’s definition of amoral is  “without a sense of moral responsibility”  “outside the sphere in which moral distinctions or judgments apply”.

 

Many things in life are not moral issues.  God has made us individuals with different interests, tastes and preferences.  He gives us freedom to make choices that are not moral issues. You don’t need to pray for God’s will about many mundane matters, such as whether you will buy peas or squash or whether you will wear one tie or another. 

 

But when it comes to most matters concerning  our thinking and our actions, nothing is outside the sphere of morality.  What we do is either good or evil.  What we say is either good or evil. What we think is either good or evil.  Most  influences in our lives are either good or evil.  You may be wondering how I came to that conclusion.   Read on.

 

God, the only source of good.

Everything God made was good.  See  Genesis 1:10,12,18,21,25,31. He is the author of beauty, order, harmony and purpose. He sees everything as good or evil. Proverbs 15:3  He judges every work of man as either good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:14  Nothing is said about amoral works. Every work is either good or evil. He satisfies us with good things. Psalm 103:1-5  “All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 He only gives us good and perfect gifts.  James 1:17    “God richly gives us all things to enjoy.”  I Timothy 6:17 When Paul writes, “all things to enjoy”, it is understood that the things referred to are good things; not evil things, since God only gives good things.

 

At the same time God hates evil.  “For Thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness; neither shall evil dwell with Thee.”  Psalm 5:4    “Ye who love the Lord, hate evil.” Psalm 97:10  Christians are not to be so “loving” that we love everything, regardless of whether it is good or evil.   “Let love be without dissimulation, (hypocrisy). Abhor that which is evil; cleave (cling) to that which is good.” Romans 12:9.

 

Satan, the only source of evil.

Satan is not our friend. He can only do us evil.  His purpose is to destroy us and spit us out.  Satan is the author of ugliness, disorder, disharmony and confusion, as well as all evil. He takes God’s good and beautiful gifts such as sexuality, music, literature and art and he influences man  to pervert it.  He tempts us to sin by defying God and His Word.  Satan destroys everything he touches.  He lies to us.  John 8:44  He comes to us as an angel of light to deceive us. II Corinthians 11:13-15  He attempts to mix truth and evil together and confuse issues.  I Corinthians 14:33   He is our dangerous adversary. I Peter 5:8-9

 

Satan attempts to devour Christians and to keep us from being all God intended us to be. When we listen to Satan  he: darkens our countenance, takes the sparkle from our eyes, puts a sneer on our face, stiffens our neck, fills us with defiance toward God  and removes the joy of salvation from our heart.

 

Good and evil must not be confused.

God divided light from darkness.  Genesis 1:4  He separated Abram from his homeland of Ur of the Chaldees to make him a man of God and make him a blessing to the whole world.  Genesis 12:1-3.   The twelve tribes of Israel were God’s peculiar treasure. Exodus 19:4-6

 

Christ’s Church is His peculiar  (special)  people today. We belong to Him. We have no rights but to live for Him and please Him in all that we think or do or say.  Titus 2:11-14   We are to live in fellowship with God and have no fellowship with that which is evil.  Ephesians 5:3-11   I John 1:6-7   II Corinthians 6:14-18   7:1

 

From God’s Word we are to make a distinction between good and evil, realizing that no influence that comes into our life is amoral.  It is either drawing us toward God or causing us to resist God and be influenced by Satan.  Don’t deceive yourself by thinking you are living your own life, free of influence.  Don’t be deceived by thinking that influence is amoral.  It is either the good influence of God or the evil influence of Satan.

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Abortion Series #4: Pro-Choice / Pro-Life

Christians have failed to see that God is Pro-Choice as well as Pro-Life. 

Being pro-choice does not automatically mean one is pro-abortion. It means only what it says, pro-choice.  Deuteronomy 30:19 clearly shows us that God is pro-choice as well as pro-life. “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”

 

God has His holy laws. There are serious consequences for breaking those laws, ultimately death. God gives us the choice of choosing sin or choosing to obey God’s Law. Adam and Eve chose to disobey God’s Law and died.

 

God desires man to choose life.  In fact, He has provided the gift of eternal life to anyone who will receive Christ.

 

God gives every mother of a baby within her womb the choice of allowing the baby to be born and He gives her the opportunity to become a real mother to that child, or release that baby to a loving family who can adopt it.   He also gives that mother the choice of  aborting and killing  her baby.  With that choice God pleads with the mother to choose life that both she and her baby can live.

 

Some Practical Conclusions

 

As Christian citizens we can do our part to promote morality in our nation. You  and I are free to do anything we believe will work as long as our actions do not violate Scripture or the laws of our land.  We may write letters, march for a cause, picket, boycott or do whatever we believe we ought to do.  We must not judge one another for our involvement or lack of involvement  in any method.  Each of us must determine before God how He would have us be involved in a cause.

 

As a Church, our one and only commission from Christ is to take the Gospel to the lost here and around the world.  Salvation through Christ changes hearts and lives and produces morality.  We cannot change hearts nor morality.  Only God can do that.

 

As Christian we must get right with God.  II Chronicles 7:14.  When we do, God will heal our land.

 

We must engage in spiritual warfare against Satan’s strongholds in this land.  That battle is best fought on our knees in prayer.  Prayer is far more powerful than social action.

 

To win the  lost we must approach every sinner, not with a cloak of stinking self-righteousness, not with fiery eyes, angry words, insulting slogans and name calling. We must not approach them as our enemies, but as enemies of God and captives of Satan.

 

If there is anything I see in the Gospels concerning Jesus is that He was always a friend of sinners.  Is that the way the lost see you and me?

 

You dear lady, may be contemplating an abortion.  You have a choice.  The consequences of that choice will mean life or death for you and your baby.  I beg you to choose life. You are loved and so is your baby. I urge you to get in touch with some Christians who love you and let them help you think through your decision and the consequences. 

 

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Acts of God

Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and other natural disasters are all in God's hands. Why does God allow these destructive "acts of God"? We all understand these are acts of God and not merely random natural disasters. In Psalm 148:8 the Psalmist praises God for His awesome creation. Included in that praise, he praises God "for fire and hail, snow and vapours, stormy wind fulfilling His Word." In Psalm 107:25-30 we learn that "He commandeth and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths. Their soul is melted because of trouble. They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man and are at their wit's end. Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so He bringeth them into their desired haven."

They are all a part of God's curse on man for sin. After Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, God cursed them and the earth. "Cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread till thou return unto the ground; for out of it was thou taken: for dust thou art and unto the dust shalt thou return." Genesis 3:17-19 Paul explains the consequences of sin in his Epistle to the Romans, "For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now; and not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. "Romans 8:22-23

Satan is behind them, but God allows him to destroy only that which is in His sovereign plan. Satan is the cause of many natural tragedies, but they are all permitted under the sovereign hand of God. Satan can do nothing harmful to God's children without God's express permission. That's illustrated in the story of Job in chapter 1. Read this interesting true story of the godliest man on the face of the earth in that day. Satan slandered God by telling Him that Job served God only because of God's goodness to him. He dared God to touch Job with tragedy and see how long his faith lasted. God permitted Satan to touch him with tragedy and Job came through beautifully. Never forget, Christian friend, that when God allows Satan to touch you with tragedy, God has His hands on the controls and allows only that which is best for you and that brings glory to God. The rest He restrains. "Surely the wrath of man shall praise Thee: the remainder of wrath shalt Thou restrain." Psalm 76:10

No matter how difficult it is to believe this, God uses storms in His mixture of events to teach us and bless us. "All things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28 On his way to Rome, Paul got caught in a terrible storm at sea. Read the exciting story in Acts 27. In the midst of the storm, God spoke to Paul a word of encouragement, assuring him that no life would be lost. God kept His word and all got to shore safely swimming and holding on to pieces of wood.

God uses disasters to get our attention. When we as a nation forget God and try to drive Him out of our lives, God in His love will allow whatever it takes; a natural disaster or a terrorist attack, to gain our attention.

God sometimes uses His acts to destroy those who reject Him and attempt to fight against Him. "God is jealous and the Lord revengeth; the Lord will take vengeance and is furious; the Lord will take vengeance on His adversaries and He reserveth wrath for His enemies. The Lord is slow to anger and great in power and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet. He rebuketh the sea and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers. The mountains quake at Him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at His presence, yea, the world and all that dwell therein. Who can stand before His indignation? Who can abide the fierceness of His anger? His fury is poured out like fire and the rocks are thrown down by Him." And then the prophet Nahum gives a word of comfort to God's people. "The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knoweth them that trust Him." Nahum 1:2-7

We read in Genesis 6-8 that about five thousand years ago, the evil of mankind got so bad that God destroyed the entire human race except for Noah and his family who found grace in His sight. God instructed Noah to build an ark for his family and for the animals and they were kept alive through the flood. Skeptics scorn such an event, even though the fossils throughout the earth evidence a universal flood. See www.answersingenesis.org which is one of several good sites on this subject.

In II Peter 2-3 we are warned by Peter that as God destroyed the sinful world with a flood, so one day He is going to destroy this same earth with a fire. The Apostle John also writes about it in Revelation 21:1

Ultimately, God uses storms for His glory. The most important truth in the universe is that God deserves glory and someday every knee will bow before Him as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Though we usually don't understand what God is doing at the time, we can trust Him that He is allowing what is best for us and what will bring glory to Him.

Because God has power over storms; He also has power to cause them to cease.In Luke 8:22-26 we read the story of Jesus with His disciples crossing the Sea of Galilee in a boat. In the midst of the Sea, a violent storm rose up and the disciples were fearful of being drowned. Jesus was asleep. In desperation they wakened Him crying, "Master, we perish!" Jesus, God of creation in human form, stilled the storm with the words, "Peace; be still! Immediately the Sea was calmed.

The lesson for all of us is that if Jesus is in the boat of our lives, He speaks peace to our troubled hearts, even in the midst of the worst of storms. Is He living and ruling in your life? Do you know His peace? Listen to His promise to Christians. "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace that passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7

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