Peace in Times of Trouble

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” – (John 16:33)  

Jesus spoke plainly to the disciples about what was going to happen on the night He was to be betrayed, and let them know why He was leaving and to Whom He was being sent. Despite the darkness that was about to befall the disciples as they would watch their Savior and friend walk the long and agonizing road to the cross alone; Jesus assured them that it would not be the end. His assurance was played out in the most miraculous way ever recorded. Jesus defeated death, after bearing the brunt of all of our sin and shame. He rose again, appeared to many, and then returned to the Father so that He could send His Holy Spirit to be our Counselor. Jesus truly overcame the world, and in Him, we too, can overcome any obstacle that comes our way. His peace is available for us, and His strength in steady supply. To take heart is to place our trust in Him and allow Him to lead us, no matter what season we are walking through. He is faithful and He has already overcome all that lies before us. May we rise up in faith and take heart, for our Heavenly Father is holding us in the hollow of His hand.

Jesus has told us,His Mighty Power

a number of things;

so we may find peace,

that only He brings.

Though we’ll have trouble,

He won’t let us fall;

the Lord’s overcome,

He’s conquered it all.

Let’s rise up in faith,

in Christ, take a stand;

for the Lord is good,

we’re held in His hand.

Strength for the weary,

so we won’t grow faint;

His Spirit in us,

let’s trust in His Name.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You give us Your word that tells us what is good and true and lovely. Thank You that when we seek You, we find You and come to know Your peace. Thank You that despite the trouble that we all face, we have the blessed assurance that ultimately, in You, we will overcome. Thank You that we are more than conquerors in You. Forgive us for forgetting how near and powerful You are when the waves begin to overwhelm us. Teach us to slow down, and fix our eyes on You, rather than the storm that surrounds us, so that we may see what really is the truth. Lead us to love others well, so that they too may come to know Your peace and provision in such a way, that they turn to You forever. Be glorified O God, as we take heart in You, learning to lean into Your peace as You lead us to overcome all that comes against us. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. – Proverbs 11:25

Approach With Confidence

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. – (Hebrews 4:16)

 

Christ came and endured all temptations and trials known to man, yet was without sin. He knows what we face. He knows when we fall. We are His and we are loved. Our path to approach the throne of grace is through prayer, and we may do so confidently, yet reverently, because He is both our loving Heavenly Father and Christ the King. Jesus is available as our Counselor and our Friend, and is our ever present help in our time of need. His mercy is made available to all who call on His Name. May we approach His throne with confidence, being supplied all that we need, as God is loving and merciful to those who call on Him.

 

Look to the throne,Risk to Reward

of God’s mercy seat;

where grace is shown,

a gift to receive.

With confidence,

go boldly before;

our help in need,

Holy Counselor.

Boldly approach,

in prayer, we shall come;

before the Lord,

most merciful One.

He is our help,

in our time of need;

our Source of strength,

when we’re feeling weak.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son, Jesus, to come live, die and rise again, experiencing every temptation and trial that He did, so that He could be the perfect High Priest for us. Jesus, thank You for all that You endured on our behalf, and for remaining seated at the right hand of the Father, listening to our every prayer and receiving us as we come. Thank You that because of Your sacrifice, we are considered acceptable before You – not because of anything that we have or have not done, but because of You dwelling within us. Forgive us for approaching Your throne either meekly or flippantly. Teach us to have a proper perspective as we come before You in prayer. May we do so with both confidence and reverence, giving all glory and honor unto You. Lead us to love people as You so generously love each of us, and may many come into a saving relationship with You as a result. Be glorified Lord God, as we approach Your throne of grace with confidence and reverence. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Because of the tender mercy of our God, …the rising sun will come to us from heaven. – Luke 1:78

Perfect Provider of Peace

But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – (John 14:26-27)

 

Fear and trouble have a funny way of making the heart forget what is true. However, when we choose to commit our lives to Christ and have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us, He is our Counselor who teaches us all things and reminds us of the truth. He is our provider of peace, and He gives, not as the world gives, but freely; without our having to do enough to somehow earn it. May we go forth this day in the peace that He provides, regardless of our circumstance, and may fear be overcome as we embrace the truth of who He is in us.

 

A Counselor,As One

Provider of peace;

granted to us,

sweet freedom’s release.

Sent in the Name,

of God up above;

Spirit comes near,

embraces with love.

His peace given,

so troubles may fade;

not that they’re gone,

His power’s displayed.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You give us Your Holy Spirit to dwell in us, so that we might be reminded of all that You have spoken, and taught all that we need to learn. Thank You that You do not give as the world gives, but rather You give what lasts – Your peace that is promised not only for today, but forever. Forgive us for our fears when troubles come, and help us to place all of our trust in You. Lead us and guide us as You grant us Your peace. May many come to know Your perfect love that castes out fear, as we live and love with Your peace, even in our storms. Be exalted, O God, as we allow Your peace to reign. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Listen… be wise, and keep your heart on the right path. – Proverbs 23:19

Knowing the “No”

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age. – (Titus 2:11-12)

 

The grace that God has given, is the gift of His Son. Jesus died so that we might live – His life ransomed for ours. After He rose and ascended into Heaven, He sent His Holy Spirit to be our Counselor and Comforter, so that we would have help in an uncertain world. That still small voice within us that whispers “No“, to the things that we know we ought not do, is His voice, teaching and protecting us so that we might live self-controlled, upright and godly lives. May we each choose to receive what He freely offers, so that we are able to live the lives He has for us.

 

Abundant grace,Knowing the No

poured out for mankind;

to open hearts,

give sight to the blind.

His Spirit shows,

the way we’re to go;

when it’s a “Yes”,

and where it’s a “No”.

No to the things,

ungodly and wrong;

and yes to those,

that make our walk strong.

All by His grace,

His love, it abounds;

receives the lost,

His power, profound.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for loving us so much that You made way for us to brought back into a relationship with You. Thank You for the gift of Your Son, and for the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank You, Jesus, for laying Your life down for mine, so that I could truly live. Thank You for Your still small voice that teaches us to say “No” to that which we ought not do, and compels us to move forward in those things to which You are calling. Forgive us for ignoring the “No“, or for standing stuck when we were meant to move forward. Teach us to trust You more, so that we will move either forward toward that which You are calling, or flee from that which You are warning us away from. May our life of obedience be an example to those around us, and may many come to know who You are and how much You love them as a result. Let the lost be found in You. Be glorified, Lord God, as we receive Your grace and obey all that You ask of us. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

May God Almighty grant you mercy. – Genesis 43:14

 

 

 

 

 

In One Accord

lighted pathThough his friends pleaded,

begged him to not go;

Paul knew he was called,

no pain he’d forgo.

All knew what waited,

in Jerusalem;

they wept at the thought,

of losing their friend.

Paul answered, “Why weep?

You’re breaking my heart.

I’m ready for this,

I will do my part.”

When his friends did see,

he could not be swayed;

they at last gave up,

blessed him on his way.

Imagine knowing,

such trials await;

would we still go forth,

or would we debate?

His boldness a gift.

His spirit, assured;

for all of his trust,

and hope was secured.

All that was in him,

relied on the Lord;

so too his actions,

aligned in accord.

(Responding to Acts 21:10-14)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit, Whom You sent to dwell in us as our Counselor and Friend. Thank You that Your words for us are whispered within, through Your Spirit, and are always available for us to hear if we are willing to slow down and silence ourselves before You. Forgive us for the times that we have not acted on what we have heard, and help us to overcome the fears that create the barriers preventing us from becoming all that You are calling us to be. Strengthen our hearts and minds, while keeping us truly tender towards others. Let us love as You love – giving generously of ourselves – our time, talents, and resources, shared in love, just as You so lavishly have poured into each of us. May many come to know You, personally, as a result of our outpouring. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Our Place of Peace

My sweet niece and her daddy.

My sweet niece and her daddy.

When the world is spinning,

seems to be upside down;

trust in our Lord Jesus,

in whom true peace is found.

When sickness takes over,

or pain’s too much to bear;

trust our loving Father,

who will hold every care.

When serpent is striking,

hazards seem to surround;

trust in our Counselor,

where all safety is found.

Don’t take what the world gives,

for it is not of Him;

trust in His holy word,

even when things seem grim.

Let not hearts be troubled,

do not give in to fear;

allow our Comforter,

to speak truth in our ear.

He is the only place,

where lasting peace is found;

let His love envelop,

and His arms wrap around.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – (John 14:27)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You love us so much that You sent Your Son to remove all our sin and call us clean before You. Thank You that You did not stop there. Thank You for sending Your Holy Spirit to live in us, as our Counselor and Comforter. Forgive us Father, for allowing fear a foothold in our hearts. Teach us how to release every burden unto You, and to trust that You are in control, even when our circumstances seem out of control. Thank You that You are our place of peace. Help us to walk confidently in Your comfort, so that we may point others to the place of true safety, in Your loving arms. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

Approach and Accept – for He is Good

image by Britt @ Encouragement for Everyday Struggles

image by Britt @ Encouragement for Everyday Struggles

“Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” – Hebrews 4:16

“Prayer is our approach to God, and we are to come ‘with confidence’.  Some Christians approach God meekly with heads hung low, afraid to ask Him to meet their needs.  Others pray flippantly, giving little thought to what they say.  Come with reverence because He is our King.  But also come with bold assurance because He is our Friend and Counselor.” – (NIV Study Bible footnotes)

One of our many blessings to behold this Christmas, (and always!) is our invitation to confidently approach His throne of grace, where we will receive NOT, the condemnation we deserve, but rather we will be met with the mercy of our Maker, and granted grace to guide us through our every need.  Because He dwells in the hearts of all who believe, we don’t have to go somewhere special to seek Him.  He hears every word whispered from the hollows of our hearts, and is permanently prepared to present us with His mercy and grace as we allow our hearts to ask Him.

He who came as a blessed baby boy, seemingly ordinary to the untrained eye, lived among us, grew mightily, lived, loved, led the lost, died, and defeated the grave so that the way would be made for each of us to come to know Him and His hope and help, that is held in open hands to all who come to believe.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You made the way so that we can come confidently before You for forgiveness, help, hope and healing.  Thank You that You know our needs individually, and that You are with us in all things and at all times.  Forgive us for our fears and for our flippancy, and fuel our faith so that we might come confidently and reverently before You, trusting in the truth that You are always good.  Teach us to be willing to both ask and receive all that You have for us.  Allow our hearts to hold all hope in You, and may it overflow to all who are around us.  May every heart hear Your hymn of hope this blessed Christmas season.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present