• Aug 9

         Our pastor preached a sermon dealing with adversity, and he used Psalm 34 as his text.  Four times during the chapter, the Psalmist speaks of the Lord delivering the righteous from all their troubles.

    You don't need the panic button when you rely on God

         When I was growing up, I was taught that no matter how fearful it seems or how bad it gets, “Don’t panic.”  Why?  Because when you panic, your emotions take over, and you can’t think clearly or respond properly.

         In a staff meeting  the other day with the Mission department directors, I shared with them three things that would help in getting through tough times:

         First of all, you need the peace of God.  Philippians 4:7 says, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  When you make peace with God, you’ll receive the peace of God.  You can have internal tranquility when there’s external turmoil.

         Second, you need the attitude (mind) of Christ.  Philippians 2:5 says, “Have this attitude in yourselves, which was also in Christ Jesus.”  Christ had an attitude of humility, obedience and submission to God’s will.  Also, Romans 12:2 encourages us to be transformed by the renewing of our mind.  Since thinking precedes behavior, then it makes sense to strive to have Christ-like attitudes.

    Peace at Royal Pines, studying the Word of God

         The third ingredient in dealing with tough times is to exercise the fruit of the Spirit.  Galatians 5:22-23 list the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.  The Holy Spirit produces these attributes in our lives if we will submit to His leading and allow Him to do His work in us and through us.  Ephesians 5:18 even instructs us to be filled with the Spirit.

         When times get tough – don’t panic.  Just rely on the peace of God, the mind of Christ, and the fruit of the Spirit to do their work within you.

    In His Service,
    Tony Cooper
    Executive Director

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