*TFF Admin Staff Chaplain*
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: West Tennessee
Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
Thanks, guys - it IS better, now that I have a new system scheduled to be installed this weekend! Kinda like how your car runs perfectly when you decide to trade it in on a new one.
Tim, it is one of the most difficult things I have ever done in my life.
But there comes a time when it HAS to be done, and some times circumstances force that action on the owner. I had covered her with a blanket, and a pillow under her head, but she was shaking from the cold ground under her and groaning in pain. I could not make her go through hours of that waiting for the vet.
And God strengthened me, and guided the bullet.
I am positive that I released her from age and pain, and allowed her to go to a place of endless green hills of knee high grass and bubbling cool streams, where she waits for me -
When the army of God rides into Armageddon, one of those white horses will be a palomino, and the dude on her back will be me.
A reporter asked the late President Herbert Hoover, "Mr. President, how do you handle criticism? Do you ever get agitated or tense?"
"No," President Hoover said, seemingly surprised at the question, "of course not."
"But," the reporter went on, "when I was a boy you were one of the most popular men in the world. Then, for a while you became one of the most unpopular, with nearly everyone against you. Didn't any of this meanness and criticism every get under your skin?"
"No, I knew when I went into politics what I might expect, so when it came I wasn't disappointed or upset," he said. He lowered his familiar bushy eyebrows and looked directly into the reporter's eyes. "Besides, I have 'peace at the center,' you know," he added.
Inner peace comes from looking to God, our source. Peace is the gift of Jesus Christ. Jesus, before leaving His disciples, said:
John 14:27 (KJV);
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
How about you? Do you get upset at what people say to you, or about you? Are you upset by what other people think? If we find ourselves in that state, we need to take this verse to heart, and make sure that each one of us has ‘peace at the center’. Once we have that, we can handle anything the world throws at us!
Knowing you NEED peace is not the same as HAVING peace though, is it? To find it, you have to know were to look for it! The source of Peace is the knowledge of Jesus Christ. GIIC! That stands for God Is In Control. When you enter into a relationship with Jesus, and study about his teachings, and talk with him every day, you will come to the place where you KNOW this to be true; GIIC. With that simple knowledge comes peace – the peace that surpasses all understanding.
May God grant each one of us that kind of peace.
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.