A new session of STAND will begin on Monday, September 14. For more information, please visit and click on the links for "Stand." Our last session together was WONDERFUL... you won't want to miss this study!

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Can't wait to study with you!!!
Love, Mary

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Wednesday, July 15

Good Morning! I hope you're starting your day seeking peace... and enjoying it thoroughly. :) Don't miss your time in prayer today! I have come to realize something this year that was at first uncomfortable, but I've progressively found is indescribably wonderful. When God says or promises something... there are no exceptions. SO I have access to peace at all times... sometimes He wants us to wrestle with Him in order to find it. Sometimes we need to allow Him to change our hearts and perspective. And the outcome is always amazing!

Do you know what I found strange about the dictionary definition of peace? It seemed like (1.) as you said, it was unable to adequately describe inner peace, and (2.) more than half of the definitions centered around not being at war with another person.

Hmm. Could it be that all men struggle at peace, because it takes commitment to not be living against God? Could this definition actually be pretty realistic?

Could the reason for the lack of description of inner peace be because a secular world... who is always at war... can't experience it without being at peace with God?

Where do you stand?

Know it. Live it. Share it.

Blessed are the peacemakers. For they will be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9

Are you a peacemaker? MarySusan emphasized yesterday the need to know what you know... when we do that the evidence is enough for others to see that you do not serve yourself, AND to see that you live a life of victory!

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. James 3:17-18

Do you know what I find interesting? How many times a book of the Bible (In the New Testament particularly) sends people out with peace as a benediction, stating that they are going forth to face troubles. How many times do we seek peace only when we hit a hard place? Or only when we're really suffering?

That's why learning to STAND is preparing. Knowing what you know... always. Having those boots on before the storms even come.

Read Isaiah 55

Notice especially: (v.12) You will go out with joy and by led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

What does that mean to you?

FOR DISCUSSION: Go back to Isaiah 55 and re-read verse 13. How can you summarize this incredible chapter? How can we be makers of peace not only in our own lives, but in the world around us?


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