Meet the Authors.
Sarah Burlingame is passionate about Biblical truth. Her diverse church background has taken her through Mainline Methodist, Evangelical, Charismatic and Roman Catholic circles. Her calling as an intercessor led her to receive a certification in Advanced Spiritual Warfare from LMCI (Liberating Ministries for Christ International) lmci.org . Sarah has served as a small group leader, worship planner, liturgical dance leader and online ministry coordinator. She holds a M.S. degree in Education and lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and their sons. They attend North Rome Wesleyan Church.
Joanne Reinhart asked Jesus Christ into her heart at the age of nine in a Sunday school classroom in Maryland. Her journey with the Lord took her through various careers, colleges, and universities. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Art/Dance, Theology, and Education, and a M.S. degree in Educational Administration. Her passion for the Lord is evidenced through worship, dance, and teaching. She was liberated into her spiritual gifts and callings through the teaching resources of LMCI lmci.org . Joanne has danced and taught at Christian conferences and various churches in PA and VA. She currently teaches classical ballet and coaches dance for gymnastics. Joanne attends the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church. She and her husband live in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Where to Find Real Peace
Would you like to have PEACE in: Your Life? Family? Home? Occupation?
Some people pursue peace in their lives through various means: exercise, meditation, observing nature, studying scripture, or other texts. Some feel peace can be found through socializing with friends or relaxing with their families. While it is true that contentment can be found through these means; is it true that lasting peace can be attained? What if while molding yourself into that perfect yoga pose you strain a muscle? What if while spending time with family an argument breaks out about spending too much on groceries? What happens when you support your favorite political candidate only to be spurned by those who you thought were your friends? If all these worldly conditions have the potential to prevent peace, what's a person to do?
The scriptures tell us to seek peace and pursue it:
Psalm 34:14(NKJV) “Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it."
How do we do that?
1 Peter 3:11(NKJV) “Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it.”
Even if we live a good life and ‘do no evil’ can we really achieve peace? How do we pursue peace for ourselves, our home, our family, our job/occupation or anything we are involved in?
There is a PERSON we can seek after who will give us that desired peace. His name is Jesus Christ, the only begotten son of God.
Romans 10:9 (NKJV) “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Romans 10:13 (NKJV) For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”
Jesus tells us that He has given us His peace, even if there is unrest or turmoil around us that affects our lives.
John 14:27 Amplified Bible (AMP) Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]
John 16:33 Amplified Bible (AMP)
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]
How can we stop becoming disturbed when things go wrong or when we suddenly have anxious or fearful thoughts?
Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
This PEACE OF GOD that comes through our Lord Jesus Christ can be ours when we trust in Him.
Can we completely trust our: Employment? Schools? Institutions? Churches? Clubs? Social media?
There is only One whom we can fully trust, if we believe on Him: Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. When we pursue Him and focus our thoughts on Him, He will keep us in perfect peace. Remember, there is NO prerequisite to trusting Jesus and making HIM your Savior. It doesn't matter where you came from, what you wear, what you did in your past or what you did this morning. Jesus wants you to come to Him just as you are and let Him do the rest. Let Him give you peace.
Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV) “ You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”
~ Joanne and Sarah