“SEEK MY FACE, and you will find fulfillment of your deepest longings. My world is filled with beautiful things; they are meant to be pointers to Me, reminders of My abiding Presence. The earth still declares My Glory to those who have eyes that see and ears that hear.
You had a darkened mind before you sought Me wholeheartedly. I chose to pour My Light into you, so that you can be a beacon to others. There is no room for pride in this position. You part is to reflect My Glory. I am the Lord.”
Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. -Psalm 105:4
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. -Psalm 19:1-2
See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. -Isaiah 60:2
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
Mt 5:9 NKJV
DON’T BE A STIR-STICK!
Try to picture these two scenes. First: Christ in heaven defending you and acting as your advocate before God. “If anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ” (1Jn 2:1 NIV). Second: You here on earth, accusing someone. The Bible calls Satan “the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night” (Rev 12:10 NIV). Which side are you on? You say, “But I heard it on the grapevine.” Has it ever occurred to you that you might not be connected to the right vine? Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit” (Jn 15:5 NIV). The fruit Jesus referred to here is “good” fruit. He said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” And what’s the opposite of a peacemaker? A stir-stick! These are often people with inner turmoil, unresolved issues, or a chip on their shoulder who go through life stirring stuff up. When they see a tapestry, they look for a thread to unravel it. Some do it deliberately, others unwittingly. When you have little or no joy in your own life, it’s hard to celebrate joy in the lives of others. To be a peacemaker you must nip conflict, criticism, and complaining in the bud. Tactfully steer the conversation in a different direction. And if need be, talk to the person who is stirring things up. At best, you’ll help them to change. At second best, they’ll think twice about what they say to you.