Peace

As a child of God, we are not immune to the struggles of this life. We will face storms that threaten to shake our faith. There will be days when worry, angst, fear and uncertainty attempt to enshroud us. But praise be to God, when we lean into His peace that He so freely gives, it changes everything!

Listen to the words of Jesus,  “In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous (be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy); I have overcome the world.” (My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.) John 16:33

Beloved, you can have perfect peace in the midst of a storm, it’s available to you today. In Him, you can be confident, unmoved and have inexplicable joy, not after the storm has passed but in the middle of it!

In the end, there is VICTORY!

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“And the peace of God (that peace which reassures the heart, that peace) which transcends all understanding, (that peace which) stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (is yours).” Philippians 4:7

The Lord will give (unyielding and impenetrable) strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.” Psalm 29:11

“You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast (that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character), Because he trusts and takes refuge in You (with hope and confident expectation).” Isaiah 26:3

“For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, Nor will My covenant of peace be shaken,” Says the Lord who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 54:10

“Peace I leave with you; My (perfect) peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. (Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.)” John 14:27

© Sharon Pankey 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Miraculous Power of Prayer

Peter’s Miraculous Escape from Prison 

The night before Herod was going to bring Peter to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers. His hands were bound with two chains, and guards were in front of the door. They were watching the prison.

Suddenly, an angel from the Lord stood near Peter, and his cell was filled with light. The angel nudged Peter’s side, woke him up, and said, “Hurry! Get up!” At that moment the chains fell from Peter’s hands.

The angel told him, “Put your shoes on, and get ready to go!” Peter did this. Then the angel told him, “Put your coat on, and follow me.”

Peter followed the angel out of the cell. He didn’t realize that what the angel was doing was actually happening. He thought he was seeing a vision. They passed the first and second guardposts and came to the iron gate that led into the city. This gate opened by itself for them, so they went outside and up the street. The angel suddenly left Peter.

When Peter came to his senses, he said, “Now I’m sure that the Lord sent his angel to rescue me from Herod and from everything the Jewish people are expecting to happen to me. When Peter realized what had happened, he went to the home of Mary, the mother of John Mark. Many people had gathered at her home and were praying.  Peter knocked on the door of the entryway, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer. When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so happy that instead of opening the door, she ran back inside and reported, “Peter is standing at the door!”

The people told her, “You’re crazy!” But she insisted that Peter was at the door. They said, “It has to be his angel.”

But Peter kept knocking. When they opened the door, they were shocked to see him. Peter motioned with his hand to quiet them down and told them how the Lord had taken him out of prison. He added, “Tell James and the other believers about this.” Then he left and went somewhere else. Acts 12:6-17 (emphasis mine)

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God wants you to know that with Him ALL things are possible.

God wants you to know that the prayers of the righteous hold MUCH power.

The miraculous power of prayer is not just seeing them answered but it’s the reality that we are able to bring everything to a powerful God who not only hears us but loves us!

The beauty of the above passage is while they were praying unbeknownst to them  miracles were taking place. Beloved, while you are praying please believe that God is using your prayers to change the natural into the supernatural. God will defy human wisdom and logic. He will move mountains!

You may even need to go back and read it again, because what God did for Peter, He can do the same for you.

Do not give up. Do not lose hope. Your miracle is on the way.

 

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© Sharon Pankey 2019

 

 

Midweek Encouragement

 

Don’t let the fear of tomorrow rob you of the joy that beholds you today.

Beloved, tomorrow holds blessings that you aren’t even aware of.

Remember Who is walking with you.

Step by step.

Moment by moment.

Every day.

Listen to what your Heavenly Father says to you, “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

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You Can Rest

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How can you rest when circumstances seem to spiral out of control?

How can you rest when you can’t see how things are going to work out?

You may not have the answer and I may not have the answer, but God’s timeless Word does, read what it says,

“So I tell you to stop worrying about what you will eat, drink, or wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes? “Look at the birds. They don’t plant, harvest, or gather the harvest into barns. Yet, your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? “Can any of you add a single hour to your life by worrying?  “And why worry about clothes? Notice how the flowers grow in the field. They never work or spin yarn for clothes. But I say that not even Solomon in all his majesty was dressed like one of these flowers. That’s the way God clothes the grass in the field. Today it’s alive, and tomorrow it’s thrown into an incinerator. So how much more will he clothe you people who have so little faith?  “Don’t ever worry and say, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ Everyone is concerned about these things, and your heavenly Father certainly KNOWS you need all of them. But first, be concerned about his kingdom and what has his approval. Then all these things will be provided for you. “So don’t ever worry about tomorrow. After all, tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:25-34 (emphasis mine)

Beloved, you can rest.

You can sleep at night because your God neither slumbers nor sleeps (Psalm 121:4).

You can rest because He promises to perfect everything that concerns you (Psalm 138:8).

Don’t give way to worry, simply trust Him.

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5:7

 

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© Sharon Pankey 2019

Never Stop Praying

Beloved, never underestimate the power of prayer. Prayer changes things. 

“Never stop praying.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17

 

THE HOT WATER BOTTLE 

A True Story By Helen Roseveare, Doctor Missionary to Africa

One night, in Central Africa, I had worked hard to help a mother in the labor ward; but in spite of all that we could do, she died leaving us with a tiny, premature baby and a crying, two-year-old daughter.

We would have difficulty keeping the baby alive. We had no incubator. We had no electricity to run an incubator, and no special feeding facilities. Although we lived on the equator, nights were often chilly with treacherous drafts.

A student-midwife went for the box we had for such babies and for the cotton wool that the baby would be wrapped in. Another went to stoke up the fire and fill a hot water bottle. She came back shortly, in distress, to tell me that in filling the bottle, it had burst. Rubber perishes easily in tropical climates. “…and it is our last hot water bottle!” she exclaimed. As in the West, it is no good crying over spilled milk; so, in Central Africa it might be considered no good crying over a burst water bottle. They do not grow on trees, and there are no drugstores down forest pathways. All right,” I said, “Put the baby as near the fire as you safely can; sleep between the baby and the door to keep it free from drafts. Your job is to keep the baby warm.”

The following noon, as I did most days, I went to have prayers with many of the orphanage children who chose to gather with me. I gave the youngsters various suggestions of things to pray about and told them about the tiny baby. I explained our problem about keeping the baby warm enough, mentioning the hot water bottle. The baby could so easily die if it got chilled. I also told them about the two-year-old sister, crying because her mother had died. During the prayer time, one ten-year-old girl, Ruth, prayed with the usual blunt consciousness of our African children. “Please, God,” she prayed, “send us a water bottle. It’ll be no good tomorrow, God, the baby’ll be dead; so, please send it this afternoon.” While I gasped inwardly at the audacity of the prayer, she added by way of corollary, ” …And while You are about it, would You please send a dolly for the little girl so she’ll know You really love her?” As often with children’s prayers, I was put on the spot. Could I honestly say, “Amen?” I just did not believe that God could do this. Oh, yes, I know that He can do everything: The Bible says so, but there are limits, aren’t there? The only way God could answer this particular prayer would be by sending a parcel from the homeland. I had been in Africa for almost four years at that time, and I had never, ever received a parcel from home. Anyway, if anyone did send a parcel, who would put in a hot water bottle? I lived on the equator!

Halfway through the afternoon, while I was teaching in the nurses’ training school, a message was sent that there was a car at my front door. By the time that I reached home, the car had gone, but there, on the veranda, was a large twenty-two pound parcel! I felt tears pricking my eyes. I could not open the parcel alone; so, I sent for the orphanage children. Together we pulled off the string, carefully undoing each knot. We folded the paper, taking care not to tear it unduly. Excitement was mounting. Some thirty or forty pairs of eyes were focused on the large cardboard box. From the top, I lifted out brightly colored, knitted jerseys. Eyes sparkled as I gave them out. Then, there were the knitted bandages for the leprosy patients, and the children began to look a little bored. Next, came a box of mixed raisins and sultanas – – that would make a nice batch of buns for the weekend. As I put my hand in again, I felt the…could it really be? I grasped it, and pulled it out. Yes, “A brand-new rubber, hot water bottle!” I cried. I had not asked God to send it; I had not truly believed that He could. Ruth was in the front row of the children. She rushed forward, crying out, “If God has sent the bottle, He must have sent the dolly, too!” Rummaging down to the bottom of the box, she pulled out the small, beautifully dressed dolly. Her eyes shone: She had never doubted! Looking up at me, she asked, “Can I go over with you, Mummy, and give this dolly to that little girl, so she’ll know that Jesus really loves her?”

That parcel had been on the way for five whole months, packed up by my former Sunday School class, whose leader had heard and obeyed God’s prompting to send a hot water bottle, even to the equator. One of the girls had put in a dolly for an African child — five months earlier in answer to the believing prayer of a ten-year-old to bring it “That afternoon!” 

“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” Isaiah 65:24

Helen Roseveare, a Doctor Missionary as it happened to her in Africa.

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© Sharon Pankey 2019

Love Is

This is the beauty of God’s love,

Love is patient. Love is kind. Love isn’t jealous. It doesn’t sing its own praises. It isn’t arrogant. It isn’t rude. It doesn’t think about itself. It isn’t irritable. It doesn’t keep track of wrongs. It isn’t happy when injustice is done, but it is happy with the truth. Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up.

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Remember, this love comes from above. Abide in Him and He will abide in you. As you abide in Him, this love cannot help but to come forth in everything that you do. I pray that those who you come into contact with today experience this kind of love. I pray that you are an agent of change in the lives of others. I pray that as you walk into a room the atmosphere changes simply because you have immersed yourself in His love.

Today, choose to walk in this love.

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Do everything with love. 1 Corinthians 16:14

 

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New Strength

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God’s strength is your strength. God’s power is your power.

Cease striving to be what you simply cannot. He is not asking you to be a superhero.

When you find that you are spiritually, physically and emotionally depleted, perhaps God is wooing you to draw closer to Him. Perhaps this is the time where you realize He is inviting you to solely depend upon Him. Take Him up on His offer.

Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become tired or grow weary;
There is no searching of His understanding.

He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who has no might He increases power.

Even youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,

But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him]
Will gain new strength and renew their power;
They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun];
They will run and not become weary,
They will walk and not grow tired. Isaiah 40:28-31

Be encouraged ♥

© Sharon Pankey 2019

You are Surrounded

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Beloved, you are surrounded.

You are surrounded by the awesomeness of God’s eternal love for you.

You are held together by His forgiveness, grace, mercy, love, and compassion.

You are engulfed in His joy, peace, patience, and understanding.

Because of His love, you now have hope, purpose, goodness, strength, supernatural power and victory.

When He said He will never leave you nor forsake you, He meant it.

Read the words of King David, Where could I go to escape from you? Where could I get away from your presence? If I went up to heaven, you would be there; if I lay down in the world of the dead, you would be there. If I flew away beyond the east or lived in the farthest place in the west, you would be there to lead me, you would be there to help me. I could ask the darkness to hide me or the light around me to turn into night, but even darkness is not dark for you, and the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are the same to you.  Psalm 139:7-12

Never forget to Whom you belong, you are loved immeasurably.

© Sharon Pankey 2019

 

The Journey of Faith

 

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“Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading.” Oswald Chambers

In this life there will be hills and valleys.

Twists and turns.

Detours and sudden changes.

Unexpected bends in the road.

At this very moment, you may be wondering what direction to take.

Beloved, there is Someone who knows all things. He handcrafted the journey of faith that you are treading upon. He knows all that lies ahead.

When you can’t see the way, keep your eyes on Him. When you can’t feel your way through it, hold onto His hands and let Him lead you. When you don’t have the strength, drink and eat of His Word for your sustenance. When you feel you don’t have faith, ask Him to help you believe again. He will!

Listen to what He is saying to you today, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Psalm 32:8

Be Blessed!

 

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© Sharon Pankey 2019

 

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