Got Peace ? & Tune In Thursday Linkup #3

Got Peace ? & Tune In Thursday Linkup #3

What is real peace?    What does peace make you think of?

How would you describe peace?     What does peace look like to you?

Okay, do you have a response to what peace looks like to you?

Maybe it’s a mental picture, a word, or a series of words you would use to describe peace.

Maybe this picture would describe your definition or real peace?

Or maybe this one?

 

 

In case you missed this Tuesday’s video blog Lessons from the Lake, I also discuss peace and it’s unique definition.  Check it out here by clicking on the picture below:

The Hebrew word for peace is Shalom, which basically means, wholeness and well-being in all areas of life. The Shalom Peace of God speaks of destroying the authority attached to chaos!

Did you catch that?

I almost missed it and brushed past it all these years, until recently when talking with a friend.  We were talking about peace, because I was researching it for a sermon on the fruit of the spirit – Peace.

As we were talking she said, “Peace isn’t peaceful at all. It’s an offensive attack against the enemy!”

The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace. Psalm 29:11 (NIV)

I have learned that my peace, is directly proportionate to my trust. Peace comes from knowing God is in control.

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You! (Isaiah 26:3NLT)

I know, it is easier said than done.  Believe me, I know how it feels to not have peace and feel as if the weight and stress of life is crashing in all around.  I know how it feels to have someone tell you to, “Just trust God.” Or “Let it Go.. Let it Go…” and “Let Go and let God.”  There are so many more cliché’s that I could mention right now, but I think you get the picture.

During His time on earth, Jesus restored peace everywhere He went.

One day, after Jesus had been teaching parables to a large crowd, He and the disciples got in a boat to cross to the other side. When suddenly, a huge, furious, raging storm (squall) appeared! The disciples became terrified, all while Jesus calmly slept in the stern of the boat. The disciples woke Jesus up because they were afraid they would drown in the storm

“He got up and ordered the wind to stop. He said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down. And it was completely calm” (Mark 4:39).

God loves to give us word pictures. Calming the raging sea was a picture of what Jesus can do to a person’s heart.

Sometimes people feel stormy inside their hearts. I know I do.

When storms come along, that is when the “what if’s” come into play.  What if I lost my job? What if my spouse lost their job?  What if something happens to my children? What if the doctor gives me bad news? What if I can’t …. ???

What is your ‘what if’ that steals your peace?

The Word of God tells us that God ALWAYS keeps His promises.

The disciples had a “what if” moment in the boat.  What if we don’t make it to the other side?  They felt there were about to drown.  These professional fishermen were so overwhelmed with fear that they didn’t know what to do. They were certain that they were about to drown (die) in the storm. Jesus not only calmed down a huge storm outside, but He also calmed down a huge storm on their insides.  Jesus brought peace to the disciple’s hearts. Jesus had already spoken that they would not drown in the storm, they were going to the other side.

Jesus wants to bring us this kind of inward peace to us as well.  No matter what it looks like, we have to trust His words to us and believe that He will come through

When Jesus was ready to ascend into heaven, He told His followers,

“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart” (John 14:27 NLT).  

This peace stays with us even when we have something upsetting in our lives – like a raging storm, or waves crashing into our life.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid (John 14:27 ESV).

Got Peace?

Again Welcome and Thank you for joining me for #TuneInThursday it is an honor to have you here!

 Now let’s get this party started, feel free to link 1-3 posts:

 

Do you wonder if God still speaks today?  Do you wonder if He would ever speak to you personally?  Do you long to hear the voice of God in your life?

Have your read other books on hearing from God, but long for hands on practical application? or are you looking for ways to  move you forward  hearing from God?

If you answered YES to any of those questions, then I have exactly what you need.  I now have an online e-course designed to equip you in understanding that God still speaks today, and He longs to speak directly to you, through His word, and others.  He longs to encourage you, strengthen you and comfort you.  The training on this site, is fully based on Scripture, and taken from my training manual Releasing God’s heart through Hearing His Voice. 

I have been teaching these classes internationally for the last 10+ years equipping and training believers in discerning the Ways God speaks.  God is speaking, Can you Hear Him?

2. My new membership site, d2htrainging.com has official opened, the 50 % off membership – introductory pricing ends soon on March 31st, 2017.  If you missed last weeks posts, you can click on the pictures below for more details.

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Balancing the Warrior & the Princess We’re Called to Be

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17 Comments

  1. Thank you for the linkup, Debbie. A side note: Isaiah 26.3-4 is one of my life scriptures – a legacy from my mom!!!

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    • Thanks Susan – I love that the verse is a life verse but even more than that, it is a legacy from you mom – You must share the story with me at some point. I look forward to hearing about it one day soon. Thanks for linking up today!

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  2. Hi Debbie, thanks for the dose of encouragement today.
    In our troubled and chaotic world, Peace is so needed. Thanks for going there!
    Blessings to you

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    • Ifeoma – Thank you so much for stopping by today and giving me some encouragement too! You are so right – we do need peace in our trouble chaotic world now more than ever. Blessings to you as well.

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  3. I’ve got to figure out how to subscribe to all your audio content. I can’t listen sitting at the computer, but I listen to all kinds of stuff on my iPod while I work. Thanks for all you do to encourage and bless!

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    • Michele – The audio content is really you-tube videos.. you can find me on YouTube under Debbie Kitterman, but I am not sure why you wouldn’t be able to get it… if you just clicked on the picture from today’s post it should have taken you to Tuesday’s where the video was. I am blessed to have you here linking up and you are most welcome, I love to bless and encourage others.

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  4. Isa 26:3 is one of my favorite verses. You nail it here, Debbie: “Peace comes from knowing God is in control.”

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    • Thank you so much Lisa – I have learned the hard way that God has to be in control other wise I will not have true peace. I am so glad that Isaiah 26:3 is one of your favorite verses. Thanks for stopping by and linking up today. 🙂

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  5. Debbie, thanks for hosting. Hope you’re having a blessed week!

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    • You are most welcome Donna – and Thank you so much for linking up today.

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  6. Yes, where is my peace? Not in that first sea and vessel picture, that is for sure! What a powerful visual for this topic! In this world, I will not find peace, and I am certainly not finding it these days. Jesus is true and faithful and He is the Only Peace. I Pray I stay near and know Him. I must seek Him out continually thought as I forget and find the world is wrapping around me like an octopus! Praising God for you this day, Debbie..

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    • Hahaha Linda you made me laugh, in regards to the pictures, I was so hoping for a strong visual with the main picture. I too pray I seek Him out and stay near to Him. I am so glad you are linking up here with me today! Blessings upon you.

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  7. Dear Debbie,
    I love this fuller meaning of the word peace, that is “to take authority over the chaos in your life.” Truly, Jesus does that when we let Him into the storm in our hearts! Thank you for these beautiful words today, they confirm what has been happening in my heart lately, too!

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    • Thank you Bettie G, the fuller meaning sure did make a huge difference to me when I read it to. 🙂 I am so glad that my words encouraged and helped you today, plus I am equally happy to have you join me here by linking up. 🙂

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  8. Debbie, I had never thought about that, but indeed, the disciples were asking a “what if” question of Jesus. What a beautiful word picture of how God, even in our “what if’s” blesses us with His peace.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I try to have peace. One of my issues is trust, I can’t trust people, just like this last week when my ultimate boss just sat there and lied to me. And when I told her that I didn’t think that honesty and integrity was high on her list of priorities she just hung her head instead of challenging me on it. She knew that I caught her in her trying to play me.

    It has been a theme since the day I was born, people that I am suppose to trust in, end up being the ones that are stabbing me in the back and then donating my blood to the Red Cross and thinking that they are doing a good deed. So, ultimate peace for me will never happen.

    Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful weekend.

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    • Patrick – I am so sorry that you feel trust will never happen for you. Trust is a key to having peace for sure, put we need to put trust in God not man. Men, women, leaders, mentors, bosses, pastors even .. basically everyone else will at some point let you down (not always intentional, but it does and can happen). I am so sorry that all your life trust has been an issue for you. I can understand and relate. Instead of choosing not to trust, I instead, look to God, put my trust in Him, and when the rejection, or heartbreak comes from putting my heart out there again and again, only to have it returned crushed and crumbled, I stand upon truths and find comfort in turning to Jesus & in His Word. The enemy of our soul is out to steal our peace, trust, and well, just about anything He can to keep us defeated.

      I pray that God will comfort you in the yet again another disappointment of another person being untrustworthy and hurtful to you. I pray that God will would place a guard around your heart and breathe comfort and extend His peace to you today. May He give you strength to Take your spiritual authority over the chaos surrounding you today.

      thanks for linking up and you too have a wonderful weekend.

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