Where you dwell determines your peace!

Psalm 91:1 (NLT), Psalm 91:2 (NLT), Psalm 91:4 (NLT), Psalm 91:9 (NLT), Psalm 91:14 (NLT), Psalm 91:15 (NLT), Psalm 91:16 (NLT), Ephesians 1:1 (NLT)

Have you ever wondered why trouble happens – well for sure, it just does!

Life isn’t always ‘sweetness and light’ yet through pain, hardship and suffering it is possible to know real peace! Not a peace based on external circumstance but that which eminates deep within the human heart!

Consider (v1,2) how might you and me live in the shelter and under the shadow of almight God! What a picture of daily living in and out of a place of his presence!

– a place of safety
– protection from deadly sickness (v3)
– trusting in His promises
What he says is surely enough!

If this is God’s desire for us, his people how come so often we fail to live in this reality?

What do you see? Compare the folly of the ‘wicked’ to those that truly know the living God! (v8,9)
So often many of us are so closed in on our own circumstances we fail to “Open our eyes” (v8 NLT) and see what the Lord is doing!!!
How many times do we get discouraged because we forget our place? It’s like we’ve made our dwelling in the wrong place! Yet, if you know Jesus, you are blessed with him in the heavenly realms (Eph 1) yet so often rather than looking at where we are (in Christ) we allow lifes circumstance to control what we see and thus how we behave! In other words your dwelling is in Christ and this means we see life’s circumstances differently!

Today allow yourself with the help of Holy Spirit to see your life in a fresh context! That this day He is working out your salvation as you walk in a healthy respect for the Lord your God! See the place where you are dwelling today with fresh heavenly perspective!

Dwell safely in Christ (v9)
acknowlege his name (v14,15)

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Admist turmoil… Look for the constant!

Psalm 46

Reading this psalm makes me think of paralell universes, or at least paralell realities! I used to love watching the old action drama Sliders where a group of young people would go through a portal to alternative realities – where most of the time things were the same but just one thing had changed in history so the whole reality was different! Like when they went to German speaking america because in that reality it wasn’t english that was chosen for the national language but German!

In Psalm 46 we see two realities which we face everyday:
1/ (v 3,6,8,9) living in turmoil, disaster in the world – perhaps its financial instability, that many face at this time or personal hardships or the plight of a nation fighting.
2/ (v 1,2,4,5,7,10,11) the reality that God is present even in troubled times! V1 opens with, “He is our refuge and strength… Ever-present help in troubled times”

Consider today how Father God desires you to call upon him in troubled times! Much of the disaster that we face in the world is because of Creation groaning as humankind have rejected the living God! Yet God’s grace even in the midst of the turmoil is still available to all those who call out to him and discover the refuge that is available in God through Christ Jesus. “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” Ro. 10:13

In your turmoil, whatever situation you find yourself in – know the reality that God is the reality that truly matters!