Sowing Discord or Peace

Discord, chaos, conspiracy. All this coming from the leader of our nation. And it seems the leader of an enemy nation has overtaken his quest for power. But who has really overtaken him and his cohort in the White House? The enemy we all know; the father of lies, thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 8:44, 10:10).

This same enemy tempted and betrayed Jesus. (Mark 1:13, 4:15; John 13:27) We know who he is and what he does. We know he works through others (John 13:21-17) and skulks in waiting for an opportune time to strike. (Luke 4:13, 1 Peter 5:8). And those who are led by ego, greed and power are susceptible to the enemy’s grip: his ideology, his theories and his tactics.

Our God sows peace and order and unity; the enemy sows discord, chaos and division. Christ values truth, compassion and grace; the enemy values lies, animosity and retaliation. Our Father offers mercy, restoration and unconditional love; the enemy shows disdain, destruction and hatred.

God is not a God of confusion but of order and peace. For the LORD is God, and he created the heavens and earth and put everything in place. He made the world to be lived in, not to be a place of empty chaos. “I am the LORD,” he says, “and there is no other.” (1 Corinthians 14:33, Isaiah 45:18)

Those of us who follow Christ must be more vocal and more visible. Our first responsibility always is to glorify God and speak of His love and grace. And as Jesus cautioned, the Father seeks people who worship Him in Spirit and truth. (John 4:23-24)

We must see through His eyes, not our own. Our vision is clouded by partiality and agendas; our sight adheres to our own notions of right and wrong. God’s eyes see clearly without blinders, fog or favoritism.

As long as we continue to cling to religious law, doctrine and dogma over love, grace and mercy we will never understand the heart of Jesus, and following that, the heart of the Father. As long as we worship condemnation over Christ we will never allow His love and compassion to work through us to make disciples who accept and honor His love and grace.

God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us…our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. (1 John 4:17-18, The Message)

If we are in fact children of God and followers of Christ, if we remain in the Spirit of God then through His love and grace we become peacemakers (Matthew 5:9), we actively pursue a life of peace in order to build each other up (Romans 14:19).

We are called to let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts, not anger or discord. (Colossians 3:15) And we remember that in Jesus, although there may be troubles in our life, and chaos around us, we have His peace, which is beyond the world’s understanding. (John 16:33, Philippians 4:7)

To follow Christ is to remain in him, to follow him, to obey his commands. It is not simply a matter of going to church one day a week; it is allowing the Spirit to transform the way we think, the way our heart accepts God’s unconditional love and unreserved grace.

To follow Christ is to allow the Spirit to transform the way our heart reaches out in peace and compassion, the way our mind perceives truth and integrity, the way our mouth speaks in grace and forgiveness, the way our hands offer love and safety.

Jesus said to the people who believed in him, “You are truly my disciples if you remain faithful to my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. If you love me, you will keep my commands; you will obey my teaching.” (John 8:31-32; 14:15,23)

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  1. Reblogged this on Not So Random Words and commented:
    Truth, every word!

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    1. Thank you so much for the reblog. ❤

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      1. It’s excellent, and I’m glad you are courageous enough to say what was said at a time such as this.

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  2. It seems that the Enemy not only has our current administration in his grip, but nearly all our political system. It takes the wisdom of Solomon to discern right from wrong, but I agree Christians need to stay engaged.

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  3. Reblogged this on osarobohenry.

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    1. Thank you so much, Henry. ❤

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  4. Susan while your post is with word of peace and unity, your opening statement judges and divides people. Should we not also be interceding for our President as we did the last one instead of judging and putting him down.

    I have to ask where odds the heart really at? Our agenda or truly God’s. Are our eyes on Jesus or man. Do we believe God can use President Trump or not? Who are we to tell God what He can and cannot do. Our words show we truly doubt him when we speak in discord about others.

    If we truly love Christ then we will love his creation and act accordingly. Today you will be with me in paradise he said. It’s a shame our President does not deserve the same.

    Blessings Tom

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    1. Tom, while I pray our president breaks away from the chains, I am also acknowledging truth, not judging. I am identifying and discerning when the enemy has got hold of someone and asking others to acknowledge the same.
      As Christians we are called to stand for truth and love. I prayed long and hard on this post. We must be watchful and step away from the chaos.

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      1. While I heard your heart Susan. I responded to what I read at your opening statement, not your whole post. I believe He is much like myself. He is broken and has sin in his life. We Jane never had a President without his own issues and sin. The same could be said about Barack & Michelle Obama or George Bush and so on. It is a divisive issue politics. If you look at my life closely y ou might say he is not a Christian. I don’t believe we should hold gold to a microscope and look at the sin in there life. Including LBGT folks ISIS or whoever. Ours is to apply the gospel to our own lives. Then Jesus will be manifested through us to the world.
        There is a great lesson on the tares in the gospel of Matthew.
        Susan I know your heart I believe. If I disagree with you it’s no big deal to me. I know you are still going to take the gospel to the world . For that I am most thankful.
        Blessings Susan

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      2. Tom, I will just say that taking that one statement alone and taking it out of context from the post is like taking one verse from Scripture and taking out of context from which it comes.
        We must take the whole of a person’s life – his actions and his words – to determine his character. Yes, we all have sin, but we can look at the heart of someone and know what they value.
        Thanks as always for reading and commenting.

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    2. Can’t accurately intercede until we first diagnose the situation correctly. I think we are all praying for him.

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      1. Beautifully articulated, Brandon. Thank you for saying what was so difficult for me to say. ❤

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      2. While I disagree with that statement Brandon.We can agree to disagree.

        Peace to you

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  5. I pray that your voice would become louder, reach further and touch many more lives,

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    1. Thanks, Gary. BTW, would you be willing to shoot me a quick email? I have a question for you.
      fox_susanirene@yahoo.com
      Thanks, I’d appreciate it.

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  6. Thank you for sharing your walk of faith. As I read your post this morning, God immediately placed the word ” transformation” on my heart. It is a miracle to be transformed and such a blessing.

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    1. It is a miracle, Rick. We need to allow it, though, by remaining open to the Spirit, open to seeing through His eyes. And it is such a blessing when we do!

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