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January 15, 2013

One Month to Love | Day 2

“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

Peace is a presence of mind. If you were to ask the average man on the street what are the three things most people want, most would respond love, peace, and happiness. Yet, so few experience real peace of mind. Peace of mind comes when we make peace with God. When we make peace with God we can experience the peace of God. Peace with God satisfies our standing with God. We are no longer condemned, but forgiven and justified, just as if we had never sinned! How awesome to have a peace like that! No longer guilty for our sins! The peace of God relates to our daily experience as we respond to the pressures and stresses of life. While you cannot experience the peace of God until you have made peace with God through faith in His Son, the Lord Jesus, it is possible to have peace with God and fail to experience the peace of God. So, as a Christ follower, how can I experience the peace of God despite the circumstances of life that so often rob me of peace? Now we come to our daily Lectio Divina. Find a quiet spot and set aside any distractions like the TV or cell phone. Pray and ask God to renew your mind with His truth. Then read today’s verse out loud slowly. Let your mind reflect on each phrase. Now, personalize the truth of the promise in your own life. Read the verse out loud again and ask yourself, “What in this verse speaks to my life?” Write down your thoughts in a journal or in the comment box below and share it with me.

Now read the verse a third time and ask God, “What do you want me to do differently today?” Act on it. God will never ask you to do something contrary to His Word. I find that when I act, God is then able to share more of His heart and direction with me. Sometimes I will literally leave my time with Him and the first thing I do is to act on what He revealed to me. It may be to make a call and encourage someone, ask forgiveness, offer forgiveness, obey a simple command I’ve neglected or share God’s love with a friend. He may remind me of a promise I’ve left undone or forgot about that is important to someone else like my wife or children.

Before you leave the passage or sometime later in the evening revisit the passage again and this time just rest in God’s presence and let His Word refresh you. You are learning through your Lectio Divina to become restfully available and instantly obedient to the promptings of the Holy Spirit as you meditate on God’s Word. Great job!