Peace in Trials – and a list of Scriptures about peace by Scott Morgan

Monday, October 27, 2008

Peace in Trials – and a list of Scriptures about peace by Scott Morgan

Last Friday a friend and I went to a Christian coffee house, Cross Roads Coffee House in Catskill, New York- the praise and worship music was wonderful and anointed.  I really needed a period of praise and worship that night.  The group that was playing was the Disciples of Faith.  One of the singers joining them that night was Laura Hawthorne.

Scott Morgan, the worship director, gave a message to the people who came that is so relevant for today that I am putting it on my blog before a few other studies.  Scott gave some points about how to maintain peace in trials and a wonderful list of scriptures about peace. He used various versions so I will give you the version he used for each Scripture.  I know they will bless you. This is a copy of his handout (shared here with his permission).

PEACE IN TRIALS

 1. We need trials, embrace them.  They show us where we are in our walk and to trust God.  Change the word trials to TRAINING!
2. Suffering displays God’s grace to us and gets our attention to depend on Him alone!!
3. Remember God’s faithfulness in your life in the past.
4. By sharing in His suffering we will also show in His glory.
5. Reflect on all the things in your life that you are grateful for.
6. This temporary suffering isn’t even comparable with the eternal glory that is going to be revealed to us and in us.
7. Praise and Worship God through the trial!!!!
8. Remember Heaven is our REAL home, we are only here temporary.
9. You are not alone, others in the world are suffering and have gone through the same kind of trials.
10. How you respond through the trial (test) helps you to comfort others going through similar suffering and brings great God glory!
11. Jesus is right by your side through it all and you can lean on Him for comfort.  He is your best friend and loves you deeply.
12. You must know and believe God is good and He is working everything out in your life for His glory and your benefit (eternal welfare). TRUST HIM!!!!!
13. Rely on His promises in His Word and not your external circumstances or emotions.
14. The more you focus your attention on the Lord the smaller your problems become.
15. GOD IS IN CONTROL!!!! HE knows what HE is doing.
16. If you look to life, material possessions, and people for peace you will always eventually be disappointed, you can only find contentment in a personal relationship with Jesus.
17. Only you can give up your peace, say NO to fear!
18. Fix your thoughts on positive things (effort) and reject negative thinking.
19. Remember this trial will pass (will not last!)
20. Remember doubt and peace cannot coexist HAVE FAITH.
21. Worry and anxiety cannot change our circumstance it only leads to stress, drains us, and can cause health problems.
22. Call on God (pray) and TRUST HIM!!!!

PEACE SCRIPTURES!

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 (Holman) For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory. So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen; for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Philippians 4:8 (NLT)  And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Romans 5:3-5 (NLT) We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

Psalm 62:8 (AMP) Trust in, lean on, rely on, and have confidence in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is a refuge for us (a fortress and a high tower). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Matthew 11:28 (AMP) Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]

Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP) For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

James 1:2-4 (New Century Version) My brothers and sisters, when you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience.Let your patience show itself perfectly in what you do. Then you will be perfect and complete and will have everything you need.

James 1:12 (NIV) Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

1 Peter 4:12-13 (NIV) Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

John 16:33 (AMP) I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

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

Philippians 4:7, 13 (New Century Version)  And God’s peace, which is so great we cannot understand it, will keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (13) I can do all things through Christ, because he gives me strength.

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NLT)  Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.

John 14:27 (New Century Version) I leave you peace; my peace I give you. I do not give it to you as the world does. So don’t let your hearts be troubled or afraid.

2 Corinthians 12:10 (NIV) That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (Message) Because of the extravagance of those revelations, and so I wouldn’t get a big head, I was given the gift of a handicap to keep me in constant touch with my limitations. Satan’s angel did his best to get me down; what he in fact did was push me to my knees. No danger then of walking around high and mighty! At first I didn’t think of it as a gift, and begged God to remove it. Three times I did that, and then he told me, “My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness.” Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.

Ephesians 6:10 (AMP) In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].

Romans 8:28 We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.

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