Monday, January 23, 2017

IMPOSSIBLE PEACE

by Marcie Bridges, @Marcie_Bridges

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.  
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:8-9
 
The couch sank beneath the weight of burden’s too great. My eyes bore holes into the carpet. The only thing keeping this body upright was in knowing that people were counting on me to follow through on a project that felt impossible to complete.

Impossible.

Too much. Too hard. Too many things to do. Nope. Wasn’t happening.

I turned on my iPad and opened my First 5 App for my quiet time.

The picture that emerged stole my breath; it’s words brought a flood of tears to my eyes.

“OUR GOD is the God of the IMPOSSIBLE.”

And the title of the devotion for the day?

“PRAYING GOD-SIZED PRAYERS”

Did I just read that correctly? I blinked back the tears. You know as well as I do this was no accident. God was speaking and I chose to listen.

“In the midst of the battle, Joshua asked God to intervene and do the impossible…the inconceivable.”

My eyes read that sentence again and again. I knew God was asking me to entrust Him with this task.

I continued to read about Joshua and how he conquered in battle because he chose to trust God. He also prayed one of the most God-sized prayers you’ll ever read:

“Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and you, moon, over the valley of Aijalon” (Joshua 10:12). God not only heard Joshua’s prayer, He answered it.

Our God―the God of the impossible.

“Scripture says of God: “Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you” (Jeremiah 32:17).

Prayer is a powerful privilege because it’s the arena where our faith intersects with God’s abilities. We pray in the natural, trusting God for the supernatural. We pray standing on what we believe about God, not simply on facts we know about God. This believing, this trusting, comes when our head knowledge travels to our heart and moves us to believe in God as our Creator and our Father who knows us and loves us deeply.

It’s believing so strongly in who God says He is that we will commit our lives to Him and believe Him for even the impossible.”  ~Wendy Blight¹
 
Prayer —
the most
powerful
place
to
pierce
the
powers
practiced
by the
prince of darkness
pointing
us to
passionately
pursue
the
Prince of Peace
Whose
presence
pleasingly promises
perpetual
penetrating
protection
and
purpose
each
period, pinnacle and
peak
of our life.
permanently,
persistently
present.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
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I closed my eyes and prayed for God to do the impossible that day. I prayed the whole armor of God to protect me and to keep me safe from the enemy’s attacks. One of the pieces of armor is “having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace” (Ephesians 6:15).  After praying for God to do this impossible task for me, and praying for protection,  I felt a peace I have not felt in years. I spent the rest of the day, and the next, feeling everyone’s prayers for me and resting in this peace as I finished the task I once thought impossible.

God truly is the God of the impossible. Jesus is truly The Prince of Peace. The Holy Spirit truly is God’s Comfort and Presence.  
 
From My Heart to Yours,
Marcie 

¹First 5 App: Praying God-Sized Prayers by Wendy Blight http://first5.org/plans/Joshua-Judges/ff_joshjud_10/

 




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6 comments:

  1. Marcie, your poem is truly inspired as are your revelations here about God's presence and promise. We do need to pray those God-sized prayers more often!
    Blessings!

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    1. My husband and I watched War Room together last night. I had seen it once before by myself and asked for it for Christmas. Anyway, it is such a powerful reminder of the power of prayer and how little we really utilize it. If you haven't seen the movie, I highly recommend it. :-)

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  2. I love when God reminds us that HE is big enough to handle whatever is concerning us today and tomorrow and the day after. Beautiful, Marcie!

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  3. I remember this day and watched as God carried you in His perfect peace. Thank you for sharing this inspiring story. What He has done for you, He will do for others. Amen? God is good.

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    1. Yes and amen dear Nan. Yes and Amen. :-)

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