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1168th -- Getting Yourself Grounded


There are many moments in life when we are tempted to lose our peace. We 
may be facing a difficult trial, a discouraging situation, a family issue, 
etc., but what we must quickly realize is that our peace will not be lost 
unless we give it away. When we take our eyes off of the Lord and focus 
on our earthly trials, we will quickly become discouraged and give the 
enemy the opening that he desires to make us question and doubt God's 
faithfulness or ability to deliver us. We must realize that we have a 
real enemy who wishes for our destruction. The Bible declares in 1 Peter 
5:8-9 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a 
roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist 
stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished 
in your brethren that are in the world.”

We must be vigilant in protecting our minds against the enemy's wicked 
thoughts. He will try his best to discourage us, to make us quarrel with 
one another, to make us question our ability and he will do his very best 
to take us off of the narrow path that leads to life everlasting. Knowing 
that we have a vigilant enemy, we must be just as vigilant to never give 
in, never waver and never even think of giving up the perfect peace that 
God has placed within our hearts. We must always remember and keep in 
mind that God loves us and wishes for us to be whole in our minds, bodies 
and spirits. If we follow His commands and stay close to His Word, nothing
will be able to shake our faith or make us question God's love for us. 
(Proverbs 4:20-25) (Matthew 7:13-14) (Isaiah 26:3-4)

Our job is to recognize the enemy's attacks because they do come in human 
form. When someone tries to ruin your day, just smile and let it roll off 
your back. When a difficult trial comes your way, do your best to handle 
it with calm and forethought and do not give in to murmuring or 
complaining. Stay in peace, stay in prayer, stay faithful and true 
because the Bible declares in 1 Corinthians 10:13 “...And God is faithful; 
He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are 
tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under 
it.” In the midst of the storm, the Lord will be there to comfort us, so 
let us hold fast the profession of our faith and not waver no matter what 
may come our way. (Hebrews 13:5-6) (Hebrews 10:23)

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to stay close to 
the Lord no matter what may come your way and because you do, your peace 
will never leave you.


Dante, the Florentine poet of the Middle Ages, knocked at the door of a 
Franciscan monastery at Lunigiana. He was asked, “What do you want?”

Dante replied, “Peace.” I think that maybe he was speaking for a lot of us 
-- especially these days. But how do you find peace?

If you're not ready for a stay in the monastery, I think one way to find 
peace is to look within. Get yourself grounded. Let me explain.

One winter morning I drove down the steep mountain roadway leading from my 
home. I was traveling slowly, actually just inching forward down the icy 
road. But the car had no traction. It was all I could do to keep it pointed
downhill as I slipped and slid on the ice. Then I lost control and gravity 
took over. The car began a slow motion spin as it slid on its own down to 
the bottom of the hill. When it finally came to a stop, I was thankfully 
still on the roadway, but now facing the wrong direction.

My problem was traction. What had separated me from the ground's surface 
was just a thin sheet of ice. If I could have only made contact with the 
ground, I'd have remained in control. I needed to be grounded.

I think life is like that. People who are not grounded lose control of the 
direction they are heading. It is easy to slip and slide, hoping to grasp 
onto something real. Or just hoping for a safe landing.

Nancy Santopietro wrote a book called Feng Shui: Harmony By Design. In it 
she says, “In your lifetime the most sacred space you will ever need to 
create is the space within yourself - the place deep within your soul where
you go to find peace and serenity…” She's talking about being grounded.

Finding the peace we need is really a spiritual issue. Get yourself 
grounded and you can navigate even the stormiest roads in peace.

By Steve Goodier

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Psalm 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the 
ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of 
the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in His law 
doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the 
rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also
shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

Psalm 28:6-8 “Blessed be the LORD, because He hath heard the voice of my 
supplications. The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in 
Him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my 
song will I praise Him. The LORD is their strength, and He is the saving 
strength of His anointed.”

Proverbs 17:22 “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken 
spirit drieth the bones.”

Psalm 34:11-15 “Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the 
fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, 
that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking
guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes 
of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry.”

Psalm 103:2-5 “Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: 
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who 
redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness 
and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy 
youth is renewed like the eagle's.”

All scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible. 

Today's Selected Poem: ALWAYS WITH ME
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem45.htm

Today's Selected Testimony: PRAISE THE LORD
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony180.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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