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Day 4: #nofearnovember
by One Voice Worship on November 4th, 2014

PEACE: PART 2
 
Welcome back! Today we’ll journey through Part 2 of “Peace” in our #nofearnovember series.
 
Let’s recap the events that occurred in yesterday’s series post from Exodus 14 (click here to read Part 1 of “Peace”.)
  • God spoke to Moses in preparation for the Israelites’ deliverance from their enemy, the Egyptians.
  • The Israelites panicked and cried out hysterically to God upon their enemy’s arrival.
  • Their initial response to the enemy was fear and human divisiveness instead of faith.
  • God’s response to His people through Moses was, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
There’s that word again. Be ‘still’. The King James Version says “ye shall hold your peace.” In Hebrew, the word ‘peace’ means “to engrave or sow; to remain silent and keep quiet; to be speechless or deaf.” Being still isn’t a physical posture; it’s a spiritual one. It’s sowing peace in place of all its adversaries. And to remain silent or turn a deaf ear to the angst, we have to crash the chatterbox of our mind. There’s a reason why Isaiah 26:3 says “You will keep Him in perfect peace whose MIND is stayed on You, because He trusts in You.” Keeping peace begins in the mind by replacing our thoughts and devices with His promises and truths engraved over them.
 
We will reap peace if we sow peace. (click here to Tweet).
 
It’s important to note that in the very next verse (15), the Lord asks Moses “Why are you crying out to Me?” and instructed him and the Israelites to “get moving” (NLT)! You see, in order for the Lord to bring about His deliverance, He needed them to be active participants in the process. He needed them to keep moving in faith, all the while maintaining peace.
 
God never said to sit still; He said to BE still. To hold your peace. To “get moving” in the direction He’s shown you with a quiet mouth, a calm mind, and a peaceful sprit while letting Him wage your war. To stop analyzing your options, devising your own plans or planning escape routes to shorten your stay in the desert, expedite your exit from the wilderness or manipulate your means of eluding the enemy and crossing your personal Red Sea.
 
God uses our active faith and anchored mind and spirit as essential means in our own deliverance. Our restless faith in our Strong God has the ability to overcome and calm our restless mind and spirit. Sure, He could deliver us while we’re at a spiritual standstill, but doing so wouldn’t afford us the gift of spiritual growth or the privilege of participating in His glory story! We need to keep moving physically while keeping peace spiritually. Staying our mind on Him is the means for doing so.
 
We may be the very thing restraining God’s deliverance in our lives. It’s time to move forward in active faith with a mind and spirit of peace! (click here to Tweet).
 
Promise – Exodus 14:13-14
“The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” (KJV)
“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (NIV)
“God will fight the battle for you. And you? You keep your mouths shut!" (MSG)
“The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.” (AMP)
“The Eternal will fight on your behalf while you watch in silence.” (Voice)

Prayer – Peace
Mighty God, I struggle to keep peace. The safety of standing still or turning towards distractions always seems to trump moving forward in the direction you’ve called me because in my mind and spirit, I am not keeping peace. Today Lord, I choose to advance towards my personal Red Sea of ________________. Though my enemy is quickly advancing, I will move forward in active faith with an anchored mind and spirit. I will walk forward and get out of my own way so that You can wage war on my behalf. I will rely on Your courage and wisdom to complete the daunting assignment, goal or task before me. I will embrace Your perseverance and strength to walk through the valley or trial I’m presently facing. I will seek You alone as the answer to the questions I’m asking or decisions needing to be made. I will keep my mind on You by holding fast to the promises of Your Word and meditating on these truths instead of my own thoughts. Today, I will get moving in active faith with an anchored mind and spirit. Today, I choose Your sovereign deliverance over my desire for control. Today, I choose to keep peace! In Jesus name, amen.
 
Worship -
“Steady My Heart” by Kari Jobe (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0ip40j82ws)
“Give Me Faith” by Elevation Worship (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_Voi3JM8ZA)
“Strong God” by Meredith Andrews (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hig3RpyR3M)
“It Is Well” by Bethel Music (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNqo4Un2uZI)


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