FRL NOW 10-27-17 : Peace

Verses telling of the peace available to us in all circumstances are some of the most encouraging and powerful truths of Scripture. God longs for us to be children marked by the peace of our Father. He longs for us to have peace in the good and bad times because he remains faithful and good, always. He longs for us to be so founded in him that this world can’t shake us.

You and I have every reason to live with the stresses and cares of the world save one: God dwells within us. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 says, “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” We serve the Lord of peace. The Holy Spirit who dwells within us is wholly peaceful. And Galatians 5:22 tells us that he will bear the fruit of peace in our lives if we simply live in continual communion with him.

Circumstances begin to rob us of our peace the minute we choose to live as if God isn’t within us. Trials and tribulations will become all-consuming if we allow them to. You see, we are not to live with our physical eyes as our sole source of truth. God has granted us spiritual eyes and the ability to have faith in his faithfulness and goodness regardless of our circumstances. He’s given us the ability to choose to live with union with him as our foundation. We are not alone. We are never alone. The God who authored Scripture, knows all of eternity, raised Christ from the dead, and empowered the disciples dwells within us, always.

You will only live with peace in this life to the level that you live out of the union you have with God. In every situation, God is with you, ready and willing to lead you, empower you, sustain you, and fill you with peace in response to your trust. John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” Peace is our portion. And this peace is not given as the world gives, based on the fickle nature of man and the ever-changing opinion of the world. Heavenly peace finds its source solely in the unchanging nature of our good and loving heavenly Father.

You and I are commanded by Jesus, “Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27). We must take captive our emotions and ground them in the unshakable nature of God. We must allow a direct connection from our hearts to the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, letting him speak to us, fill us, and direct our every moment.

The peace of God transcends anything we will experience on this earth. If we place our lives in the capable hands of our heavenly Father, we can trust that his perfect, pleasing plans will be done in our lives. Take time today to ground your peace in the unshakable nature of your heavenly Father. Take time to turn your eyes away from the world as your source of peace and set them instead on union with God. May the Holy Spirit reveal his nearness to you in mighty and powerful ways today as you open your heart and receive his loving presence.

Friday Night Dinner Ride 10/27/17 It looks like a cold, blustrey evening. Lets meet at Fuddruckers, 5501 Slide Road, at 6:30pm. 

2017 FRL Angel Tree Christmas Delivery 12/9/17 Watch for details!

FRL NOW 10-20-17 : Conquer Your Nemesis

Until Wednesday night, Houston Astros’ starting pitcher, Dallas Keuchel, has had his way against the New York Yankees’ batters throughout his career. His performance in the 2015 wild-card game ended their season.

Then in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series this year, he dominated again. Between those two games, he struck out 17 New York batters and allowed seven hits, two walks, and no runs in 13 innings.

But with the series tied 2-2 and with Game 5 being in New York, the Yankees finally overcame the pitcher who previously only surrendered seven earned runs in 57+ career innings against them.

This time, Keuchel gave up four runs in less than five innings and the Yankees went on to win the game 5-0.

Ian O’Connor wrote an article about the Yankees’ impressive victory titled, “Nemesis No More: Yankees Finally Conquer Dallas Keuchel.” Undoubtedly, breaking through and knocking off an opponent that has given you so much trouble in the past is very rewarding.

I am sure many of us today are up against our own “nemesis,” and desire to overcome a certain sin that continues to defeat us.

Every time we’re up to bat and face the same temptation, we strike out. Our opponent uses arrogance, anger, lust, selfishness or addiction to take us down, and we feel we’re never going to get the win.

However, we don’t have to buy that lie when we surrender to Jesus. We have hope in knowing He gives us power to conquer our biggest nemesis…and the battle doesn’t have to be fought in our own strength.

James 4:7-8 (NLT) encourages us by saying, “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.”

By humbly admitting our struggles and weaknesses, and seeking God’s power through prayer, He can do remarkable work in us.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (NLT) is a great verse to cling to: “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, He will show you a way out so that you can endure.”

Today, let’s allow this truth to give us hope in trusting God to “conquer the nemesis” that has been defeating us for way too long. Bryce Johnson

Friday Night Dinner Ride 10/20/17 We will meet at Koh’ls at 6pm. At 6:30 we will go kickstands up for a ride, good food, and great fellowship. Don’t miss it!

12/9/17 2017 FRL Angel Tree Christmas Delivery. Save this date for our annual delivery of Christmas joy and hope to children of incarcerated parents and their care givers. We will have our list of children around the 1st of November. 

Give your nemesis over to God,

FRL NOW 10-6-17 : I Will Resore Health Unto Thee

For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after. Jeremiah 30:17

Jeremiah spent over 40 years proclaiming a message of doom to the stiff-necked people of Judah. The stubbornness of his people, as well as the harshness of God’s judgments, would often bring him to tears, earning him the name of the “weeping prophet”.

Jeremiah did not accept his prophetic gift as readily as Isaiah did. Jeremiah complained that he was only a child and did not know how to speak, although he came from a priestly family.  God insisted that Jeremiah go and proclaim His word.  Jeremiah obeyed.

At this point, God was fed up with Judah. He had determined the disaster that would befall them.   To make it worse, the people would not listen to Jeremiah’s words and chose to believe false prophets that proclaimed that everything would be all right.

Jeremiah chapter 30 does not paint a comforting picture for Judah. God has proclaimed that their wounds would be grievous because of the multitude of their sin.  However, He does give them a ray of hope.  It is in this ray of hope that we find our promise for today.

Although God would bring this mighty judgment on Judah, He promises to restore their health and heal their wounds. This does not just speak to individual healing but healing as a nation.  Even in God’s immense anger toward this nation, He still speaks of healing them.  This once again shows that healing is truly God’s nature and character.

If you are dealing with a physical challenge, meditate on the fact that healing is in God’s nature. He designed your body to heal itself under normal circumstances.  However, when circumstances are not normal and you find yourself not walking in divine health, you can seek God.  Healing is His nature.  He is Jehovah Rapha, the Lords that heals.  Walk in your healing today. 

Find comfort in the fact that healing is in God’s nature. You do not have to walk in sickness or disease.  You can proclaim that by the stripes of Jesus, you are already healed.  Be grateful for the promise that God will restore health to you and heal your wounds physically, mentally and spiritually.  He will! Just ask our friend Delphino. Praise be to Jehovah Rapha.

Friday Night Dinner Ride 10-6-17 Once again…. Forecasted area rains. Let’s meet at Rudy’s BBQ, 4930 South Loop 289, at 6:30pm. Come join the family!

Walk in His healing!