|“I’m leaving you peace. I’m giving you My peace. I don’t give you the kind of peace that the world gives. So don’t be troubled or cowardly." ~ NOG version|
I was going to leave you with the 'priestly blessing' found in Numbers 6:24-26 SO THAT "The Lord (would)bless you and keep you--the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace
However, a while back, in the beginning of 2013, I promised that there would be a time I would share more BLESSINGS with you. So each week, I will post some of those BLESSINGS written by one of my favorite authors, Max Lucado, until you receive all his "31 Blessings":
... continued from previous weeks ...
"Eleven – A Blessing for Faithfulness
Seek to be holy, and in seeking holiness, serve God. As you go into the world today, go in His presence, in anticipation of His glorious return. And when He returns, may He find you faithful.
“I pray that Christ will live in your hearts by faith and that your life will be strong in love and be built on love. And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love— how wide and how long and how high and how deep that love is.” Ephesians 3:17-18
Twelve – A Blessing for Goodness
May God use you as a voice of holiness today. Seek the Father’s face and reflect what you see.
“Do not forget to do good to others, and share with them, because such sacrifices please God.” Hebrews 13:16
Thirteen – A Blessing for Quiet Time
As you spend time alone with God, allow the Lord to seed your heart with understanding. Invite Him to spade and dig and shovel and fertilize those seeds so that His words will take root and bear fruit. Trust God to defeat the one who is lurking nearby, seeking to steal the seeds before they hit the ground.
“Plant goodness, harvest the fruit of loyalty, plow the new ground of knowledge. Look for the Lord until He comes and pours goodness on you like water.”
Fourteen – A Blessing for Trust
God is strong and can help you not to fall. He can bring you before His glory without any wrong in you and can give you great joy. He is the only God, the One who saves. To Him be glory, to Him be greatness, to Him be power and authority through Jesus Christ our Lord for all time, now and forever.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13, NIV
Fifteen – A Blessing for Righteousness
May the Father’s blessings be upon you as you go into the world today. Carry his banner. Reflect his love; embody his spirit. Show the tenderness that he has shown you. Give the grace you have been given.
“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are very glad.” Psalm 126:3
“Live in peace with each other.” 1 Thessalonians 5:13