I have not posted in so long you might just pass this by. However, I hope you read it and maybe find a little encouragement when your storms hit.
I am finding peace in the middle of the storm. There are so many things in life right now that are uncertain, unclear, but not uncharted. The peace I have found is not in anything other than Jesus. I know God has charted the right course for my life and has taken into account every wind, current and storm. He knows where every obstacle is located and every unseen danger. He has not only placed my sin under the blood but my entire life. This came to me last night and gave me peace. Let me set up what God had done earlier in the day. We enjoyed the Lord’s Supper yesterday with our faith family. I went by Panera and got a loaf of bread so we would not have anyone choke on a wafer. We had everything prepared and ready for the observance. Mary Anne and I cut off our pieces of bread and got our cups of juice. As we prayed and took the bread, I was moved to dip my bread in my cup of juice, it soaked up the juice.
Shock was my first thought. Fear has tried to get me. Discouragement knocks at the door. Peace has protected my mind. It’s a peace given by my Jesus. I found out last night at 4:55 that I have a carcinoid tumor. The doctor said is was cancerous and needs to be removed. That news coupled with the other events of our life has created a storm of sorts. Before falling asleep last night my mind was racing and trying to figure everything out. As I did, the Holy Spirit spoke to me these words of comfort, “This tumor is under the blood of Jesus!” I pictured the bread soaking up the juice. I know this part of my life God has charted. He knows everything going on in our life right now. The winds, currents and storms have been accounted for. So, I choose to trust Jesus. I will have set backs and thoughts that spiral out of control, but I will return to Jesus. I will be in His Word. I will believe in Him.
You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on you,
because he trusts in you.
You will never find peace until your soul (mind, will and emotions) is crushed and you release everything within your soul to the Spirit of God. Then and only then will the Spirit be able to freely accomplish His will. Don’t rebuild that which God has allowed to be crushed and you have released. The first sign of rebuilding will be the emotional return to what has been released. What the Spirit of God brings back to life will be rebuilt by Him as well. It is our will, our mind and our emotions that must not return. Our life should manifest His mind, His will and His emotions. Too often the things that break our heart are not the things that break God’s heart.
If we could just realize that it is not us chasing after God, but God inclining us to Himself, we might find a greater peace, joy, hope and fulfillment in the Christian life. What appears to happen in many people’s life as they comes to Christ they begin trying to please Him. In an effort to warrant His blessing, one becomes tired and discourage and totally out of rhythm. Solomon realized as he dedicated the temple and encouraged the people to godliness that they needed God positionally in their lives in order for them to enjoy God relationally. Positional is putting God in His rightful place in one’s life as Lord, Master, Mighty God. That is what begins to put one’s life into perfect rhythm. I have found in my experience that it is harder to hurt someone when the relationship is personal and intimate. Solomon said on that monumental day,
“The Lord our God be with us, as he was with our fathers. May he not leave us or forsake us, that he may incline our hearts to him” (1 Kings 8:54-55a).
John put it like this, “John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. (John 3:27, ESV)
Jesus said, No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. (John 6:44, ESV)
John 6:65 (ESV) And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.”
Today, just give God His rightful position in your life. Let Him be YOUR Lord, Master and Mighty God. He will incline you to Him.
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