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.
because Jesus was strong for me, I was free to be weak;
because Jesus won for me, I was free to lose;
because Jesus was someone, I was free to be no one;
because Jesus was extraordinary, I was free to be ordinary;
because Jesus succeeded for me, I was free to fail.1
That was worth the price of the book. I want you to spend today, thinking about those lines. I will post about each one separately. Read it over and over and let it begin to sink into your spirit. These are powerful words.
1 Tchividjian, Tullian. Jesus + Nothing = Everything. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2011. Print.
I am not sure I have ever had an original thought. Last week Luke (worship leader) was talking about one of the songs we were singing and the “original thought” came to me – Contemplative Worship. For me contemplative worship is any environment where I have to get beneath the surface and engage the mind, soul and spirit. This engagement can be with prayer, the Word, music or just times of solitude. There are times we might sing the great hymn Amazing Grace and not even engage the mind, soul or spirit. This is unacceptable worship. When you are presented with something new or old engage it with your mind (what is it saying?), soul (how do I respond?) and spirit (how does this draw me to God?). I hope you will engage in contemplative worship daily.
Well, I did not have an original thought. I did a google search of “contemplative worship” and got multiple results.