Understanding will never bring you Peace. That’s why I have instructed you to trust in Me, not in your understanding. Human beings have a voracious appetite for trying to figure things out, in order to gain a sense of mastery over their lives. But the world presents you with an endless series of problems. As soon as you master one set, another pops up to challenge you. The relief you had anticipated is short-lived. Soon your mind is gearing up again; searching for understanding (mastery), instead of seeking Me (your Master).
The wisest of all men, Solomon, could never think his way through to Peace. His vast understanding resulted in feelings of futility, rather than in fulfillment. Finally, he lost his way and succumbed to the will of his wives by worshiping idols.
My Peace is not an elusive goal, hidden at the center of some complicated maze. Actually, you are always enveloped in Peace, which is inherent in My Presence. As you look to Me, you gain awareness of this precious Peace.
Excerpt from Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young
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and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
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Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Thessalonians 3:16
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Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.
Lord, you remind me that having peace means having You. You are the reason I have peace. It’s not through my own doing but rather through surrendering. I tend to be about wanting control and wanting understanding. I think safety is found in these things and what I can hold onto. Train me Lord to trust in You, as I make decisions, as I make choices, as I navigate life. Through those decisions I want to acknowledge You and believe that You are capable of making my paths straight. In Christ alone.
And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together, and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and they spake the word of God with boldness. And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection (Acts 4:31-33).
Christmas Evans tells us in his diary that one Sunday afternoon he was traveling a very lonely road to attend an appointment, and he was convicted of a cold heart. He says,
“I tethered my horse and went to a sequestered spot, where I walked to and fro in an agony as I reviewed my life. I waited three hours before God, broken with sorrow, until there broke over me a sweet sense of His forgiving love. I received from God a new baptism of the Holy Ghost.
As the sun was westering, I went back to the road, found my horse, mounted it and went to my appointment. On the following day I preached with such new power to a vast concourse of people gathered on the hillside, that a revival broke out that day and spread through all Wales.”
The greatest question that can be asked of the “twice born” ones is, “Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?” This was the password into the early Church.
O the Spirit filled life; is it thine, is it thine?
Is thy soul wholly filled with the Spirit Divine?
O thou child of the King, has He fallen on thee?
Does He reign in thy soul, so that all men may see
The dear Savior’s blest image reflected in thee?
Has He swept through thy soul like the waves of the sea?
Does the Spirit of God daily rest upon thee?
Does He sweeten thy life, does He keep thee from care?
Does He guide thee and bless thee in answer to prayer?
Is it joy to be led of the Lord anywhere?
Is He near thee each hour, does He stand at thy side?
Does He gird thee with strength, has He come to abide?
Does He give thee to know that all things may be done
Through the grace and the power of the Crucified One?
Does He witness to thee of the glorified Son?
Has He purged thee of dross with the fire from above?
Is He first in thy thoughts, has He all of thy love?
Is His service thy choice, and is sacrifice sweet?
Is the doing His will both thy drink and thy meat?
Dost thou run at His bidding with glad eager feet?
Has He freed thee from self and from all of thy greed?
Dost thou hasten to succor thy brother in need?
As a soldier of Christ dost thou hardness endure?
Is thy hope in the Lord everlasting and sure?
Hast thou patience and meekness, art tender and pure?
O the Spirit filled life may be thine, may be thine,
In thy soul evermore the Shekinah may shine;
It is thine to live with the tempests all stilled,
It is thine with the blessed Holy Ghost to be filled;
It is thine, even thine, for thy Lord has so willed.
Excerpt from Streams in the Desert, by L.B. Cowman
You know that feeling you get when you begin a new job, but get the hang of it? At first, you become elated because you caught on so quickly, but then you realize that the job is no longer new, and is now boring. Then you run out of reasons why you think you ought to be at work except that you need the paycheck.
Life does that. You start something new and interesting, then after a while, it dulls out. It’s no longer fun. You do not learn something new every day. In fact, it’s more likely that you will repeat what you are doing from day, to day, to day, to day.
That is not a bad thing. It’s the beginning of a new adventure. You know the first step to every hero’s journey? Boredom. Monotony. Repetition. Daily life. This is my shout out to regular humans and normal life. The world tends to become boring after we’ve been in it for a while.
Stick with it. I believe in you.
Be blessed today.