Monthly Archives: February 2013

Return to Rest

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Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. –Psalm 116:7

I started listening to the wrong voice again.  I started doubting and spiraling into negative thoughts.  I was angry, frustrated and confused.  “Why?” I asked, “Why?”  I was tired and needed sleep.  I was sick and I was weak.  In this state it’s easy to let introspection take over and give way to all sorts of demonic influence.  If the Devil can turn our thoughts inward so that we start blaming ourselves then we give him control and he has won.  But he hasn’t won because it’s not your fault.  Your shame and your past are not a part of you anymore.  Your depression is not a part of you anymore.  Your addictions are not a part of you anymore.  You are a new creation in Christ Jesus.

For the longest time I have been seeking a “balanced faith”.  I even started writing a book using the tag line, “Finding a balanced faith…”  But the Lord has showed me that this is wrong.  The definition of balance is an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.  Sure, of course we want to be able to stand in our faith but it’s the even distribution of weight part that makes seeking a “balanced faith” completely wrong.  With trying to seek a balanced faith I have been playing a ”balancing act” between the world and my surrender to Christ.

Playing this balancing act makes us become the double-minded man spoken of in James 1:6-8.  Full surrender is the only way to peace.  If you’ve been asking for balance then you’ve been asking for the wrong thing.  Ask the Lord to give you the power to fully surrender yourself to Him.  Ask Him to give you the humility to surrender.  It’s what’s best for you.  Peace is waiting…  Peace is a person named Jesus.  But you cannot serve two masters. You’ve tasted His peace, now live in it.

But remember, words mean nothing unless there is power behind them.  The Bible means nothing unless the Spirit brings life to it.  It is not our doing, it’s Him.  He’s doing it now.  He’s pouring out His love to you.  We are designed for purpose and that is the longing inside you that guides you to the heart of God.  It is your destiny calling… He’s calling you home today so give in to Him.  There’s only one way to go and that’s up—from glory to glory.  The best is yet to come.

Join me in calling upon the Lord today and speak this Psalm to your soul.  Prophesy over yourself:

I love the Lord, because He has heard
My voice and my supplications.
Because He has inclined His ear to me,
Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.

The pains of death surrounded me,
And the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me;
I found trouble and sorrow.
Then I called upon the name of the Lord:
“O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul!”

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
Yes, our God is merciful.
The Lord preserves the simple;
I was brought low, and He saved me.
Return to your rest, O my soul,
For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

For You have delivered my soul from death,
My eyes from tears,
And my feet from falling.
I will walk before the Lord
In the land of the living.
I believed, therefore I spoke,
“I am greatly afflicted.”
I said in my haste,
“All men are liars.”

What shall I render to the Lord
For all His benefits toward me?
I will take up the cup of salvation,
And call upon the name of the Lord.

 Psalm 116:1-13

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He is the Answer

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Lately I’ve just been so not into theology.   I’ve been into authenticity—accepting God as a power far beyond any theology or human understanding.  For a long time I had a lot of questions—and I still get questions—but when I sit in His presence my questions go away.  My questions don’t matter anymore.  All that matters is that God is there.  And in that moment when His Spirit bears witness to my spirit (see Rom 8:16) I know that He loves me.   He loves me no matter what… and He loves you no matter what.  Forget trying to understand it.  Peace comes from full surrender, and full surrender includes our intellect.

Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. –Proverbs 3:5-6

For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil. –Romans 16:19

“Jesus Christ is perfect theology.” He is the answer.