Finding Deeper Peace

What has you the most concerned, today?

The ‘Master Key’ to finding a more profound sense of peace in life is found in discovering the supernatural solution.

God’s word is the entrance to the supernatural.  Anytime we enter His world through the doorway of a text; we cross over the threshold from mere natural existence into an extraordinary land of promise.  God’s realm is accessible to any of His sons and daughters that commit their way unto Him.

Ambrose, one of the most influential bishops of 4th Century Milan is quoted,
Meditation is the eye wherewith we see God and prayer is the wing wherewith the soul flies to heaven.  Let your door stand open to receive Him, unlock your soul to Him, offer Him a welcome in your mind, and then you will see…the treasures of peace, and the joy of grace.

Proverbs 16:3 counsels us, “Commit your works unto the Lord and your thoughts will be established.”

Let’s unpack that verse a bit with the language that initially framed the thought:

Commit = roll away as a heavy stone.
Works = business, pursuit, undertaking, labor, activity.
Thoughts = ideas, considerations, plans, imaginations.
Established = fixed, fashioned, made firm & steady.

We all have pursuits in life of one kind or another.  Along with those daily activities come ever rolling thoughts that are both encouraging as well as worrisome.

By God’s design, mankind’s thought language is the imagination.  Therefore, our inner theater is our strongest support or heaviest weight.

Our picture thoughts are powerful pillars of support when they are fashioned and anchored by the inner working of the Holy Spirit.  The same inner projector, when powered by the flesh, casts images that produce anxiety and fear.

The difference in results is found in which source we allow and encourage to function.  The choices are being made by each person on a moment by moment basis.  The one given the most attention grows in strength and dominates our lives.

Godly imagination is built by fueling it with meditation in God’s truths.  Asking for the Holy Spirit’s help and allowing one’s self to see on the mind’s screen the pictures that His word paints.

Vain imagination of natural reason and speculation is built the same way; gazing at the worrisome pictures painted by the flesh.

Godly imagination is initiated by “What Is” (according to God’s counsel).
Vain imagination is intiated by “What If” (based on negative speculations).

Developing the habit of intentially meditating in the Scriptures, and praying them back to God, as they apply to personal circumstances, increasingly releases the aroma of supernatural peace in one’s soul.

Abandoning one’s self to God, in this way, takes practice.  The average person has such a habit of worry (negative speculation) that it takes time to re-train oneself.
The average Christian is so used to living by the standards adopted from the world that it takes effort and diligence to adopt thinking like the New Creation they are.  But, the result is Kingdom of God rest.

“Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.”  Hebrews 4:11 (NIV)

The alternative to God’s rest (Deep Peace) is troubled lives of stress and worry (perishing).

Peace that is beyond natural comprehention is already bought and paid for posted to our account.  Whether or not one spends it is their choice(s).

What are you worried about, today?  What kind of scenes are you picturing and feeling in your mind?  Are you living with peace or stress and fear?

Choose peace.

Giving Up…It’s A Good Thing

Giving up just isn’t in our dna.  It seems so weak. It seems to contradict faith.

However, is there a “giving up” that leads one down the path to true freedom?  Are there kinds of “giving up” that will release one from their own prison of stress and strife?  I believe and have experienced at least two areas of “giving up” that brought me peace and opened the door to fresh wisdom.

  • Giving up the need to understand.

I think the first time I heard this “giving up” truth was from Bill Johnson, pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, CA.  I don’t know whether it’s original with him or he was repeating it, but it doesn’t matter.  The truth of the phrase is powerful.

“To have the peace that passes understanding, you have to give up your right to understand”

Somehow we think that understanding a negative issue that’s facing us will give us peace as a by-product.  There may be times when that is true.  Or, it might begin to help.  But, in my experience, it simply brings more questions that I can’t answer.

Besides that, a good dose of “I don’t know” is often just what the doctor ordered.  We seem to be so obsessed with understanding (or think we understand) why God seems to be doing what He is doing.  So much of the effort is a mind game under the guise of spirituality.  Too much of it turns into “belly button gazing” instead of trusting.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but when something “bad” happens, the “what is God trying to say” question enters the picture.  Why doesn’t that question ever come up when good things are happening in a person’s life?

I better get to the next “give up” point.  This article will soon be too long for good internet reading, so here it is.

  • Love is found where one gives up their right to be right.

I believe Joyce Meyers said this (or something like it).  It is also extremely powerful.  Giving up our rights is at the core of both truths.  For the Kingdom of God to be manifest, we don’t have to be able to prove ourselves “right.”  We don’t have to understand everything that’s going on.  God does.  That’s sufficient.  Trusting that brings freedom and peace.

Haven’t many of us spent far too long on the “my rights” battlefield?  God is smarter than we are.  That’s where trust begins.  He’ll give you wisdom of understanding if and when you need it.  In the meantime, let’s rest in Jesus.

(No you’re not experiencing dejavu! If you’ve been a reader of my blog for very long, you’ll recognize this as a re-post from a year ago.  It holds as true now as then.)

Gary

Give Up 4 Freedom by Gary Ellis

Giving up just isn’t in our dna.  It seems so weak. It seems to contradict faith.

However, is there a “giving up” that leads one down the path to true freedom?  Are there kinds of “giving up” that will release one from their own prison of stress and strife?  I believe and have experienced at least two areas of “giving up” that brought me peace and opened the door to fresh wisdom.

  • Giving up the need to understand.

I think the first time I heard this “giving up” truth was from Bill Johnson, pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, CA.  I don’t know whether it’s original with him or he was repeating it, but it doesn’t matter.  The truth of the phrase is powerful.

“To have the peace that passes understanding, you have to give up your right to understand”

Somehow we think that understanding a negative issue that’s facing us will give us peace as a by-product.  There may be times when that is true.  Or, it might begin to help.  But, in my experience, it simply brings more questions that I can’t answer.

Besides that, a good dose of “I don’t know” is often just what the doctor ordered.  We seem to be so obsessed with understanding (or think we understand) why God seems to be doing what He is doing.  So much of the effort is a mind game under the guise of spirituality.  Too much of it turns into “belly button gazing” instead of trusting.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but when something “bad” happens, the “what is God trying to say” question enters the picture.  Why doesn’t that question ever come up when good things are happening in a person’s life?

I better get to the next “give up” point.  This article will soon be too long for good internet reading, so here it is.

  • Love is found where one gives up their right to be right.

I believe Joyce Meyers said this (or something like it).  It is also extremely powerful.  Giving up our rights is at the core of both truths.  For the Kingdom of God to be manifest, we don’t have to be able to prove ourselves “right.”  We don’t have to understand everything that’s going on.  God does.  That’s sufficient.  Trusting that brings freedom and peace.

Haven’t many of us spent far too long on the “my rights” battlefield?  God is smarter than we are.  That’s where trust begins.  He’ll give you wisdom of understanding if and when you need it.  In the meantime, let’s rest in Jesus.

Gary