March 22, 2016

What's it take?

When you are frazzled, what does it take for you to relax?

If you are fearful, or can't sleep, and if worry has made you incoherent, where do you turn?

Where do you find peace as the world continues to spiral seemingly out of control?

In order for your soul to be at rest, if you turn to what is temporal, then you are on shaky ground.

What is temporal?

A great husband, a long soak in a bathtub, a walk, perfect weather, a hot cup of anything, a shopping trip, a vacation, a friend who always answers the phone, a hot meal, money, good insurance, the perfect house, no aches and pains, and basically anything that can be experienced with the senses.

The apostle Paul knew of good, bad, and horrible situations, and he says that the secret of contentment in any situation is knowing God who gives strength to face life (Philippians 4:12-13).

Just knowing God. That is all. Is that all it takes for you to know peace, rest, and contentment?

To need your senses taken care of before you can calm down is to live according to feelings.

To always be at peace, no matter any circumstance, is to live by faith.

How does one come to live by faith?

Repentance.

In what does one have faith?

Jesus.

And what does that mean exactly?

It means that one lives by every word that Jesus spoke.

It means obedience.

Obedience comes when one loves God.

One loves God only after one stops loving sin.

One sins only because one loves it.

One cannot love God, and live according to the flesh.

A good tree does not produce bad fruit.

Galatians 5:16 tells us that when a person walks in the Spirit, then they will not fulfill the flesh.

To need the flesh fulfilled is to live in constant need.

That soul is at rest only temporarily, and only when needs are met.

The one who has temporary rest knows not God.  

Which way are you walking?

Are your feet on solid ground walking the narrow road?

If not, agree with God about the sin that you do, and get home to his embrace, and comfort.

No one who knows God is uneasy, and fretful, and demanding.

Being held by God is eternal life, and life with him is rest, and joy, and peace.

Come what may, the soul who knows God knows continuous contentment.

To trust in God is turn from sin, and to put no trust in anything temporal to be soothed.

God is love.

He commands repentance.

He is waiting.

Listen to his call. Submit to his Word. Love him with all your heart. 

What's it take for you to be at rest?

Is it only knowing God, or more?

The woman who claims to know God, but wants for more, knows not God.

Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.

 






1 comment:

  1. I repeat Psalm 23 over and over till I fall asleep somewhere in the middle of it ... Works much better than counting sheep!

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