Posts Tagged ‘God’s peace’

Tonight I felt powerless, completely unable to help someone I love. There was not one thing I could do and I felt out of control. I don’t like to feel out of control, especially when I’ve spent so long being the boss of me (mind you, that has been a very unsuccessful venture). And then the gentle prompting of the Holy Spirit broke through my distress and reminded me I am not powerless, at least not spiritually. What better time than now, to practice what I’ve been learning about handing over to God, the one who has all power. Within half an hour a dozen people were praying for this person and while I still don’t know what is happening and am waiting to hear, I feel a peace that is not of this world. Philippians 4:6-7 says Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. It’s a peace that can’t be explained, it’s beyond our human understanding because it comes from a supernatural God.

I can know bible verses like this and quote them from dawn to dusk but they will remain words on paper, memory verses, unless I believe them and allow the Spirit of God to transform them into to a dynamic awareness of truth. My pastor said in a message a while back that we can listen without hearing. It’s like that conversation your having with someone where you can hear them talking but your mind is elsewhere so you don’t really know what they’re saying. It’s just white noise – listening without hearing. I have often done that with God, whether in prayer or in reading scripture. But I’m learning to listen and when I do, when I invite the Holy Spirit to help me understand the truth of these verses…his voice, while not audible for me, is loud and clear!

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