This morning I picked up my Bible <insert clip of Hallelujah Choirs> Ya, it's been awhile. Not sure where to begin I just flipped threw where I had book marks and earmarks. First I read Isaiah 64, it has the heading, A Prayer For Help. Many jewels and relevant things in this chapter that oddly enough are applicable to what is going on in my inner self. Imagine that.. God actually speaks threw the Bible! Who knew.. well I did or used to but some how have gotten side stepped from a straight path that included prayer and reading. Exactly what Isaiah 64 is talking about.
Isaiah 64 is very short so I continued my flipping. I decided maybe something in the NT would hold my attention. I went to Philippines 4:8, a scripture I had memorized long ago but ofcourse have not been adhering to in some time.
8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
What really smacked me in the face was the verses right before and right after my memorized 4:8, ones I know I have read before but some how have forgotten or over looked.
6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Peace.. Peace that surpasses all understanding, The God of peace will be with you..and how do you get and keep that peace.. by not worrying and being in prayer and praise, guarding your heart and mind, putting into practice what you have learned.
You know there was a time when I had that. I had PERFECT PEACE about what was going on in my life, I was able to trust and just KNOW God will work everything out in his time and I don't have to be caught up in being anxious and worry. I used to pray for others to have that perfect peace too and know God would give it.
I want it back.. Peace and I want to keep it. Guess that means I have to submit to what God is showing me and bringing me threw and stop being stale and standing in one place and start walking again. Something in me is groaning, fighting it, when it should be easy to just say YES, here I go.