Why do we erupt in anger sometimes, yet other times we’re calm and collected? Why do we feel energized one day, yet trampled the next?Our hearts can be a bit like a spray can sometimes. Apply some pressure and what comes out? Whatever’s inside, of course.
What if we could be so full of Christ that whenever the pressure’s on, all that comes out is Jesus—His love, His truth, His Spirit?
Recently, I went through a 6.6 earthquake with the whole world swaying around me and didn’t feel a stitch of fear. Standing in God’s Sovereignty, I rested in the assurance that He is good, that He loves me, and that He is in control. In fact, nothing happens that He has not allowed. And if He has allowed it, then there’s something He’s doing in the midst of it. Romans 8. Are you amazed yet at my magnificent faith?
Well, don’t be, because just two days before, at the thought of having to face a mere person, I was a blubbering mess of fear and anxiety.
You see, to “abide” in Christ, it’s not enough for me to know the Word says, “Do not be afraid.” I must walk in it. Psalm 119, John 15, James 1:22-25. And I can’t do that if I let lies and sin block me. Romans 7:14-24.
When my fear surfaced, I had a choice: take it to the Lord and let Him change me, or continue to let fear control me. The first calls for humility and surrender, resulting in joy, peace and oneness with Christ. The second distances me from God.
Hebrews 12:1 calls us to “throw off” what hinders us. So, as soon as I could after the fear surfaced, I got alone with the Lord to ask Him, “Where does this come from? What’s the lie I’m believing? And what is Your truth?” John 14:8, 8:31-32.
He answered by toppling the lie, “I’m not safe,” with Genesis 15:1, Exodus 14:14, Psalm 3:3, 31:15, 32:7, 34:4, 59:1, and other scriptures reminding me of how He shields me and fights for me. You see, just because we believe something doesn’t make it true. Only what God says is true. So, even if what I feel is “true” in a mundane sense, I rob myself of peace when I choose not to walk in what God says about my situation.
What has surfaced in you recently that is contrary to the fruit of the Spirit? Dissension? Anxiety? Depression? Discouragement? Stress? How will you take that to Christ so He can plant His truth deep in your heart and change you? 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, Psalm 51:6-12, John 8:31-32.
“If you love Me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of Truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you…. The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:15-17, 26-27 (NIV)
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