Did you know that you can live in perfect peace? Did you know that fear and worry are tools of the enemy to keep you from your destiny? I'm so tired of the enemy tricking us into thinking that fear and worry are some kind of normal emotion. For women it seems to be so socially acceptable to worry about our kids or family members. That's nuts. Fear and worry are evil spirits that we can choose to stand against or agree with. It's a battle. We need to see it for what it is and fight. Let's not agree with the enemy and let him have place to rule in our hearts.
Ok, where to begin: we have to be aware of our self talk....the voices in our head. Every single thought you have is not your own. The devil whispers lies constantly and we have to practice recognizing them and not agreeing with them. It is great to have a healthy friend or spiritual parent to tell your thoughts to. They should be able to help you decide where the thought is coming from. When we agree with God's thoughts towards us, we grow in peace and joy. When we agree with the enemy, we open the door for him to come in and destroy our peace.
Holy Spirit is our friend and helper. We need Him so much. As we take time to value Him and soak in His presence, He fills us up. The enemy will do everything he can to keep you from soaking. I bet everyone of us could come up with a huge list of reasons why we don't have time or just can't soak. Soaking takes practice. Isaiah 26:3. Quieting your heart does not come natural to everyone. You have to really set aside at least 20 minutes and practice. Put on some worship music that touches your heart and invite Holy Spirit to come. It's helpful to have a notebook to write stuff down. Write down things to do that come to your mind and try to distract you so you can deal with them later. Write down things Holy Spirit whispers to your heart. If you take time to practice soaking, it will become easier. Getting to that place of peace and rest is vital. I love how Heidi Bakker says that the more stressful life gets, the more she soaks. It's just that important.
Rom. 14:17 Righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit....that's the kingdom of God. We need to know our identity. That we are in Christ. That we have a new nature. It is our nature to love. It is not our nature to sin or fear. When we agree with this, we realize just what amazing news the gospel is and we have faith to live at a whole new level. Peace and joy are natural byproducts.
Please comment one fear that you are choosing to let go of today!