Are You Abiding In Peace?
When I think that God can love me despite my flaws, my mistakes, my forsaking my faith so many times…. I am overwhelmed with emotion.
When I allow myself to sit in silence, to just inhale peace, it is there that all is well. There’s no struggle and I am free. It’s there that grace finds me and I feel Spirit’s love for me – a kind of love I cannot even give myself. A kind of love that sees me for who I really am underneath so many darn layers of ego. Of regrets. Of pain.
“My people will abide in a peaceful habitation…and in quiet resting places.” Isaiah 32:18
7+ billion people on the planet. How many are resting in a peaceful habitation? Resting at all? The carnal nature has a bent toward doing, striving, mind-racing, producing more, and more, and more. That will not produce peace. That produces high levels of stress, anxiety, and a gap in our relationship with Spirit.
And I get it because I’ve been there. It’s a constant balancing act. Committing to a life marked by sitting in silence (meditation, sacred time with God), prayer (actively thinking and speaking to God), and listening. How many of us are doing this throughout the day? How many find it challenging to sit quietly for 1 minute a day?
I love to research and experiment, and prayer and faith are two things I put to the test more and more. I’m here to tell you if you’ll put the time in to just sit in silent prayer, focusing on your breath, on the divinity of God, you’re going to begin to experience some inner changes. You’re going to begin to get some revelation of God’s will and ways. You don’t have to speak long prayers… you don’t have to “know how to pray”. Just be quiet for now.
Be quiet and reverent and go within.
And yes, surely pray out loud at times with passion and zeal. Dance ecstatically under Spirit’s influence with shouts of praise. Emotionally infused prayers are like sweet incense to God, so go for it! Ask for what you desire, affirm that it’s manifesting as you believe. Just do your best to ask from your spirit man and not your ego man. Ego wants a lot, but is usually not in sync with Spirit.
How will you know the difference? You might not always know, but I believe as you cultivate a more intimate relationship with God, you’ll just know.
I want more of God’s divine presence in my life. I want to tap into Christ consciousness more each day, and in order to do so, I must be consistent with my spiritual discipline. I must make time to become more acquainted with my inner life. This spaciousness in my mind and spirit. The Kingdom of God that Jesus talked about. A more enlightened understanding of the Mystery.
This is my commitment. I hope you’ll join me.
Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best—
as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.
Matthew 6:13 MSG