LET peace rule in your heart.
To be exact, the Bible says:
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Colossians 3:15
If I have ever had a bad week at “doing” this, it was a few weeks ago.
A friend recently told me that no matter what our sin is, God isn’t going to break as He continues to watch us sin. He knows that the sin is eventually going break us.
We don’t in our modern day culture love the word sin, but in it’s most simplistic form, sin is anything that separates us from God. I personally never really thought of fear as a sin until recently. The actual word sin seems kind of old school and out of date, but make no mistake sin is alive and well and it is out to destroy us. We just tend to be deceived by it.
We hide from it, we enjoy it, we ignore it, we roll our eyes at it, because we think we know better than God, which is pride and that is also a big sin. That is what got Satan thrown out of heaven, good old fashion pride.
A few weeks ago I found myself broken by my sin of fear in a deep way, but see being broken isn’t all bad, it is actually the place which helps us realize our true need and dependence on God Himself. Because without Him we can’t fight the sins that haunt us. He is our true Shepherd, the One we look to moment by moment, the One we depend on and surrender to.
He is our ever present help in time of need. (Psalm 46:1)
As I was recently struggling again with my sin of fear, my friend Sarah Ott Deyton (check her out on i-tunes, she is an incredibly gifted Bible teacher) sent me this…….
Stop the over analysis and self protection… Stay in step with the spirit day by day (you can’t do that if you are living in the sin of fear!)- live fully in each day for we are promised just today! Fear and trust do not coincide- trust the God that works every outcome together for good and glory no matter what —- You are in His positioning not your own- so seriously all is a win!!! Because your eggs are ever only in Christ’s basket- He holds your future!!! He holds your heart! There is no plan B with God! He holds each day and has written them all in the book of life so no amount of self protection or fear or reserve is going to alter the days He has for you, except that you love and live less than what He would have designed for you each day due to the inability to fully enter into it because you entered fear of it instead. There is only ever Plan A- He has got it all!!!!!!!!! Every moment, every day, etc.., you cannot and will not miss or mess up His will. Just enjoy today- pray as you are doing- walk prayerfully yes but that doesn’t mean you have to walk so carefully that you end up walking fearfully!
Let your mind go all the way into that fear- stare it in the face- call it out- and send it to hell! The Father doesn’t lead you or motivate you with fear- this isn’t a game of stomping out Lindsay’s heart and killing her joys. Your life your future your past are all in His control.
Fear has nothing to do with your God, His dealings, His character- never has!!! Do not give fear even a breath.
Yes powerful! I know!
See, if we allow (or LET) the enemy tell us how to feel and have a hey day with our emotions then he will! That is until we finally break and find ourselves on the floor going before the Lord because we literally don’t know what else to do. Thankfully we belong to a loving, forgiving, patient and kind God, He is usually just waiting for us to come to the end of ourselves, yes once again, but there He is waiting with His arms open wide.
The scripture I quoted above is interesting to me. There seems to be a condition here, it sounds like it is up to us to let peace in or let fear in or let condemnation in or let control in.
I know we have talked a lot about fear and control lately. But I think a lot of us deal with it and maybe don’t even know it.
I know in my life, God is dealing fiercely with the sin of fear in more ways then one, so sometimes it seems it has to be exposed in new and fresh ways, in layers, in areas you were not aware of to get to the very bottom of it all.
But be encouraged, I have seen God remove fear from so many areas of my life, layer by layer, for me it’s just a new area, so I know His plans are good, because I know He is a good good Father.
OH and check out these two songs….and be encouraged!
“Enjoy! Rest! Allow yourself to hope- not expect- but definitely hope!!! Hope expresses desires but leaves all outcomes surrendered to His control! Expectations demand certain outcomes stifling hope. Hope my friend hope! You are in a great GOD place!!!! It’s all so good”
The above was from my friend Sarah Ott Deyton. She just sends you texts like this, it’s like having your very own Beth Moore on hand! And YES I realize I am blessed in all my friendships. My friend Sarah introduced me to one of her best friends here in LA, Katherine Wolf from Hope Heals (which I have spoke about before). I am starting to see a trend here, a theme you might call it.
Lindsay, you are allowed to HOPE.
You don’t have to live in fear anymore.
You don’t have to wonder when the other shoe will drop, you don’t have to fear your next suffering!
A) because fearing it won’t prevent it
B) I have good things for you Lindsay, you don’t have to just always be happy for everyone else.
As I write this I am hearing, “Lindsay don’t get ahead of yourself, what if things do fall apart, you shouldn’t be so confident that God has good things ahead for you”
LIAR LIAR LIAR. I want to say!
“Lindsay what about all the people suffering in the world, you should not be happy, you should be careful to talk about the blessings you have right now, because other people are hurting”
“I know” I say back to the voice in my head, “I know you are right, I shouldn’t be happy it’s just safer to expect the worst and then be delighted with the outcome if it is not bad.”
When I look at that thought on paper, it makes me sad, it makes me sad that I think like that, it’s just a sad way to live. It’s twisted and it’s a lie.
See this HOPE thing is really starting to sink in. I mean God is quietly putting it all around me. I never really knew what HOPE was, but I am thinking it might mean to look up, to lift my face to a good God and know that He is for me no matter what, that it is OK to believe that I don’t have to always be happy for everyone else. But that I can be happy for the beauty in the moment He has given me, for the blessings of my day and THAT is ok. That is good, that is healthy.
My friend Jason talks about the problem of hope being deferred and how the Bible says in Proverbs 13:12 that
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life” English Standard Version
I don’t want my heart to be sick. I want my heart to Hope in Hope Himself. I want my heart to know that my Jesus is for me and is with me and yes has good things for me. I want to remember that yes there is nothing better than Him, but that I can hope and believe that I will see the goodness of God in the land of the living. Who am I kidding I already have, I have seen Him turn ashes to beauty time and time again in my life with one thing after another.
Is everything perfect? no, will everything ever be perfect, no!
But He is God, and I am not. I want to believe my Jesus is who He says He is and I want to believe He is good and all good and perfect gifts come from Him. No matter what my doubt and fear want to say! Even if the gifts are for a season.
I want HOPE to arise in my soul, my circumstances, my life, my future. I want HOPE to arise in yours as well!
I don’t know where you are currently, but my prayer is that the goodness of God will manifest in your life, whether it is His presence so thick that you can hardly contain it, or if it is that peace that really does not make sense, or maybe it is that desire you have had all your life that is currently being fulfilled. I pray that He will speak to you about this HOPE thing that I think He might be speaking to me!
I truly love you all so much and am thankful to be on this journey with you!
You are not alone!
Trying to figure things out, is rooted in control and control is rooted in fear.
I am learning this, because after God told me not to figure out my job situation, another completely different situation came into my life. And well fear presented itself and I just went with it. I went with fear. That was the wrong decision. (we all make wrong decisions)
But see fear is NEVER from God, and in this situation He once again asked me to lay it down, not to try to figure it out either, but to trust Him in this new situation.
Why is it so hard?
“God, what am I supposed to do?” I asked.
Seems I was spending a lot of time on “trying to figure things out” because now I was thinking, what am I going to do if I am not spending so much time try to figure everything out?
At church on Sunday, I was reminded of a scripture during worship (which I always believe is God speaking to me through His Living Word)
New American Standard Bible
This is the day which the LORD has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Peace came over me as I knew this was what He was telling me.
JUST rejoice in THIS day. For it is the day I (I, God, who created the entire universe) made.
Don’t worry yourself about the future, you don’t control it Lindsay. You just don’t sweet one.
You stay close to me and let me show you! That is the JOY of being in relationship with Me.
Release control Lindsay!
You keep praying to get rid of fear in your life and you have come so far, but see trying to figure out tomorrow, or the future, it really is a form of control and control is rooted in fear.
“Again Lord” I thought.
But then I sensed Him saying “It’s ok beautiful girl, I am telling you this to free you not to condemn you!”
God our Father wants our hearts, He wants our trust and He really wants a real relationship with us, with YOU! Yes, YOU, He created YOU and He loves YOU even if you don’t love yourself.
He has every hair on your head numbered, He knows us, He knows our sin, He knows our struggle, He knows our thoughts, good and bad, see we can’t hide from Him and that is the last thing He wants, He wants to help us, not judge us or condemn us! That’s why He gave us Jesus, so we could be pardoned from our sin and His judgement. He wants to love on us! He wants to envelop us in His love, He wants to bring peace into our lives, our minds, our hearts, our souls and He does that through Jesus Christ! It is the Holy Spirit that comes to live inside of us once we receive Jesus, and Holy Spirit is the living Spirit of God who comes to reside in all believers of Jesus. Holy Spirit is said in the Bible to be our counselor and our comforter, I mean who doesn’t need counseling and comforting, I do every day, sometimes each moment of each day.
Just ask Him today to show you His love for you!
Just like any other relationship, it’s personal and it is intentional!
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