“My thoughts are not your thoughts.” (Is. 55)
Jesus spoke many times about dissension, “Every kingdom having been divided against or any group splintered by feuding is doomed to fall apart.” (Mt. 12:25)
When others would rather focus on the problem instead of the solution, one is forced to step out of the line of fire and move on.
Don’t get distracted. Listen to the Spirit:
Build up and edify your Spirit, always through the reinforcement of the word in a positive form; whether taken from scripture or another source in order. Rebuild after adversity. Have faith in the midst of turmoil.
“Truly man’s thoughts are not God’s thoughts, nor man’s ways, God’s ways. When you seek to follow Me in all; it frequently means a complete reversion of the way of the world you have hitherto followed. Reversion leads to boundless happiness and peace.” (GC)
“My ways are not your ways, but they can be!” (Is. 55)
It’s not about the change. It’s what happens when we step into the change.”
“Here I Am! I Am Ready!” So many make promises and yet, stumble along the way. Who is it that you serve, God or man? “Am I the one you lean into?”
It is much easier to pretend to be someone or something you are not, than it is to admit that the direction of one’s path has come about by your own power instead of God’s Shekinah power and nothing is working. What’s next? Find that part of you that yearns to be with me. Step out and be!
Here you stand now. If you are really ready; welcome the change. The cross+road is before you. Are you stepping in or stepping out?
“All you need to do is cross the road and I will be waiting for you. Here is where we begin our journey, together; the one without all the forks in the road.”
“Before you call, I answer.”
How can one attain peace when life is in turmoil?
What about the negative thoughts keep circling around or confusion that knocks one off her/his path? In bewilderment, our vision becomes distorted; we don’t have the whole picture; what if?
We feel trapped, as though we have to go to battle for someone or something. Whose battle is it? Is the battle ours to fight? No.
“Rest in the Lord. Do not fret.”
Learning to get out of God’s way can be a challenge, but not impossible.
“The government rests upon God’s shoulders.”
Take action instead of reacting by moving out of the driver’s seat.
We may receive a word from a friend or an inspiration from the Spirit nudging us to follow a different course; opening the door to peace and hope.
Letting go and believing God works in mysterious ways and unexpected places, with wonders; will allow one to maintain a balance when the unexpected comes knocking.
“When you are in trouble, I will be with you!”
“I will call my people and gather them together. I will rescue them for I have redeemed them.” (Zechariah 10)
This is the time for small cell groups or home church communities to gather together, making an effort to support and fellowship with one another. We re-connect links that would otherwise remain broken and forgotten.
There are literally hundreds of small faith communities that meet in local homes or small centers, on a weekly or even monthly basis. Stand up and be counted in faith and truth.
During this changing and challenging spiritual time, we are reminded of what God says, “I can never forget you. I have written your name in the palm of my hand.” (Isaiah 49:16)
Let us not forget one another and take cause to re-connect.
The winds of change blow this way and that way. We never know which way the winds will blow in our lives.
“About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children!
Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that His disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while He sent the people home.
After sending them home, He went up into the hills by Himself to pray. Night fell while He was there alone.
Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves.”
Keep yourself anchored in and God the Light, and all will be well.
Remember the words of Jesus,” Don’t be afraid,” He said. “Take courage. I am here! ”
When the wind blows and you feet are firmly planted on the ground, the wind does not blow directly at you, but can flow around you.
‘Yes, come,’ Jesus said. “So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. ‘Save me, Lord!’ Peter shouted.”
This is the miracle- God is present in every situation or experience in our lives, both good and bad. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed Peter. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
This is a given – the wind will eventually settle and the sea of life will calm down.
“And when they got back into the boat the wind died down.”