Proof of God’s Love – Part 2

God absolutely cares about us and the matters, which are important to us (1 Peter 5:7). He has our best interest at heart.
God’s discipline is a proof of His love for us (Hebrews 12:6).

He helps us to cast down the idols in our soul (2 Corinthians 10:5). I know that I have an idol in my life when my feelings get hurt and when other negative emotions start popping up in my heart.

If something irritates me, angers me or stresses me out, I can be sure there is an idol at the root of the issue, which I need to surrender to God.

Many times the issues, for which I am crusading, are best left as a matter of prayer, rather than trying to influence someone to accept my ideas or to act a certain way.

Another idol of mine is organization and schedules. I keep lists and calendars. I love order and proficiency. I feel secure and they keep me from forgetting appointments. They help me to have what we need, when we need it.

However, other people in my life are more impulsive and extemporaneous. They live a fluid life, and my need for order restricts them.

I had to surrender this idol to God and then learn to be more adaptable, flexible and spontaneous. This helped me to have more fun.

Of course, my ability to keep schedules helps us to stay organized, but I had to learn to be less inhibited and to lay down the idol of my need to attempt to control life.

God is also healing me from codependency. I am learning not to serve others by putting their interests and needs above my own to the point of depriving myself of the peace and joy of walking in God’s Spirit. ( http://www.amazon.com/The-Christian-Codependence-Recovery-Workbook/dp/1936451050 )

God is teaching me to live interdependently with other people and to hear His will for my involvement in their lives. Many times, the discernment He gives me is a matter of prayer rather than action.

Prayer:
Father God, I am learning to trust that You are faithful to restore balance and peace in our life in Your own way and time. Thank You for reminding me that You love the people I care about more than I do.

You have a perfect plan for each life, and You will work out everything in their life for their good (Romans 8:28). You may use me to help in some situation; but more often than not, You choose to do the work in their lives as I pray for them.

Thank You for the freedom from idols that You provide for us. Help us to walk in Your Spirit, so that we will not fulfill the carnal impulses of our flesh (Galatians 5:15-21).

Thought for the Day:
As we monitor the negative emotions, which disturb the peace of God in our soul, we can rely on God to reveal the issue at the root of them, so that we can lay down these idols at His feet.
( http://www.theophostic.com )

God’s Peace Rules

It is so difficult not to react with anxiety to events occurring in our life and in our world. Also, due to childhood experiences that we suppress in our subconscious mind, we are plagued with apprehension all of our life.

We read verses and memorize many of them in order to reprogram our mind with God’s truth. We constantly wonder why we cannot experience the peace of God ruling in our heart (Colossians 3:15-17).

However, those suppressed experiences continue to affect us every day of our life; because hidden within every traumatic memory is a lie from Satan, which our soul believes.

God graciously led me to a counselor who used prayer rather than his advice to help people. He taught me to sit in God’s presence and to allow God to shine His light on these hidden issues (1 Timothy 5:5). ( http://www.theophostic.com )

As we wait on the Lord in prayer, He reveals Satan’s lies and dispels them with His personal word of truth to our soul. As God’s truth disperses the anxiety in our soul, we are able to surrender all of our cares to Him in gratitude (1 Peter 5:7).

Then God’s peace, which comes regardless of our human understanding, guards our soul and spirit from any further lies and abuse through the presence of Christ in us (Philippians 4:6-7).

This peace only comes as we totally surrender to God and allow Him to make our way smooth and peaceful (Proverbs 3:6), as we continually give Him thanks for the victory we have through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57).

Prayer:
Father God, teach us to pray in the Spirit during every moment of our day. We also need to remember to pray for fellow Believers as we face the issues of our individual lives (Ephesians 6:18; 1 Timothy 2:1). We trust in You in every area of our day. Thank You for listening to us as we pour out our heart to You (Psalm 62:8). Remind us that You will establish our thoughts as we commit our thoughts, words and deeds to You (Proverbs 16:3).

When we are tempted to worry, remind us to live in the moment and to commit each future moment to Your safe keeping rather than worrying about it. You have our best interest in Your heart and You will work out every detail for our eventual blessing (Romans 8:28).

Thought for the Day:
Jesus told us: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about anything, because worry cannot add one positive aspect to your life.” – Matthew 6:25-34