Monday, March 12, 2012

FOTS: Peace

On to the next Fruit of the Spirit post! It's only been several weeks since my last FOTS, so let's go! ;)

I'm so excited to hash out a few ideas about peace. What a precious gift. ... If you've struggled with worry, turmoil, or fear recently, you know how precious peace is. A definition of peace (or serenity) is this ... "calmness of mind; evenness of temper; undisturbed state; coolness." Calm. Undisturbed. Don't you like the sound of that? ... Now, I'm a Spunky, Spazzy Sanguine, so "calm" is not really in my reality most of the time ... if ever. Worry? Now, that's more me. I know ... worry = bad ... peace = good. I'm working on it.

I've been struggling a lot with fear over the past several weeks. It's hard to tell you what the fear is all about. Several things feed into it, I think. I'll just say that it's been overwhelming me, even emotionally crippling me, in some ways. It's been quite the battle. A battle for my heart and future. ... But I'm finally beginning to win. Perspective really is everything. Listening to the Holy Spirit is everything. In fact, here's a great solution for you ...

Perspective + the Holy Spirit = Peace

Isn't that great? Wow! You didn't know you were gonna get the answers to REAL and FULFILLED life in Christ just by reading a blog post, huh? Haha! Well, good job, God! Thanks! .......... Huh. Wow, that's kind of fun. I knew I was excited about digging deeper about peace tonight. :) ... Anyways ... what a solution! As we listen to and apply what God is teaching us, the Holy Spirit transforms our perspective. And as we begin to see things the way God sees them, we find peace. God's perspective of life is undisturbed and untainted, and it can be unleashed in our lives if we'll just grab hold of it. And ultimately, the only way to grab hold of peace is to seek hard after Jesus. One way I have been doing that is by being sensitive to the Holy Spirit's moving in my life. I've been feeling His presence and hearing Him speak to my heart more in the past 6 months than probably in all of the rest of my life put together. I wish it were easier to describe how. I guess, really, He's speaking through God's Word, through music, and through gentle nudges. I'm trying to be specific here. :) The Holy Spirit is the part of God that makes the Word come alive in us! It is only through the Holy Spirit's work in our lives that we can experience, know, and receive what God wants for us. The Holy Spirit can make song lyrics, and even the music, itself, speak volumes into our hearts and minds, slowly changing our perspective. And the Holy Spirit moves us to action through gentle nudges ... maybe you know those moments as "God tugging on your heart."

Wow ... I'm kind of getting off the subject here. I guess I'm just trying to say that I am growing in peace these days. After quite a while of fearing, I'm beginning to embrace God's peace. The more I learn to listen to the Holy Spirit and trust what God is doing in my life, the more I experience peace. ... Let me leave you with a few great verses about God's precious peace ...

Isaiah 26:3 - "You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You."
Hey, look! There's that word "trust" again. When do we receive peace? When we TRUST GOD!

John 16:33 - "I have said these things to you so that in Me you may have peace. In this world, you will have tribulation. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
That's Jesus talking ... just in case you were wondering. :D

Philippians 4:7 - "And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Surpasses all understanding ... oh, yeah! :)

Perspective + the Holy Spirit = Peace
Take that, fear!

1 comment:

Darrell said...

Wow! Great thoughts! Thank you for sharing. I look forward to hearing about and seeing you grow more in Jesus and allowing the Holy Spirit to move in you.