Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday! I will see you back next week with a new post! In the meantime, here is an older post for you to read. I love you all!
Recently I have really been striving to understand the truth about peace. As I go through my inner healing process and gain more and more freedom from the bondage of the occult, I find myself more and more on the receiving end of attack. As the attack came, I found myself overwhelmed by the scope of it. In the midst of the war, I found it hard to make Christ my dwelling place and home. Yet as I cried out for peace from God one morning, I heard Him say “I am your peace.”
When we think of the word ‘peace’ we think of the world’s version of peace. The peace that means absence of war or strife. The peace that I was seeking was just that; the absence of the war and the ability to feel it all pressing down on me. However, when I heard Jesus tell me that He was my peace, I was confused. If Jesus is my peace, then I needed to understand what that meant on a deeper level.
My whole life I had the world’s understanding of peace. Peace to the world means freedom from strife and chaos in your life. Let’s take a closer look at the Merriam-Webster definition of peace:
a state of tranquility or quiet: : freedom from civil disturbance
freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
harmony in personal relations
a state or period of mutual concord between governments
So my beliefs on peace were rooted in this definition that being free from rage, strife, disturbance or war meant peace. In this world we have many troubles, especially now with so much political unrest, natural disasters, and threats of war or violence in other countries. When we see war or strife, especially close to home, it brings an internal chaos to us. We are filled with fear of the unknown. We have no idea how to cope with problems bigger than we can fix or handle on our own, especially problems that are completely out of our control or authority. Often times when we see chaos or strife, we want to take complete control over the situation. This control gives us a false sense of peace. However, we are trying to take over Gods authority in situations, instead of giving Him complete control and submitting to His will.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
1 Peter 5:6-7
Biblical peace has an entirely different definition. Lets look at the Biblical definition of peace according to its Hebrew and Greek usage.
Shalom in Hebrew is most frequently used in the Old Testament for peace. It means wholeness or completeness, harmony between two parties
Eirene in Greek is the most frequently used in the New Testament for peace. It means to join or bind together that which has been separated
The Biblical definition of peace is the opposite of the world’s view of peace. While man would seek to tame circumstances, God seeks to quiet the heart and align it with His Spirit. Man wants to resist the Spirit of God out of lack of trust and need to control. However, control does not give true peace. True peace keeps our heart and will at one with God. It brings us into a place of trust, where we ultimately hand over the reigns to Jesus and know full will that God works all things for our good.
“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”
Trust in God that He is Sovereign and Good and will do what is best is a difficult concept for most to hold on too. The devil has worked our entire lives to distort the true meaning of peace and instead work us into a frenzy of being our own gods. Peace does not come naturally to man, it is a fruit of the Spirit. Fruit of the Spirit comes out of living a life submitted to Jesus. It comes by following in His Holy Spirit and living in trust and under the umbrella of His Sovereign Authority. Peace comes only from God, not from absence of pain and chaos. Where there is chaos, that is evidence of the work of evil. Instead of living in fear of strife and evil, we need to take our thoughts captive to align them back with the truths of the word of God.
The Word of God tells us that trials and tribulations are a normal part of life in this world. The devil has come to steal, kill and destroy, not to bring peace. That paired with the fact that sin has separated us from God, results in strife and chaos here on earth. It will continue to be this way until Jesus returns. We believe that having a good life means having things we want and when are lives don’t resemble to plans we had in store for ourselves, that something must be wrong with us. We believe the lie that happiness is the peace the world promises: freedom from strife. This is reinforced over and over again in the media and in the world. However, what we don’t understand is it is unrealistic, and no one has a life free from all strife.
True peace comes from a place of rest and ease within ourselves by the power of Christ alone. The peace of God allows us to connect with Him and trust in Him in the midst of the storm. It brings us to a place of submission, fully realizing that we ultimately have no control outside of our own thoughts and actions. Choosing to be humble and allow God to work all things for our good will bring us the peace that surpasses the human understanding.
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
As we begin to submit to God’s authority and plans for our lives, we will let go of our earthly desires, and our fears. We will cast them upon the throne of God and allow Him to comfort and nurture us. His perfect love will being to refine us so that when the world around us in chaos, we can stand firm on His Word instead. When we begin to align our thoughts with His words of truth in scripture, the devil has less of a chance of taking us captive to his lies.
Step by step we must come into a new understanding of peace. The world would love us to run around busying ourselves trying to make our own peace, but it is only at the feet of Jesus we will find His perfect peace.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
I am taking this week off for Spring Break. Have a wonderful week celebrating Passover/Resurrection Sunday and Easter! I love you all! I will be back to my regular posting schedule next Monday!
Here is an older post that I enjoy that you can read in the meantime! http://www.theothersideofdarkness.com/joy-of-the-lord/
Before we were born, before the foundations of the earth were laid, and before time even was, we were with God. We are not here on earth by accident or by God’s cruel intentions. We are not just lost and waiting for someone to come save us. We are spirits, created by by God; but God did not create our spirits at the moment of conception. He created our spirits and prepared us beforehand to come here to the earth to fulfill the plans He has for each of us. He chose each of us according to His will to walk with Him here on this earth and have a depth of intimacy that is only possible in this earthly tent.
As a human, we not only have a spirit, but we have a soul. Our soul consists of our bodies, minds and emotions. Our soul gives us new ways to experience life. We have access to a great depth of feelings such as love and joy, and we also have senses so we can experience pleasure and passion. These are all wonderful gifts from God that help us to understand who He is and to know Him better. We can use our bodies and minds to know God, to experience Him, to worship Him and to partner with Him. That is so much more than we could do if we were only a spirit. What a wonderful gift God has given us by giving us this life!
We have such a rich and wonderful experience prepared for us by God, gifted through the earth, all creation, our souls, relationships, and so much more. These are all things that God intended to be good and pure, just as they first were when God created everything. Adam and Eve had the pinnacle of what God purposed for us, but it was through sin and evil that they fell far away from our original design. In order to truly experience and know God, He had to gift us with free will. Love is being surrendered and vulnerable, and in order to really experience God’s love fully, He needed for us to decide to choose Him first.
Everyone who is called by My name, And whom I have created for My glory, Whom I have formed, even whom I have made.
For some, free will seems more like a curse than a blessing. They see that they have made mistake after mistake in their lives and they want nothing more than to surrender their free will completely to God, in order to be “better” or “good”. Yet it isn’t our free will that needs to be surrendered to find God, but our hearts. Our hearts are the filter in which we see and experience the world around us, including God. So when we hold back our hearts from God, we will find that struggle to have intimacy and knowledge of Him difficult.
Love does not control, nor does it hate, but because we partnered with sin in the Garden, we have allowed our worldviews to be tainted by these things. We no longer see things through the eyes of innocence and truth, but we are jaded by the evil on the world instead. We have allowed our senses to be overcome with pain and our bodies to be numbed so we no longer have to feel that pain. We have filled our minds with lies of the devil and allowed him to penetrate into that sacred place that was to be holy for God: our hearts.
The devil has one purpose, and that is to steal us from God. He has our entire lifetime here to do his dirty work and convince us that everything we should know about God is in fact all lies. Just like in the Garden, when Adam and Eve allowed the devil to convince them into believing what they knew of God was a lie, and what Satan offered was so much sweeter. They accepted that lie and paid the highest price of all: alignment with the devil and his will and plan for them.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
The devil has held us captive for thousands of years. We have strayed so far away from the truth of who we are and who God created us to be, that many Christians live in fear daily. They fear sin, the devil, evil, death, judgement and condemnation, and even fear if they are truly saved. Meanwhile the devil is sitting back laughing because he thinks he has really succeeded in his plan to destroy our knowledge of the Truth of God.
God did not just create us and leave us here on earth with the devil. What kind of loving Father would place His children in a world full of evil, run by the devil, with only the hope that maybe they will accept Jesus and go to heaven. What kind of plan does that sounds like for the Ultimate Creator and Almighty God? Sounds like a slick deception if you ask me. No. This brings me back to the truth that God created us before time began as spirit, and gifted us with bodies on this earth. We are already spirit who knows God and we already have that hope built up inside of us. So that no matter what deceptions the devil has up his sleeve, we still have an unshakable connection with God that can never be destroyed. Except by the fires of hell.
The ultimate battle here on earth is for our free will. The devil has come to steal, kill and destroy, but God has come to offer us life. A life that is aligning our free will, with the will of the Father. When Jesus came to earth, He laid down all of His glory and power so that He could become like us. He submitted His will to the will of the Father. Jesus could have at any given moment said “I’m done with this” and went back to His throne in heaven. Yet He continued to pour out His life like a drink offering, all the way to the cross.
And going a little farther, he fell on the ground and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him. And he said, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”
We see how difficult it is for us to lay down our lives and free will to God, but imagine how much harder it was for God in the flesh to lay down all of His power to become nothing. And He did all of this for us. Not only to give us a free ticket to salvation, but also to model His life in a way that we can now emulate. All glory and honor goes to the Father when we lay down our free will and align it with the will of the Father. And that glory flows through us like water, filling up every place that our feet take us in this life. It is the highest honor any person can be crowned with.
The devil may have done a mighty job in your life to turn your free will away from the Father and towards the Father of Lies, but that does not mean a thing to our God. He is so much greater and stronger than any of the evil that has been perpetrated on you in your life. He is going to take every bit of it and use it for your good. He is going to use to enhance your journey into walking out the call He has over your life. All you have to do is begin by agreeing with who He is. He is good.
Let God’s goodness wash over you right now. Let His love envelope you, to the very core of who you are. Allow the Father to take you back to the place before time where you can remember being with Him, in His arms. His love is pure and holy, washing over you with His loving embrace. Begin to let Him show you who He created you to be, and align your heart back to His.
God is not angry with any one of us for walking away from Him. He is not even hurt. He understands why we do what we do, and all of the choices that we have made, even more than we understand them. He is waiting to help us gain insight into our choices and reasons for not surrendering our hearts fully, and to bring us freedom. We are His, and He is ours. Forever. It is time to take back what has been stolen, and bring it before the Father for restoration. He is saying, ‘come home.’
But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
I had some issues with my email going out today. Here is the link for today’s blog post if you didn’t receive it. http://www.theothersideofdarkness.com/resources/warfare-prayers/