Jesus, thank You for this day. Thank You for this past week and all the ways You are teaching me and showing me Your presence in my life. I ask that You would be present and speak through me as I write the post for today, I allow You to use me as Your vessel, as Your tool, to reach Your people Lord. I do not claim perfection but rather weakness that You can use to show others Your glory through me being broken and weak. Thank You Lord, praise You Lord, bless You Lord Jesus! I ask that everything I share today and everything that I do be glorifying to You and Your Kingdom. Help me to love the things You love, to hate the things You hate and to have the knowledge, wisdom and discernment to know the difference. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10). What does it mean to be still? In my journey, in my search for truth I was led to meditation. I do believe there are many different forms of meditation and while I started practicing a different form of mediation than I use today, I believe I was protected along the way because I focused on God and I would pray often before starting meditation. I do believe that meditation opens us up to the spiritual realm that surrounds us and if it is not practiced with caution can open us up to some pretty dark “things,” for lack of a better word at the moment. Before I started meditating I was not able to quiet my mind. My mind was constantly thinking about everything, fearing, being anxious and I wasn’t ever able to just enjoy the moment because I was constantly thinking and sometimes worrying about what was going to happen next. I would often have a hard time getting to sleep because my thoughts wouldn’t stop and that was my normal, I didn’t know that it could really be anything different for me. I looked to my doctor and throughout the process I was able to use drugs to quiet my mind which made me realize that it was possible but I figured it would never be possible to do it without the aid of drugs. However, just experiencing the quietness helped me to understand that it was possible. Even with the aid of drugs it was still difficult for me to meditate because I would start thinking about something rather than realizing it and just being still. I would practice and would hear noises and let the noises distract me rather than using them to focus on, to keep my mind quiet. A lot of practice over the last year or so has resulted in no longer needing an outside influence to quiet my mind. I think the enemy uses all the noise and business of our life to make sure that we can not hear God’s still small voice. If the enemy is that determined to keep us from hearing, don’t you think we should be at least that determined to try to cut through the noise and follow scripture to be still and know that He is God? I had to submit myself to God before I could resist the devil and get the devil to flee from me. I have to fill my heart, soul and mind with His Word before I meditate or else I may find myself with the problem described in Matthew 12:43-45 “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept and put in order. Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this evil generation.” What this says to me is that it is not enough for me to be still. I need to submit myself and my will to God, I need to fill my heart, soul and mind with His Word so that when I clear my mind of worldly thoughts, there is the Trinity in it’s place. It’s not that I clear my mind of everything but of all the noise of my flesh, the noise of this world so that I can allow the Holy Spirit to work in me and hear the voice of God, to hear Him lead, guide and direct me in all my ways. I think that is the only way I am able to do the things I am doing and the things I will continue to do in the future to further God’s Kingdom here on earth as it is in Heaven. I try to live my life now, each and every day, signing a blank contract for God to do His will, His part of the contract is that by me trusting in Him, He will continue to provide for my needs, not what I think I need but whatever it is that He knows I need. Casting all my fears and anxieties on Him to remove the stumbling blocks the enemy puts in place to keep me from doing the good and perfect will of God. I hope something that I share will resonate with you, the reader, and that if you haven’t given your life to Christ that you will, in my experience it will be the greatest adventure of life here on earth. Once you’ve experienced the excitement and freedom that Christ offers, I expect that you too will find it difficult to keep quiet and that you will also want to share the Gospel with everyone you know and meet. Come join God’s army in whatever capacity you feel you can at this time and be open to Him showing you that you can do more with Him leading the charge! -A fellow warrior in God’s army
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.” -Proverbs 3:5-7 ESV
Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil, for Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever, Amen. -The Lord’s prayer