This excites me when God answers me so quickly!!
Last night at my step meeting; I may have mentioned that we are using 12 step Christianity this time around, I had a question. The topic at the beginners meeting was acceptance, the step meeting we are ending the second step in the book. My question was about disturbance, quieting the disturbance in me…this has been on my heart and in my head for weeks.
How is this done, from a human point of view I have and find no earthly method to quiet this. Being a Christian I know the answer, or you’d think I would. I do, still I am human and get distracted by my own intelligence and worldly knowledge on the techniques of “calm”. Therefore I wander away from the protection of walking with my father…am I really to seek independence from my Father? I wonder…
Chambers, my favorite guy right now, says in my devotional…
“There are times when our peace is based upon ignorance, but when we awaken to the facts of life, inner peace is impossible unless it is received from Jesus…His Words are ever “spirit and life”.”
Inner peace is impossible unless it is received from Jesus! What a revelation. I try finding peace anywhere I think it may be…my husband, who in recent months has been very accommodating in regard to all of this changing in me!
The scripture used is John 14: 27
” Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid “
I found, further…John 14:1
” Do not let your heart be troubled Trust in God, trust also in Me.”
It was in the reading of the following passage that I knew God was answering me directly from the revelation of Oswald Chambers, years before my existance! Yes! I realize that God is not just speaking to me…however, He did know I would ask that question last night, and that I would find my answer in Him this morning! Praise God!
” Are you painfully disturbed just now, distracted by the waves and billows of God’s providential permission, and having, as it were, turned over the boulders of your belief, you are still finding no well of peace or joy or comfort; is all barren? THEN LOOK UP !! and receive the undisturbedness of the Lord Jesus.”
~ Oswald Chambers
How cool is God, anyway!!! I have been using these words and this process for months! MONTHS! He is so cool, so faithful to me. I am doing the right things, even though I slip, He has come this morning to me through the words of a Godly man who has passed on to me his revelation.
I am grateful this morning that I am able to read this and be comforted by my Father in heaven. I am thankful that He has sent to me the people I would need to lead me to where I am today. I don’t know if I actually like the layer of the onion that is me that is being removed this day, this week, this time…I do know it is necessary to be removed or God would not be so clear this morning.
Chambers states further:
” Reflected peace is the proof that you are right with God because you are at liberty to turn your mind to Him.”
Chambers says, essentially, and with confirmation from the Word that if we are right with God we will look to Him. If we are not right with God our gaze will continually turn inward.
The disturbance within me is quieted by my relationship to the Father. If I am disturbed then I have allowed something, someone, somethought to hide the face of Jesus from me, and it will disturb me or give me a sense of false security.
So I ask myself, am I looking up to Jesus in the matters of my life? Am I receiving from Him the peace I seek? I know I’ve inadvertantly been doing the right things, maybe not completely, but practicing.
” Lay it all out before Him, and in the face of difficulty, bereavement and sorrow, hear Him say, ” Let not your heart be troubled.”.”
And do not be afraid!…~Jesus
Blessings All and a Good, good Morning!