Good morning DPR, I trust we had a great weekend. I’m constantly inspired and encouraged by your readership and I pray that you will stand perfect and complete in ALL the will of God for your life. You will always find yourself at the right place, doing the right thing, at the right time, all the time in Jesus name. We’re still on Character Series and I hope you’re not bored yet, just so you know, we would really never get to finish the Series, we’d just have to pause at some point, to take off from there in another season. The topic for today is “Anxious or Conscious”. There is a virtue of the Spirit that cannot possibly be expressed by believers without “Knowledge” and that is Peace. Peace in my words is the ability to remain calm amidst situations that would normally provoke fear and unrest. Peace cannot be determined without contradicting circumstances, just like love cannot be determined without the availability of the “hate” option. Peace is a fruit of the Spirit that makes it possible for a believer to remain unexpectedly at rest when every other thing is screaming otherwise. I have realised that the highest expression of doubt and unbelief is “Anxiety”. Anxiety is simply facing life as though you had no power backing you up. You’re not alone and you will never be, it now depends on whether you’re conscious of that or not. You can’t be Anxious and Conscious of God at the same. If you’re conscious of God, you will remain at peace and when you become anxious, you’re indirectly telling God you can do a better job at handling the issues of your life better than He will.
Phil 4:6(EasyEnglish) Do not be afraid about anything. DO NOT LET ANYTHING CAUSE YOU TROUBLE INSIDE YOURSELVES. Instead, tell everything to God. Pray to him. Ask him for everything that you need. And when you pray, always thank him. 7 If you do that, God will rule you. He will rule your minds by Christ Jesus. He will rule what you feel like. He will cause you to be without trouble inside yourselves. GOD IS SO GREAT THAT HE CAN DO THAT FOR US. BUT WE CANNOT UNDERSTAND HOW HE DOES IT.
Peace is not allowing anything trouble you on the inside. Do you know how big your God is? He’s got everything under control and you need to be conscious of that. Things might be raging outside but keep your calm on the inside. If you do not lose your inner peace, no pressure from the outside can overwhelm you. The reason why I believe Doctors give patients to be operated on Anastasia, is so they can do their work without interruptions from the patient. If the patient were awake he would interrupt their process out of anxiety, so they “knock him out” in order to work effectively on him. Sometimes God needs to knock our senses and intellect out so His peace can permeate our hearts and minds. When you’re conscious of who your father is, there is a kind of peace that passes understanding that will guide and rule you. When they say there are no jobs, you will not be perturbed or worried, you will have the peace of God. When they say only those with connections get the contract, you will not be troubled on your inside because you have a God who promotes His children as your Father.
Prov 3: 5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and LEAN NOT UNTO THINE OWN UNDERSTANDING. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
One of the major obstacles to experiencing the peace of God in our lives is our understanding, that is our mind. We’re too logical and calculative to have the peace of God. The Peace of God passes understanding, it’s not the kind of peace you can wrap your brain around. It’s divine, it’s pure, it’s unfathomable. It’s the kind of peace that will make you sleep off on a pillow sloshing in water at the rear part of a little boat, it’s the kind of peace that realises there are no resources in the desert but remains calm and certain to feed thousands, it’s the peace that knows God enough to show up at Lazarus’ tomb. That peace is way beyond anyone’s pay grade. When we operate this kind of peace, the world will not understand us because it’s a peace that passes understanding. The Word of God did not tell us not to have our understanding, He says we should not LEAN on it, do not see at your support structure, do not rely only on your common sense to chart your course in this world. Anxiety is a sin of unbelief and the Bible tells us that he who doubts should not even think he can receive anything from God. Be conscious of who your FATHER is, stay connected to Him.
Isaiah 26:3(EasyEnglish) You, ( *LORD), will make safe the person whose mind is always thinking about you. (You will keep him) safe, because he believes you. 4 Always, always believe the *LORD! (Do this) because the *LORD, the *LORD is a (like a) Rock. He will always be alive.
KJV calls it the Perfect Peace. Trust the one who says He would always be alive. Listen, God says He would ALWAYS be alive, before the trouble came He IS alive, when the trouble came He IS alive, and be sure He would outlast the trouble. Stay connected to the one who would always be alive.
Psalms 2:2(KJV) The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall LAUGH: the Lord shall have them in derision.
Only those who sit can laugh! we are seated together with Him in heavenly places and what makes others anxious only makes us more conscious of who we are in Christ. The Character of Peace is non negotiable for every believer. Stay at peace within yourself and soon enough, your environment will catch up. Have a great week ahead.