Sunday, March 21, 2010

Because I Need It

From a pastor friend... Timely words, that I really need to embrace right now...

Psalm 131:1-3  A Song of Ascents. Of David.

O LORD, my heart is not lifted up; my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.

O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and forevermore.

God has been teaching many that the reposturing and quieting of our heart is essential to being able to receive more of what the Lord has for us.   In the midst of chaos God is teaching us how to quiet and compose our heart so that in that place of peace we might receive His word clearly and directly from Him. 

Over the last several days I have been relearning this lesson again and again.  It seems some event comes into our lives that causes us trouble and we have a decision to make at that point.  We can either panic or we can compose our soul and see what the Lord has to say. 

At some point last week [my wife] and I were facing what we thought was a major issue and we started scrambling for answers but there just was no where to turn.  I prayed, “Lord what do we do?”  It was like he shrugged his shoulders and said “Eh, it isn’t that bad.”  Then he gave us some suggestions for facing the crisis.  We did what He said, and in a couple of days an amazing deliverance manifested in our lives.  That was a huge breakthrough on two fronts.  The first breakthrough happened internally when we stopped panicking  and actually came to a place of faith and peace.  Then the deliverance manifested outwardly and it was almost anti-climatic.    

People of God, there are a number of huge crises looming before us.  This weekend the U.S. Congress is poised to pass a Health Care Bill that is unprecedented not only in its far reaching impact on this nation’s march toward socialism but also in its demoralizing influence and undermining of all faith in our system of government.  There is an enormous amount of shouting going on.  People are screaming for the train to stop.  But no one is listening. 

Perhaps it is time for the Church to stop screaming and start listening.  In the midst of enormous fear and panic, the Spirit of God is brooding.  The enemy may be busy, but God is always miles ahead of Him.  The enemy cannot ambush God.  He always sees him coming.  On the contrary, God is preparing to ambush the enemy.  Something much bigger is taking place at this hour than what is going on in Congress and the White House.  There is a divine strategy being unfolded in the Heavenlies.  Let us pray that we do not miss it. 

Quiet and compose your heart.  “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches.”  

Grace and Peace,

emphasis mine

Quiet, Soul.  Quiet, Heart.  I need to listen...

1 comment:

C.K. said...

Thank you for posting this. It was exactly what I needed, when I needed it.