Stepping Stones: In the Midst of a Messy Day

Stepping Stones: In the Midst of a Messy Day
May 30, 2009 Lighthouse Network

Transformational Tip
Try turning to and trusting in God in the midst of a messy day. The inner calm offered by your relationship with God need not be shaken by what is going on around you. Any one can have peace when everything is going OK around them. What God offers to His children is radically different…peace when life gets messy or difficult….a peace that comes from within and is independent of circumstances. The best thing to do when the messy days disrupt your peace is to stop what you are doing, take a “time-out” and ask for God’s assistance. Try slowly whispering “Jesus.” Just His name alone is a strong tower. Believing in His love, sacrifice, and power will bring you security.
The disruption to your peace comes from within you…not from the outside, so use that time-out, and perform some self-examination. Usually it is a pain or discomfort you are experiencing and you are not understanding how God is using it to show you, grow you, or prepare you to grow the mind of Christ.
See the “Spiritual Basics” link below, then the “Armor of God” link. see shoes of gospel of peace.

Dear Father,
This day feels very “messy” to me. Many things feel out of control, but I am trying my best to trust You to provide exactly what I need. I confess that my inner calm is easily shaken by what is happening around me. My knee jerk tendency is to restore order to my little world to ease my pain, and when I do this, I mistakenly look outward to other physical things…to substitutes. I know that Your peace is available to me but today I am having trouble accessing it. Help me understand Lord that I am not in an emergency and help me give myself permission to slow down. Let this slower pace make it easier for me to stay focused on You. I pray this in Jesus’ cleansing name – AMEN

The Truth
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
John 16:33
The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
Proverbs 18:10
My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:2
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
1 Corinthians 10:13

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