As 2008 started, I asked God for counsel. In this busy season of errands and parties, etc. I believe His answers may help us.
I asked Him, “What changes need to be made in my life so I can move forward with greater peace?”
Rest in Me. You long for peace in your heart and the end of striving. Lay down your to-do list and let Me hold you and speak softly in your ears nourishing your heart, giving you wisdom, expanding the grace within you to walk through this life in Me, in Peace, in Joy, in Love.
You cannot represent Me with only half of My suit on. Others will see your self-efforts, self-counsel and turn away from the very One you want them to receive. You must truly put on Christ! All of Me. That only comes through rest and trust and complete surrender. That only comes through letting Me redress you.
Let Me remove all the self-effort, self-assessments, self-motivation and let Me overshadow you in your secret place in ME!
Romans 13:14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
Isaiah 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.
I especially love this one out of Colossians 3:15 And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].