God speaks to us in the stillness
Satan screams at us in our busyness
Today I had a moment.
A moment of turmoil. A moment during my busyness, where Satan screamed at me. He told me I was worthless. He told me I was a failure. He reminded me that I don't have it all together. He screamed his useless lies at me, in the midst of my busyness and the hurry and worry of my day. He tried to keep my focus on myself and the miserable circumstances I thought I was in.
I fought against him. I fought hard. I prayed aloud, I listened to Godly music, I cried out to God, I shed tears of frustration and then in the pause, in the break, in the stillness, I heard God's voice.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Ha! Take that Devil! The peace of God!! Did you hear that?? Peace. God's peace. It passes ALL understanding. It keeps my heart and it keeps my mind! Peace, peace, wonderful peace.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Think on these things. Not on what the Devil wants me to think on. What God would have me think on. True, honest, just, pure, lovely, good, virtuous, praiseworthy.
I had a spirit of fear. A fear of the unknown. A fear of my failures. But God reminded me of a promise in His word.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. .
God HAS NOT given us a spirit of fear. It's the devil that tries to give us that. God gives us power. His power. Love. His love. And the last part of that verse. A SOUND MIND! Boy, do I love that part. Because at times, it feels like I'm losing mine!
A while back, I came across this acronym.
C onsider the bigger picture
A cknowledge God is in control
L ook for the lesson
M ake it a point to praise
I made my own for turmoil, to help as a reminder in times of need
T rusting in my own abilities
U nderestimating God's Almighty Power
R efusing to surrender to God's control
M urmuring instead of praising
O verdramatizing the circumstances
I nterrupting God's plans with my own
L osing the plot instead of controlling my emotions
Which do I want in my life? Calm or turmoil? I don't even need to think about that one!
Calm, blessed calm!
The peace that passeth understanding