Peace in Christ alone

25 10 2010

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

 

First of all… sorry for my lack of posts over this long weekend 😦 I promise I will make up for it this week! Last week was one of my busiest weeks so far at work, so in honor of that, I took the day off Friday! Blogs coming every day this week though 🙂

 

So this weekend has been marked for me by an overwhelming sense of peace that can only come from God. In the midst of a tumultuous world and series of events, God has given me the greatest gift of all. A sense of calm in the storm. Hallelujah! For me, one of the most difficult things to do is find rest in God alone. I always am trying to do more things, make more friends, be busy, be efficient, fill idle time with worthwhile tasks, multitask and fit 30 hours into a 24 hour day. God has given me this great ability to sustain energy and do all these things, however, I can’t sustain it without Him. So I need to take time to be filled by Him. This is the one thing I tend to forget.

But this weekend was just that. A time to stop, rest and just be filled by the Spirit of God, who is at work in me constantly. I think it’s something to dwell on, that the Spirit of God lives in me, and in you, and in every Christian who has ever lived. There will never be another person or entity that will have this kind of a relationship with me or you. God is His very nature is relational, even before there were humans, God was relational in and of Himself. The Trinity is a relational being, Three in One, a community of love (for a great sermon on the relational Trinity, listen to this, from my church this Sunday, it might not be posted until later on today so be patient, we are 3 hrs behind most of you!).

In the same way, God desires a relationship with us, that’s why he has created us to live following the leading of His Spirit in us. Through the example of Jesus, we know that we are completely capable of achieving great things in the Lord. Jesus has overcome the world, so we too can have peace knowing that we can do this and more. No matter what troubles or trivial frustrations come our way, our identity and worth is centered in Christ alone and bringing glory to His name, no matter our circumstances.

 

In His love,

Stacey

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