Do you ever feel as if you are barely hanging on wherever life has taken you? Are you hanging on by your fingernails, or are you flourishing, even on the wall of adversity? Sometimes I feel as if I am about to fall into the nether reaches of a deep pit. What precipitates this sense of peril? It is not always the greatest challenges that shake my stability; instead, it is often the smaller disturbances that disrupt my internal sense of peace, particularly concerns about the people I love most.
The Holy Spirit spoke to me recently and revealed to me that this loss of peace was rooted in fear; He gently said, “You are not trusting me with ___________ [insert a situation or the name of a person you love].” I immediately acknowledged that He had put a finger on a part of my heart that, in fact, did NOT trust Him!
Since that moment, I have been learning to function from a more solid platform of peace; although I certainly have not mastered the art of flourishing on the wall, I am becoming a better student of that art! First, when faced with a challenge or a worry, I need to ask myself where I am sitting, as my position will determine my perspective on that challenge. Ephesians 2:6 states that God “… raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus [the Messiah, the Anointed One]” (AMPC). The perspective from the heavenly realm with the Lord will certainly prove different from my own human persepective! How do I practice this approach? I literally imagine myself running into God’s arms and jumping into His lap! I then ask Him to give me His vision and His perspective on my situation. I also take great comfort in being seated with my heavenly Daddy.
Secondly, I ask myself where I am planted. Although I am well aware that Paul instructs us to be rooted and grounded in Christ, I must confess that my heart often feels uprooted and transplanted to rocky soil or soil full of sorrow or despair. The Holy Spirit is able to re-ground me and refresh me; He reminds me that my roots are in Jesus. I am learning to submit my disturbed feelings — fears, unbelief, doubts, dis-ease — to Jesus; I do not deny my emotions, but I release them to Him. It is His nature and character to comfort, heal, and encourage me. I ask Him to help my thoughts reflect Who He is. He is faithful to do that, as He has given to every person a measure of faith, and Jesus Himself is the author and finisher of that faith. We can trust Him with our doubts, fears, and anxieties!
Finally, I am practicing what Psalm 149 describes as a powerful weapon of warfare: verbal praise. Praise is particularly powerful when expressed from a position of rest. We read in verses five and six: “Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth and a two-edged sword in their hand” (NKJV). The rest of that psalm describes the effects of that kind of praise in the spiritual realm.
Operating from a position of peace means to assume the correct position (be seated in heavenly places and be rooted and grounded in Jesus). Father, help me to remember my assigned seat with You and to stay connected to the ROOT! Empower me to wield spiritual weapons rightly with Your high praises in my mouth and Your two-edged sword in my hand. Praise will defeat the enemies of my soul and the enemies of those I love. Praise will invite the Presence of Jesus Christ into every situation and circumstance.