The Place of His Stillness

DSCN8825Believe it or not, several posts are written and waiting for edits.  I’ve been diligent lately to write when the thoughts come, rather than waiting until it’s lost to a more convenient time.  Why not just edit what I’ve written and put it on the blog? If it were only that easy.

When I began typing each of the posts, I understood what I wanted to share, that which the Lord had revealed to me.  The more I wrote, however, the more I realized how little I understood of what was just beginning to percolate in me.  Christ was revealing different facets of Himself to me, but I couldn’t yet write in a coherent form.  Instead I wrote haphazardly as the thoughts and questions flowed, saving each piece with hopes of bringing it to completion soon.

In the meantime, since Holy Spirit is encouraging me to live from the place of His stillness, I’ll practice as I write – and post.

1 Kings 19:11-12 Amplified  . . . And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire [a sound of gentle stillness and] a still, small voice.

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Redicovering Hidden Treasure

One of my current projects, transcribing one of my hand-written journals onto the computer, is a time-consuming and shoulder-tightening project, yet with rewards.  In this case, though the entries were written less than a year ago, I am rediscovering great treasures.

In one of the entries, I was telling the Lord about a situation where I felt I didn’t measure up to others in my group.  Even as I wrote those words, He helped me realize that comparison and insecurity had come to do some damage once again.  As I kept writing, the very ugly root became obvious.  I wanted to be held in high esteem by others for having God’s wisdom and understanding.  It was pride, masquerading as insecurity.  As ugly as all this was, though, my loving Father didn’t leave me wallowing in it.  Even as my old nature wanted to figure out how to get rid of it, He gave me the solution as I wrote:

Rest.  Yes, you are hearing it right.  Now that you see what has been at work against you, rest.  Rest in the finished work of Christ on the cross.  Rest in the grace that pours forth to you and flows abundantly over you.  Remain in Me and My Word remains in you.  My Word does the work.  Don’t strive to get the Word to work.  Rest in My Word as it works.  You don’t even have to focus on the specific verses about humility for the humility of Christ to work in you, removing those tentacles of pride that produce the insecurity.  Rest.  Remain.  Abide.  Peace.  Rejoice.

What an amazing God! What a loving Daddy!  He knew before I was ever born I could not make myself right, and sent Jesus to take care of it all!  Jesus, alone, is my righteousness.  He is the Word Who works the changes in me.  Mine is simply to rest in Him and in His Word.

So, that’s what I choose to do.  Rest in Christ alone.  How liberating!  I am free to rejoice in how much He is, and free to be completely content with how much I’m not.  Oh, the glorious freedom of the children of God!1

1 Romans 8:21

Loving Jesus Always

I love it when Holy Spirit brings to mind an old hymn, one I’ve not heard in ages, but one I used to sing regularly.  Usually, I remember only a few words at first, though the longer I sing, the more the words return.  Sunday morning, I heard, “If ever I love thee, my Jesus ‘tis now.”  What peace and rest poured over me.  When I found the lyrics online, they became a powerful prayer of worship to my Jesus.

May you, too, find rest and peace as you worship Jesus through the words of this song, sung on this video by Go Fish.

I Thought I Knew

It was a surprise when I recently grasped how much I really didn’t know about intercession.  It’s not that I thought so highly of myself, but I had a fair amount of instruction, time, and experience with the Lord in prayer and intercession.  I know quite a bit more now than I used to, but in a head-on collision of my knowledge with God’s, guess whose fell dramatically short – basically to the measure of infinitesimal?

The early ’97 journal entry I read while working on my book indicated that the Lord was preparing me for a time of intense intercession.  That was His phrase, not mine.  I thought, then, that I knew what He meant by it.  Now, reading it 13 years later, I know what He meant.  It was not total lack of knowledge that was my problem then, but not even knowing I lacked the knowledge I needed – that there was so much more to know – so I didn’t ask the Lord for further direction or clarification.  Even the increased knowledge I have now, which helps me understand what He was saying then, is minuscule in comparison with His eternally infinite knowledge.

Equally amazing is this same truth at work in every other part of my walk with Christ.  No matter how long I walk with Him, and no matter how many hours I spend in study, regardless of the topic, His wisdom and knowledge is profoundly beyond what I can ever know about anything!  (The word omniscient comes to mind.)

I find this absolutely freeing!  Don’t we talk about relying on Christ alone?  About having the mind of Christ?  About trusting Christ?  My reliance and trust are not to be in what I know, for it will always be lacking.  It’s His knowledge I need, and He is willing to give it, if I will only ask, whatever the issue: prayer, the love walk, healing, etc.

1 Corinthians 8:2 The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. NIV

Now I know what I need to know for any situation: I simply need to know and rest in the One Who knows all, the One Who lives in me – Jesus Christ.

I’d love for you to add comments about how this ministers to you.

Come Up Here!

clouds belowAs our jet circled Houston high above the clouds one afternoon, the Lord gave me such a clear picture.  The Houston airport had been closed to all incoming and outgoing flights due to a very bad thunderstorm that seemed to have parked over their heads.  Having been on the ground in many bad thunderstorms, I envisioned how dark it was, with the wind and rain coming from multiple directions at the same time – all while dangerous bolts of lightning struck the ground.  Where we were, over their heads, the sun shone brightly on a beautiful blue sky.  Underneath us, we could see white clouds with just a tad of gray mixed in.  As the pilot gave another update, I said, “They should come up here where we are – above the storm.”

It really wasn’t until it came out of my mouth that I saw the spiritual application.  In the spirit realm, the clouds represent all kinds of hard circumstances and personal storms of life that threaten to shut us down, as happened at the Houston airport.  Even though that natural shutdown was only for a short time, it was enough to caused backups, missed connections, and long delays in Houston, with quite a ripple effect in other airports around the country.   What kind of ripple effects might occur if we allow ourselves to be shut down spiritually?

Ephesians 2:6-76 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”

If we’ve been born again, our spirits are already seated with God in Christ in the heavenly realms, far above all the circumstances surrounding our natural lives.  The change must take place in our minds.  When we renew our minds with His Word (Romans 12:2), we begin to see our circumstances from God’s perspective, from the heavenly realms – above the stuff of life.  We might still go through tough situations, but seeing through God’s eyes will allow us to live in His peace in the midst of it, relying on His strength and trusting in His direction all the way through to the other side.  And . . . we will show the incomparable riches of His grace to those around us in the process!

Jesus is saying, “Come up here!”

Will You Rest?

I just love the Word of God!  And I just love how the Holy Spirit opens our eyes to see so much more in familiar passages, proving all over again that the Word truly is living and active (Hebrews 4:12).  Take for example, Matthew 11:28-30, which I include in both the NIV and the Amplified versions.       

NIV  “28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Amplified  “28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will tease and relieve and refresh your souls.]  29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.  30 For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good – not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.”

This passage is one to which I am frequently led by the Holy Spirit.  When I apply it, releasing the burdens I have been carrying on my own, I do, indeed, find His rest once again.  Recently, though, the Lord helped me see in a different way, which makes it even more alive for me. As I am preparing to lead a team to China at the end of March, the details – even for a detail-oriented person – have become somewhat overwhelming to me.  In a time of prayer concerning the trip and the people going, not even focusing on personal details at that moment, the Lord asked me the simple question, “Will you rest?”

I responded as honestly as I could with the following, as recorded in my journal:  “I will only rest if You help me, because I don’t know how, Lord.  I’m unable on my own.  Yes, Lord.  I’ll take Your yoke upon me and learn of You.  You said, ‘Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.’  Lord, I’m coming to You.  I choose not to do this my way, but Yours.  I lay my yoke down, for it’s much too heavy for me (or anyone), and is designed to oppress and wear me out.  I choose Your yoke and Your burden – for me – and I walk in Your peace and rest, even in the busy days and times.”

His response came into my heart, giving additional revelation of this part of His Word:  “Wear it as a mantle, Kay.  Yes, it’s a cloak, not a hard piece of wood that rubs blisters and leaves splinters, cuts, scars.  My yoke and My burden actually cover and protect you as you walk with Me – even in times of hard work and effort.  That’s how you stay in My peace and rest.”

I’ve always pictured myself taking off the heavy yoke and letting Jesus put His easy yoke over my shoulders with Him carrying the weight of it.  The yoke I pictured, though, was the still the same kind – a big beam of heavy and rough wood.  How wrong I’ve had it!  His yoke for me is actually a mantle, the cloak of His anointing – His grace – perfectly fitted to me and enabling me to do what He has called me to do!  Staying within the covering of His yoke helps me learn of Him, which keeps me protected in His peace, no matter what goes on around me.  This is how to rest in Him!  This is how to live in His peace!