You seek peace? You are not alone. You have come here to seek peace, but you cannot find it without hard work and determination. For it is in the striving for peace through works of righteousness that you make your peace known to God. -James 3:17 (BLESSED)
But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. -1 Corinthians 2:14 (KJV)
Look to the creation to see what Jesus was when He was on this earth. He could heal, do miracles, after He Resurrection walked on the earth He spoke and healed many, He rebuked the devil, He preached to the poor, He restored the soul of a demon-possessed man. He also cast out demons. But there is one thing He is not doing, He is not perfect.
Then Peter came and said to Him, Master, many people will come to see you and hear your words. They will be healed, saved, redeemed, and filled. But they will not receive the gifts of the Holy Spirit. -Luke 7:9-11 (NKJV)
I have been at many funerals of people that had lost their lives due to senseless acts of nature, and I have observed from the ground floor window where they died, how it is the same story each time, the same feelings of hopelessness and depression.
They were sad, but they didn’t know why; sadness doesn’t come to you unless you are connected to God. And when you are connected to God, the Holy Spirit will guide you towards the peace He has for you. You want to run to Him when you are feeling hopeless and miserable, when your world is crumbling down around you.
Because the Holy Spirit has been sent from the Father to the children of God, He wants to help you and He wants your love to abound for the sake of the children of God. He is like the wind, He blows where He wills. And if you are blown, He still wants to blow on you to give you His grace.
John 16:33 quoted in the Book of Romans at the beginning of the New Testament proves to us that the Holy Spirit is good, He is not evil, but He is the Power of God. He is the breath of God, life, and the future. Without Him, it’s just you and the world. When you have Him, the world will just seem empty, but He will fill up everything.
I’ve really been noticing lately how the young men in the church think that they are serving God with all their giving and their service, but they never seem to look at the mirror and see themselves for who they are before the Lord.
Instead of trying to serve God by taking His word and trying to abide by it, or the Holy Spirit prompting you to a confession of your sin, or being careful to avoid something that God has asked you not to do, and just confess it when it happens because it is what you have learned in His word, or in your experience with Him, then you can just look in the mirror and see what you are before the Lord.
If your service is at its best the way that He has intended it to be, His blessings will be showered on you and multiplied many fold.
There are three Lords: Lord Jesus Christ, Lord Satan, and Lord God Almighty. When you are at harmony with each of them, your life will be in joyful expectation. To attain a life of harmony with each of them we must walk in obedience.
I once met an alcoholic-nearly everything I have ever tried in life has failed miserably, and he was the richest man in the world at the time. He poppy’d a pill an alcohol to the point of killing his liver, and yet he was telling me that he felt so happy when he did show up for work. Why, he had a five year plan to get his business off the ground, buy a beautiful home, and have the most eligible prospective employee. Why, he was comments on how he was going to have a happy marriage to somebody he barely even knew, and so on.
He had all these plans. In the interview, we should have asked him about his plans, especially if they were good. With a man who knows what he want sown, having a plan b to s is not necessarily a bad thing. After all, you not only have your own business, you also have a spouse. And if all this planning hadn’t worked out the way he thought, your spouse would be miserable with guilt too.
In the end, it came down to being in harmony with Christ, and abiding in Him.