Tuesday, December 23, 2014

For the Christian, What's "Normal"?

Intimate relationship is possible with the God of the universe and - within that intimacy - is life, peace, and all the rest of Holy Spirit's fruits.

"Normal" for the Christian in intimate relationship with the Godhead is not depression and turmoil or being downtrodden - did you know that?  It is not a life of constant ducking, dodging, and fearful avoidance of evil as one being chased without protection or defense. No, indeed!

Unrest and trouble and pain are surely the norm for the world system and all things "of" it, BUT... normalcy for the child of God devoted and delighted in regular, saturating oneness with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit... is PEACE.

"These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

"For He Himself is our Peace..." (Eph. 2:14a)

"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful." (Col. 3:15)

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy - think (or meditate) on these things." (Phil. 4:6-8)

If your life is constantly fraught with inner turmoil, depression, destruction, confusion, resentment, weakness, rage, complaint, doubt, and pain there are issues within you being exposed which you need to humbly address with Daddy.  Don't blame the nature of "Christianity" for your dilemma, for that is unjust.

In His own words the Lord declares that the "yoke" of relationship in Him is easy and its "burden" (the execution of it) is light.  That's because we are not to be the burden-bearer - He is It is only when we put our focus on fleshly vices and enemy weaponry sent against us that our view of this truth is obstructed. Being too proud to admit that sorrows and confusion have overtaken us and triggered anger and constant questions about events we can't understand will block the free flow of God's peace within us, and blame-shifting will only cause those issues to froth and build to bursting inside us like an unattended, boiling water pot.

Children of the True and Living God are not meant to walk around with their heads constantly hanging between their shoulders!  The Lord TOOK ALL WORLDLY SUFFERING upon Himself on the cross and abolished all platform for inner anguish and self-destruction when He died on Calvary.  Remember?  He replaced our sinful, deathly state with His Righteousness so that  - IN HIM - we will have peace.

So what if the world around us is in turmoil and constant upheaval - we need not be if and when our minds are stayed on Him.  The world system is sinful and abysmally rebellious towards God; loathsome garbage and decay is all we will ever find in it!  But our God gives clear directives as to where our inner man should be at all times so we can be focused on Him and, therefore, maintained in His Peace.  God will make the way if we are only willing to yield obediently to His directives every time.

Beloved, if you're constantly struggling inwardly, there's a mirror you need to look into on bended knees in repentance, humbly confessing and releasing all that it shows you. Repent for taking on such weight in sorrow and complaint, and then release the torment and confusion from which Christ died to free you!  Cover yourselves in His Blood.  Once you yield all of your substance to Him, my friends, you will once more know genuine inner Peace and bask thankfully in the true normalcy of what it means to intimately belong to Abba.  That is His promise.


"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
(Romans 12:11b)