Pillars of Peace by J. Kirkpatrick
Get Out of the Boat a poem by E. Britton
PILLARS OF PEACE
by J. Kirkpatrick, OH
"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because He trusteth in thee." Isaiah 26:3
Christ Jesus is the builder of our house, Hebrews 3:1-6. He desires for us to enter into His rest, Hebrews 4:3 & 10. To do this we must cease from our own works, Judges 21:25.
We must come to the place where we do nothing or say nothing unless we have heard the Father telling us to go and do, John 12:49.
In our busy world it seems that this is an impossibility. And we say, "As good servants of the Lord we need to be about the Father's business." But the Lord desires us to stop all our own efforts and come apart and hear His desire and His direction; not continually going ahead to do, do, do.
"Busy"ness is a tool of satan to keep us from hearing and obeying God's still small voice. The world is crying out for peace. But they are looking in the wrong places. Many have used their own abilities and reasonings of their own minds to find "peace". But there is only one way to find true peace and that is to come apart to hear the Lord's still small voice of direction in each and every situation.
The "New Age" recommend yoga, transcendental meditation, biorhythm, etc, etc. There have made a counterfeit of finding God's true peace.
HOW CAN WE FIND TRUE PEACE
There is only one way and that is by coming wholly with our whole heart, our whole soul, and our whole mind to the Prince of Peace, Isaiah 9:7.
We need to meditate on the "good things" in God's Word, Psalm 1:2.
ARE YOU UNDER STRESS?
Choose a word of scripture and meditate upon it for 3 minutes several times a day.
Do you have trouble falling asleep at night?
Psalm 63:6 If you go to sleep by watching TV, reading the newspaper, a novel or working a crossword puzzle, you are going to dwell upon these things as you sleep.
Do all the things you have to do the next day invade your sleep, setting up repeating patterns over and over and over again.
The answer is to go to bed with your Bible, meditating on God's Words. If we do this, we are promised sweet sleep, Psalm 4:8; Psalm 127:2; Proverbs 3:24.
Psalm 77:12 tells us to meditate on all His works. The best medicine for stress is to get out and walk, enjoying nature. Walking is a great healer of depression, fatigue, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and overweight. Walking gets us to breathing deeply. With every step we are drawing in God's life into our inner-most being. We are able to hear His direction more clearly for our minds are clear.
Another way we can meditate on all His works is to keep a diary, a "Book of Remembrances", Malachi 3:16. This serves two purposes. We daily give God the glory for all the works He is doing in our life for that day; and two, we are learning to build our memories on His works, the trials, the testings, the memories, the blessings the Lord has done in our lives. When we meditate on "good things", Romans 8:28, there is less time to dwell on "busy"ness, fantasies, hurts, and on and on and on.
Music is a healer of stress. We need to lift our hands and our voices with His praises, Psalm 119:48. Music soothes the soul.
Praying for others releases our own stressful circumstances. We no longer can dwell on our own problems.
HOW DO WE FIND TRUE PEACE?
"Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest, Matthew 11:28; Luke 1:78-79; Mark 6:31.
Get Out of the Boat and Onto the Train
A Poem by E. Britton
Father I sit here with pen in hand
Waiting to hear your voice again
I look at your mountains and the works of your hand
And I stand in awe of the vastness of your plan
Your love to the nations you've asked us to take
Yet from the dust of our circumstances we can't seem to shake
Our view gets so narrow, our eyes clouded with "self"
And the commission you've given gets set on a shelf
Satan knows our weakness, so he throws us a curve
One more thing to distract us and make us love our nerve
He sneaks in some fear and we begin to think
If we get out of our boat we just might sink
There's not enough money, the kids have a cold
What if my husband's job doesn't hold
What will we eat if we give more to missions
What will we do if we don't get that commission
On and on our excuses can go
Till we're consumed with our selves and we feel so low
We can't understand why we have no peace
Until in desperation we get on our knees
We begin to cry and it all pours out
Then our Father lifts us and turns us about
He turns us away from our own circumstances
Lifts our eyes to His face and our sad heart dances
We see His unfailing love reflected there
And once again we want to share
Whatever we have whether great or small
He takes it and blesses and he give us His all
It begins to sink in to our thick skull
That there is no way to lose when we heed His call
When we are willing to be His hand extended
To the people we meet and the nations all blended
His hand is released, His provision abundant
He provides for our lives as our own efforts couldn't
So lets embrace His plan and get onto the train
We won't ever know joy if in our selves we remain
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