Do you ever just need your soul to "be still?" To just feel some peace within? I can tell you that many times I do...
Lately I have been struggling with many things in my life. Some of them are from current situations and some are from my past. After a melt down earlier in the week the Lord started really dealing with me about my mind set. So, over the last three days this is some of what took place for me.
I would open my bible and turn to scriptures like...
2 Corinthians 5:17
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
“From eternity to eternity I am God.
No one can snatch anyone out of my hand.
No one can undo what I have done.”
I will tell of the Lord’s unfailing love.
I will praise the Lord for all he has done.
I will rejoice in his great goodness to Israel,
which he has granted according to his mercy and love.
Have you never heard?
Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.
I read many more scriptures that are wonderful...too many to list.
While reading and really just asking the Lord to help me with all of this, things started happening. At one point I had the thought...I really just have to make a pivotal change in my mind set. No more waffling back and forth. When things go wrong don't think about going back to my old ways. They don't work. Only use Gods ways because I know they work. Then it would seem that as soon as I would stop reading and talking to the Lord it would start all over again. It was just feelings of hopelessness. So when I was home I would read more and just talk to the Father and keep asking for help. Then this morning I found a scripture in Isaiah that really just did something for me...
The Lord will hold you in his hand for all to see—
a splendid crown in the hand of God.
After reading the scripture I looked at the study notes. It says how names really mean something. This scripture is Isaiah calling believers..."a splendid crown in the hand of God." It asks the questions...How does that change your self perception? I thought about it. My self perception has not been real good. Then...the next line. GOD has given you a new identity---Live It!! Wow...that just slapped me between the eyes! It makes me think of this passage...Colossians 3:1-17. Out of that passage one verse sticks out...
Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.
I need to live out my new life trusting that the Lord has me in His hand. He has my life in His control. I have a new identity in Him...I need too believe it and live like it. He will not let me go!
Satan fights for our souls every minute of every day. How we react to what he does makes a huge difference. We can believe his lies and start on the path that leads us down into the dark valleys or...we can tell him he is a liar and to get away. Then start praising the Lord...worshiping...reading the Word...and anything else that keeps your mind set on the Lord! You have got to stay strong and fight. We live in a constant battle for our minds...which leads to a battle for our souls. We don't want to lose that battle.
One other thing that has helped me is an old song I listen to every night before I go to sleep...Be Still My Soul/What A Friend We Have In Jesus by Selah. Here is the link to watch the video...
Jesus...the Healer of our souls...if we will let Him be!!