The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:14
Some of the best times in my life have been when I am stripped of pride, kneeling on the floor before The Lord. I have begged, blundered, cried, and torn my heart to shreds before His throne of grace. All in search of the peace that surpasses all understanding. As if it wasn’t already mine to have.
Have you ever begged God for something that is already yours? Like His peace, or His love, or His presence? I bet we all have. But it’s hard to know what we already have when we can’t physically see it. We can know it is there because God’s Word says it is, but until we see it we have difficulty acting as if it already exists. But it does. His peace existed inside of you before you ever asked for it. The moment the Holy Spirit entered you, His love, peace, grace and mercy were poured into your heart.
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:5
Our hope does not put us to shame. The confident expectation of all God has to offer will never be something we have to retract or say that it didn’t really exist. Even if we can’t feel it at the moment we can be confident that we posses all we need to live a life glorifying to Him. Why? Because He is Christ in me. He is in Christ in you. The promise of Exodus 33:14 is true. Wherever you go, his presence indeed goes with you.
As we close up this week I want to give you a take away. You have heard and read that The Lord your God is always with you. You may have done as Tracie did in Chapter Five and surrounded yourself, literally, with His promises. And yet many of us still have a hard time moving this knowledge from our heads to our hearts.
Today I am challenging you to start as acting “as if.” Acting as if His Word is true. Acting as if you already possess His peace. Acting as if you are loved by God. Acting as if you can let go of your stress because He is in control. You may not be able to accept these truths in your heart just yet, and that’s okay. You can act as if until your emotions have a chance to catch up and the fruits of your faith begin to blossom. It’s okay if your heart doesn’t flutter with delightful trust yet, just begin to act as if.
It has been an honor it has been to spend time with you this week. Chapter Five was a challenging chapter. Many of you have commented that the questions were tough to answer. I agree with you, they were. But growth is challenging and tough. It takes time, and even requires you to open your hands and let go of a few things. However, I am astounded and amazed as I read what each of you post throughout the week. God is certainly moving!
In closing, I want to pray for us~
Dear Lord, Thank you for each and every woman participating in this Online Study. Thank you for what a blessing she is to her friends and family. I pray that you will protect her heart and mind. Guard her from shame and doubt as she transitions into a life less stressed with You. You have given her peace-help her to accept, begin to understand, and identify this peace wherever she goes and whatever the circumstances. We praise you Lord. You are faithful and mighty to save. In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen.
Please take time in the comment section to share a small victory from this week. One time or moment when you found yourself acting less stressed, when you were able to find that peace that surpassed your understanding. How were you able to do this? Did others notice anything different about you? I can’t wait to hear how God is giving you victory of stress and anxiety!
The winner of the book is Jessica who commented on the day 2 post on May 7th at 9:52 pm. Please email me at email@example.com with your mailing address and we will get your book mailed out to you! And don’t forget to come back to the blog tomorrow as it will be prayer request and praise day!