Monday, September 21, 2015

Trust in Jesus Gives Our Minds Rest

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." (Isaiah 26: 3)

Meditation is crucial, i.e. Cross-ial.

As we allow the Word of God to rest in our minds, and we mutter verses of Scripture, revelation abound in our hearts and minds.

"This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success." (Joshua 1: 8)

and then

"It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." (John 6: 63)

The above verse offers the revelation of Jesus as our living Word.

Now, let us return to the glorious revelation found for us in Isaiah.

We do not have perfect peace by forcing our minds to stay focused on any one thing.

Jesus is alive, and cares for us, in spite of our greatest hurts and setbacks, not because of who we are, but all because of who He is:

"For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 8But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. " (Romans 5: 6-8)

and also

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast." (Ephesians 2: 8-9)

Let us never once believe that our loving Daddy God lifts His protection when we struggle to believe. Let us certainly not assume that Jesus does not care about us, or gets upset and put off by our lack of faith, either:

"And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?" (Mark 4:38-40)

and also

"If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself." (2 Timothy 2:13)

Yet today, we have His faith, even!

"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness comeby the law, then Christ is dead in vain. (Galatians 2: 20-21)

All God our Father asks is that we trust Him:

"Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." (John 6: 29)

When we trust Jesus, then our minds are at rest, and He is able to keep us, because we have stopped keeping ourselves.

And this trust is indeed all about Jesus!

"In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks." (Isaiah 26: 1)

and afterwards

"Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:" (Isaiah 26:4)

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