Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be known to God and the peace of God which suprasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Is your star in muddy water? Spiritually disconnected, mentally anxious and confused, emotionally drained or exhausted, relationally independent, physically uncomfortable?
What brings us to this place? It’s the things that life throws at us, that don’t ever stop but seem to keep getting bigger.
-A relationship that’s not running smoothly.
-Taking on more than is our share
-Holding on to something too tightly.
-Packing our schedules to full, being too busy.
So what do we do to get our star back in pure water..spiritually connected, mentally peaceful, emotionally happy, relationally balanced, and physically energetic?
We are to pray. Why pray? Because prayer is our technology of letting go! Not the deceptive prayer, that keeps the worrisome thought circulating, but the prayer of belief that trusts God and a prayer of repentance. We say: I repent, change my mind, change the inner man (particularly with reference to acceptance of the will of God).
–Repent: Strong’s Greek 3340, metanoéō (from metá – “changed after being with” and noiéō – “think properly”, “think differently after,” “after a change of mind”; to repent literally means – “think differently afterwards”).
Throughout the Bible people were told to repent. Today we are told that God “now commandeth all men (people) everywhere to repent”. Repentance is a process which leads to a relationship with God.
So what is our purpose? Is our purpose to be the perfect wife or the perfect mother or the perfect employee? No, our purpose is to Love God, and as we connect with Him, His spirit flowing through us will help us be the wife, mother and employee that he has called us to be. We were created by God for God.
Acts 3:19 Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.
So if we repent, change our mind, then a time of refreshing will come. What are we to change our minds from? From us being in control. Where does the refreshing come from? The Lord.
It’s like fasting your thoughts. Arrest the fearful, selfish thought, repent of it, change your mind about it and replace it with the spirit, the word of God, then meditate on that new thought throughout the day.
Repentance also involves a turning away from our old ways and turning towards the new ways. Whether our old ways seem good or bad, we have all sinned and need repentance.
Romans 3:23(AMP) Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives.
His kindness leads us to repentance, but we first have to SEE His kindness.
Romans 2:4 (NIV) Or do you show contempt (despise) for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
It takes a humble heart to SEE His kindness.
James 4:6 (NKJV) But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
My time of journaling helped me look inside myself, and come to a place of repentance. Repentance leads to metamorphosis. The grub’s decision to build a cocoon leads to the new miraculous creation of a butterfly. For people it’s just the same: the miraculous end result of repentance is becoming a new creation.
Here is a wonderful little acronym for us to remember:
E- Exhale of
P- Prayer, that is
E- Expectant of things
N- New and
By Lisa Marshall