This has been resonating with me so much lately. Given my past, it’s no wonder that I didn’t believe (deep inside myself) that He actually wanted me to have an abundant life. Sexual abuse and 100 different kinds of trouble… there was a part of me that is a “healthy sceptic”. And fair enough too I think.
But He just doesn’t let it go at that. He’s a good Dad. He just keeps speaking kind words from Is 54:6-17. This is what He has been speaking to me:
For the LORD has called you like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit, like a wife of youth when she is cast off, says your God.
For a brief moment I deserted you, but with great compassion I will gather you.
In overflowing anger for a moment I hid my face from you, but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,” says the LORD, your Redeemer.
Mmmm… and it hurt Lord!
“This is like the days of Noah to me: as I swore that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth, so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you, and will not rebuke you.
Well, that’s a relief. Thanks Lord! 🙂
For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.
Yes! God has said this to me… and His words will not return to Him empty (without effect). Yay!
“O afflicted one, storm-tossed and not comforted,
Mmmmm… you’re definitely referring to me… I can tell…
behold, I will set your stones in antimony, and lay your foundations with sapphires. I will make your pinnacles of agate, your gates of carbuncles, and all your wall of precious stones. All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.
Agate and carbuncles! Awesome… but what is it? hehehe. Regardless, I’ll take some of that, thanks Lord!! 🙂
In righteousness you shall be established;
THAT is an important point. Unless we are established in righteousness (which comes from faith in Jesus’ full atonement) there cannot be peace with God. Being saved is great, BUT being dressed in robes of righteousness brings peace with God. Get both! Not just saved.
you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you.
Amen to that Lord. *BAM!* Take that all you nasties, you’ve had your turn, my Abba is coming for you now.
If anyone stirs up strife, it is not from me;
This is interesting. From this point forward in my life, I can rest in the knowledge that it’s NOT from Him. It was from Him before (I was under several “bans” from freemasonry, idolatry, illegitimacy and all kinds of other generational things) but now that I have entered the righteousness that Jesus has made available, I have peace with Him. Going forward, the trouble is not from Him.
whoever stirs up strife with you shall fall because of you.
Wow. I’m not sure what to make this Lord? Please explain this to me.
Righteousness = Peace
Like He said in that verse: “In righteousness you shall be established”.
FWIW: This is a profound point that I think the church will have to re-discover, how the bible says to become righteous. It might not be what you think! It’s NOT based on your OWN efforts at all. The full atonement (payment) of Jesus is the ONLY way to be righteous with God and to have complete peace with Him.
Nowadays there is actual peace between me and God, not just a vague positive thinking HOPE of peace… maybe… someday… if I believe it hard enough. If I “stretch out my faith”. If I thank Him for what I don’t see. Etc.
No, none of that spiritual gymnastics. hehehe. This is a real peace. I sleep through the night. There is light in my house, despite the deep darkness outside. (I live in an area with a lot of occult activity).
You see… I am actually walking in shoes of peace (remember the armor: breastplate of righteousness and shoes of peace? does the amor make sense now?) and it sure makes a big difference in my day-to-day life and experience of Him and His Presence in my life:
Behold, I have created the smith who blows the fire of coals and produces a weapon for its purpose. I have also created the ravager to destroy;
no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment.
Hallelujah! No weapon. Yeah.
This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD and their vindication from me, declares the LORD.” – Is 54:6-17
THIS time I believe it, because I understand why it *didn’t* work before and why it *is* working now.
Jesus is Lord! He made a way. We enter into His life after entering into His death (spiritually) and we do this through faith in Him and His ability to do what He said He’d do.
I’ve known that changes have been in progress for some time, but I’ve had such a history to work through and recover from, that it’s tough to simply believe that somehow things would change. But since I’ve entered into the new covenant (entered by faith in Jesus) I have seen my life completely turn around.
Ok, reality check. This change has taken place over several months, not a day, but it’s happening. Yahoo! But compare that to the 2 decades of pain and hurt and all the effort that I went through before. Ugh. Why didn’t anyone tell me about this before?!
Step 1 and 2
So the first step was getting free from the enemy’s legal claims t0 hassle me. That’s the righteousness bit.
The second step is to get into all He has for me – united into His LIFE – which includes healing from my past, but more than that, to have a new and abundant life. Part two of this post is here: Jesus came to give us an abundant life – Part #2