Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again— my Savior and my God! (Psalms 43:5 NLT)
There is nothing powerful than our spirit that is awaken by believing in the finished work of Christ on the cross.
The soul is so uncontrollable at times; raging emotions, flooding thoughts and stormy willfulness – as a result we hate ourselves, lose all credibility and find ourselves so foolish.
Yet, all the while, the renewed spirit in us wait quietly trusting the Lord to comfort, bring the understanding and calm us down.
If there is no prayer that could comfort us, let’s say the name of Jesus repeatedly – this will make us fall in love with Him. His perfect love then will cast out all our fears and quiets our soul!
Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself,like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk.Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me. Psalm 131:2
“Who will feel sorry for you, Jerusalem? Who will weep for you? Who will even bother to ask how you are?
You have abandoned me and turned your back on me,” says the Lord. Jeremiah 15:5-6
It is an undeniable truth that none besides the Lord Himself truly loves Jerusalem, which is His people – you & me.
We were all rejected, failures, hopeless and good for nothing left to sink and decay in miry clay. Then, the Savior came – the One and the only One Who felt sorry for us, the One and the only One Who weeped for us and the One and the only One Who cared for us!
But as he (Jesus) came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, he began to weep. Luke 29:41
Where will I be, without this forgiving Savior, full of compassion and full of mercy! Jesus, how I love you!
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime!
Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:5
So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience. Romans 13:5
Paul here writing about submitting to those in authority.
Imagine a life where there are no authorities – as much as we may like to love that idea, we very well know it will end up in a reckless, purposeless and useless life.
An airplane pilot no matter how many hours of flying experience he has and how expert he is in handling that aircraft, he cannot reach the destination safe without someone controlling the airspace for him.
The important truth of our flesh that we need to know is – it doesn’t like being under an authority. Adam and Eve loved God’s authority in the beginning as long as they were unaware of the choice they had to rebel. They rebelled on the very first opportunity presented to them. That speaks in itself how our flesh is no matter how righteous and loyal we may think of ourselves.
Being under authority is not people-pleasing, being a yes man or a door-mat but it is all about keeping our conscience right all the time.
That inner voice is simply the conscience that whispers right away when we are wrong no matter how loud, how long we argue or shout it down.
Our flesh wants power, ego, pride, control… our spirit simply wants peace, humility, God-pleasing and maintain that clear conscience.
Can we support that still small voice in midst of the raging storms and those roaring waves?
If you do, you just entered the port authority of blessings!