Last Sunday I preached a message out of Philippians 4:6-7 that teaches us how to get from a place of anxiety to peace, from worry to rest, from being fragmented to being whole. I used three flagstones to illustrate the three-step process that gets us from one side to the other. I titled the message, The Pathway to Peace. You can watch the message HERE.
Because this is such an acute need right now for many, I want to take the next three days to revisit each step.
I find many believers are afraid to be gut-honest with God about how they feel. If that is you, why do you think that is? Maybe it is because you feel it would be offensive, or disrespectful, or faithless, or maybe just a waste of time. But the truth is, it is honest. And God likes that a lot.
Here is one of my all-time favorite verses:
“O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.” Psalm 62:8 NLT
Do you know what I find when I pour out my heart to Him? Discovery.
For example, today I was taking a morning walk and I decided to get gut-honest with God. I told Him that I am angry at someone who recently hurt me very deeply. As I began to confess my anger, anger about other things began to surface. I did not even realize how much I had rolling around inside of me!
As I began telling Him about everything, (and it is not as though that is when He found out about it!), clarity began to come. Unexpected thoughts began coming into my mind that were full of wisdom, followed by Scripture. That is how I know it is Him.
This is one huge reason why you must know the Bible. The Word of God is the primary way God will speak to you. Just begin reading fifteen minutes every day, and in a noticeably short time you will be amazed at how much closer you will be to God, and how much He is speaking to you!
Regarding this, Jesus said:
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” John 14:26
And Isaiah says:
“For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 NLT
Though God’s thoughts are higher than ours, it does not mean we are to stay in our lower-level mentality. No, God wants to give us His thoughts on matters. But you must ask Him. You must engage. That is why the first step is so critical. To get real answers from God, you must get real with God. That is where the exchange takes place.
I asked Him what He wanted me to do about the anger. I asked Him to give me His perspective on the issues – not the perspective I assumed He would have, but how He truly sees things. His answers to me were not at all what I expected.
I am not going to share what He said back to me because it is personal. But what I can tell you is that what He spoke to me not only brought hope, peace, and direction for my immediate situation, but it’s depth will help me with future situations that are similar in nature for the rest of my life.
Tomorrow we will look at Be Specific with what you need, but for now, get honest with God and see what He might say to you. I promise it will be good because, “…God is your refuge.”
Q. If you are not gut-honest with God when you pray to Him, why aren’t you?
Q. What is going on in your life right now that you need to process with God? Go ahead and pour out your heart to Him and see what happens.