As I was cleaning up this morning; placing the dirty dishes in the dishwasher, cleaning up the kitchen, doing laundry and hanging a few pictures from my father’s home, I was going through many things within. Accompanied by the soothing music in my headphones and the emotions that ensued from the joy of the instrumentals, I surrendered to the calming. The calming: a peace of knowing that everything was okay within the current moments. As I took a few minutes to sit down and write, just beforehand, I felt the moving of His Spirit. It was separated from the moving of the emotion I had enjoyed just prior. It was within this moment that I felt the peace of God.
I have also been sifting through pictures of my family this morning. Old pictures with good memories attached. Photos of my dad’s extended family that I’ve had little to no contact with throughout my life…
I just want to take a minute to share something personal for inspiration to others. I was just lost within the tears of joy and praise as I came to the end of the last paragraph. The “little to no contact” phrase moved me to tears. What an unfortunate thing this has been at the hand of others’ actions and their sinful influence.
Don’t ever let anyone negate the joy that awaits, whether it be with family or the things that you value.
Before I write anymore, I just want to make it very clear that my words are not for pity, or attention, but to simply show how the emotions and potential peace of the Lord is no different for me than it is for you. I’m so moved by His calming peace this morning that I must tell others about His Spirit that anyone is capable of receiving. I just pray that someone reading receives Him, somehow, in some way, through my little collection of words.
So, now that I’m back to writing, the photos were of my family. Oh, how I’ve failed to know the love connected to family. It hurts when the little joys in life are broken apart by the hurts and absence of God.
Anyone who knows me knows how I’ve struggled to find peace within. This morning, I give all the praise to Him for the fraction of a moment where I was able to feel the pure presence of His Spirit. It is in these moments that I am at total peace with Him as well as myself. It is during these moments that I see clearly just how much of a part of me He is, and just how much He cares for me. It is within a fleeting moment within the pure presence of God that I completely understand what I never did before: peace within is only possible through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
As all other religions will tell you that the peace of God is only found within one’s own self, but Christ taught truth. He taught of the indwelling of Holy Spirit directly from the Father. He taught of Father, Son and Holy Spirit as One, and apart from this truth is simply a lie. It is through this truth that I sit today and embrace His peace. It is within this truth that I am able to experience His pure peace within a short moment this morning. Decluttering, just as I had decluttered my mind through a relaxing morning, had to be executed through a thorough evaluation of ‘the ways to God.’ I had to accept, or reject, the findings when I looked at the Bible and many other religious writings.
What I found when hearing and reading His Word, found in John 14:6-7, was…
“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
When Jesus spoke these words, I had to make a decision. I had to decide whether or not he was a lunatic, or whom He had claimed to be. That is the same decision every one of us has to make. No other person had or has claimed to know the direct way to God (The Father) in any other religious text. No other way in any religion had or has emphasized with such magnitude the need for the truth (Jesus) as this man who had spoken in ancient times to the Jews. The truth had come directly from The Creator of all things in the form of flesh, to speak to the heart of every man and woman, and His name is, was, has always been and will forever be, “THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE.”
So, perhaps you’ve experienced this peace that I write about within you life. Praise God if you have! I pray this morning that we all learn to declutter the ways of sin in order for the mind to be open to His presence. I also pray for the very existence that we are limited to knowing and understanding is immersed in His power and Spirit, and that we are able to witness the lucidity of His truth, within.