The main objective of your entire life is to stay connected with (abiding in) Jesus Christ. This is where God is glorified and your soul finds its rest. “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29) Rest is: calm, quiet, refreshed ceasing. Daily bring your soul to rest in Christ. Your soul consists of the:
Activity of the mind (thoughts)… so, have the mind of Christ (Phil 2:5). Settle down into Christ Jesus all the activity of your mind. Think about what you think about so you can intentionally submit this arena of your life into his care. Use Philippians 4:4-9 to evaluate your thought-life, dismissing what doesn’t meet the criteria and promoting what does. Train yourself in this way, and begin to think his thoughts after him (Is 55:8-9).
Will (intentions) … so, deny self to follow him (Lk 9:23-24). Study James 4 and Galatians 2:20. Meditate on these mind-blowing, game-changing truths, ask the Holy Spirit for help, and then do it. Lay aside your agenda for your life as you submit to and walk in his agenda for your life. Decision-making becomes much more simplified here.
Character … so, share in his divine nature! He actually offers this to you! Be conformed, transformed through the knowledge of God (2 Peter 1:2-9). Study his character, attributes, and ways. Spend quality time in his presence through his Word, as you seek to really know him. You have everything you need, to do so, and there is not one thing more important to do today (and every day) than this.
Perception (how you see things) … so, take Jesus up on his promise to provide clear vision (Matthew 7:5). Take an honest look at how you treat other people, and at the idols in your own life. Ask the Holy Spirit to shine some light in there, because your perception – the way you see conversations, relationships, events, challenges, blessings, the past, the present, and the future – is not accurate unless you’re judging yourself first. That’s a promise.
Understanding (belief system, worldview) … so, meditate on his words and actually live them (Psalm 111:10, James 1:22-25). Study “the fear of the Lord” and ask God to increase it in you. But for a right understanding, you must actually do what he says rather than merely study it some more.
Desires/Wants … so, delight yourself in him, and he will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4, Psalm 1:2). If being with God, knowing him more, enjoying his company and loving his ways does not thrill you or please you, then you have been duped by your own desires (James 1:14-16) and are in a state of confusion. Cry out for a fresh revelation of his marvelous Word, Glory, and Excellence, and wait on (attend to, expect) it.
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