Get Out of Your Head and Back to Your Heart:
The Path to Joy and Peace Begins There
February 14, 2017
As I woke up this morning I found my mind trying to wrap around a matter of faith and immediately heard the Spirit say, "Get out of your head and back to your heart."
My heart trusts God! There is no wavering, no figuring it out, no wondering or even doubting...just pure childlike trust. My heart sings continually that He is a good, good Father! My heart finds rest in the place of surrender and abandoned assurance in who He is and in His promises.
On the other hand my head will try to filter faith through circumstances and natural things. My head will always usurp faith with natural reasoning which will quickly rob me of my peace. And last my head will try to understand what my heart is sure of so why not just remain in my heart?
Of course God gave us a mind and gives us wisdom and understanding of how to walk forward, decisions to be made and actions to be taken. But our trust in God, our rest and our peace that surpasses understanding resides in our hearts and not our heads.
When your thoughts are leading you on paths that rob you of peace and trust then you can know that the enemy is alluring you down a path where he intends to kill, steal or destroy your peace, rest and trust. Once he does this he replaces it with anxiety, panic, doubt, unbelief and fear. You will always know that you are being persuaded to leave the secret place of trust when your thoughts begin to rob you of peace.
As God's people we need to quickly learn to train our minds to submit to our hearts (our spirit) when it is going down paths that do not honor truth. Wondering minds that stray from truth need to be bridled and brought back to the assurance of faith.
I recently was telling my husband this statement,"I refuse to show compassion to the flesh when it spews unbelief because it breathes death upon the faith that dwells in the spirit, giving life and breath."
I am becoming ruthless with training my flesh and mind to come into constant alignment with trust and truth. I am a VERY compassionate person which is a quality that God placed within me but when that compassion begins to align with unbelief it merely creates a an atmosphere of being a victim, doubting and self-pity. I will not wrongly use a gift that God has placed in me to promote the flesh or any lie. My flesh must align with my heart!
I recently heard a quote by Bill Johnson that was so revelatory. He said, "Questions raised in the atmosphere of trust release revelation but questions raised in the atmosphere of distrust release unbelief."
We can have questions but they must be question from the heart of trust rather than from the place of distrust. Our minds must be submitting to truth and trained (even bridled in necessary) to let our hearts (spirits) create a continual atmosphere of trust. Then revelation, wisdom and peace will flood in and make a path that is filled with joy.
Our God is good! His faithfulness is sure and unchanging from generation to generation. If your mind is not creating an atmosphere filled with the truth of His goodness and faithfulness then go back to your heart. Your spirit will lead you back to truth and to the paths that lead you forth in joy! And peace!
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the LORD’s renown, for an everlasting sign, that will endure forever. Isaiah 55:8-13.
Jeffrey and Kathi Pelton understand our culture's need for encouragement and hope. Through writing and speaking, they escort individuals into awareness of God's profound compassion and mercy that heals brokenness, and they have a unique ability to help anyone seeking pathways into His kind embrace. For several years, Jeffrey and Kathi led a house of prayer located in Kelowna, British Columbia. Currently, they travel extensively, working with prayer and prophetic movements. Recently, Jeffrey and Kathi, their grown children, and their one grandson relocated from Northern California to Eugene, Oregon. They continue to travel and have begun networking with prayer ministries in the Pacific Northwest. They are also part of a development team for Kairos Ministries, a local church plant.
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