The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. Exodus 33:14
Have you ever wondered why it is easy to remain at rest and in peace in the secret place with the Lord, but when you step outside of that place it feels like the world is coming at you one hundred miles per hour? Suddenly all the rest and peace you were experiencing during your time with the Lord begins to dissipate and you may wonder “what is wrong with me?”
The last month I have been learning how to rest in the Lord, not just in my quiet time with him (to be honest even in the secret place sometimes difficult to remain in rest or peace) but also learning how to go through my day remaining in that place of rest and peace. The Lord spoke me and I felt him saying “change requires application.” This is why in James 1:2-4 it says, “My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up power within you to endure all things. And then as your endurance grows even stronger it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.” TPT
These trials we face on a daily basis create a place where we can choose to be in alignment with God, but it all begins with spending time with him in the secret place. If you go to the secret place just looking to receive from the Lord and don’t apply what you learn as you go through your day, you are missing an important reason for what you are experiencing in the secret place. Yes, God can and will change you, but part of changing is making the choice to do so, and when you choose to respond the way heaven would respond your outcomes will begin to change in a positive direction. This is where earth begins looking like heaven through you. (see Colossians 1:27)
So how does this all work? I believe it begins with making the right choice even when you don’t feel like it. Consciously deciding to refuse the flesh (what you feel like doing) and choose to respond with the alignment of the spirit of God. This can only happen if you know God and know how he would respond. One of the best ways is reading and valuing the bible. Knowing scriptures relating to the issues we encounter daily empower us to respond like God. When hardships arise we can recall the scriptures the Lord gives us and respond differently to our situations.
When a situation comes that is frustrating and would normally steal our rest and peace, we can instead immediately give it over to the Lord. Choosing to not carry the burden but releasing it immediately will also keep the situation from turning into sin and harm in our lives. Always remember that God loves you. He is there for you, no matter what the situation looks like you are going through at that moment. This can be hard to remember when you feel frustrated and burdened but if you make the choice to a take a moment and ask God to reveal his love of you, he will. He is right there waiting for us to respond to him and respond to our every day lives in a way that brings us closer to Him. This is where freedom begins!
“I repeat it: Don’t let worry enter your life. Live above the anxious cares about your personal needs. People everywhere seem to worry about making a living, but your heavenly Father knows your every need and will take care of you. Each and every day he will supply your needs as you seek his kingdom passionately, above all else. So don’t ever be afraid, dearest friends! Your loving Father joyously gives you his kingdom realm with all its promises!” Luke 12:29-32
“Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ. So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always. Follow the example of all that we have imparted to you and the God of peace will be with you in all things.” Philippians 4:6-9
“Because you are close to me and always available, my confidence will never be shaken, for I experience your wrap-around presence every moment. My heart and soul explode with joy—full of glory! Even my body will rest confident and secure.” Psalms 16:8-9