Monthly Archives: April 2013

Where Are You Seated?

But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus… (Eph. 2:4-6)

“The minute you entered the kingdom of God, you were outfitted for battle.  Each piece of your armor was provided in salvation.  And although ultimate victory is secure, you must put on each piece of the armor if you’re going to win the battle.  Not a piece can be missing.  Then, you must stand firm!” Kay Arthur

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April 2, 2013

Solitude and Serenity
by Charles R. Swindoll

Make your ear attentive to wisdom,
incline your heart to understanding.
Proverbs 2:2

An inner restlessness grows within us when we refuse to get alone [with God] and examine our own hearts, including our motives.

As our lives begin to pick up the debris that accompanies a lot of activities and involvements, we can train ourselves to go right on, to stay active, to be busy in the Lord’s work.

Unless we discipline ourselves to pull back, to get alone for the hard work of self-examination in times of solitude, serenity will remain only a distant dream.

How busy we can become . . . and as a result, how empty! We mouth words, but they mean nothing. We find ourselves trafficking in unlived truths. We fake spirituality.

How easy to fall prey to meaningless talk, cliché-ridden responses, and mindless activities! It was never meant to be that way; but, more often than not, that’s the way it is.

To break the habit, solitude is required. The hard work of self-examination on a recurring basis is absolutely essential.

 

Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Wisdom for the Way (Nashville: J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2001). Copyright © 2001 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Someone has said that being too B.U.S.Y is “Being Under Satan’s Yoke.”  How about you?  How do you preserve time to rest in Him?