John 16:33 | Staff SOAP

S FOR SCRIPTURE:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” — John 16:33

O FOR OBSERVATION:

I have really wrestled with this verse over the last few years because daily I need the reminder that Jesus is the peace in my troubled world.

I have always experienced so much fear in life; and this is one of the main causes of the lack of peace in my life & in my heart.

Fear of not performing well enough.
Fear of what others think about me.
Fear of letting my parents or boss or those around me down.
Fear of things that I can’t control.
Fear of the unknown.
Fear of missing out.
Fear of failure.

This fear creates so much trouble in my heart . . . it is paralyzing.

When I was in counseling, I worked through this fear & for the first time looked at it straight on. This was to address what caused so much tension in my heart.

In that season, I had to reach this low point . . . this point where the pressure & the pain of this fear was unbearable. I had to realize that I was never meant to save the world; that was Jesus’ job. I had to understand that Jesus being Lord of my life meant looking at my life and giving those things to the Lord.

In that season I had to take ownership of my life: to go to counseling, to really address the things that so easily consumed my life, and realize that I am not perfect.

A FOR APPLICATION:

Every single day I look at the things that scare me, the things that consume my thoughts, and give them to the Lord. So often this is messy; it looks like surrender, tears, yelling and everything in between . . . other times it’s joyful & I truly find rest.

These fears will always be a part of my life, but the trouble they cause in my heart doesn’t have to remain. I am choosing to grow into the person that God created me to be as God bring beauty from the ashes.

God is within me and will be with me where ever I go. Scripture say this over and over again . . . likely because I need that reminder every single hour of every single day that the Lord is with me. So easily I forget that truth.

That is where peace comes from, true peace: knowing that God is with me.

P FOR PRAYER:

Lord I pray that you continue to consume my heart, to point out areas of life that are consuming my heart and help me give those things to You. Amen.

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