FINDING REST IN GOD # 1495

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The Apostle Paul said: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesians 6: 12-13. Although we know this Bible passage, we ignore it, perhaps because we don’t know exactly how it applies to us.  With our physical eyes we see all material things’ including our fellow man, but that is only part of this world.  In addition we are surrounded by an invisible world with powerful negative forces. The Apostle Paul says that the real battle we are fighting is against the invisible world, but if we are not aware of it, how can we protect ourselves? He is telling us about the danger, but also giving us the solution. The way to defend ourselves and stand firm, which is using God’s protection, or,  in a few words, staying aligned with God’s will.

We don’t know everything that the negative invisible world implies, but we do know that it would not do us any good to use material armament to defend ourselves. Let’s remember, then, that God created us as perfect spirits who are having a physical experience. We need to defend ourselves at that level of thought and emotion, and thereby be in control of our minds. It is immature not to have mind control and to go from happy to jealous, or angry to resentful, and that with the people we think we love. One of the most harmful emotions that we often allow to emerge is anger or outrage, and we do not realize the consequences it can bring us. What we don’t know is that anger is such a strong emotion that when it gets out of control it opens the door to the world of darkness. Remember that there are only two emotions, love and fear, and of those two only love is real. Fear, is something we invented, and it only works at the human level.  All negative emotions, including anger, come from fear. The Bible says, “Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun set on your anger, and do not leave room for the devil.” Ephesians 4: 26-27.

It doesn’t say don’t ever be angry, but rather to resolve the issue as soon as possible. Don’t let the hours pass without resolving the problem. You can talk with the person, or just let it go, or forgive yourself. Do whatever it takes to regain peace. Anger and love are not present simultaneously. When anger is present, love is absent. It is not just that we don’t feel loving, but it is that we don’t feel the presence of God. We feel disconnected from Him and His love. We get physically sick, and physical illness is only the symptom that our mind is sick. In the time of our Lord Jesus Christ on earth, many individuals possessed by demons were brought to Him to be healed. Nothing has changed since then – but now we are taken to the psychoanalyst. If we seek God for our peace and keep our mind with clean thoughts, if our thoughts are on what is right, good and honorable because we are alert and in control of our thoughts, we will find rest in God.

Anger is an implicit invitation for evil spirits to come and take control of our lives. That is why the Apostle Paul says, “Do not let the sun set on your anger, and do not leave room for the devil.”  When an evil spirit enters you, it feeds from your negative emotions and even creates situations so you can be angry and resentful because it is his nourishment. It brings negative thoughts. A situation simple enough to resolve gets ignited and goes out of control. Don’t put yourself in danger, resolve the problem. The best thing is to forgive and let go of the offense. Do not harbor thoughts of revenge; it is not your job to take revenge. We are talking here about a danger that is real. It is there whether you believe in it or not. Read Luke 11: 24-26. These are words from our Lord Jesus Christ. The smart thing is to learn to protect ourselves from it, and not expose ourselves unnecessarily to danger. The solution is simple and you have it.  Stay alert and in control of your mind and your emotions. Keep your thoughts pure, in harmony with God, interceding for the protection of your neighbors. Rest in God.

“We ask for rest today, and quietness unshaken by the world's appearances.  We ask for peace and stillness, in the midst of all the turmoil born of clashing dreams.  We ask for safety and for happiness, although we seem to look on danger and on sorrow.  And we have the thought that will answer our asking with what we request…I rest in God." This thought will bring to you the rest and quiet, peace and stillness, and the safety and the happiness you seek…“I rest in God."  Completely undismayed, this thought will carry you through storms and strife, past misery and pain, past loss and death, and onward to the certainty of God… This is the day of peace. You rest in God, and while the world is torn by winds of hate your rest remains completely undisturbed. Yours is the rest of truth. Appearances cannot intrude on you. You call to all to join you in your rest, and they will hear and come to you because you rest in God…”

“In Him you have no cares and no concerns, no burdens, no anxiety, no pain, no fear of future and no past regrets. In timelessness you rest, while time goes by without its touch upon you, for your rest can never change in any way at all. You rest today… With (each time you rest in God) today, the world is nearer waking. And the time when rest will be the only thing there is, comes closer to all worn and tired minds, too weary now to go their way alone.  And they will hear the bird begin to sing and see the stream begin to flow again, with hope reborn and energy restored to walk with lightened steps along the road that suddenly seems easy as they go… And we remind them of their resting place each time we tell ourselves, ‘I rest in God.’" ACIM L109.

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all."

2 Corinthians 13:14.

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