God Is Your Safe Place
"You are my hiding place, you always fill my heart with songs of deliverance, whenever I am afraid I will trust in you."
Let this article by John Paul Jackson minister to you and know that you are not alone. God is on your side.
God - Your Safe Place
Do you ever get that sinking, restless feeling that seems to weigh more than you do, or at least as much? It's like an alien parasite. It attaches itself to you, often without your awareness, and before you know it, you're wallowing under its weight, stumbling around as the life is sucked out of you.
It is not a feeling that comes from God, but if you aren't careful, the enemy can convince you otherwise. Prophetic people can be easily led astray by their emotions, because we have been trained to be sensitive to them. Obviously, this sensitivity isn't a bad thing, but we need to be very, very careful that we accept that which comes from God - and nothing more. Simple.
God has a reason for your being here; you have a call on your life, a purpose for your existence. Knowing the details of this world, as well as your details and who you would be, God made you to do specific things in a specific time. This means that you are very important. This means that should you fail, He is very interested, to say the least, in getting you back on the right path again.
With God at Your Back, You Cannot Fail
In conclusion, therefore, as God is behind you, you cannot possibly fail when you are submitted to Him. But in spite of this knowledge, deep inside, if you don't guard your heart, you can still fall prey to the enemy's whispers. You can easily be led to believe that you are either late to the station or have missed your Destiny Train entirely.
The whispers in your head can reaffirm your failures: What are you doing here? You are not what God has called you to be. You've blown it. You’re not working hard enough. You’re one of those Christians who doesn't really care about the deep things, and so you’re going to miss them. You know that feeling? It can feel like you’re Frodo, still worried about the orcs, when you want to be the gladiator Maximus Meridias, a man who will stop at nothing to see justice done.
Deep inside, you know you have something that God has called you to do. In your heart, you know that the Spirit of God once moved on you in strong, wonderful, unusual ways, but it's been a long time since that happened. And you wonder what Jesus would say to you if He saw you today. Actually, you feel like you wouldn’t have to wonder: He probably would be disappointed.
But here's the catch in that — God isn't in the business of being disappointed. That assumption does not come from the Throne of Grace; it comes from the enemy. Stop taking it at face value, and learn to see the truth: God loves you, right now, just as you are.
Trust God and Not Your Feelings
Peter was the first disciple to recognize Jesus as the Son of God. He was the first disciple to see Christ after He had risen, the first to recognize the legitimacy of the Gentiles' adoption into the household of faith and the first to walk on water. He was also the first disciple to deny Christ. So with that history, how in the world did this man, who failed when it mattered the most, become the mighty man of valor God said he was? He made a choice. He chose to accept what God said about him — “You are Peter” — instead of what the enemy said and caused him to feel: "You are a failure."
God knows that you were created out of dust (Genesis 2:7; Psalm 103:14). He made you human, so He knows these things. He knows who you are even more than you do. So don't give up. Don't tremble and fall beneath the weight when it comes, because it isn't God who set that weight upon your shoulders. He isn’t the one who tells you you’re not enough. He would never say that to you; with Him, you will always pass the test. Always. True faith, true trust, is a mighty weapon against the enemy, and it's made in moments like these: when you hurt, when you feel like dying, when you feel like you simply don't measure up.
Don't be afraid to trust God when He says that what He has done for you is enough. Rest in Him, and don't allow the enemy to sway you. Find your quiet place with Him. Find your peace in Him. He's there, and His heart is safe for you.
© 2007 John Paul Jackson, Streams Ministries International.
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