I believe we are, some more than others thirsty for truth. The ones who are the least aware of it, suffer the most. We show that void in the way we treat others, we show it in the way we cope with challenging situations, how we go about our day, how we handle our money, or how we talk to ourselves. We’re always searching to alleviate a hunger, a longing, a desire, a need, and we do it through endless resources the world provides. Spiritually, we are made to worship. Even atheists look up to something or someone influential. Biologically, we are made to procreate and work. So with that, it’s deeply rooted in us to strive for achieving greatness. But because we can’t physically and mentally do it all on our own without some sort of help, we turn to things and people that give us hope for guidance. We are after all the most intelligent animals. We are the only ones that cook our food. And now I turn it over to God. He made all the billions of neurons in my brain, all the hairs on my body, all the sand in all the world, all the stars I can’t even see, and everything else that’s just impossible to count. How the heck did He have me in mind before I came to be?
It’s faith that only God can grace a person with, and with it only He can give the ambition to walk by it. It matters who and/or what you worship. Is it a thing, a tangible object of perceived luck or power? Is it a person of great intellect and charisma, or an idol who enlightens you or awakens your third eye? Is it anything that takes up a lot of room in your heart, an obsession, whether it’s a burden in any way or a source of pride? Is it a trend, or principle that you feed most of you attention to? These are the very things we worship. But if you believe God graced you with the faith that all praise and worship belong to Him and Him only, then be joyful. He allows you to see that your problems are even smaller than a grain of sand. The more you worship Him, the bigger your faith is. The bigger your faith is, the bigger God reveals Himself to you, and the smaller every matter becomes.
Make God bigger than anything else. That includes, thoughts, ideas, and suggestions, that don’t point back to Him, situations that keep you up at night, people who do or say things that don’t encourage your spiritual growth, and things that only satisfy the mind and the flesh, but not the heart and soul. Whatever it is, submit it to the Lord, because if He isn’t the motive behind it all, you are choosing to put something else above Him. Make Him bigger than your emotions that come and go. God never comes and goes. As doubtful as we can be at times, He is always guiding us. He is persistent in reminding us through trials and victories that people and things will perish, but God will always remain. Set your mind on things above. Set your mind on Him because everything about Him remains. His ways are perfect. His love is unconditional. His presence abounds. His promises are true. His grace is sufficient. His forgiveness is complete. His mercy endures forever. His name is powerful. He does not change.
We become slaves to anything we magnify, meditate on, or give devotion to. That is what worship is. God calls us to be bondservants for Christ and not for any other “god”. He says you cannot serve two masters at once (Matt. 6:24). What things, people, or principles are taking up room in your heart? I believe that chronic anxiety, worry, stress, and fear stems from a divided heart, a heart that is not in tune or in harmony with God. A heart that is not solely sold to God is a heart conflicted with changing personalities, mood disorders, and depression. Don’t let the ways of this world conflict your heart. Let God convict it through complete commitment to Him. Let your heart be filled with Love. He is the only God who can make a person whole. And it is only when you are whole that others perceive you as a person of integrity.
1 Corinthians 6:17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with Him in spirit.
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
Proverbs 4:23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
By His Grace, Sheela (via sheelaleigh.com)