“Fury is not in Me. Who would set briers and thorns Against Me in battle? I would go through them, I would burn them together.” Isaiah 27:4 & 5

When it comes to walking with God, perception is everything. Adam gave up his place inside of God and the Garden of Eden because the devil deceived Eve and convinced Adam that God was not thinking in their best interest. When He had commanded them not to eat of the Tree of knowledge of good and evil, a seed of doubt grew into action and when they ate, their eyes were opened and they knew they were naked. Now perception was really a problem!

What should they do? What was God going to do? They covered their nakedness and when the voice of God came wafting in the wind (Spirit) in the afternoon they hid themselves.

Covering our nakedness, hiding from God, thinking He is keeping something from us that would make us free and independent— it’s no wonder that we often see God in a bad image instead of a good image. What are we to do? We must submit again to His truth, His goodness, and His strength. Taking hold of His strength we can rise in Christ and make peace with God.

Now more than anytime in history, our place in Christ is our peace with God.  “Therefore, having been justified by faith, [a]we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” Romans 5:1

When we are at peace with God we can hear His voice, see His glory, and overcome all trials. The foundational truth here is that when I am in a test or trial— before I can do anything intelligent —I must take hold of His strength and make peace with God. I am to rise up in Christ; acknowledging His provision of salvation, grace, and goodness; taking hold  of His strength.  By praising God for His provision of Jesus, we align ourselves again into peace with God. We take hold of His strength and make peace.

Now we can inquire what are we to do? Now we can listen from a place of trust and knowing. Now we can hear positive words of recovery and rest. We can hear our Father’s confidence in His Son for our good and let His hope arise!

“Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.” 1 Samuel 30:6

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