From the Inside Out

Posted on 05/01/2016 by Rev. Benjamin R. Faust D.D.

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Public Prayer Requests:


My depression and anxiety. Be able to let go of the pain that I feel after loosing my brother, mom, dad and mother in law just last year within 6 months of each other.
-OliviaMGilbert

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KING OF KINGS

King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Glory, Hallelujah!
King of Kings and Lord of Lords
Glory, Hallelujah!

Jesus, Prince of Peace
Glory, Hallelujah!
Jesus, Prince of Peace
Glory, Hallelujah!


I SURRENDER ALL

All to Jesus I surrender
All to him I freely give
I will ever love and trust him
In his presence daily live

All to Jesus I surrender
Humbly at his feet I bow
Worldly pleasures all forsaken
Take me, Jesus, take me now

All to Jesus I surrender
Lord, I give my self to thee
Fill me with thy love and power
Let thy blessing fall on me

I surrender all
I surrender all
All to thee, my blessed Savior
I surrender all


HE IS LORD

For he is Lord, he is Lord
He has risen from the dead
and he is Lord
Every knee shall bow
Every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord

For you're my Lord, you're my Lord
You have risen from the dead
and you're my Lord
Every knee shall bow
Every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord


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What is inside you today? I could answer that by saying, "Potatoes, peppers, and onions with olives, hemp seeds, and various herbs and spices."

But no, I'm not talking about what you ate today. I'm talking about what creates the atmosphere around you, that atmosphere through which you see everyone and everything around you.

Does it seem as though everyone else is out to get you? Does it seem as though nothing ever goes right? Do the people and events in your every day life chronically cause you to feel angry, or impatient, or depressed, or hated, or neglected, or attacked, or abused?

Of course some people ARE caught in abusive relationships or highly negative life situations. But ultimately, it is your inner condition that dominates your perception of and your reaction to "what is."

In a certain time and a certain place, we have known a couple who lived close by. So close, in fact, that we could often hear their conversations. F- this, and
f- that.

And as a side note, it's not the F- word itself that I personally find offensive, even though I choose to not have that in my outer OR inner vocabulary; rather, it is the thing that it is often used to communicate, and in this case, it is anger. Constant, chronic, anger.

If they were not yelling at eachother, they were complaining about this or that person, or about this or that situation. Constant anger. Constant war that is seen on the outside for the sole reason that is it what is inside of them all the time.

And even when it is pacified, it is still there, lurking below the surface just waiting for an excuse to raise its ugly head once again.

Working for a major retailer, I see this all the time. Anger is a very common one. Always looking for someone to "do them wrong," so they can fight back or feel abused. And as Jesus said, if you seek, you will find.

Of course at ANY work place, there are employees who always have SOMETHING about which to complain. Management is doing them wrong, customers are stupid and are wasting their time, there are too many people shopping, so they can't get anything done, there are too few customers, so they are bored and will probably end up unemployed.

Their job is too hard and no one understands or cares. They don't get paid enough, because those in upper management get paid too much, or no one recognizes or appreciates how important they are.

Now, on the other hand, there are those customers who are pleasant and friendly, and who are relatively happy and caring. And THOSE people make up the majority of the ones I see. The employees with whom I work ALSO are, for the most part, friendly, helpful, and overall wonderful people.

It all comes down to this:

Our perceptions, our reactions, our attitudes, our interactions, and even the nature of our experiences, all come From the Inside Out.


Consider the example of Job. He went through some pretty horrific events and situations. He lost his family. He lost his posessions. He lost his health. But he did NOT lose one wife. HER reaction to HIS suffering? "Curse God and die." But HIS response to HIS OWN suffering? "Even if He kills me, yet I will praise Him." Same outer circumstances, with totally different perceptions and experiences.

Sure, Job COULD have started feeling sorry for himself, and, because of an inner condition of negativity and of fighting against "what is," things would have ended very differently for him.

You see, it's not as though the things that happen around and to you are completely seperate from what is going on INSIDE of you. They are intimately connected.

No, a "positive attitude" will in no way guarantee that nothing unpleasant or even tragic will ever happen. BUT, if you are dwelling in an inner state of Presence and the Peace and Joy that brings, it will completely transform your experience of the things that come, and the things that all ultimately go.

So I could fully accept the pain that a physical condition causes. And in that state of full surrender, instead of contracting and fighting and resisting, and thus blocking divine inspiration, I will be open and receptive and creating the inner atmosphere through which divine wisdom and insight can flow.

And there might be actions and choices that come to me that can ease or even eliminate the pain. Or, in my state of deep, complete gratitude, divine healing might flow.

Or, there might be nothing that can be done, and no physical healing might come; but even then, without the inner battle, the inner fighting, the inner resistance, the inner complaining, the inner ingratitude for "what is," I will be full of Peace and Joy regardless of what happens around me or inside of my physical body.

So whether the situation changes today, my experience of this life will be one in which I am surrounded by and immersed in innumerable blessings. For indeed, you are engulfed in the unspeakably vast goodness and mercy and love of God, regardless of the waves of life that come and go.

All of these things, after all, are passing away. They are here for an instant, and then they are gone. Even if they remain for your whole earthly life, that life time is only a vapor, which is here for a brief moment, and then vanishes away.

The storms come, and the storms go.

The waves come, and the waves go.

The clouds come, and the clouds go; and the whole time, the sun was still shining, and it remains.

So it is with YOU.

People come and go.

Struggles come and go.

Situations come and go.

Abundance and poverty come and go.

They might come while you are still in your mother's womb, and they might remain after your body is laid to rest and returns to the dust from whence it came.

But even those, too, are fleeting. They are not eternal.

And if you are lost in and caught up in them, taking them so seriously, and allowing them to define your sense of being, then ANYONE with ANY life story can be happy one day, and miserable the next, controlled by things which are passing away.

But if you are dwelling in the Temple of God, seated with Christ in that heavenly place, then it doesn't matter what happens in this temporary world of form, for your home, your dwelling place, is that which lasts forever, that which does not change, that which cannot be shaken by the wind and the waves, as you dwell, not in the head, but in the temple with the One whose very Presence speaks to the inner storm, Peace, Be Still, and Know that I Am.