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Obedience Releases Blessings

Your level of true success in life, which ultimately means your level of success in serving God, is directly related to how you regard the realities of the spiritual realm; how your daily heart knowledge informs your head knowledge that the realm of the Spirit – God’s domain – not only exists, but that it instructs and determines our physical reality. The unseen directly effects that which we see. When that understanding guides us, then and only then are we in full kingdom “rhythm”. While there are many choices we could make in life, many paths we could walk down, many goals we could pursue, there is only one path that holds and releases all the blessings that are ours in Jesus (Ephesians 1:3). Those blessings, those promises God has made with His covenant people, are not automatically released with the new birth. They are received through our faith in the reality and the authority of the heavenly realm.

I have heard many cautionary stories of brothers and sisters in Christ who have veered off their “appointed course” (Hebrews 12:1) – those who willfully disobeyed the leading of the Spirit; those who received promising prophetic utterance over their life and ministry which was never fulfilled; those who let the stumbling block of idolatry {and that manifests itself in so many forms, but simply put, it refers to holding anything or anyone as more important than God} overcome their first love (Revelation 2:4). But each and every one of these failures, these falling-short-of-glory-stories, can be simply diagnosed as not requiring God as their “first and vital necessity” (1 Chronicles 28:9).

Obedience requires first listening to the Spirit and then acting on what we are told. Careful and correct listening requires the resolve to spend time with God. The determination to spend time alone with God requires the acceptance, the acknowledgment, that GOD IS, and that He is my first need in life.

But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come {near} to God must {necessarily} believe that God exists and that He rewards those who {earnestly and diligently} seek Him {out}. (Hebrews 11:6)

When you “search diligently for Him and regard Him as the foremost necessity of your life” (Zephaniah 2:3), when that heart resolve defines us, then obedience to His Word and to His guidance becomes our very reason for being and our vantage point. And when we know that our hearts are right before God in this way, our faith in our Father’s Word, unhindered by doubt and self-condemnation, receives the promise (Hebrews 10:35-36).

Physical beings walking around in this physical world, strongly influenced by the tyranny of our physical senses, need mind renewal (Romans 12:2) and spiritual rebirth (John 3:3) to overcome the influence of the world, the flesh, and the devil. Knowing this, our Creator gave to mankind the life of Jesus to imitate, the teachings of Jesus to obey, and the Gift of the Holy Spirit to reveal to us the realities of His kingdom. True faith receives this new way of seeing what life is actually all about, submits in love and trust to His Word, yields to and obeys the Spirit’s guidance and walks in full manifestation of His promised blessings. Only God living in us could accomplish such a transformation (John 14:23; John 17:21). Daily experiencing this world through the eyes of the Spirit instructs us in the reality of the spiritual realm. Released into His care, relinquishing any personal notions of what we think should be, in order to honor and seek His plans and purposes, is our daily calling. Anything short of that compromises God’s plan for our lives.

Obedience to all of these truths ushers in the blessings of God – all that His Word says is ours. And they are extraordinary blessings. Life lived in the Spirit, yielded to the Spirit, is filled with our Abba’s watchful and tender care and all of the blessings He says are ours in Jesus.

Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen (Ephesians3:20-21)

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Our First and Vital Necessity

1 Chronicles 28:9 speaks of the life-altering decision, the foundational imperative, the divine mandate to know God:

…{have personal knowledge of Him, be acquainted with and understand Him, appreciate, heed, and cherish Him} and serve Him with a blameless heart and a willing mind…If you seek Him {inquiring for and of Him} as you first and vital necessity you will find Him…

Within Scriptural context this is David exhorting Solomon, but within biblical, spiritual understanding, this is our Father instructing us. Paul exhorts the Ephesians (and us too!):

…try to learn {in your experience} what is pleasing to the Lord {let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him} (Ephesians 5:10)

The expectations that we encounter in God’s Word are our road map to successful living before Him. This is our instruction manual! And through the loving guidance of the Holy Spirit, understanding and appreciating and firmly grasping and accomplishing God’s will (His plan and purpose for each of our lives) is not only possible, it is God ordained, and, yielded to Him, it will be!

God does not reveal Himself as wanting to be intimately known if we could not achieve it. He does not, like an unfair, unjust taskmaster, develop a long list of unreasonable requirements which we could never fulfill. That’s Satan’s misrepresentation of Him! Like a loving parent raising up children, our Abba shows us the right path to take, the correct way to think, speak, and act, and the manner in which He is to be known and understood. With extraordinary love He grants to us:

…a spirit of wisdom and revelation {of insight into mysteries and secrets} in the {deep and intimate} knowledge of Him. (Ephesians 1:17)

Because being intimately known, and therefore honored and cherished, by His children is the desire of God’s heart, the enemy has thrown many roadblocks in our way. Satan’s aim is to distort Truth, disrupt progress, and diminish God’s standards and revealed will in our lives. When you entertain the idea that God is unknowable and unreachable, that we can never truly interact with Him and hold conversation with Him, you are listening to the enemy’s lies and not attending to God’s Word or His Spirit. When we explain away Scriptural Truth as “not for today” or really only spiritual concepts not valid in this physical realm, we give away His established blessings and reject the full life Jesus accomplished on our behalf.

There are obviously some who are troubling and disturbing and bewildering you {with a different kind of teaching which they offer as a gospel} and want to pervert and distort the Gospel of Christ (the Messiah) {into something which it absolutely is not!} (Galatians 1:7)

From Genesis to Revelation God extends to mankind the Truth that He wants to be known, and known intimately. Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit that ability has been given. Our part in this relationship with our Creator is to seek after Him as our “first and vital necessity”; to give Him, His Word (Jesus), and His Spirit first place in our lives; to cherish Him as our very reason for being; to love His Word as our most precious possession; to daily honor Him with time spent in His Presence (getting to know Him and to recognize His voice); to imitate Him:

{copy Him and follow His example}, as well-beloved children {imitate their father} (Ephesians 5:1)

Then no false gospel, no teaching contrary to His Word, no thoughts contrary to Gospel Truth will compromise or diminish your faith walk. The blood of Jesus which won our salvation and our testimony of our Father’s goodness and loving-kindness will define our days.

New Realities

“I guarantee there is not a person in the whole world who could be nervous if he or she understood 1 John 4. Believe that God loves you.
Smith Wigglesworth

For the child of God, everything that God has promised through Jesus is within reach (2 Corinthians 1:20). For the born-again believer, the ability to “receive and carry away {and enjoy to the full} what is promised” (Hebrews 10:36) is our guaranteed inheritance. For those led by the Spirit of God, kingdom provision and kingdom realities become manifest, by faith, in this physical world. That’s God’s promise!

Jeremiah 1:12 – Then said the Lord to me, You have seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over My Word to perform it. (Amplified Bible)

Jeremiah 1:12 – I will make every word I give you come true. (Message Bible)

Gently lean back onto the everlasting arms! He is your refuge and your dwelling place (Deuteronomy 33:27, Psalm 91:2). Come to know, practically and intimately, through personal experience, the love God has for you through Jesus (Ephesians 3:19). Come to know Jesus through quality time in the Word. For you cannot come to know Him with love and trust, you cannot receive promises you are not yet even aware of, unless you feed on the Word. God’s Word is His guarantee to us that when our faith agrees with His Word we receive.

Kingdom ways (the culture and principles of God’s realm) challenge our observations and experiences in this physical world. We need to relearn reality; we must entirely reconfigure our understanding of how this new life works. God’s kids are to approach Him boldly and confidently (Hebrews 4:16) yet humbly (James 4:10).We are not to believe what our ears hear or our eyes see if those two senses contradict God’s Word (2 Corinthians 10:5). Spiritual eyes, trained through time in His Word and the daily practice of Holy Spirit guidance, attend to the unseen, rather than what our physical eyes see (2 Kings 6:17, 2 Corinthians 4:18).

The very best, the safest, the surest place to be is living in the confident assurance that God’s Holy Spirit lives in us (John14:23). The heart’s understanding that we are no longer a part of this world’s system (John 15:19), that we have been transferred (translated) into the realities of God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:13), is the beginning of the training of our spiritual eyes, and the starting point of a faith walk that so pleases our Father.

Isaiah 30:15 – For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: In returning {to Me} and resting {in Me} you shall be saved; in quietness and in {trusting} confidence shall be your strength…

“Oh, if by the grace of God we could only see that the blessings of God’s divine power come to us with such sweetness, whispering to us, ‘Be still My child. All is well’…What would happen if we learned the secret of asking once and then believing?”
Smith Wigglesworth

Following the Inward Witness

In his enlightening book I Believe in Visions Kenneth Hagin teaches on an ability, a gift, available to all of God’s children (John 1:12); a gift that ensures correct, God-directed decision making, a gift which will firmly establish our highest and best path in Him; a gift which will, when carefully attended to, avoid missteps and the potentially negative and costly results of following after wrong paths and incorrect choices.
After agreeing to hold meetings at a certain church (a very large church where he could be assured of a generous offering for his ministry) at the invitation of the church’s pastor, Hagin writes:

“But every time I thought about it I had a dead feeling in my spirit. Later I realized this was the Holy Spirit cautioning me not to go. It was a stop sign He had put in my spirit…The Lord then reminded me of an invitation I had received from a small church whose pastor had asked me to come if the Lord ever led me to… When I thought about going to that church I would have a good feeling, like a green light in my spirit, urging me to go. The Lord told me that was an inward witness…we are generally led by the Holy Spirit through an inward witness. And the inward witness is something every believer can have.”

John 16:13 – But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth). For he will not speak His own message (on His own authority), but He will tell whatever He hears {from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him}, and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come {that will happen in the future}.

It is absolutely extraordinary and incredibly sad that so great a Gift (the Holy Spirit) is given for our benefit and blessing, our wisdom and understanding, our assured success in decision making, and is so little heeded. Not by the worldly ones {for they are oblivious to His Presence and the purpose of His ministry – “devoid of the Holy Spirit and destitute of any higher spiritual life” (Jude 1:19)} but by the Church – God’s kids!

John 5:30 – I am able to do nothing from Myself {independently of My own accord – but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders}. Even as I hear, I judge {I decide as I am bidden to decide. As the voice comes to Me so I give a decision}, and My judgment is right (just, righteous) because I do not seek or consult My own will {I have no desire to do what is pleasing to Myself, My own aim, My own purpose} but only the will and pleasure of the Father Who sent Me.

Our Lord Jesus demonstrated for us this practice, this priority, this resolve of seeking only to do God’s will; as we hear, we speak, we act; as our Father instructs, we obey. In decision making, always tune in to the Holy Spirit. At the beginning of every day establish the practice of purposeful, quiet listening for heavenly instructions for yourself, your family, your agenda for the day. Honor the Holy Spirit in you in this, and the inward witness – that powerful gift of His ministry in your life – will guide, protect, instruct, and bless your day. In all things our Father knows the end from the beginning. There is no better, safer place to be than in His care. As God’s child, in Christ, you can trust the inward witness of the Holy Spirit to lead you aright.

Quiet Knowing

Peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7), “inexpressible and glorious (triumphant and heavenly) joy” (1 Peter 1:8), a calm and well-balanced and undisturbed mind (2 Timothy 1:7), “a gentle and peaceful spirit… not anxious or wrought up”(1 Peter 3:4), that quiet knowing in the heart established in faith “in the knowledge and worship of God” (John 17:12) – our Father’s Word tells us that these are to be the defining characteristics of our daily lives.

Compare and contrast! How many do you know, or have you observed, who daily expend negative energies trying to cope with the world they encounter each day? They speak fear. They ponder concerns and potential problems. Confusion and uncertainty are their constant companions. Or they unwittingly assume that their plans, their path, their assumptions about life are correct, when, of course, without God, dismissing God, they are deceived. They are unknowingly in captivity to the one whose sole purpose is to defeat them – to steal, kill, and destroy their peace, joy, and well-being. and their eternal life with God. (John 10:10) He is a hard taskmaster. We are not unaware of his tactics.

Life in the Spirit, life according to God’s Word, life lived fully in His promises is the antidote to that captivity. It is the fixed, continuous, peaceful eye of the storm which swirls and threatens and blusters around us.

Psalm 62:2 – He only is my Rock and my Salvation, my Defense and my Fortress. I shall not be greatly moved.

There is healing and health here. There is “rest (relief and ease and refreshment and recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls” here (Matthew 11:29). There is a quiet, sustaining, nourishing knowing that we rest in our Father’s care and provision, that He rules and reigns in our lives, and that our going out and our coming back in (Deuteronomy 28:6) are under the direction of the Holy Spirit (our Friend, Guide, Enabler, Helper, Strengthener and Advocate – John14:26). This quiet knowing absolutely nullifies Satan’s attempts to make inroads into our faith walk.

What informs and fully establishes quiet knowing? Daily time in the Word to discover the Person and the provisions and promises of our Abba. Daily time alone with God – developing that relationship with and understanding of His love, expectations and purposes. Quiet knowing truly has everything to do with knowing God. For when you truly know Who our Abba is, and Who He wants to be in your life – peace prevails.

Stretching Towards the Son

It is an easily observable phenomenon to see plants tipping their stems and leaves towards sunlight. Not easily noticed in outdoor gardens where the sun’s “path” allows plants to daily drink in the life-sustaining chlorophyll creator from all directions, but in potted plants situated on windowsills there is a noticeable bending towards, reaching for, sunlight – thus the advisable rotation of windowsill gardens to avoid lopsided configurations! For plants will not foolishly reach towards darkness!

Nature creates powerful, visual lessons that parallel life in the Spirit. The survival of the plant, the well-being, the flourishing, the purposeful life force within reaches in the direction of light – without which it would cease to thrive, and eventually die. In the same way our spirits must stretch out towards God-light, for that is our sustaining foundation. God, our Creator, fills us with purpose, our true identity, joy that invigorates, peace that sustains, confidence that strengthens, and, most wonderfully, His Holy Spirit. Strange and sad, isn’t it that those made in the image of their Creator so often willfully turn their attention away from their life source and choose instead to regard counterfeit claims for happiness, deceiving paths for spiritual growth, and the darkness and futility of a life lived without God.

Innate within the life of any plant in the physical realm is this automatic phenomenon of stretching in the direction of its life source. There is no deliberation here, no rebellious choice to discover other ways of existing! Plants naturally reach toward the sun – for it is the provider of their ongoing health, their very existence. In permitting free choice, free will, Our Abba added a new dimension to the otherwise natural process of a life force reaching out toward its answer, its fulfillment, its very reason for being. (Ephesians 1:5-6, John 1:12) Men can and do seek other avenues to survive and “succeed”. They plot out other paths to understand and attend to spiritual matters, or they completely renounce the realm of the Spirit and claim that the physical ream is their domain – and then death and darkness!

The natural world is a very effective teacher if we will let it be. Calm and quiet reflection and observation teaches instructive and beneficial spiritual lessons that inform our awareness of Truth. Reaching out toward our life source is the guarantor of our thriving. Turning away from God’s light and love ensures a withering and stunted existence; the inevitable vain pursuit and fruitless endeavor that mark a person’s mistaken placement of personal preferences and opinions above his need for salvation and the Lordship of Jesus. For apart from and unaware of His purposes for His creation we truly miss out on what our life was meant to be.

Waiting on God – Part Two

But those who wait for the Lord {who expect, look for, and hope in Him} shall change and renew their strength and power, they shall lift their wings and mount up {close to God} as eagles {mount up to the sun}, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired. (Isaiah 40:31) (Emphasis mine)

The process of quietly waiting before the Lord, and tuning into the Spirit’s words, not only honors God – it sanctifies us. Daily periods of quiet “waiting on God” reveal to us areas in our lives that need improvement, re-direction, or complete removal. The Holy Spirit is with us, in us, to shine His light into any darkened area of our lives. Areas that need the light of God’s Word, the revelation of His expectation, the deep and intimate insight into Gospel Truth.

Hebrews 12:1 speaks of “…the sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us”, and James 4:8 exhorts us:

…{realize that you have been disloyal} wavering individuals with divided interests, and purify your hearts {of your spiritual adultery.}”

Harsh words! Keith Greene, a Christian singer/songwriter, sang about straying from the Lord’s path for him when “up came the strongest wind meant to send me back into His arms again”. When we view God’s Word as absolute Truth, even the harsh words are life-giving!

Satan’s sole purpose in the lives of believers is to distract, mislead and misdirect. Our Father wants always, only to do us good. When we resolve to set apart daily, quiet time in the care and tutoring of the Holy Spirit, we are recognizing the Truths spoken of in James4:8 and Hebrews 12:1. Satan’s tactics revealed in these two Scriptures – divided interests, wavering commitment, and the various sins that cling and entangle – cannot gain a foothold when we purposefully place ourselves in the position to hear from God and to honor and obey His leading.

Initially, just sitting quietly, tuning out the world’s distractions and thinking on God, expecting Him, is a huge step toward success and is so pleasing to our Father. Throughout His Word He exhorts His people to “wait” on Him, indicating the rewards of such action. Progressively the waiting process becomes a time of refreshing, guidance and instruction, and increased intimacy with, and knowledge of, your heavenly Father. In these times God, through His Holy Spirit, is untangling the knots of sin, revealing misconceptions and erroneous teaching, redirecting errant footsteps and pathways and guiding us into all the Truth (John 16:13). The assignment of the Holy Spirit is to come into close fellowship with us (John16:7). When we earnestly wait for God He promises to show Himself active on our behalf ( Isaiah 64:4). His ongoing work in our lives is to make us increasingly fit for the work He has for us to do.

In his book entitled Letters to the Seven Churches, John Barclay writes:

“Happy is the man who feels that his inmost desires and thoughts can bear the scrutiny of both men and God. Only Christ can so cleanse us that we can bear the gaze of His own eyes.”

This life-giving, spirit maturing, sweet, sweet fellowship with God is His desire and your life’s key to kingdom realities.

Humble yourselves in the Presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you {He will lift you up and make your lives significant. (James 4:10)

Attend!

There is a power in the Word of God that often goes untapped. God’s Word is our high tower, our safe place, our nourisher. It reveals, if we take the care and the time to listen, and examine, and search as for hidden treasure (Proverbs 2:4), God’s plans for a life well-lived; His purposes and His promises to His people.

Attending to God’s Word is every Christian’s daily calling – it truly is His assignment to us! And His assignments are always, only for our benefit.

Proverbs 2:20-22 – My son, attend to My words, consent and submit to My sayings. Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh.

Keith Moore puts forth a very interesting concept in his book entitled God’s Will to Heal – 30 reasons why we are sure it’s God’s will for ALL to be healed. He likens the power and positive effect of the Word to the eating of food. You do not need to understand the chemical components and the body’s ability to take in and extract all of the nutrients, the vitamins and minerals, which the food contains. You do not need to have any scientific understanding of how the digestive system works in order for that food to do your body good. You may be entirely unaware of all the nutritional goodness that particular food provides – it will still benefit and strengthen your body.

God’s Word is life, healing, and health to our flesh (Proverbs 2:22). It is alive and active (Hebrews 4:12). It is Jesus! (John 1:1, 14); Jesus through Whom the world was created (John 1:3). When you read the Word of God you are taking into your spirit, your understanding, your awareness – Jesus. Yes, we meditate on it; yes, we learn and then stand upon the Word in faith; yes, we preach and teach it – there are many avenues of human endeavor that incorporate and strengthen God’s Word in our lives. But, first and foremost is its alive and active character created by God. He determined that:

…It shall not return to me void (without producing any effect, useless), but It shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and It shall prosper in the thing for which I sent It. (Isaiah 55:11)

Keith Moore again: “There’s no Word of God that is devoid of power. Everything that comes out of His mouth is rich with light, spiritual nutrition and life for your flesh. Anytime the Word is preached, anytime the Word is taught, anytime the Word is read there’s life coming out of it. It has a cumulative effect on you, month after month and year after year. God’s will is that you are attending services, reading in the Word everyday, and soaking in the Word of God. It’s permeating you, It’s getting in you.”

Spending set apart time daily reading God’s Word will greatly bless you. Treat It with the honor and awe It deserves -God’s Word to you – to bless, instruct, edify, and make you holy. It will nourish and strengthen your spirit, direct and firmly establish your correct path, and help you to trust, rely on, and more deeply love our wonderful Jesus.

Recognizing Rebellion

I have spent almost a whole month away from my daily reading and writing schedule.  For various reasons I think I was pouting in the Spirit! I ruminated over whether or not my writing assignment was done with the completion of the devotional.  And what I discovered, or rediscovered,  was that it is very easy to give the Lord “short shrift”.  Our life is in the Spirit.  When we walk out each day knowing that Truth but not actively and eagerly pursuing it, when we accept the willful behavior that places time with the Holy Spirit into the realm of choice rather than necessity, when we give other daily options priority over time in the Word and in the Lord’s Presence, we are diminished.  It is as simple and as true as that.

How can one neglect God  or put Him on hold until further notice? (I am speaking of believers here)  He is our peace, our wisdom, our true identity! He has every answer we will ever need; He is our full supply and our reason for being.

My month long mini-rebellion (although it didn’t feel like rebellion.  It felt like slipping into a new season, pursuing other interests that had been put on the shelf to complete the writing, talking myself into a restructuring of my days after publication of the devotional) was not fulfilling!  The activities I filled my day with, all worthwhile pursuits, when viewed in the light of the spiritual reality that they were an intentional avoidance, were given the place in my life they deserved – creative pursuits that I truly enjoyed but not the usurpers of my time with my Father.  We are meant to inquire of Him and to seek Him – to require Him (Hosea 7:10), to pant and long for Him (Psalm 42:1).

Sometimes spiritual rebellion is simply allowing our daily rhythm to keep us from becoming intimately more and more acquainted with our Father and coming to more clearly recognize the voice and leading of the Holy Spirit; it is the placement of priorities (even valuable and important ones) in an incorrect order of importance.  The woman you are meant to be, the lives you are meant to touch for the Gospel, the blessed life you are meant to walk in – are all profoundly affected by your determination to require time with God.

A Gentle, Peaceful Spirit – Part One

Gentle – Having qualities considered appropriate to those of good birth; refined, polite, generous, kind

We have all encountered people in our lives whose response to a variety of life events is unpredictably erratic.  Never sure of their emotional temperature on any given day, we tread cautiously in their presence – watching our words, avoiding troubling topics, and carefully censoring our interactions.  How sad that honest conversation addressing important life issues often takes second place to maintaining an uneasy peace; how inappropriate and absolutely evil that godly standards are lowered to accommodate sin.  That’s too much power for one person to hold over another!  (I am not speaking here of choosing the appropriate time to hold important conversations.  I often recognize when someone is not ready to receive counsel or address a concern. There is wisdom in recognizing the auspicious moment!  No, I am speaking here of emotional bullying or selfish insistence on getting their own way.)

In our home environment such a situation creates ongoing turmoil and uneasy spirits.  Left unaddressed, the nurturing environment that home is supposed to provide is overshadowed and ultimately transformed into uneasiness and chaos – an effective breeding ground for the enemy’s purposes. Home, then, is no longer a peaceful haven to enable positive growth; it is no longer a trustworthy place.  Whether it is a parent or a child creating such discord within the family (or a friend or colleague creating such discord within a relationship or within the workplace), the cause is the enemy’s, the remedy is the Lord’s.  (Never doubt that the joint condition of absence of peace and the presence of discord has its root in the actions of the enemy.  Flesh might pick it up and run with it, but the first cause is Satan and the sinful nature – Ephesians 6:12).

No matter what the enemy tries to throw at you, your way must be the way of peace, gentleness and love for therein lies the faith response.  These are Heaven’s remedies and “tactics” against which he may not prevail.

1 Peter 3:11 …search for peace (harmony, undisturedness from fears, agitating passions and moral conflicts) and seek it eagerly. [Do not merely desire peaceful relations with God, with your fellow men and with yourself, but pursue, go after them!]

Obedience to the Lord on this matter is key.  Prayer, both in the Spirit and with your understanding (1 Corinthians 14:15), will give you the answer.  You are to have dominion in the area assigned to you.  You are to recognize the tactics and devices of the enemy (2 Corinthians 2:11), and through the guidance of the Holy Spirit overcome them. You are to stand on His Word and, with a peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7), allow God to heal and restore.  You are to speak forth God’s powerful Word in unqualified expectation that what the enemy meant for harm God will reverse and turn around for His glory and your blessing.

 

God’s Word on the subject:

Ephesians 4:2              2 Timothy 2:25                1 Peter 3:4, 11-13