A question that I oftentimes wrestle with is, “How can I be sure that I am in step with the movement of God’s Spirit?” When asking this question, I am not referring to obedience to the unambiguous teaching of Scripture. We don’t need to ask for God’s opinion or look for a loophole when Scripture is crystal clear. I am referring to the amoral dilemmas that confront us daily, especially related to relationships. Frequently I will wake up in the middle of the night, unable to fall back asleep because of an issue turning over in my head. I have found that prayer is a helpful response during these moments. Spiritual warfare can be the cause of my insomnia. I have also discovered that it may be God’s attempt to get my attention. What I have discovered is that when it is God hitting me over the head with a two-by-four, I feel internal dissonance and agitation that is only resolved through humbly seeking God and actively listening for His Spirit to intersect with mine. In so doing, God’s peace begins to bath my inner being. Philippians 4:6-7 encourages us with these words: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
Keep the faith,
Originally from Huntington Beach, CA, Tony received his Bachelor's degree in religion from USC and his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Talbot School of Theology. Tony loves spending time with his wife, Sheri, and their two sons and daughter (Bryce, Braden, and Brooke); cheering for the USC Trojan football team; and playing tennis.