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Be Still and Know that I am God

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This past weekend was our annual ladies retreat. Our theme was “Be Still”, taken from Psalm 46:10. I got to share the opening message on Friday night and I enjoyed studying Psalm 46 in its entirety as I prepared. As I studied, I was struck by the many ways that the Israelites knew their God.

If you have a Bible (or Bible app) handy, why not turn to Psalm 46 and give it a quick read. As you do, note any ways that Israelites knew God. What did they know Him to be?

Here’s the list I made after reading Psalm 46 out of the NET Bible:

Vs 1 – Strong Refuge

Vs 1 – Helper in times of trouble

Vs 4 – Their Joy

Vs 4 – Their Dwelling Place

Vs 5 – Firm Foundation, not allowing them to be moved

Vs 5 – Rescuer

Vs 6 – The One who overthrows kingdoms

Vs 7 – The Commander of armies

Vs 7 – On their side

Vs 7 – Their Protector

Vs 8 – One who does exploits on their behalf

Vs 9 – One who brings an end to wars

Vs 9 – One who breaks the weapons that are against them

Vs 10 – He speaks to them

Vs 10 – He is God

Vs 10 – Exalted above all and over all

Wow! That’s a lot of ways that they knew God.

But did you ever stop to wonder how did they get to the place of knowing God in all those ways?

Vs 1 – How would they know He was their strong Refuge, if they never needed shelter or security?

Vs 1 – How would they know He was their Helper, if they never had times of trouble?

Vs 4 – How would they know He was their Joy unless life had caused them sorrow and pain?

Vs 4 – How would they know He was their Dwelling Place unless they had never been without a home or place to live?

Vs 5 – How would they know that He was their Firm Foundation, if their world had never been rocked?

Vs 5 – How would they know Him as their Rescuer, if everyone left them alone and never came against them?

Vs 6 – How would they know Him as the One who overthrows kingdoms unless they had never had anyone attack them?

Vs 7 – How would they know Him as the Commander of Armies unless they were weak and needed someone to fight on their behalf?

Vs 7 – How would they know He was on their side, if no one ever tried to oppose them?

Vs 7 – How would they know He was their Protector, unless they had been in a situation that threatened their very existence?

Vs 8 – How would they know Him as the One who does exploits on their behalf, if life was always smooth sailing?

Vs 9 – How would they know him as the One who brings an end to wars, had they never been in battle?

Vs 9 – How would they know him as the One who breaks the weapons that are against them if their life was always peaceful?

Vs 10 – How would they know Him as the One who speaks to them, if they had never been desperate to hear His voice?

Vs 10 – How would know that He is the One True God, unless they had served lesser gods?

Vs 10 – How would they know that He is exalted above all and over all, unless they had seen Him be exalted above all and over all that life or their enemy had thrown their way?

You see, we want to be like the Israelites, or someone whose faith we admire, so that we can say we know God in all these ways. But . . . do we really want to go through what the Israelites went through in order to know Him like they did?

Do we want to have times of trouble, or to be in a place so desperate that we need to hear His voice, or have people be against us, or have our world shaken up a bit?

How often do we admire people who know God well, yet fail to recognize all the stuff they had to walk through to get there?

We want their faith but we don’t want their trials that got them their faith.

Yet, the only way to know God better and develop a deep relationship with Him is by turning to Him, rather than away from Him, when hard times come. You surrender everything to Him and invite Him into every part of your life. There is no part of your life that is off limits to Him. As you invite Him in, you release what He asks you to release and you hold tight to Him and Him alone. You let Him call the shots. You let Him comfort you when life hurts. You follow His leading and

direction. You don’t run from growth opportunities, you embrace them, no matter how difficult. You stop striving and start trusting.

Hear Him say to you today, “Be still and know that I am God. Just like I will be exalted over all the earth, I will be exalted in your world. I’ve got this. Trust Me!”

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Your Friend in Ministry,

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Jesus’ Wounds Were Meant to Heal Yours

1 Peter 2:24 says, “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

Woundedness is part of life. We get hurt both by others and by the circumstances of life. Often times you can’t see woundedness, it is hidden deep within. Yet, woundedness is at the heart of how we view ourselves, how we view others and is a springboard for the choices/decisions that we make.

If our woundedness is not to become the end of us, it is necessary to bring it out of the hidden parts of our hearts and into the light, submitting it to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Jesus “took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4-5

Woundedness

Because Jesus experienced the greatest woundedness, He understands yours.

The sin, sickness and sadness of the whole world were placed upon Him. Can you even imagine the weight of what He carried? He took it all and that’s what killed Him. Sure the physical act of being nailed to the cross played a part in His death, but it was our sins that “pierced and crushed” Him.

Why would we hold on to our sin, sickness or sadness when Jesus already took it away from us? He carried it so we don’t have to. He became wounded so that we could walk in freedom.

Do you find yourself in a season of struggling with sin, sickness or sadness of some sort?

Can you let go and place it back on Jesus?

Will you allow Him to set you free and bring you healing?

Your healing has already been purchased.

Will you grasp on to it and apply it to the area of your need by bringing it to Jesus, laying it at His feet (leaving it there) and asking Him to apply His healing to your hurt?

Will you accept the peace He died to give you?

Your healing has already happened. Notice it is past tense, “by His wounds, you have been healed”.

It’s already done, now take that healing and apply it to your deepest wound by bringing your hurt to Jesus and receiving His unconditional love that results in:

  • Grace
  • Mercy
  • Goodness
  • Kindness
  • Faithfulness
  • Peace
  • Forgiveness

Jesus is so good and faithful. It is His job to forgive time and time again. That’s what the cross is all about. Let Jesus’ woundedness be your healing, it’s part of the free gift of salvation.

Your Friend in Ministry,

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Psalm 46:4-6

Psalm 46

Good early morning. As I am writing this is, it is in the wee hours of the morning. For some reason, I was suddenly awakened and knew I had to get up and spend some time with Jesus. Although, I know I will be tired later this afternoon, there is nothing quite like a still and quiet house where you can sense the calming, comforting presence of God.

I pulled out my Scripture memory spiral and began to review my verses.

Psalm 46 spiral

I am trying to memorize all of Psalm 46 before our upcoming retreat the first weekend of October, where I get the privilege of teaching God’s Word on Friday night. Psalm 46:10 is our theme verse – “Be still and know that I am God . . .” As I was reviewing verses 4-6, they literally jumped off the page and landed deep in my heart.

“There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall. God will help her at break of day.” Psalm 46:4-6

The verses seemed like they were speaking very directly and specifically to me. I wondered what would happen if I changed just one little word in the verses to apply them personally to my life.

“There is a river whose streams make glad the woman of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall. God will help her at break of day.” Psalm 46:4-6

It may seem like a “no, no” to take out the word “city” and change it to “woman”, but I believe I can Biblically support this application. You see, before Jesus came, God dwelt among His people in Jerusalem, Israel (“the city of God”). His very presence was placed in a large box and that box remained in the temple, behind a massive curtain. Only a select few were granted access behind the curtain.

However, after Jesus came to earth and died on the cross, that massive curtain tore from the top to the bottom (Matthew 27:50-51), symbolizing that God’s presence would no longer be contained in a box, but would take up residence within each person who believes upon the saving name of Jesus Christ.

“The holy place where God dwells” is no longer confined to one city, but to many people.

Therefore, “there is a river whose streams make glad the woman of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells”. Because of Jesus, I am His dwelling place! I don’t think I will ever get over the fact that “The Most High” chooses to dwell in a lowly creature such as myself. Pretty amazing, isn’t it?

The “river that makes us glad” is the Holy Spirit: 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. . . John 7:38-39a

Because God’s Spirit dwells in us, “God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.”

What a wonderful promise!

  • I will not fall, because I have God living in me.
  • He is mighty within me.
  • He will sustain me.
  • He will help me at break of day.

I think God woke me up before “daybreak” so that I could be reminded that even in darkness, whether that be literal or figurative, God is my help.

This is the view from my window right now . . . darkness. But the light is about to shine!

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He is truly all I need. These quiet times, in a still house, allow me to realign myself with Him. It gives me the time my spirit craves to stop my striving and rest in Him.

What about you?

  • Do you need to be reminded that God’s very presence dwells in you?
  • Do you need His Spirit to flow like a river to make your soul glad?
  • Need to be reminded that whatever you’re going through, God is within you and You. Will. Not. Fall.
  • Have you been in a season of darkness?
  • God’s light is getting ready to break through to help you.
  • Don’t lose heart and don’t give up hope!

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Believe it!

Your Friend in Ministry,

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