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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.

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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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God Chooses Based on the Heart

This morning, I began reading through the book of Acts. According to the introduction in my Bible (and I quote):

  • Acts has been identified as the pivotal book of the New Testament
  • Much emphasis is given to the Holy Spirit throughout this book
  • The major part of the book of Acts is devoted to Paul and his mission

I will be reading Acts with a purpose, to see how the Holy Spirit and mission are dependent upon each other.

As I read through chapter one this morning, I noticed that Jesus’ last words before He was caught up in the clouds were, “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 From the get-go, we see Jesus link the Holy Spirit and mission together. It is the Holy Spirit that gives ability, efficiency and might to do what we are called to do, be a witness for Christ.

Jesus instructed His followers to wait in Jerusalem until they received the Holy Spirit. As they were waiting, Peter began the process of replacing the vacancy left by Judas when he betrayed Jesus. Peter knew it would be important to have a 12th man who had been with Jesus from the beginning and could testify to His death and (most importantly) His resurrection. They narrowed it down to two men and then they prayed. . .

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Yet again, we see that leadership comes down to the condition of the heart. They didn’t ask God to show them who would be the most eloquent. They didn’t ask God to show them who was the smartest. No! They asked God to show them who He had chosen based on their heart:

  • Thoughts
  • Passions
  • Desires
  • Appetites
  • Purposes
  • Endeavors

God knows a heart that is fully His. God uses a heart that is fully His.

When choosing leaders, you are wise to pray like Peter prayed, “Lord, show me who You have chosen based on their heart”. If the heart is right, you and God can mold, teach and train someone to do just about anything! Don’t be like Samuel who got caught up in the outward appearance, ask God to give you a glimpse of the heart.

Once you ARE a leader, it is crucial to pay close attention to your heart. What is filling your thoughts? Are your passions and desires Godly? Is your appetite controlled by the Holy Spirit? What is the motive behind your purposes and endeavors, God’s glory or your own? A pure and healthy heart is essential to effective leadership.

Why not take a minute right now to pray this prayer with me:

Heavenly Father, thank You for this reminder that You choose based on the heart. Give me eyes to see the heart of a person rather than their outward appearance. Also, please help me to keep my heart pure. May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in Your sight. May I serve and lead from a healthy heart today. In Jesus’ Name and for His Sake, Amen

Your Friend in Ministry,

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