Be Still And Know That I Am God

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Surrounded by trouble, somewhere there is a light

There are times I feel like chicken little, when an acorn to falls on my head and I think the sky is falling. Over reacting and panicking when there is little to be afraid of. Then there are times when we face great disaster with dire consequences where it would not be possible to over react to the impending doom that hangs over us, restrained only by the thinnest of threads.  In both cases the Christian response  should be the same.

“Be Still and know that I am God”

Each Christian should hold fast to the reality that it is God that is is in control of our life, and orders its days and outcome. He is God, and his way is supreme.   It doesn’t matter the evil man has planned, God will surely turn it for the good of his people. Though for a time we might endure a trial to get there.

We know that joseph grew up in the favor of his father Jacob who delighted in him. He was adorned with a special coat of many colors, surely his life was blessed. Until one day his brothers fell upon him and took it all away and sold him into slavery. Abandoned by his family and fallen from the favor of his father, Joseph was bereft and alone, but what was his response?

“Be Still and know that I am God”

We know how the story ends, through the tests of Joseph a family was saved, and because a family was saved, a nation was born, a nation accustomed to both happiness and tears. Because of a nation that was born, a Messiah was born that saved all who would come to Him. Because God takes the long view, and knows that a season of suffering can reap a bounty of eternal life

As Joseph tells his brothers: (Gen 50: 20) But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.

“Be Still and know that I am God”

Today our country faces what seems to be disaster as the people who would like to destroy God and his morality seem to be taking power…but never forget, God is in control, and he is taking the long view. so what should be our response when we face and see the trial that is coming?

“Be Still and know that I am God”

God has it all in his hands, and if we face a season of suffering, it will bring a bountiful harvest of blessings.  Trust God, rejoice in Him and His promises to us and let not your heart be troubled.

“Be Still and know that I am God”

Psalm 46:

God is our refuge and strength,
A[a] very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the [b]midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the [c]tabernacle of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be [d]moved;
God shall help her, just [e]at the break of dawn.
The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord,
Who has made desolations in the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
He burns the chariot in the fire.

10 Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

 

 

 

 

 

Hope: The Grand Expectation

 

Man standing on rock formation

Man standing on rock formation

We know that hope is. And that it is one of the three great eternals mentioned in:

1 Corinthians 13
13And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

I myself find that of these three things, the definition of hope is what I understand least of all. So let us travel through some scriptures to help define hope a little better, If I can venture into the teacher anointing, just a bit. The Main Greek word for Hope is elpis and it means to have a favorable and confident EXPECTATION

Hope is an expectation

Colossians 1:27 Says that the Christ in us is the HOPE of Glory. Do we have glory now? are we in heaven now? Well Yes He have the hope of it, and FAITH makes that Hope in us real

Hebrews11:
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen

So it is the hope in us which our faith makes real. Hope not in what we see feel or experience , but hope in what is unseen.

Romans8:
24For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

Paul opened His letter to Titus in the following manner

1 Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness, 2in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began, 3but has in due time manifested His word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior;

The Hope which we cling to was promised to us before time began, a testament to its eternal nature. And before Jesus came it was only a promise our fore fathers in faith could cling to. But now we keep it in our heart, we embrace it and we believe it. It is our hope of Glory.

Hope and Glory. A common theme

Titus 2:
11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, 12teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,

So what is the connector Of Hope and Glory? Faith. It is faith that takes that promise of eternal life and turns into Glory

1 Peter 1:
13 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

From a living, eternal Hope to “an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you”
Through the power of God through faith. It is the power of God which transforms…completes that Hope of Glory through our acceptance and adherence of it, by Faith.

Romans 5
1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God

Hope is the promise of God, the good and positive expectation that God will do what He said he would do, and through faith it is the path to Glory.

How does hope differ from faith?  By Faith we can perceive, grasp and understand the things of God that are ours now. Salvation, relationship, peace.  But what we have now is not the ultimate promise…that is to come, and that is where our HOPE is.  We cannot see it, feel it or even really comprehend it, but we can believe in it, and can expect it!  Hope, the grand expectation.

On Wings As Eagles

eagle2-310x190Isaiah 40 28 Have you not known?
Have you not heard?
The everlasting God, the Lord,
The Creator of the ends of the earth,
Neither faints nor is weary.
His understanding is unsearchable.
29 He gives power to the weak,
And to those who have no might He increases strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
31 But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

Never lose hope my brothers and sisters for God is with you. His grace is sufficient for our needs, we must walk as far as we can walk, but when we faint, when we can go no more. He will lift us up on wings as eagles until such time as we can walk again