Be Still And Know

Psalms 46:10–Be still, and know that I am God.
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Be still–We are to find times, at least once a day, to remain motionless and quiet before God. This is a time when we focus on God and seek Him and listen for Him to speak. This is a time to bath in the presence of God and experience the reality of Him. This is a time besides and different from our bible study and prayer which are actions. It can be a time following our bible study and prayer. This is a time to allow God to respond to us. It is a time to allow God to stir our soul and lift our spirit. “Draw near to God” (James 4:8).

And know that I am God–This is God’s promise to respond to us. Be still and know beyond a shadow of doubt that I am God. Be still and know no matter what others might say or do that I am God. This is God’s promise to be self revealing. This is God’s promise to make His presence real for you. When we know the reality of God’s presence our soul is indeed stirred and our spirit is definitely lifted. In God’s presence we find strength to face whatever comes our way for we know we are not alone. “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” (James 4:8). What a wonderful experience. Glory!

With God, All Things Are Possible

Matthew 19:26–With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
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With men this is impossible–Jesus was talking about being saved. Men can not save themselves. The word saved means to be rescued, delivered, or redeemed from sin which all speak of someone else doing the saving. It requires more than we mortals can do. There are many things that are impossible for us. We need God’s presence and help in dealing with these things in our lives.

With God all things are possible–God is omnipotent. He has all power. Is that which is created greater than the creator? God created this world, oversees everything in the world, and can control whatever comes our way. He is omniscient. He knows all things. He knows everything about every situation we have to deal with and he knows how to overcome whatever we face. He has all the answers and all the power we need. He is omnipresent. He is present in all places at the same time while we can only be in one place. “What shall we then say to these things; If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).

Letters From God–Book of 1 Timothy 5:3-16

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My child, show respect and give assistance to those widows who have no families. Where these widows have children and grandchildren they must first learn to respect their own family by taking care of the needs of their parents and grandparents. This is pleasing in My sight. A widow who has no family has placed her faith in God by praying and asking for his help night and day. But the widow who lives for pleasure is dead even though she is still alive. Insist on these things so that widows will have good reputations. Anyone who does not take care of his own relatives and especially his immediate family has denied the Christian faith and is worse than an unbeliever. Any widow who is at least 60 years old, having been the of one man, and of whom it is reported that she has raised her children, has been faithful to God and to the church, and has given herself to minister to the needs others should be put on your list to be watched over and ministered to.

Don’t include younger widows (younger than 60) in the list for they might begin to live without restraint, and not live according to the Christian faith. They will probably get married again instead of remaining a widow and depending on God and His care. They might learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and became tattlers and busybodies, speaking things which they should not speak. Therefore, younger women should marry, bear children, guide the house, and give none occasion to Satan and for others to speak ill of them. For there have been many who have become entangled with the things of this world and have turned from the faith and the Word of God.

Any man or woman who is a Christian, who has widows, should see that their needs are met, so that the church could focus on those who are widows indeed. 1 Timothy 5:3-16
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Our Responsibility To Grow

2 Peter 3:18–Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
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Grow–Most Christians think that once they get saved that is it. However it is just the beginning. When a baby is born everything is not done. That baby is expected to grow. When we are born again, born of the Holy Spirit, we begin a new life and it is just the beginning. We are expected to grow spiritually. We have a spiritual responsibility to grow. We are to be in the process of growing during our complete existence on this earth. It is never to stop. To grow is to increase in spiritual maturity, stability and reliability.

Grow in grace–We are to increase in grace. Grace is divine, undeserved, and unmerited favor. God gives it and we receive it. We are to increase in our reception of His loving kindness and goodwill. He has an untold number of blessings that He wants to bestow upon us. These include times of experiencing His presence and times of experiencing His power.

Grow in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ–He dwells within us by His Spirit. We will grow in our knowledge of Him through His word and through personal experience. He will reveal Himself to us mentally and experientially. We will grow in our knowledge of Him as He showers us with the blessings of His grace. We are to dedicate ourselves to this relationship by studying His word, by prayer and talking with Him. We are to give ourselves to this relationship by following Him and being obedient to the word and to the Spirit. If we do this He will become more real to us as time goes by. If we try we can become more familiar with Him and more aware of His presence with us from day to day. God bless us more and more with your grace and help us to grow in our relationship with you. Amen.

Treasure In Earthen Vessels

2 Corinthians 4:7–We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
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We have this treasure in earthen vessels–The earthen vessels are Christians, and is a reference to our earthly bodies. This treasure is priceless and is a gift from God. This treasure is the Holy Spirit. We have become partakers of the divine nature of God. He dwells in us.
1. First this treasure is for our benefit. He has come to teach us and guide us into all truth. He has come to renew our minds and transform our lives. He has come to manifest the character of God (the fruit of the Spirit) through us. He has come to empower us to have victory over sin and the devil. He has come to empower us for ministry.
2. Secondly, He has come that we might be used to reach out to others through ministry. This is where the gifts of the spirit come in. Jesus said, “He that believes on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive.)” (John 7:38-39).

That the excellency of the power may be of God–The Holy Spirit dwells in us that the superiority of God’s power might work through us as we walk in the Spirit and are yielded to Him. “It is the spirit that quickens; the flesh profitsh nothing” (John 6:63). God is working in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure. The Holy Spirit who dwells in us works through us to accomplish what we could never do on our own.

Let us get to know Him intimately so that we might be used by God in a great way. As we yield to the Holy Spirit He will manifest Himself through us in words and in deeds.

The Salvation Of The Lord

Exodus 14:13–And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
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Fear not–God says when the enemy comes against you and there seems to be no way out, don’t give place to fear. Don’t be afraid for I am with you.

Stand still–When the enemy comes in, we get all excited and start running here and there. We become busy trying to deal with it in our own way and in our own strength. We don’t give God a chance. God’s says, settle down, stand still and trust me.

See the salvation of the Lord–See the salvation that He shall show to you. God delights in fighting our battles for us. He enjoys seeing His children stand in victory. He also enjoys our praise and worship when He comes through for us and delivers us from our enemies. He loves to see us celebrate the victory He has given unto us.

The enemy–God will not only save us and deliver us but He will also deal with our enemies. He has said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay” (Romans 12:19).

FEAR NOT—–STAND STILL—–SEE THE SALVATION OF THE LORD—–

CELEBRATE HIM AND HIS VICTORY

We Need Times Of Rest

Mark 6:31-32–And he said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while: for there were many coming and going, and they had no leisure so much as to eat. And they departed into a desert place by ship privately.
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Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place–The disciples had just returned from a mission. They had been sent by Jesus to preach and minister to the needs of the people. Also John the Baptist had just been beheaded. Jesus said that it was time to get away from the crowds and rest for a while. It is likely that Jesus wanted to talk with his disciples alone about the death of John and about their mission and the results they experienced.

We too need to get away–We also need to have times of rest. We can become tired physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We need times when we can get away from the crowds and spend some time with Jesus alone. We need some quiet time to talk with Him about our ministry and the things that are happening in our life and around us. We should not feel guilty about taking this time when it is needed. After all Jesus recommended it to His disciples.

The whole idea of the Sabbath–was to rest, as God rested from His work of creation.

God’s Glory And Handy-work

Psalms 19:1-4–The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handy work. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night shows knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
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The heavens declare the glory of God–They clearly make known and reveal God’s glory. The many colors of the sunrise and sunset painted across the sky are statements of God’s glory. The variety of clouds with their different shapes and colors make a statement about God’s glory.

The firmament shows His handy-work–The sun and moon with their cyclical paths across the sky along with the stars at night are expressions of wisdom and knowledge expressed in His creation. The colors of the rainbow and the means of its appearance are a manifestation of God’s handy-work.

Day unto day and night unto night–From one day to the next and from one night to the next, over and over, month after month and year after year they proclaim in a silent language and display the knowledge of God.

There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard–They declare the glory of God through all of the nations of the earth even to the ends of the world.

Romans 1:20–”The invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse”.

Assemble And Encourage One Another

Hebrews 10:25–Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
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Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together–We are to gather together regularly. There is great benefit in this.
First there is the worship. Worshiping with others lifts our spirits and gives us a sense of the oneness of the body of Christ.
Second is the word of God. The presentation of the word of God also stirs our spirits and it renews our minds. It instructs us, corrects us, and gives us direction.
Third there is fellowship. True fellowship is experiencing our commonality in Christ. It is built on our oneness in Christ, and the unity of the Spirit. It is a caring, sharing, honoring, spiritual necessity.

As the manner of some is–Some people fail to gather together as the body of Christ, the church of God. When we fail to gather together we are like a coal removed from the fire. We may be hot and on fire but as we leave the fire we begin to cool down. We become lukewarm (See Revelation 3:15-16).

But exhorting one another–We are to urge and encourage each other to maintain a right relationship with God and with our fellow man. We are to give courage, hope and confidence to each other and to support each other. In this way we will help each other to deal with the things we have to face in this world. We are to help each other to “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” (Ephesians 6:10) that we can “stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).

And so much the more, as you see the day approaching–As we read the signs of the times and see the day approaching we must continue to assemble together and encourage one another. As it was in the days of Noah and as it was in the days of Lot things will get worse and worse in the world as the day approaches. We see this all around us. People’s conscience is seared as with a hot iron (1Timothy 4:2) so that the most evil, and vile things they do does not bother them. Wars and rumors of wars abound. These are only a couple of the signs that the day is approaching.

Assemble and encourage one another.

Letters From God–Book of 1 Timothy 5:1-2

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My child, do not use harsh words when speaking with an older man but speak with him in earnestness and treat him with respect, as a father. In seeking to persuade the younger to some belief, or position of action, speak with them as a brother in Christ. In dealing with the elderly women treat them as mothers and in dealing with the younger girls as sisters in Christ, with all purity. All of these are people whom God loves and for whom Christ died. Let your relationships with one another be with love, in word, in action, and in truth. 1 Timothy 5:1-2
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