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 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.

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 cannot 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 must 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). Draw near to Him and He will draw near to you. This He has promised.

Listen to God’s Word

Galatians 3:20 “Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.”
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My child, a mediator is one who interacts between two persons to settle differences and to bring peace. As I said in 1 Timothy 2:5, “There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” “He is the mediator of a better covenant, which is established upon better promises” (Hebrews 8:6). This is the new covenant that I make between Me and mankind, “I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people; I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more” (Hebrews 8:10, 12). My Son, Jesus, abolished in His flesh, on the cross, that which divided mankind, breaking down the wall between them and reconciled them unto Me and so making peace (Ephesians 2:13-15). “He is the mediator of the New Testament; that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. By your faith in Him you are now My child, “an heir, and a joint heir with My Son, Jesus Christ” (Romans 8:16-17).

Quench Not The Spirit

1 Thessalonians 5:19 “Quench not the Spirit.”
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The Spirit.  The Spirit is reference to the Holy Spirit of God who dwells within us. He seeks to urge us in right decisions and directions for our benefit and that God’s will should be done in our life. He seeks to teach us and to guide us into all truth and to remind us of these truths of God at the right moments. This is one way, that the Spirit, will move us and inspire us to make the right decisions and to go in the right direction. This is the way the Spirit will lead us in our lives.
Quench not the Spirit. Quench means to decrease or cause Him to lose His influence on our decisions and the directions we take in our life. We quench the Spirit when we choose to follow the flesh and are influenced by world, the devil and even our own thinking and emotions. The moment we give heed to the flesh we begin to quench the Spirit. Many promptings and suggestions of the Holy Spirit fail to produce what God desires because we walk in the flesh instead of the Spirit. Instead of quenching the Spirit, we are to yield ourselves unto God (the Spirit) as those who are spiritually alive from the spiritual death we were in before our salvation.
Individual and corporate. While reading this you probably were focused on the Spirit’s influence on the individual. However, 1 Thessalonians was written to the church of Thessalonica. This scripture is written not only for the individual but also for each church throughout this world. The church must yield to the moving of the Spirit and not let the flesh get in the way. Many times, when decisions must be made in our churches and the direction of the church must be decided there are some who will be influenced by the flesh instead of by the Spirit. They will follow their own thinking and emotions or what someone else might say or do rather than following the Spirit. “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” (Amos 3:3). “The flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that you cannot do the things that you would.” (Galatians 5:17). This has caused many churches to miss God’s direction and make wrong decisions. The Spirit knows more and better than we do. May we let the Spirit lead us and not quench Him.
God is the originator. He is the beginning, the Alpha. Everything ultimately has it beginning with Him. We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:10). “It is He that has made us” (Psalms 100:3). “By Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist” (Colossians 1:16-17). He should be the beginning of our plans, and ministry. We should consult with Him for His advice and direction before we set out to do them.
Through Him. He is the worker. He is the one who gets it done. It is through His wisdom, knowledge, and power. Jesus said, “Without me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). “It is God which works in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). “We are laborers together with God” (1 Corinthians 3:9). His wisdom, knowledge and power are available to us to carry out our plans and ministry. We are to follow the leadership of His Spirit and walk in the light of His word.
To Him.  He is the Omega, the end. Everything ultimately has its ending with Him. He will bring us to the perfect end. The plan, ministry or whatever will accomplish the proper results if He is the beginning, and we are laborers together with Him.
To whom be glory forever. Amen! God will receive the glory for ever and ever. “Know that the Lord He is God” (Psalms 100:3). He is the Creator, the Savior, and the King. He is everything. “And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angel’s round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, honor, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard Me saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto Him that sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever” (Revelation 5:11-13). Amen!

God Watches Over Us

Matthew 10:29-31 “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear you not therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows.”
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Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? Sparrows are not of great value, they don’t cost much and they are not very big. However, not even one of them will fall to the ground without the Father’s knowledge of it and care for it. Our heavenly Father’s oversight and care extends to even the sparrows.
The very hairs of your head are all numbered. Our Father knows not only the number of hairs on our head but each one of them are numbered. This indicates His specific, detailed knowledge of us. He knows more about us than we know about ourselves.
Fear not therefore. You are of more value than many sparrows. “The Lord shall preserve you’re going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore” (Psalms 121:8). He said that He will be with us always and will never forsake us to the things that we must face in this life.

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 has 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 profits 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.

Asking And Receiving

Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say unto you, whatever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.”
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I say unto you. These are the words of Jesus. We are to take what He is about to say as the truth for it indeed is the truth. He is the truth and speaks the truth. He would not mislead us. At the same time, we must compare scripture with scripture because this will reveal further truth on the subject.
Whatever you desire. Whatever we desire and to any extent or degree.
When you pray. These things are available through prayer. “Ask and it shall be given unto you” (Matthew 7:7).
Believe that you receive them. This means believe right then as you are praying. Believe that you have received them at that moment. Believe they are yours already. This is a prayer of faith. We must believe this and not doubt in our heart. “Let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways” (James 1:6-8). We must hold on to this faith until we receive it. Remember “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). When we pray in faith we have the substance of things hoped for and prayed for. We have the evidence of these things even though we can’t see them.
You shall have them. Shall is future tense. We will have them sometime in the future. The timing is in God’s hands. We must wait on His timing. And remember we must compare scripture with scripture to find further truth on the subject. For instance: “You have not, because you ask not. You ask, and receive not because you ask amiss that you may consume it upon your lusts” (James 4:2-3). The attitude and motive of our asking must be taken into consideration. If our attitude and motive is right then God will be true to His word. He will either give us what we asked for or something better.

To God Be The Glory

Romans 11:36 “For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen.”
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Of Him.  God is the originator. He is the beginning, the Alpha. Everything ultimately has it beginning with Him. We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:10). “It is he that hath made us” (Psalms 100:3). “By him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist” (Colossians 1:16-17). He should be the beginning of our plans, and ministry. We should consult with Him for His advice and direction before we set out to do them.
Through Him.  He is the worker. He is the one who gets it done. It is through His wisdom, knowledge, and power. Jesus said, “Without me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). “It is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13). “We are laborers together with God” (1 Corinthians 3:9). His wisdom, knowledge and power are available to us to carry out our plans and ministry. We are to follow the leadership of His Spirit and walk in the light of His word.
To Him.  He is the Omega, the end. Everything ultimately has its ending with Him. He will bring us to the perfect end. The plan, ministry or whatever will accomplish the proper results if He is the beginning, and we are laborers together with Him.
To whom be glory forever.  God will receive the glory for ever and ever. “Know ye that the Lord he is God” (Psalms 100:3). He is the Creator, the Savior, and the King. He is everything. “And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angel’s round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, honor, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard Me saying, Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be unto him that sits upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever” (Revelation 5:11-13). Amen.

Listen to God’s Words

Galatians 3:15-19 “Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He said not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of one, and to your seed, which is Christ. And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot dis-annul, that it should make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. Wherefore then do you serve the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.”
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My child, to Abraham and his seed I made my promises; not seeds, as of many; but as of one, and to his seed which is Christ. The covenant I made with Abraham was established in Christ and the law which I gave four hundred and thirty years later cannot dis-annul it and make it of no effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but I gave it to Abraham by promise. Why do you then serve the law? I added it because of transgressions, till the seed (Christ) should come to whom the promise was made. The law was your schoolmaster to bring you unto Christ, that you might be justified by faith. So, My child, abide in Christ and inherit the promises associated with Him.

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