BE STILL

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Be still, and know that I am God;   I will be exalted among the nations,  I will be exalted in the earth!  The LORD of hosts is with us;  The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah Psalm 46;10-11

God has never abdicated being God no matter what men or demons say or do. He is our refuge and strength, and a very present help in trouble.  His word is true:

Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed,  And though the mountains be carried into the 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 tabernacle of the Most High.  God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;  God shall help her, just 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.

Be still, and know that I am God;  I will be exalted among the nations,  I will be exalted in the earth! Psalm 46:1-10

Jesus came to the earth and He healed and delivered people. He loved people and wanted to dispel the darkness in their lives. He wanted them whole. He wanted them free and He provided it in His gift to them on the Cross. He gave them His Power. The Holy Comforter is our daily comforter because of what Jesus did on the Cross.  When I was a child, I walked, talked and behaved as a child but when I became a man I put away childish ways. For many are called but few are chosen. They hear the clarion call of the gospel and they respond. But along the way they return to their childish ways and stray far from God. An inch might as well be a long mile from God.

Men walk in their integrity but there are few who attain the level of God’s integrity. The men who can walk in His integrity have retained their child like faith with manly dignity. They have learned to remain who they are in Him and do not promote themselves. They have learned true qualities of Christian character and live by those virtues. They walk by His Spirit and are lead by Him.  Is it possible for a Christian to truly live as Jesus did in one hundred percent self-control and victory over self and the enemy?  The answer is resoundingly ‘yes!’ Yes, by virtue of the fact that God is all powerful and He is able to empower people to walk the walk and do what‘s right before all men. He has given us His secret weapon—Jesus!

Through Jesus and His truth He has given us the weapons of our warfare. They are not carnal but spiritual. Our own character and integrity is a force to be used as a weapon against the enemy. The enemy within can be conquered. We are not alone. We are not the only one. We  are able by God’s Spirit and His grace to defeat the enemies within us. The enemy of self-centeredness, criticism, negativity, anger and rage, unforgiveness, immorality, lust, self-deceivement and so on.   Our struggle is a never ending battle. Each day we must take up our Cross and follow Him. But we can win in this fight! Every time we say the right thing, every time we love ourselves or someone else properly, every time we react with compassion or proper judgment and do it both in love and righteousness.  This is true Christianity.

There was not just one side to Jesus. He was always righteous both in His love reactions and His judgment reactions. He remained firm against His body and soul. He was in total control of His life and actions and attitudes. At the deciding point of His life—in the garden. He did the Will of the Father and retained His throne at the God’s Right Hand. Yet, His motivation was not from selfish ambition. He really did love us enough to die for us and give us a fresh start. All those who turn to Him and love Him with all their heart, soul and mind have that fresh start.

Whether we keep our first love with God is up to each one of us. Will our motives for what we do in a day be based on our usual selfish desire and carnality. Or are we going to serve the Great I Am in the Spirit or in truth, walking by His power and doing what He told us to do each day of our lives? Each day these choices and decisions remain ours. If a thought enters our head and has nothing to do with godliness and doesn’t line up with God’s truth we can be sure it is not a good thing.

Many people have the attitude ‘I thought this, therefore it must be truth, or important. This is not truth. The Bible says we must take every thought and lay it at the foot of the Cross. We can take every thought into captivity, analysis it and decide it is a good or bad thing and what action we should take because of it. Bad thoughts should be rejected and forgotten and replaced with God’s truth and His praises.  The illuminating Word of God quickly dispels the darkness of that thought. God’s truth and power  pierces through the darkness in your life and brings real healing and change. Healing of all things in our life, including, lack of love and self-worth, lack of self-esteem, and all forms of rejection by the Power and Presence of Jesus in a wounded spirit.

If we expect perfection in ourselves we will never find it. Only Jesus is our perfection and beauty and protection.  His word is true:

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are,  that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God-and righteousness and sanctification and redemption- that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.”  1 Corinthians 1:27-31

Jesus Christ Himself in the power of the Holy Spirit, the greater one in us, has now become for us wisdom from God-and righteousness and sanctification and redemption. When we understand this truth and act on it we shall never be the same nor defeated any more. The deception of men is that they think they are so wonderful when they are not. They think they can achieve anything without God. They built great towers and monuments to themselves and then ask why He is upset with their inventions. They don’t understand they were doing it to exalt themselves and forgot their Creator. They forgot to worship Him, to thank Him, to love Him for who He is to them. They forgot their Lord and Savior.

God divided men’s language and shattered them across the earth because their desire was not towards Him but themselves. It seems as though it’s a broken record, repeating itself over and over and over again. Men are doing what they have desired to do for centuries without thought of what God truly desired that they do. Even religious ones are doing their own thing and asking God to bless it and make it His will.  Men may decide or desire certain things but ultimately God is the deciding factor in an equation they rarely see. They don’t consider Him. They think He doesn’t exist. They think He didn’t make what He said He made. They think man evolved when he was generated by God’s Power and His very Breath.

So, men will think what men will think and God will think what God will think and we will see the final outcome. For most it will not be what they expected. For few it will be unexpected. For a very, very few it will be as expected and properly rewarded.  Safe haven comes to those who wait upon God. To those who are dedicated to His service and recognize their own finiteness. The greatest enemy of all of God’s people is deception. Whether it is self-deception or general malice it is still deception.  The only way to avoid this deception is to get on our knees humble ourselves and admit we are wrong and unworthy of God. Then, with God we can build on this foundation, restructuring our lives into something that will be profitable, pliable and usable.

The greatest enemy to humility is pride and self reliance; pride which is as the sin of witchcraft, fear which takes many forms and many phobias; self-reliance which says, I can do it my own way I don’t need God or His truth. In the bible God’s Word, He outlines the things that both help and hinder a relationship with Him. It is important that His people avail themselves of these truths and live by them in order to bring about great change in their lives. Without them, change is impossible.  The greatest changer in their lives is the Holy Spirit. He makes real the life giving force present in God’s Words. He quickens the truth to a person’s spirit and helps them to understand the importance of it and how to live it in a daily way. He is a life force all by Himself but His objective is to help humanity receive the truth through the third part of their person—their inner spirit. Man is a triune being just as God is a triune being. Man is body, soul and spirit. God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The parallel is obvious. What man does not understand is the deep importance of these many parts that come together in spiritual wholeness.

Man must recognize he has a Heavenly Father who knows and understands all things. He has a Savior in Jesus his Messiah and future King. He needs the presence of the Holy Spirit in his life to bring about real change and realization of truth. Also, he has to see he is not only body and mind or soul but he is spirit. Man is supernatural spirit that once he comes into existence will live on forever. Where he lives on forever is up to him but he will live on. If he accepts and lives by the Messiah and his teachings he will live on in Heaven should he meet the conditions. If he does not accept the Messiah he will live on but in another less desirable place.

Many people can’t even admit there is a hell. They can’t imagine He would have created such a place where people would have to go. It was never God’s desire or His intention. But men have left Him with decisions to make that are undesirable. God has given free will to men and if they don’t choose Him, He has chosen for them. It may seem unfair but it is the consequence for not accepting Him. It grates against many philosophies. But when one reads the entirety of the Bible one understands the entire picture better and can see God’s logic. Is God the sovereign Lord of the universe or not? Yes, He is the Lord and what He says goes no matter what men think or approve of. He doesn’t need men’s approval to be God. He is the “I Am who I Am.” All of man’s logic doesn’t fit into a thimble full of His Wisdom. One is night and the other is day. The two will never meet in any semblance of oneness.

Just as we can’t put new wine into old wine skins, we can’t fit God into man’s logic or traditions. He just doesn’t fit. We have to conform to His ways. We have to change our thinking. We have to embrace His truth and recognize it is the only answer for our lives that makes any sense.  For in God’s world, there could not be so much violence, war, famine, slavery, selfishness,  that we have today amongst us.  But He the God of all love and compassion and grace  he demands something of us. That we lay down our ways and embrace His ways. That we recognize we are wrong and imperfect without Him. That we admit we need a real change and open ourselves to receive that change. Then, we become more like Him and can make a difference in the world around us.

From the greatest to the least, God has provided a way of escape that we may be able to bare the temptations of life but they are real and the only true Answer is Jesus. Let no one say he was tempted of God because this is simply not true. God tempts no man to do evil. Man is taken by his own desires, whims, passions and thoughts. It is interesting to see how many walk in non violence. Yet some of them end up in terrible violence or retribution. They thought they would escape but they didn’t. They thought their sins were not as bad as the other’s sins.

All sin is separation from God. Let no man say he can exist outside of God or accomplish anything of lasting value without Him. This is simply not true. He is the way the truth and the life and no man comes to the Father except by Him. No, man can’t do things on his own. He needs the Holy Presence to change him and make him whole.  Let no man say he is true when he is false. Let no man say he is pure when he is putrid. Let no man say he is spiritual, when he is carnal? Let each know who he really is and what he must do to change his ways. It is possible because Jesus Christ is alive and well

The enemy is trying to hold God’s Presence away from His people but there are many who are ready and willing to embrace the truth once they hear of it or see its true effects on their lives. He is opening that door for them. He is delivering them of their deceivements. He is bringing a new day into Christian lives and then He will open it to all who hunger and thirst for Him. For God does have His timing and His choosing and His ways. He does not necessarily fit into people’s perception of Him. They think He is only a God of love, mercy and grace but He is also a God of judgment. He forgives but He also brings the consequences of people’s behavior upon themselves. He even brings it upon their children to the third and fourth generation.

Many think He is a liberal God but He is not a liberal.  Some think He is a republican God but He is not a republican. He is the LORD of this universe and what He says goes!  M en can think as they please, they can do as they please and they can go where they please. But if what they think and do does not please God, they have missed Him and the consequences of their actions will be exacted from them.  He is a person of great price! He demands their all! He demands their hearts! He demands their souls raised to Him! No, He doesn’t ask little He asks ALL!   For He is “The Great I AM!” His word is unchanging:

Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,  Let not the mighty man glory in his might,  Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;  But let him who glories glory in this,  That he understands and knows Me,  That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.  For in these I delight,” says the LORD. Jeremiah 9:23

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