Sometimes, life becomes so fast paced and so entirely complicated, that we cannot figure out when to act, or how to act in certain situations.
Oftentimes, we are not supposed to act in the situations we feel most inclined to act.
Self reliance is one of the surest marks of immaturity. The longer we walk with God, the more fully we are supposed to turn our hearts over to him.
Just after Jesus resurrected from the dead, he had a one on one meeting with Peter. Here is what Jesus had to say about Peter’s future:
John 21:18-19 “I tell you the truth, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”
I’ve seen this very same thing happen in my own life. When I was younger, I acted however I felt like acting, whenever I felt like acting… and I just cleaned up the mess afterwards. That is how I lived when I was young.
Now, after 20 years of walking with God, I’m not old yet, but I am older. Time and trial has eroded away at so much of my self reliance… until I sit here this morning just like almost everyone else, desiring to take a few situations into my own hands… but as I play the options through my mind, I remember that God is fully commanding my entire future. I remember a few of the Bibles golden verses such as,
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
Isaiah 54:17 “But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken!”
James 1:19-20 “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.”
Psalm 27:13-14 “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.”
Psalm 75:6-7 “For exaltation comes neither from the east Nor from the west nor from the south. But God is the Judge: He puts down one, And exalts another.”
This maturing belief has made me strong in my old(er) age. When the winds of confusion blow over my soul… when my enemy calls me out again and again… and I cannot figure out what to do, or if I should do anything at all… I simply retreat to my secret place, and I say as little as I can get away with saying… and I wait for God to work without my assistance.
There is a God. He loves His children sooo much. From His love, He performs unfathomable miracles. He moves the mightiest mountains. There is nothing our Father can’t fix.
- Sometimes, He gives us His wisdom and strength so that we can act WITH HIM.
- Oftentimes, He doesn’t give us anything at all… but the command to STAND STILL AND SEE HIS SALVATION!
2 Chronicles 20:15-17 He [the Lord’s prophet] said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s. Tomorrow, march out against them. You will find them coming up through the ascent of Ziz at the end of the valley that opens into the wilderness of Jeruel. But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the Lord is with you!”
This blog is for all of those times when God says, “Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged by this mighty army… for THIS BATTLE BELONGS TO ME!”
Todays photo taken from Humboldt Pro-Life.
Here is another great worship video from Citipoint Worship, You Are God.
I just finished praying for you (with tremendous passion), hoping you really feel the difference. I wish you a most triumphant Tuesday wherever you are in the earth today.
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With much love…
Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!