Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

Be Still and Know that I am God

Ex 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 forever.”

How many times have we been told to stand still…..wait here….till God removes….or moves circumstances, to His Way for us?

Many times.

(I am a planner. Give me a problem….and I am right at it, to “fix” it.

Even if there is nothing I can do, I still try and wiggle the circumstances….or change the mind of people….to see the “right” thing done.)

Psalm 46:10-11 “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

The Lord of hosts is with us, the God of Jacob is our refuge.”

Like Jacob, (and I love that God uses him here,….not the God of Israel, but the God of Jacob!…..For he was a schemer….figuring out things…trying to hurry up God’s time!)…we often think we know what is best.

But what we are called to “know”…..is God.

God’s time is best…..God’s Way is best…..God’s faithfulness is seen again and again in the fact that what He works out, is right.

Let us consider…..”Be still”.

Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Be still and know,….to be still that you may know…..know that He is God, still in control of all things….

….no matter what is going on with me, now.

To quiet yourself before Him….this requires discipline.

To force yourself…and all the voices within your thoughts to stop!

(1 Peter 1:13 “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind,…” Wherefore gather your thoughts….and bind them under One thought…what is the Lord’s Will for me, now.)

Stop trying to figure out what must be done….stop planning….stop,..

…and force yourself to wait on the Lord….to honor Him in this.

Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

(Wait…..but wait upon the Lord.

Not on circumstances to change, or people to change, or even our feelings to change….

…to wait upon the Lord is different for each of us….

….for me, it usually comes down to “seeing”. The things I “see” in my problems or trials or sickness is how this effects me and mine. But when I “see” the Lord, then His Will is first….and my spirit gets quiet,…then I can know God….my God.)

This He will do, if we but wait on Him.

He hath blessed us with all Spiritual Blessings in heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1:3)…

…but what we have…

(they are ours, set aside for our circumstances here….count on it.)

….we need to get them in us, down here in the earthlies,…ourselves.

The means to have all these blessings is…”Thy Kingdom Come. Thy Will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10)

This is true rest, this is true sight, this is true liberty.

The flow of Spiritual blessings is only stopped when we refuse His rule over our lives.

He does not bless our will…..but He does bless His Will, in us….for me to do His Will,….which is all that He is requiring at my hand, in my everyday things.

Be still, and know that I am God.

(I have been thinking a lot about how many times the Lord uses…the Lord, or God, in scripture.

He uses The Lord when He is stressing Himself as our Personal King and Guide….He leads us through all things.

He uses God when He is stressing His Purpose, which is Eternal and Unchanging…and His Might to bring it to pass.)

Here, He commands….”Be still and know that I am God”….

“Have you forgotten that I am in charge? That I will bring all My Purpose to pass….in My time?

Then quiet yourselves, and know….first in you….then in the peace I give you in this time.”

Be still and know,….to be still that you might know!

Know that He is God….our God….still in control of all things.

Amen and amen.

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