RANDOM THOUGHTS OF GOD
It has been granted to (us) on behalf of Christ... to believe on Him... Philippians 1:29
My goal is to share the Love of Christ with all who will come and read of how He is at work in my life and can be in yours. May God bless you here.
Psalm 46 this morning I suddenly realized that a favorite verse (10)
which calms many believers in times of stress, is not actually a very
love the seeming gentleness of “Be still and know that I am God.”
But I have always wondered why this gentle reminder is in this
slightly turbulent Psalm. Why does the subject turn from talking
about God's ability to control in a harsh and Godly manner,
and suddenly become a gentle “prompting” to us to trust Him.
Well. It apparently doesn't.
all versions use these words. Several use the Word, “CEASE! or
DESIST!” And some notes indicate that the phrase “Be still...”
could be translated: ENOUGH! And that would indicate that the words
are actually directed to those causing the CHAOS in the world
of sin. ENOUGH will be spoken and the sin and sinfulness will STOP!
It will happen in God's time, but it WILL happen.
with the wars!
with the murders and other crime!
with the chaotic uprisings and hate mongering!
with brutality and stubbornness against God and His people.
with the lack of commonsense replaced by stupidity and cruelty.
of not listening to God Almighty!
- “DESIST and learn that I am God, supreme over the
nations, supreme over the earth.” (caps mine)
- CEASE striving
and know that I am God; (caps mine)
STILL and know that I am God.” (caps mine)
I AM GOD!
is a reminder that God will not be eternally rejected. He will not
let sin go on forever. He will put an end to it. Anyone not covered
by the blood of Christ will be REJECTED by Him and will come to a
very bad ending. He will conquer; and He will be the last word on the
subject! Hallelu Yah! Amen.
Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who
has wrought desolations in the earth.
He makes wars to cease
to the end of the earth; He breaks
the bow and cuts
the spear in two; He burns
the chariots with fire.
that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be
exalted in the earth.”
of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah.
this first week of the 2017, I find myself tearing up over the
influence of someone who has moved away from my life; but who had
immeasurable influence on it.
I came into this new phase of my life back in 2005, God literally
pushed me into a program called Celebrate Recovery and broke my heart
over what I had been and what I needed to be instead. CR, as we call
it, was just the tool He wanted to use it to turn me from hating into
loving; from twisting everything to God's failures in my life to
seeing God's Great Power and Love and Mercy at work in my life.
walk before me was extremely painful and exhausting. But due to this
influential woman in my life, I learned to cling to God through, not
just my own personal prayers and pleading, but by reaching out for Joy
in the music that was the epitome of all that I needed to pray.
Because of her, I became a “hand raiser,” unable to stop reaching
up to God as I prayed along with these songs. To this day, I find
pure Joy in singing my prayers. A morning of musical prayer is always
a very high note in my life!
not many people in my church “arm raise,” the question sometimes
came up as to whether it was really alright to do that.
one evening prayer meeting, a small discussion came up and our
precious guiding light Shepherd leader was put on the spot by
everyone looking to him for an answer:
his sweet way, he said that it surely is not wrong and, in itself
does, not interrupt a calm and orderly worship service. But it is
true that the Bible only mentions it in regard to prayer. What I did
not say, but thought, was, “But I AM praying!”
will never forget how this woman influenced my growth in Christ by
showing me how to reach up to God in prayer, as well as look up to
Him as the owner, Savior and Lord of my life.
we all “reach up” to God with our prayers, even if our arms do
may we see the power of God in our lives day after day in this new
year and beyond!