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In Everything, Be Still

Choosing to be still is often our wisest response in difficult situations.

Perhaps a loved one is in dire need and you can only do so much, be still and know that He is God. Pray and trust Him to lead you and care for them.

Maybe you are facing rejection or misunderstanding. Trust in His love to satisfy your aching heart. Rest in His presence and let His love bring healing.

Often we face the pressures of others as well. Most of all we need God’s guidance and strength. Being still and seeking His leadership help us know how to respond. We want to do our part, but sometimes the expectations of others do not agree with what God is leading us to do.

Most of us have learned that we cannot make things happen, so striving and stressing over things is fruitless. We only waste our already limited human energy, or give our emotions and flesh allowances to overwhelm us.

In all these things and more, the life-giving words of Jesus remind us to do things differently. Time and again He beckons us to wait, trust and be still. Below are several verses to take to heart:

“The Lord will fight for you while you [only need to] keep silent and remain calm.” Exodus 14:14

“…in returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength…Isaiah 30:15 (ESV)

“Trust [rely on and have confidence] in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land and feed [securely] on His faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart.Psalm 37:3-4

“Be still before the Lord; wait patiently for Him and entrust yourself to Him; Do not fret (whine, agonize) because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.Psalm 37:7

“Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.James 1:2-4

“Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!Psalm 46:10 (ESV)

If He shall be exalted among the nations, how much more in the things of our lives? Rest and be still. Turn it all into His hands. Obey and follow as He leads, otherwise be still in the waiting and trust His ability to take care of it all.

Truly it is easier said than done; nonetheless, the Holy Spirit will strengthen, comfort and counsel us if we ask Him and take time to be still in His presence. He will help us be patient, hopeful and steadfast in our trials, heartaches and challenges.

The Lord beckons us to trust and remember that He is fully good. He longs for us to let go and let Him work as we wait on Him in quiet confidence. We can trust in His promises that our strength will be renewed as we wait on Him (Isaiah 40:31) and that His love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:8).

Rest, trust and cast every care upon Him who cares for you deeply. Let Him refresh and revive your needy heart.

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls. For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (AMP)

Let Him be God, and take your mind off the burdens and needs. Let Him saturate you in His love and the truth that He is a good Father working on behalf of His beloved. He is faithful!

If you want to see all the Scriptures mentioned in this post altogether, visit this page. (Scriptures are from Amplified Bible unless otherwise noted.)

Comfort in the Trials

If you are experiencing difficulties or challenges, know God sees you. Know His heart is for you. He answers when you cry out to Him. Don’t be afraid to call upon Him in your time of need.

The Lord is able to lead us by His Spirit far better than any human being. He is patient with us. He loves when we look to Him. He delights when we seek His way for our lives and in all situations.

“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
(Hebrews 4:15‭-‬16 NKJV)

Pour out your heart to Him. He can handle it. He wants to hold you close, releasing comfort and wisdom to you. He longs to speak to you from His Word. It is here where you will find His words of Spirit and life (John 6:63).

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In This Life You Will Have Trials

“If you belonged to the world, the world would treat you with affection and would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world…but I have chosen (selected) you out of the world, the world hates (detests) you. Remember that I told you, A servant is not greater than his master… If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you… But they will do all this to you [inflict all this suffering on you] because of [your bearing] My name and on My account, for they do not know or understand the One Who sent Me.” John 15:19-21 (AMP)

We cannot expect those who do not know Father God and Jesus intimately to live in a way that bears forth the fruit of His love, kindness and humility, or treat us as if they know the Father’s compassionate, grace-giving heart.

As ambassadors of reconciliation, we must forgive and pray that they come to know Him for He loves them and sent His Son for them also. Though not easy, as we commit to obey Jesus’ words in this with our will and choices, He will impart His grace to our hearts to do so and we may soon even experience a greater peace compared to when we would respond to mistreatment as the world would respond.

“But love [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for] your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; for your reward will be great (rich, abundant), and you will be sons of the Most High; because He Himself is kind and gracious and good to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful (responsive, compassionate, tender) just as your [heavenly] Father is merciful.” Luke 6:35-36 (AMP 2015)

If we actively live as those who bear His name, seeking His heart and to represent Him in this world, we can expect to go through trials and persecution. Our faith and our trust in Him will be tested, perfected, and purified as He builds perseverance in us.

“Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.” James 1:2-3 (AMP)

The simple fact that we live out His Kingdom values in a world that walks in the opposite makes it impossible for us not to go through such trials and challenges. Not only that, but our own continued growth in the renewal of our minds from conformity to the ways of the world also challenges us as we grow in enduring love, faith, and steadfastness.

“And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].” Romans 12:2 (AMP 2015)

And finally, Jesus says to us even today:

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NKJV)

Do not be deceived. Tribulation includes trials, frustration, and distresses even in this time, not just in the Great Tribulation spoken of that will occur in the handful of years before Christ’s return. Just ask someone from the persecuted Church across the world.

But be of good cheer!

When the Lord spoke these verses to me this morning, He had such a joy in His voice and I sensed a great smile on His face. He says:

“I have overcome the world! Be of good cheer! Joy in Me and joy in this, for you are safe and you will see Me again and rejoice, and all shall be well with your soul. Do not fear and do not fret.”

This life is not the end of your story, nor mine. Even on this side of eternity’s shore, we can know that our Father is faithful. He is always with us, in and through it all, perfecting all that concerns us.

“The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.” Psalm 138:8 (NKJV)

God’s Fortress of Strength

Do you need freedom from the worries and stresses of this life? Do you need strength? It is in God alone that we find true strength and freedom from the burdens we needlessly carry. Through God we have strength, protection and freedom.

…the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.
(Nehemiah 8:10)

  • “Strength” in this verse means “a fortified place, fortress, stronghold”
  • The dictionary definition of “fortress” reveals more deeply what it means to have God as our strength and fortress:
    • “a heavily protected and impenetrable building”
    • “a person or thing not susceptible to outside influence or disturbance”

Wow! With God as our strength, we can truly embrace living as one who is “heavily protected” and “impenetrable”“a person…not susceptible to outside influence or disturbance” and instead be a person living by the Holy Spirit, who lives in us and guides us as followers of Christ.

The Lord is my Light and my Salvation–whom shall I fear or dread?
The Lord is the Refuge and Stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid?

(Psalm 27:1)

In Christ alone we are strong. During these end times, let us trust in our mighty God who will guard and protect us even when we experience fear or are burdened by life’s trials and challenges.