The Prayer Hand is an easy way to remember five essential aspects of prayer: confession, petition, intercession, thanksgiving and praise. Use this helpful diagram in your personal prayer life and help others as well! ...
The Prayer Hand is an easy way to remember five essential aspects of prayer: confession, petition, intercession, thanksgiving and praise. Use this helpful diagram in your personal prayer life or when teaching about prayer to others.
Be Still and Know the I AM God! “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).
"Be still!" ... What does it mean when God’s own are commanded to “be still”? It doesn't mean, "Be quiet and know that I am God," It means, "Let go and know that I am God." We could say it means, "Stop trying and start trusting!" Let go and quit trying to solve all of your problems by yourself. Let go of what you can't control. Let go of worry and money problems and an unforgiving heart. Rest in the knowledge that God is in control.
The word translated “be still” comes from the Hebrew term "raphah." This word refers to "giving slack." We would say, "just drop it," or, "I give up." In other words, we are commanded to “be weak." So, stop having to be in charge and let God take charge.
Many times God’s people are admonished to take initiative to fulfill their duties. Other times we are told to rest. Sadly, there are those who think they can do it all on their own, without any rest or divine dependence.
While there are things we must do, there are also things we have no business doing. For instance, we witness, but leave the results to God. We can't manufacture life change. We are persecuted, but we don't attack back or blame people. We leave it to God to do what is just for our attackers. We make plans, but we also say, "We will do it if God wills...." (James 4:13-17).
"Be still” reminds us that we are finite, and that God is infinite. We do our best, then we relax, go limp and chill out. God has it all under control. Results are up to Him. It brings us a sense of calm confidence and serenity. We don't take credit, but, say, "Look what God has done."
Psalm 46:10 encourages us to reflect on what God can do in the face of what we are unable to do. We are to maintain spiritual calmness in spite of the mountains that shake and the waters that roar. Nothing in life should shake our confidence in our Mighty God. Serenity does not result from a lack of trouble, but, from being sheltered in the arms of God in the midst of trouble.
So when you find yourself depressed and discouraged, sit still! You are in the Mighty Hands of God. Relax, not in self-confidence, but in God-confidence. By nature you may be a little nervous! That doesn't surprise God! He helps you to be still when you recognize that He is there with you in the midst of the storm. You can know He will be there intellectually, but you must trust Him with all your life practically, spiritually, and emotionally. He is Almighty God. He is the all-powerful Creator of the Universe. He is your God, though the mountains fall, you can stand!
Lord, You are our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though nothing goes our way and though the world crumbles around us! We will be still and know that You are God, and that You, the LORD Almighty, are with us! Hallelujah! May each day be filled with the goodness of the Lord! Pastor Ken Solid Rock worship: 9 AM Faith Fellowship worship: 11 AM My message will be from Exodus 17 where God becomes known as El Shaddai! Come and get to know God like you have never known Him before! ...