Our say-so is to be built on God's say-so. God says - "I will never leave thee," then we can with good courage say---"The Lord is my helper, I will not fear---" I will not be haunted by apprehension. This doesn't mean that we won't be tempted to fear, but we'll remember God's say-so. we'll be full of courage, like a child "bucking himself up" to reach the standard his father wants. Faith in many falters when the apprehensions come, they forget the meaning of God's say-so, forget to take a deep breath spiritually. The only way to get the dread taken out of us is to listen to God's say-so.
What are we dreading? We're not a coward about it, we're going to face it, but there's a feeling of dread. When there's nothing and no one to help we, say - "But the Lord is my Helper...this second...in my present outlook." Are we learning to say things after listening to God, or are we saying things and trying to make God's word fit in? Let's get hold of the Father's say-so, and then say with good courage---"I will not fear." It doesn't matter what evil or wrong may be in the way, He's said---"I will never leave thee."
Frailty is another thing that gets in between God's say-so and ours. When we realize how feeble we are in facing difficulties, the difficulties become like giants, we become like grasshoppers, and God becomes a nonentity. Let's remember God's say-so---"I will in no wise fail you." Have we learned to sing after hearing God's key-note? Are we always possessed with the courage to say---"The Lord is my helper," or are we succumbing?
It's In the Valley's
"Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps?
If I have walked with vanity,
or if my foot hath hasted to deceit;
Let me be weighed in an even balance,
that God may know mine integrity."
Job speaks of his integrity in Chapter 31. I thought perhaps we could take a look at our own this morning.
I remember quite a few years back when I would go on camping trips, hiking through the woods or the mountains, up and down hills in and out valleys along the way. Sometimes my footing would somewhat falter, yet I somehow always managed to keep my balance and kept moving forward along the path.
These particular valleys in my "camping & hiking days" once again enter my thoughts as I search my heart and ask myself, "Am I still moving forward in pleasing God?"
I know that with God in my life, I have nothing to fear. For He is the same on the mountain tops as He is in the valleys. He will point the way for us, if we allow Him, and turn any crisis into calm. We need to just simply trust in Him regardless of the shape we're in.
He will guide us and comfort us, but most importantly, deliver us as we repent of all our sin. He is a Mighty God who is never-changing. He's the same yesterday, today and for ever more.
But do we really know where to find wisdom and understanding? It is hidden from the eyes of all humanity. Even the sharp-eyed birds cannot discover it. But Destruction and Death say, "We have heard a rumor where it can be found." God surely knows where it can be found, for He looks throughout the whole earth, under all the heavens.
He made the winds blow and determined how much rain should fall. He made the laws of the rain and prepared a path for the lightening. Then, when He had done all this, He saw wisdom and measured it! He established it and examined it thoroughly. And this is what He says to all humanity: "The fear of the Lord is true wisdom to forsake evil is real understanding." (Read Job 28:20-28)
In conclusion, when we are "down in the valley"
and out of sorts with ourself,
let us look to the Lord for strength, wisdom, and understanding.
He is the Almighty One!
He will sustain us!
He is our Comforter and Counselor.
If we will just look to Him and seek His wonderful grace,
we will soon discover that
It's in the valley where we all once started to grow.
Let's Avoid Slacking Off
"Whatsoever ye shalt ask in My name, that will I do."
Are we fulfilling this ministry of the interior? There's no snare or any danger of infatuation or pride in intercession, it's a hidden ministry that brings forth fruit whereby the Father's glorified. Are we allowing our spiritual life to be frittered away, or are we bringing it all to one centre---the Atonement of our Lord? Is Jesus Christ more and more dominating every interest in our life? If the one central point, the great exerting influence in our life is the Atonement of the Lord, then every phase of our life will bear fruit for Him.
We must take time to realize what's the central point of power. Do we give one minute out of sixty to concentrate upon it? "If ye abide in Me"---continue to act and think and work from that centre---"ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." Are we abiding? Are we taking time to abide? What's the greatest factor of power in our life? Is it work, service, sacrifice for others, or trying to work for God? The thing that ought to exert the greatest power in our life is the Atonement of the Lord. It's not the thing we spend the most time on that moulds us most; the greatest element is the thing that exerts the most power. We must determine to be limited and concentrate our affinities.
"Whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do." The disciple who abides in Jesus is the will of God, and his apparently free choices are God's foreordained decrees. Mysterious? Logically contradictory and absurd? Yes, but a glorious truth to a saint.