Love you all, praying for you!
I just love God’s Word – not just LOGOS from the Bible – but Rhema from the Holy Spirit – He literally leads us to what we need from His Word by His Spirit. And I love that He doesn’t just come when we’re in trouble – He pre-instructs us so we don’t get into trouble in the first place. He gives His instruction – so we can avoid trouble - so we don’t need His deliverance – so we can walk in His favor and His blessing. But He always gives us what we need, whether instruction or deliverance. Instruction is an invitation. Praying that you would see it and accept it – always!
God instructing me recently. Psalms 94:18-19 When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your love, O LORD supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul. Can you imagine that – exchanging anxiety for joy? First - The God you serve can take you from Anxiety to Joy. That’s quite a reversal. He doesn’t have anxiety for you – He has joy for you! Progression is so interesting to me. You never do something – you do somethings – what you do isn’t in isolation – it’s always on a path – to somewhere. And it always starts with your words. What path are you on? Look at the progression from the first verse to the second. First, He said “My foot is slipping” and by the very next verse he was already in full-blown anxiety. What started as a thought – un-submitted to the truth of Christ – became a series of thoughts – because of a series of words! That path of that word, that statement – ended in more of the same which ended in full-blown anxiety. The interesting thing – was that first statement wasn’t even true! Most statements along that path are not… When I said, “My foot is slipping,” Why did you say that? It only accelerates you on that path. Look what Abraham did… Romans 4:19 – Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead – since he was about a hundred years old – and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness. Look at the secret there! Rather than saying “My foot is slipping, - The Bible says Abraham faced the fact that his body was as good as dead - but he didn’t say it – he didn’t give words to it! That would have weakened him in his faith. The Bible says – without weakening in his faith. Abraham wasn’t saying – “my foot is slipping” It says – “he gave glory to God, being fully persuaded. Abraham didn’t say “my foot is slipping, he gave glory to God – for the miracle that he hadn’t even seen yet! When He was almost 100 years old! And because that’s what He said – rather than the other… it made him more fully persuaded. When you praise God for doing something that hasn’t happened yet, that makes you fully persuaded. Not when you say ‘my foot is slipping.” Cause guess what – if you say that… you’re foot will be slipping, and by the next verse you too, will be in full-blown anxiety!
Notice that sentence isn’t isn’t even true. When you slip – does not mean “I’m slipping.” Slipping happens in a second, then you fall or recover. You don’t continue slipping, you slipped and fell – then you would say “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” or you slipped but didn’t fall – but you wouldn’t say “I’m slipping.” “I’m slipping – really means you’re losing hope, losing faith, losing your focus, losing ground to the enemy, that’s why your foot is slipping. You’re seeing and saying the wrong thing! Your faith is slipping. It’s an eye and mouth thing. If you are tempted to think you might slip – don’t say it! Abraham didn’t, He praised the God who keeps him from slipping – and when He gave glory to God for keeping him from slipping – he became even more fully persuaded that God had the power to do what He do… (He always does.)
So what brought the victory? Love and Compassion, Kindness and Comfort. Look at verse 18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,” (OK, he’s already heading down the wrong path) - your love, O LORD supported me. What does that mean? Your love – that word is chesed <kheh’-sed> it means kindness, reproof, beauty, favor, merciful kindness. Chesed means God’s loving-kindness, but the second word of that definition – means to reprove (to convince of a fault – in other words to reveal the miss that resulted in this… the miss that made the mess. God’s loving-kindness includes reproof! He gives you correction where you need it. Your loving correction (telling me - “don’t say that”) supported me. Support – uphold, sustain – to keep from fainting or sinking, “or slipping”) So God’s loving correction had him change what He was saying – so he was kept firm.
But I love this! Even if you didn’t hear the correction part of His kindness – and you ended up in full-blown anxiety, cause you said the wrong things, and now your neck-deep in it. God’s word says – God changes – He exchanges – anxiety to joy! You’ll notice – anxiety doesn’t change to Joy unless and until you say something different. You either speak anxiety or you speak God’s promise that leads to joy. Abraham recognized the obvious but he didn’t speak it – He spoke God’s glory – He praised him for doing what He promised – before he even saw him do it! That’s how he didn’t weaken in his faith. How do you weaken in your faith? – it’s not the size of the mountain you face. Nothing could be bigger than a 100 year old man – and a 90 year old woman trying to have a kid! It’s not facing the fact that your body is as good as dead – it’s putting words to it – that weakens your faith – only your words can weaken your faith. But if you speak God’s promise in the face of the facts – You will become fully convinced that God will do what He promised. Don’t look at the size of the mountain or the size of the storm – Lift your eyes up! See it and Say it. See the God who Delivers – and Say the deliverance you will see! I love that last verse – it’s for those who haven’t done a good job – they already went down the path to anxiety – but God says His comfort His consolation – brought joy to my soul. Comfort – to strengthen, to invigorate, enliven (bring back to life, to cheer, to strengthen the mind when depressed. God comforts the anxious – through the Comforter that He sent – the Holy Spirit – who fills our mind and our mouth with His Words. First, words – directly from the Father – in the language we do not understand – and then He fills our language – which we do understand – to speak the words that give glory to the one who is faithful to His promises. This is how we - like Abraham – will not weaken in our faith – but give glory to God – to be strengthened in our faith! And the anxiety that once was – becomes joy in His promise – and in His presence.
Praying for you that you will know that every word isn’t a word - but a pattern – a path. Praying that every word you speak will be giving glory to God. Praying that you will know ‘my feet are slipping” is a lie, That you will will learn to face facts without giving words to them. That you will know that the facts that surround you are temporary – but HIS power is eternal, and HIS promise is a guarantee. Praying that you will give glory to God in the face of any facts – that you will PRAISE him for doing it – before you even see it… That you will always strengthen in your faith, never weaken, that you will SEE HIM, and SAY HIM!
Love you all,
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