Psalm 46:10 (NLT)
“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”
The secret of winning as a believer is based solely on our confidence in Jesus Christ. We do not have the power or strength to overcome the enemy on our own. Jesus Christ overcame him for us so we don’t have to. (John 16:33) That doesn’t mean that there will be some trials and sorrows in this life to overcome. How does one develop such confident and trust in the Lord to be victorious no matter what the circumstances of this life? We must seek to know God’s Way and live in it to have consistent success in our battle against the enemy who is trying to steal, kill and destroy every “good” thing God is doing in our life. (John 10:10) Jesus came to give us a rich and satisfying life and it is up to us to stand firm in our faith and be still while the Lord completes the work that He has begun in our life. (Philippians 1:6)
Psalm 46:1-6 (NLT)
God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High. God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed. From the very break of day, God will protect it. The nations are in chaos and their kingdoms crumble!
God is our refuge and strength. We are not called to be strong but rather to endure. The Presence of God will be our strong tower in time of need if we decide to put our life in God’s Hands. Choosing to do things in our own power or live life the way that we think we should compromises our position in life and the Kingdom of God. The nations are certainly experiencing the chaos that is described and kingdoms are crumbling just as it has been prophesied. The church is crying out for the return of Jesus Christ in fear of the future. But God says, “Be still and know that I am God!” This is a directive for now not tomorrow for if you are uncertain and distrustful of the Lord today – there will be no future! The Lord warned us of trouble that was to come but assured us that He had overcome all of it. The battle belongs to the Lord. It is our profound privilege to be still and watch for His Victory!
Psalm 37:7-8 (NLT)
Be still in the presence of the LORD and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. Stop being angry! Turn from your rage!
Do not lose your temper—it only leads to harm.
The lack of understanding in the Body of Christ causes hostility toward God when things do not turn out the way that is planned. To be still in the Presence of the Lord requires great faith. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God…more than just for an hour on Sunday and the occasional Wednesday night service. Faith is the foundation that allows us to dig in and wait patiently for the Lord to act. This might be less difficult if we did not have eyes to see the enemy prosper in our midst and bad people get away with their rebellion and willful disobedience. Are you angry when you wait on the Lord? There were some other people that became angry when the Lord did not seem as concerned about their plight one night. The disciples were caught in a boat in the middle of a storm panicking to keep the vessel afloat but Jesus was sleeping peacefully below. They woke the Lord up insisting that He did not care for them. Jesus merely whispered to the storm and their faithless hearts, “Peace be still.” The storm ended abruptly as their lack of confidence was exposed. (Mark 4:38-40) In the midst of the storm, true faith is revealed when we reach the end of our confidence in God and consider jumping ship. What you are facing is not enormous and impossible to Jesus – just you! The Lord will allow your endurance to be tested and stretched to the end of its resistance so that insufficiencies can be revealed and He can build you up! It’s funny how the trumpets of war can be as detrimental as the actual battle itself. As the prophet Jeremiah weeps for God’s People caught up in war it is with the sound of war that he is moved. He frets over the impending destruction that is coming possibly before it comes. (Jeremiah 4:19-21) I read recently that “anxiety is paying interest on something that will probably never happen”! Fear compromises a position of faith and exposes human weakness which is a lack of confidence in the Lord. This can lead to harm. “He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves. What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor! Let them praise the LORD for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them.” (Psalm 107:29-31) What seems impossible for you very well may be, but with God all things are possible! He can calm your “storm” with just one whisper. He can still the “waves” of a wavering heart with just one moment in His Presence.
I Samuel 17:46-47 (NLT)
“Today the LORD will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! And everyone assembled here will know that the LORD rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the LORD’s battle, and he will give you to us!”
I can only imagine what was running through Goliath’s mind when David confronted him. I do not think defeat was in his thoughts that day. Perhaps, the giant was already considering the next opponent the Israelites would send after he made quick work of the scrawny shepherd boy who dared confront him, a seasoned warrior of great stature, with nothing more than a slingshot without armor to protect his small frame. David was victorious that day not in his stealth ability as a soldier, but in his persevering faith in the Word of the Lord. When God said that the battle was theirs, David was not afraid to take a stand. David did not amass an army or poll public opinion – he stored up faith. All those times the Lord saved him and rescued David in the wilderness developed confident hope so that now David could take a stand against the enemy. (Verses 34-37) Now David had a firm foundation. David won the battle not by might or by power, but by the Spirit of the Living God. (Verse 48) You will win every battle “not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord!” (Zechariah 4:6)
I Peter 5:8-10 (NLT)
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are. In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.
Jesus Christ is the firm foundation of our faith. (I Corinthians 3:11) Any other foundation will crumble in times of testing unable to withstand the tests of time and fire of refinement. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8) Jesus Christ overcame the world, not us. It is our job to build a firm foundation of faith in the Lord walking in righteousness with God. This makes the Lord our refuge and strength. We can take a stand in this position without fear of failure. The enemy is constantly checking the windows of our mind and doors to our heart for access to our life. He wants to steal your faith. How heavy is it? Can he easy sweep it away with a lie? Resistance requires effort. The Lord has given us the directive to stand and resist the enemy. The devil is ruthless and will stop at nothing to kill your faith and destroy your confidence in God so you must constantly be building on the firm foundation of faith in Jesus Christ. (Luke 6:47-49) No one knows what storm is coming next, but you can be still in very storm and know you will not be moved if anchored by faith to Jesus Christ. “So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.” (Hebrews 6:18-19) Do you trust the Lord today? Do you believe that He is able to do what He promised? Prove it by digging a deeper foundation of faith that will produce confident hope in your life. It is the only way to maintain our position in times of testing knowing that the Lord will deliver us in every situation. (2 Timothy 4:18)
Ephesians 6:12-18 (NLT)
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
The weapons of our warfare are not carnal. People are not your problem. The devil is the one and only threat against your life and he will use everything in his power to destroy you. We are not fighting against things that we can see so obviously a tough exterior is not needed. David understood this. Saul’s armor was not going to work against the Philistine. So he approached the giant by the Power of God and in His Protection. He did not exhaust a lot of effort in the battle but effortlessly hurled one stone that made its mark perfectly just as the Lord directed. When we decide to stop fighting our own battles, and be still in the Presence of God then there will be dramatically different outcomes by faith! Trusting God we always experience victory. It is His Plan for us that includes a future and hope. (Jeremiah 29:11) We just have to seek the Lord wholeheartedly. (Jeremiah 29:13) He is working out every single detail for our good! (Romans 8:28) If only we could wait in faith and confident hope trusting the Lord to complete the work in our life that He has begun. We win by faith that can stand firm in its trust in the Lord. Truth girds us which is the Word of God. Righteousness protects our heart keeping it unified with God’s Plan and Purpose for our life. We walk in peace and love as we stand for Christ since He has won the battle already – we walk in victory. Faith protects us in every engagement with the enemy as we stand strong on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ. His Spirit leads us and guides us every step of the way empowering us to do what pleases God and remain in His Presence. God is our refuge and strength. Be at peace. Be still. Stand strong in the Power and Authority of Jesus Christ and the devil will flee! Trust the Lord today! The secret of winning is that you have already WON!
Luke 6:47-49 (NLT)
“I will show you what it’s like when someone comes to me, listens to my teaching, and then follows it. It is like a person building a house who digs deep and lays the foundation on solid rock. When the floodwaters rise and break against that house, it stands firm because it is well built. But anyone who hears and doesn’t obey is like a person who builds a house without a foundation. When the floods sweep down against that house, it will collapse into a heap of ruins.”