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An Open Invitation To Be Still.

I came across a scripture I had read many times before. Maybe you know it too.

Psalm 46:10 NKJV reads:

“Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth!”.

With my eyes barely open and my coffee beginning to grow colder, I read Psalm 46:10 like this:

Be still.

And Know.

That I am God.

I continued to say it over and over and over. Hesitating, I fessed up to the Holy Spirit, “I am not even sure I know what that means.”

With gentleness and wisdom, the Holy Spirit asked me if I would like to find out.  As we began to study together the Holy Spirit revealed that to be still means to cease and relates to the word, rapha. God is also known as Jehovah Rapha, our healer. In other words, to be still means to cease, be repaired, or to be healed. To know, is to know through firsthand experience. The last part, I am God, is to display that God is exceedingly and mighty!  

All together this verse was more than just knowing of God and understanding that He fights our battles for us. To “be still and know I am God” means to cease, be repaired, be healed, through firsthand experience our exceeding and mighty God.

I had memorized this well-known verse many years before. In the stillness of what normally would be a busy morning, I began to see the impact that not being still has had on my life. At times, we can glance over known well passages of scripture without asking Jehovah Rapha to come in and do His mighty work. We go through the motions of our daily quiet time, where it becomes routine and religious. We check prayer, church, fasting, and even reading our bible off our list and fail to experience the transforming power it is meant to carry. All too often we glance over the scripture we have known for years and fail to see what Holy Spirit is trying to speak to us. The very ministry God had gifted to us through His grace becomes an idol. Our busyness can look spiritual and even look good to the outside world, but God knows our heart.

My coffee went from lukewarm to cold. Now, I could visibly see my relationship with God was beginning to grow to be the same way. While it was something that I had never intended, it was the reality of my present circumstance. I began to weep and ask for forgiveness. Unknowingly, I was about to taste freedom that my heart had been desiring. I was about to begin to hope once again.

The Holy Spirit spoke that it was time to stop going through the motions and fall back in love with Him. I had been in the wilderness for a long time. It was in the wilderness and through much suffering that I would be reintroduced to my first love. That morning was a marker to cease from the busyness, repair where things went wrong, and be healed of the hurts I had endured. It was time to get to know Abba again firsthand. It was time to see Him in an exceeding and mighty way that would blow my expectations.

I share this with you today because the same invitation that has been extended to me, has also been extended to you. Our perfect heavenly Father always has a listening ear for your questions. In fact, I believe He not only has an open ear, but desires you to ask questions. There are places in your heart that need to be mended and that need healing. God is not ashamed of where you are and you should not be either. Unlike worldly love that tries to change us to be loved, God loves us because it is who He is. As we get to know Him once again, we are transformed from the inside out.

Let’s boldly join together and welcome in the Holy Spirit to have His way. Let us cease from busyness. Only then will we begin to encounter God’s love and develop intimacy with Him once again.

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Desires of The Spirit, Body, And Soul.

If you are anything like me, you have had a lot more time on your hands recently. It is easy to get caught up in the latest trend on Netflix, scrolling through endless feeds of social media, or go for a walk (sometimes multiple) throughout the day. I have noticed in my life that I can scroll through social media for hours at a time and still not be filled or satisfied. To be quite honest with you, if I scroll for too long it is very easy to be filled with anxiety, fear, and even anger. Even when scrolling through positive posts, it is called a time filler because it fills up hours of your day but not your soul. I am sure that you can relate, we all have these time fillers that truly never meet what we really desire.

With all this God given ‘free’ time it is easy to say we are bored, but have we stopped to ask how he wants us to steward this time? God desires you to seek him wholeheartedly, drink deeply, and to taste and see that he is good. God desires you to ask him to see deep and hidden things that you did not know about him before. I believe that both you and I unintentionally fill up our schedules with things that truly do not satisfy. However, the Holy Spirit is nudging us both today to lay down the ‘junk food’ and fill ourselves up with what will always satisfy, living water and the bread of life!

Evidence that God wants to spend time with you is closer than your breath. He sent Jesus to pave the way but did not stop there. Through the Holy Spirit you have access to unbroken fellowship with God. God desires nothing more than to spend time with you. And this my friends is the beautiful truth of the Gospel.

Instead of turning on Netflix or Disney+, tuck yourself under the blankets with a notebook, your favorite colorful pens, and The Word of God. Listen to the audio bible. God wants you to know him more and more and is calling you to do exactly what he spoke in Jeremiah,

“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and incomprehensible things you do not know.” -Jeremiah 33:3 CSB

We should should “set our affections on the things above, not the things of earth” (Colossians 3:2) and not be surprised that as our thoughts are fixed on HIM, that we will kept in perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). Holy Spirit gives us full access to the heart of God. When we wake up, in the bathroom, at the grocery store, when we go to bed, and even when we sleep God wants to speak and spend time with us.

As we seek him wholeheartedly we will find him, this is a promise throughout scripture. As schedules have cleared and life has been much different, go to the only one that will ever truly satisfy. There has never been a moment where I have looked back and thought I spent too much time spending time with God or was unfulfilled by doing his will. The truth is, Jesus spoke that his food was in fact ‘doing the will of God’ (John 4:34). Will you intentionally take the time today to spend more time with God? As my Grandma Dorsey always reminded me, she just wanted my time. God is speaking the same thing to us today. Let us both spend time wisely by doing what matters on heaven and earth by spending time with the one who desires to spend time with us most!

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Apps To Strengthen Your Walk

I have the app IDisciple, YouVersion, and ISword (sorry IPhone users), which are all applications that have strengthened my relationship with God. We are on our phone so often, why not use it productively?

IDisciple-Google for Christians is what I would call it. I absolutely love this app. From music, sermons, audio bible, growth plans, to articles. It’s all there. You do have to pay for the app if you want to have unlimited access. (So worth the $5) You do get to share access to the app with 5 others using your email with your subscription.

YouVersion-So many plans, so many translations, so many ways to just dive into the word. I am on this app the most. I love highlighting, sharing word images and uploading them to social media to spread the word, and the fact that you can add friends and have a news feed. Sometimes seeing what others have highlighted helps me in my walk. I also love being able to encourage others when I see them spending time in his presence. Also, major plus, The River (the church I attend), puts an event every week with the scripture and notes using during the message. It’s awesome to be able to go back and look over past sermons.

ISword-Unfortunately,unless it has changed, only for android users. This app helps me study deeper meaning to the original context of what was written. I honestly haven’t figured it all out yet on this app.

Do you have any apps that help your walk? Feel free to share!