No one knows you like God knows you. Psalm 139 is an amazing hymn to how intimate God is with us. He knows everything. He knows more about you than you know about you. He knows what’s wrong with your body. He knows all about your goals and ideas. He knows exactly what will be perfect for you.
And yet . . . we are so hesitant to trust Him completely. It’s the lie of Eden–that God can’t be trusted. Believing the lie is obeying the enemy. Renounce and confess any thoughts that you’ve had that God can’t be trusted. He is God. He is above all. He made it all. He is the only with all the answers.
Put your life in His hands and He will prove Himself to you in ways that will make you a believer for life. He will prove to be your safety and your provision, your source for ideas and creativity, and the answer to every need. He knows what you really want. He know what you really love. And He loves excellence, so His answers are the best.
The biggest lie of the enemy is that we are powerless. It is his greatest fear that the church will realize her true calling and position in Christ. When we stand in our real authority and release the kingdom of God in love, everything and everyone is effected. There is no power that can stand against it.
The truth is that we are ready now to rise up, because we have everything we need to be who we are called to be: His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue. (2 Pet 1:3) We have everything we need to world changers. The Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you. (Rom 8:11)
So what’s the problem? Why aren’t we changing the world? Because we listen to the lies. The lies say that we’ll be embarrassed if we say or do anything outside the status quo. Unfortunately, the status quo is letting the world go to hell. The lies say that there is no power in the name of Jesus anyway. The lies say that God doesn’t answer when we call.
It’s time to stop listening to the lies. Rise up church. You are powerful and ready to release the kingdom.
In Psalms 132, God promises to keep the sons of David on his throne forever if they keep God’s covenant. (v 12) That is a remarkable promise to make to a man. This is a man we need to view as a role model. Why was David so valued by God? Look in Psalm 131.
Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lifted up. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, nor with things too profound for me. (Ps 131:1) For all that David did to save his nation, he never let it go to his head. To me, this sounds like an older, mature David comfortable with humility. He knows that it was always God’s strength that did the real work. There was no way he would take credit for what God did.
David also had an ability to rest. Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother. (131:2) He was intentional in calming his soul. He chose to be quiet because it is in that state that we commune with God the best.
The attributes of David that I will take away are his humility and peace. It made him a truly great man in God’s eyes. Enough to establish his throne forever.
Can you remember your first love in Christ? Did it fill you with joy and giddy emotion? New love makes us almost blind to anything else. The object of our love fills our hearts and mind. But then it cools, and over time it can grow cold.
We can say it hasn’t happened, but if we compare where we are today with what it was in the beginning, there’s probably a bit difference. Maybe there have been disappointments. Maybe we got sidetracked into believing something that wasn’t true.
Jesus said to repent and do the first works. (Rev 2:5) What were those first works? Prayer? Praise? Work that you did for others? Backup and start over. Repent for growing cold and pick up where Jesus was Lord in your life. That means He is more important to you than anything.
Go back and read the gospels and remind yourself of who He is. Be filled with His wisdom and understanding. Allow your heart to sing again. It’s dangerous to confess salvation without love.
Over time, as you reunite with your love for Him and continue in it, it will deepen and mature. You begin to understand more of His ways and His blessing. Find your love in Jesus and never, never let it go.