THE POWER & PURPOSE OF BEING STILL

“Cry Your Last Tear” By Bishop Morton

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Have you ever found yourself in a place where you find yourself having to calm down and be still? You want to move, but you can’t. Maybe you’ve been hospitalized before and the doctors have you hooked up to IVs and they tell you that you have to stay until you get better. You think you’re fine, but the doctors see otherwise and think it to be to your benefit that you stay still on bed rest for a while. Or, maybe you’ve had to have a CT Scan or an MRI and you were told that you couldn’t move until the scanning was over. Or maybe you’ve been stuck or gotten your head, a hand or a foot stuck in between something that wouldn’t allow you to get free.

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And you realized, the more that you struggled to get free, the worse the situation got and the more painful it became. Or maybe, as you read this, you’re stuck behind prison walls with a desire to be set free, but the more you try and the more effort you put into obtaining your liberty, the further and further you get from liberation. Sometimes in life, we come to places that demand that we be still. Whether we bring ourselves to those places by our mistakes or not, ultimately, God has the final say so on when we go and how long we have to stay in order to learn what God wants to teach us. What God wants us to know is that the place which we find ourselves in is to our benefit and He has a purpose and a plan for where we are.

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When we try to fight His will and His plan for our lives, we only make it worse. And where we may have had the possibility of a quicker release from the place in which we find ourselves, we have only made matters worse by taking things into our own hands, thus causing us to sit down and sit still for a little while longer. It is very important that we trust in God and His plan, for He says in Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” In this verse, there are two commands. The first command is “Be still” and the second command is “know.” The first command lets us know that we can rest in Christ and His plan. It lets us know that we don’t have to try to do anything to try to fight or manipulate the circumstances which we find ourselves in. We don’t have to get upset or frustrated about anything because “be still” implies that we are in a resting state.

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When you’re still, you don’t move. When you don’t move, you are resting. And when you are resting, you are at peace. Hebrews 4:10 (NIV) says, “For anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from His.” God’s rest in this verse means to “cause to cease” or “to put to rest.” As God as our primary example rested when He completed the Creation in Genesis 2:2, we learn that after much labor, there is a period of rest that is needed for restoration.

Now, the second command tells us to “know.” Knowing implies “believing.” If you know something, you don’t have to worry about it changing or being something else because you already know that “it is.” Here, God tests our faith by telling us to “know” and believe that He is God. He wants us to “know” that He can do ANYTHING. God wants us to remember that He is the great I AM. In Exodus 3:14 (CEV), “God said to Moses: I am the eternal God. So tell them that the LORD, whose name is “I Am” has sent you. This is my name forever, and it is the name that people must use from now on.”

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So, whatever we need, “God Is” and we can rest in the fact of “knowing” that He is God and that He is the great I AM. Stop laboring and rest. Don’t waste your energy and effort on trying to figure out something that God has already figured out. Find your purpose in your rest. God has a plan for you there. You are there for a reason. Don’t waste your time and be idle during this season that demands that you be still. Remember that the very thing you can’t do, God can. God works in our inability. When we REST it gives Him a chance to work. When we’re working and trying to fight against Him, He waits for us to be still. His grace is sufficient in our weakness. BE STILL..Rest while He works..Cast your cares on Him for He cares for you. REST.

BE STILLThank you for taking the time out to read this week’s blog! Don’t forget to hit the FB “LIKE” button below to share this with your friends! Also, I love hearing from you, so feel free to leave your comments below. I pray that you are encouraged. Keep your eyes looking upward..God has a plan..Be still..

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