Bible Ballistics: BBs #128 God’s Strength and Order???
We’ve been talking about ‘strength’ and the ‘strength of the Lord’, and I want to address this again this morning. We are so pressed by the culture around us to –push, push, push– but we must resist the drive of the world and let God ‘order our steps’. But how? Here are a few verses and suggestions.
Psalm 38:7 says, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.”
Rest in the Lord—depend on God’s wisdom to choose your schedule (the parts over which YOU have control) wisely. You do not have to do ALL that the world does, and certainly not on it’s schedule. Wait on God’s timing and direction. How?
Romans 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Appreciating God’s mercy to us—
Presenting your/my body as —
–A living sacrifice (I am crucified with Christ)
–A holy sacrifice (Walking in the Spirit)
–An acceptable sacrifice (Pleasing to God)
2 Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” Knowing the Word and exercising integrity toward it!!!
Without conformity to the world—
But by ‘being transformed’ (metamorphosis). How?
By renewing your mind in Christ Jesus—
“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus…..” See Philippians 2:5-9.
“I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live…” See Galatians 2:20.
And when we have the ‘mind of Christ’ (See 1 Cor. 2:16) then our lives will:
Prove– demonstrate, show, exhibit and display to the world–
‘will of God’.
So??? Here’s our shot for today!!! When we ‘rest in the Lord’, die to ourselves, and let His Spirit and His Word ‘transform’ our hearts, then we can be a reflection of Jesus Christ to the world.
So??? Make time to ‘rest’ in His presence and hear from Him. (Even if it’s just a few minutes alone in the bathroom as a busy mom or dad). Make time to read and study His Word, and then order your steps (and the steps of those in your care) in His ‘word’ (Ps 119:33), and HE Will ‘order’ the steps He has for you!!! (Ps 37:23)