Be Still And Know That I Am God
By David J. Stewart | February 2014
Psalms 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
We are living in idolatrous times, when people are walking around plugged into all sorts of electronic gizmos. Literally, people today worship the idol of information. The human heart is an idol factory! When entertainment becomes God, then God has to become entertaining to be worshipped. Did you ever stop to think that you're in control when you use all your electronic devices and gadgets? There needs to be a time in our daily lives when we let go, when we are no longer in control, and we take time to “BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.” Psalms 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” That's good preaching!!!
Walking With God In Agreement
Dead churches don't preach because they don't have the fire of TRUTH in them! Brother, I get worked up over the TRUTH! As a Christian, the Holy Spirit in me compels me to preach! To the same extent that we love righteousness, to that same degree we're going to hate iniquity (Hebrews1:9). People don't hate sin because they don't love righteousness. You cannot truly walk with God, Who is righteous and holy, without hating sin yourself. Amos 3:3 says that two must be AGREED in order to walk together!!! Amos 3:3, “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”
This is why we read in James 4:8-9, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” If you truly want to draw near to God to walk with Him, then you and I need to share God's burden over sin and lost souls, becoming afflicted with God's sorrow and tears over the Lost.
This is why we read in Psalms 126:5-6, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” No man who leads a double-life can expect to walk with God. No man who harbors filth and hatred in his heart can expect to walk with God. All the Lord expects is sincerity, a heart of faith and a desire to “LET THIS MIND BE IN YOU WHICH WAS ALSO IN CHRIST JESUS” (Philippians 2:5... “Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others” (Philippians 2:4). That's how Jesus lived, that is, He spent His life considering the needs, burdens, problems, hardships, feelings and spiritual needs of OTHERS.
Are You A Slack-Dog?
Yeah, I thought so! 'Com on, admit it, you're a slack-dog aren't you! I'm just kidding around, but hopefully you're not a slack-dog all the time. We've all been slackards at times concerning obeying the Word.
In the Old Testament we read about king Amaziah, who served the Lord, but “NOT WITH A PERFECT HEART.” 2nd Chronicles 25:1-2, “Amaziah was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem. And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.” America's churches are filled with believers who are serving God from a pew, but not with a perfect heart. They serve God half-heartedly, slacking off, never telling anyone about the Lord, never really getting serious about obeying the Scriptures, just going through the motions, filling 18 inches of pew every Sunday, sitting on their blessed ASSurance instead of standing on the promises of God. We used to call them “slack-dogs” in Bible college. Are you a slack-dog my friend?
I guarantee you that 95% of the slack-dogs are television watchers!!! TV (whether you are honest enough to admit it or not) desensitizes the viewer to the awfulness of sin and evil. The human subconscious mind CANNOT decipher between fiction and reality. Even though your thinking mind in the conscious brain knows that fiction is not real, your subconscious brain doesn't. This is why dreams seem so real, because our conscious mind is inactive while asleep, but our subconscious brain is ALWAYS alert. A common technique used by malicious Hollywood producers is to insert split-second smutty images, sadism and degrading human content. Your thinking brain cannot detect the images because they appear for only a second, but your subconscious brain sees EVERYTHING and stores the images. It is the equivalent of backing masking in the Rock music industry, a satanic practice that is still used today. Check out these disturbing backing masking clips from the so-called evangelistic boy band, THE JONAS BROTHERS!
To the same degree that Americans watch the gore and horror of mutilated humans on TV, to that same degree people aren't angered by the continuous flow of soldier body bags coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq. The gore of war doesn't seem to affect us anymore in America, because we have seen so much killing, gore and horror on television. Adultery is commonplace in America, so much so that divorce and remarriage are now standard procedure in our culture.
Jesus foretold in Matthew 24:37-39 that in the end times, the world would return to the wicked days of Noah, when every imagination of men's hearts were continually evil...
Matthew 24:37-39, “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
Jesus said that people would live to marry and be given in marriage, that is, divorce and remarry, divorce and remarry, divorce and remarry and so forth. They weren't even trying to work out their marriage problems in Noah's day, they were just divorcing and moving on to their next marriage in adultery. As the mighty man of God, Pastor J. Vernon McGee, used to say concerning the southern California culture, it is a form of “progressive adultery.” The United States today is just like the wicked days of Noah, and as goes America so goes the world sad to say. America is the citadel of apostasy to the world! Never before have we seen so much hatred, gossip and slander as we do today on the internet. The wicked gnash upon the righteous with their teeth. Even so, come, Lord Jesus and put an end to this wickedness! We need 40 days of rain my friends!!!
The Sweetness Of Walking With Jesus
There is nothing sweeter than walking with God, and there is nothing more lonely than living in sin and knowing that you are out of fellowship with the Lord. I am speaking about fellowship here and not sonship. We become an adopted son of God by receiving Christ as our personal Savior (John 1:12); and then we follow on in believer's discipleship and fellowship with the Lord by obeying the Scriptures. In order to obey the Scriptures we must first “SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES” to know them (John 5:39). Amen! By searching the Scriptures, we get to know Jesus. John 5:39, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” Revelation 19:10, “...for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” The Bible contains 27% prophecy; whereas the Muslim Koran contain 0% (that's right, zilch, nada, NONE!). This is but one of thousands of compelling evidences that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.
Romans 10:17 teaches that FAITH comes by hearing the Word of God. Hebrews 11:6 tells us that only by FAITH can God be pleased. Thus, if we desire to please God, then we need to absolutely saturate our daily life with the precious, life-changing, infallible, preserved, inerrant, unchanging, eternal, inspired Word of God. Faith Cometh By Hearing, And Hearing By The Word Of God (listen to Alexander Scourby read the Bible in 75 hours!). I recently heard the testimony of a dear Christian lady who was so sick in the hospital that she couldn't even read the Bible. A good friend set up a laptop computer beside her hospital bed with a cd playing of Alexander Scourby reading the King James Bible. Isn't that a blessing? That's a godly friend too!
It is very easy in this electronic generation to get so caught up continually using all the gizmos, gadgets and toys available to us nowadays that we never “BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD” as commanded in Psalms 46:10. When we use computers to write blogs, or talk/text on a cellphone, or engage in social networking on the internet, WE ARE IN CONTROL. Sadly, the Lord would have to make an appointment to get most of us to spend just a few minutes with Him each week. There are 86,400 seconds in each day. Have we thanked God with just one of them? May we all “BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD!” Jesus is precious!!!
Proverbs 14:34, “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.”
Mark 1:15: “...repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
"Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." —John 5:39
"In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power." —2nd Thessalonians 1:8,9
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