My Soul Waits in Silence

Unplugging our souls from all the destructive distractions of this world to “wait in silence for God” must be intentional. It will never just happen by accident… the world will make sure of that. And God’s not going to MAKE you do it. We have to purposefully plan to make the time to meet with God regularly. We have to hold that time and guard it because everything in our busy lives will get in the way. But if we do this, set aside time for God, “wait in silence” for Him, He WILL meet us. He WILL give us “hope” and “strength” and “refuge.” We truly can “trust in Him at all times” and “pour out [our] hearts before Him” because “God is a refuge for us.”

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He Opened My Eyes!

When I was 30 years old I died, my spirit floated above my dead body, but God brought me back to life! I also encountered Jesus and I will never be the same. That is why I am completely unfazed by the mockers who think I am stupid for believing in Jesus. I have personally experienced God’s healing power. I can also say to the scoffers, “Well, here is the amazing thing, that you do not know where He is from; and yet He opened my eyes!” (v.30)

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In The Club

David had confidence that God heard him. He held that key of belief in his heart. He had the “inheritance of those who fear Your name.” (v.5) It’s kind of like a club… being a believer… enjoying a relationship with the God of the universe. But it’s not exclusive; membership is offered free to ALL who want to join!

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I AM

The true meaning of Jesus’ words might get a bit lost in translation for US. But His Jewish audience would have understood exactly what He meant. Jesus was claiming to be GOD. He also laid out the way to salvation when He said, “…unless you believe that I am, you will die in your sins.” (v.24)

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God Hears Us

Notice that Jesus did not excuse or downplay her sin. He told her, “Go. From now on do not sin any longer.” BUT He enveloped that admonishment within compassion and forgiveness. Instead of pointing at HER sin with condemnation, He pointed at the sin of all the others who were condemning her. He reminded us that we are ALL sinners worthy of death. But that death sentence has been wrapped up within His forgiveness. The penalty for our sins has been fulfilled by His sacrifice.

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The Holy One of God

Thank God, there is always a remnant. Then and now, there has always been a handful of believers threading us together throughout all of human history… spiritually hungry people who see beyond their temporary physical circumstance, those who feel God’s call on their life, people like Simon Peter, to whom God has revealed that Jesus is the “Holy One of God,” who has “the words of eternal life.” We know that there really is nowhere else to go.

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Hang Onto God

We are so surrounded by all sorts of evil that it doesn’t even phase us. But we are called to be a separate, holy people. It is often so difficult to navigate that balance of being in the world but not of the world. May we learn from the foolishness of the Israelites and not make the same mistakes. Don’t forget about God when life is comfortable. Don’t let the wickedness of our culture seep into our own hearts. Hang tightly onto God through ALL the seasons of life!

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God’s Will WILL Be Done!

Jesus WILL meet our needs one way or another, according to His perfect plan, according to the riches in glory in Christ Jesus. But He’ll often first direct us to a place where there appears to be no possible solution, where the physical obstacles appear too great. He’ll often let us sit there for a while, to teach us, to test our faith. If He let us know at the very beginning what amazing way He was going to provide, then we wouldn’t need to trust. It is only when we DON’T KNOW that we can learn and grow our faith.

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Steadfast

I actually find this comforting. Gideon was afraid to do what God told him to do, but he did it anyway. And God blessed him. When we are following God’s direction, we don’t NEED to be afraid. But it’s okay if we are!

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