The Silence of Expectation = A Song of Trust in God’s ProVision
Our dead will live; Their corpses will rise. You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy,
For your dew is as the dew of the dawn, And the earth will give birth to the departed spirits.
Come, M people, enter into your rooms And close your doors behind you;
Hide for a little while Until indignation runs its course.
Behold, the LORD is about to come out from His place
To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;
And the earth will reveal her bloodshed And will no longer cover her slain. (Isaiah 26:19-21)
Your dead will live. Their corpses will rise. Those who lie dead in the dust will wake up and shout for joy,
Because Your dew is a refreshing dew, and the earth will revive the spirits of the dead.
Elisha…went in, shut the door on the tow of them, and prayed to the Lord. (2 Kings 4:32-33)
PUSH (Pray Until Something Happens)
From Transition to Pushing Stages ~ Birthing the Will of God
Usually birth is a private time.
It’s messy business and we aren’t in the mood for chit chat, small talk or being sociable.
Sometimes women get downright onery (ugly and unpleasant in disposition or temper)
and the old saying, “you always hurt the one you love” comes to mind as
they pour out their pain and discomfort on the support people present.
And so it is with God.
May the fevers of resentment, worry, fear and envy melt into NOTHING in the presence of Almighty God. For flesh and blood can not inherit the kingdom of God so must all works of the flesh lay down in His presence in order to receive.
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
(2 Corinthians 4:17)
Child-Like Trust in the Lord
Jesus Victorious Christ is all Glorious, in Him is resident all authority, all fulness, all we need.
Elisha Raises the Shunammite’s Son
When Elisha came into the house, behold the lad was dead and laid on his bed.
So he entered and shut the door behind them both and prayed to the LORD.
And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth and his eyes on his eyes and his hands on his hands, and he stretched himself on him; and the flesh of the child became warm. (2 Kings 4:32-34)
Beyond Your Ability
Spending Time With God Puts Everything Else Into Perspective
God is God and I’m not.
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Enter In Through His Side Where Blood and Water Flows
Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning.
Keys to the Kingdom
Peter went off on a mission to visit all the churches.
In the course of his travels he arrived in Lydda and met with the believers there.
He came across a man—his name was Aeneas—who had been in bed eight years paralyzed.
Peter said, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed!”
And he did it—jumped right out of bed.
Everybody who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him walking around and WOKE UP
to the fact that God was alive and active among them.
Down the road a way in Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha, “Gazelle” in our language.
She was well-known for doing good and helping out.
During the time Peter was in the area she became sick and died.
Her friends prepared her body for burial and put her in a cool room.
Some of the disciples had heard that Peter was visiting in nearby Lydda and sent two men to ask if he would be so kind as to come over. Peter got right up and went with them.
They took him into the room where Tabitha’s body was laid out.
Her old friends, most of them widows, were in the room mourning.
They showed Peter pieces of clothing the Gazelle had made while she was with them.
Peter put the widows all out of the room. He knelt and prayed.
Then he spoke directly to the body: “Tabitha, get up.”
She opened her eyes. When she saw Peter, she sat up.
He took her hand and helped her up.
Then he called in the believers and widows, and presented her to them alive.
Then Jesus went by boat over to the other side of the sea. Many people gathered around Him.
He stayed by the sea-shore.
Jairus was one of the leaders of the Jewish place of worship.
As Jairus came to Jesus, he got down at His feet.
He cried out to Jesus and said,
“My little daughter is almost dead.
Come and put Your hand on her that she may be healed and live.”
Jesus went with him. Many people followed and pushed around Jesus.
A woman had been sick for twelve years with a flow of blood.
She had suffered much because of having many doctors. She had spent all the money she had. She had received no help, but became worse.
She heard about Jesus and went among the people who were following Him.
She touched His coat. or she said to herself, “If I can only touch His coat, I will be healed.”
At once the flow of blood stopped. She felt in her body that she was healed of her sickness.
At the same time Jesus knew that power had gone from Him.
He turned and said to the people following Him, “Who touched My coat?”
His followers said to Him, “You see the many people pushing on every side. Why do You ask, ‘Who touched My coat?’”
He looked around to see who had done it.
The woman was filled with fear when she knew what had happened to her.
She came and got down before Jesus and told Him the truth.
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be free from your sickness.”
While Jesus spoke, men came from the house of the leader of the place of worship.
They said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher anymore?”
Jesus heard this.
He said to the leader of the Jewish place of worship, “Do not be afraid, just believe.”
He allowed no one to go with Him but Peter and James and John, the brother of James.
They came to the house where the leader of the place of worship lived.
Jesus found many people making much noise and crying.
He went in and asked them, “Why is there so much noise and crying? The girl is not dead. She is sleeping.”
They laughed at Jesus. But He sent them all out of the room.
Then He took the girl’s father and mother and those who were with Him.
They went into the room where the girl was.
He took the girl by the hand and said, “Little girl, I say to you, get up!”
At once the girl got up and walked. She was twelve years old.
They were very much surprised and wondered about it.
He spoke sharp words to them that they should not tell anyone.
He told them to give her something to eat.
God has glorified His servant, Jesus
It is His name—that is, by faith in His name—He is the author of life, who nailed our sin to the cross and laid its dead body and works in the grave from which He arose with healing in His wings. The grave could not keep Him for He was sinless and He paid the price for our iniquity but God raised Him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.
Jesus Victorious Christ officiates as our Intercessor, which He now performs with deep sympathy.
As we connect with Him in prayers of faith, we know He hears and accepts our prayers.
Christ covers our imperfections with the love of God which covers a multitude of sins.
These prayers, in turn, produce great changes upon earth.
All those who expect the Law to save them from the punishment of sin will be punished.
Because it is written,
“Everyone who does not keep on doing all the things written in the Book of the Law will be punished.”
No one is made right with God by doing what the Law says.
For, “The man right with God will live by faith.” The Law does not use faith.
It says, “You must obey all the Law or you will die.”
Christ bought us with His blood and made us free from the Law.
In that way, the Law could not punish us. Christ did this by carrying the load and by being punished instead of us.
It is written, “Anyone who hangs on a cross is hated and punished.”
Because of the price Christ Jesus paid, the good things that came to Abraham might come to the people who are not Jews. And by putting our trust in Christ, we receive the Holy Spirit He has promised. (Galatians 3:10-14)
Those who would convey spiritual life to dead souls, must feel deeply for their case, and labor fervently in prayer for them. ~Matthew Henry~ …the most powerful intercessions are those which are made with groanings that cannot be uttered. Let us well study what is shown of the frame of mind in which our prayers should be offered, and learn daily from Christ how to pray.
This is what ought to be the normal practice of each of His followers.
Observe that the widow of one of the sons of the prophets so acted
when she was about to receive the miraculous supply of oil (2 Kings 4:4, 5).
Tap into prayer for God’s miracle working power.
When He arrived at the house of Jairus, He did not let anyone go in with Him except Peter, John and James, and the child’s father and mother.
Trust in Christ, Not the Law
You crazy Galatians! Did someone put a hex on you? Have you taken leave of your senses? Something crazy has happened, for it’s obvious that you no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus in your lives. His sacrifice on the cross was certainly set before you clearly enough.
Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin?
Was it by working your heads off to please God?
Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness?
For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren’t smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it? Did you go through this whole painful learning process for nothing?
It is not yet a total loss, but it certainly will be if you keep this up!
Answer this question: Does the God who lavishly provides you with His own presence, His Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does he do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust him to do them in you? Don’t these things happen among you just as they happened with Abraham? He believed God, and that act of belief was turned into a life that was right with God.
Is it not obvious to you that persons who put their trust in Christ (not persons who put their trust in the law!) are like Abraham: children of faith? It was all laid out beforehand in Scripture that God would set things right with non-Jews by faith. Scripture anticipated this in the promise to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed in you.”
So those now who live by faith are blessed along with Abraham, who lived by faith—this is no new doctrine! And that means that anyone who tries to live by his own effort, independent of God, is doomed to failure.
Scripture backs this up: “Utterly cursed is every person who fails to carry out every detail written in the Book of the law.”
The obvious impossibility of carrying out such a moral program should make it plain that no one can sustain a relationship with God that way. The person who lives in right relationship with God does it by embracing what God arranges for him. Doing things for God is the opposite of entering into what God does for you.
Habakkuk had it right: “The person who believes God, is set right by God—and that’s the real life.”
Rule-keeping does not naturally evolve into living by faith, but only perpetuates itself in more and more rule-keeping, a fact observed in Scripture: “The one who does these things [rule-keeping] continues to live by them.”
Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into Himself.
Do you remember the Scripture that says, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”?
That is what happened when Jesus was nailed to the cross: He became a curse, and at the same time dissolved the curse. And now, because of that, the air is cleared and we can see that Abraham’s blessing is present and available for non-Jews, too. We are all able to receive God’s life, His Spirit, in and with us by believing—just the way Abraham received it.
Can’t Hide Behind a Religious Mask
Steep Yourself in God-Reality
Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
Don’t be afraid of missing out. You’re my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself. (Luke 12:32)
The World Is Not a Stage
Pray with Simplicity
“And when you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat?
“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God.
Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage.
The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense His grace.
“The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense.
This is your Father you are dealing with, and He knows better than you what you need.
With a God like this loving you, you can pray very simply. Like this:
Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what’s best—
as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil.
You’re in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You’re ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.
“In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.
“When you practice some appetite-denying discipline to better concentrate on God, don’t make a production out of it. It might turn you into a small-time celebrity but it won’t make you a saint. If you ‘go into training’ inwardly, act normal outwardly. Shampoo and comb your hair, brush your teeth, wash your face. God doesn’t require attention-getting devices. He won’t overlook what you are doing; he’ll reward you well. (Matthew 6)
A Life of God-Worship, Or–
Where There’s A Will, There’s A Will
—God’s Will, His Way
The Spirit is given to lead and guide us into all truth as we walk in agreement with the Lord every step of the way home in alignment with His will.
How can we escape if we neglect so great a Salvation? He is made unto us all wisdom and as His children we are welcome for it is the Father’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom. It is as a child comes in reliance and perseverance that we receive what we need. We know that our Father knows best.
This is the heart of David; not as Saul who when he was king forgot what it was to be small.
David knew his place was appointed by God and we have come to His kingdom for such a time as this.
People need the Lord for without a vision, people perish.
Faith comes by hearing; and hearing by the Word of God.
Man does not live by bread alone but by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.
When there is no vision, people cast off restraint but where sin abounds, grace super-abounds.
God is pouring out His Spirit on His servants the prophets delivering the Good News of the Ministry of His Son, Jesus the Christ who was manifest to destroy the works of the devil.
Pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
(1 Thessalonians 5:17-18)
We must rely completely on God and persevere knowing He is our Source for all we truly ever really need. We use whatever He places in our hands for His name’s sake and glory. What is in your hand but the authority to speak in His name!
All of life is given as an invitation to grow closer to the Lord.
The power is on to receive and transmit LIFE.
We plug into God through Communion in order to Communicate TRUTH.
Speak the Word that they may be healed and delivered.
Don’t run ahead of God – Where’s the power in that?
The Creator of All You Can See or Imagine
Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening?
God doesn’t come and go. God lasts.
He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine.
He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch His breath.
And He knows everything, inside and out.
He energizes those who get tired,
gives fresh strength to dropouts.
For even young people tire and drop out,
young folk in their prime stumble and fall.
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
they walk and don’t lag behind.
He who takes refuge in the shelter of the Most High
will be safe in the shadow of the Almighty.
He will say to the Eternal, “My shelter, my mighty fortress,
my God, I place all my trust in You.”
For He will rescue you from the snares set by your enemies who entrap you
and from deadly plagues.
Like a bird protecting its young, God will cover you with His feathers,
will protect you under His great wings;
His faithfulness will form a shield around you, a rock-solid wall to protect you.
Psalm 91 is a beautiful psalm of trust in God. But how does God take care of all His people, all at the same time? Well, keep reading because Psalm 91 is one of just a few places in Scripture that describe what we might call “guardian angels” (Exodus 23:20; Psalm 43:3). Though rare, these passages teach that God is not alone in maintaining and protecting His creation and His people. He has made a host of heavenly messengers ready to do His bidding, and His bidding is often to guard His people throughout their lives and protect them—sometimes from dangers they are not even aware of.
You will not dread the terrors that haunt the night
or enemy arrows that fly in the day
Or the plagues that lurk in darkness
or the disasters that wreak havoc at noon.
A thousand may fall on your left,
ten thousand may die on your right,
but these horrors won’t come near you.
Only your eyes will witness
the punishment that awaits the evil,
but you will not suffer because of it.
For you made the Eternal your refuge,
the Most High your only home.
No evil will come to you;
plagues will be turned away at your door.
He will command His heavenly messengers to guard you,
to keep you safe in every way.
They will hold you up in their hands
so that you will not crash, or fall, or even graze your foot on a stone.[b]
You will walk on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the lion and the serpent underfoot.
“Because he clings to Me in love,
I will rescue him from harm;
I will set him above danger.
Because he has known Me by name,
He will call on Me, and I will answer.
I’ll be with him through hard times;
I’ll rescue him and grant him honor.
I’ll reward him with many good years on this earth
and let him witness My salvation.”
Mercy Is God’s Glorious Triumphant Battle Cry!
Come, my people… into thy chambers. As when a storm comes, prudence counsels men to seek shelter (Exodus 9:19), so now the prophet advises his people to put themselves under cover during the coming tempest. His meaning, probably, is that they should retire into the privacy of communion with God, withdrawing from public affairs and the distractions of a worldly life. Shut thy doors about thee (comp. 2 Kings 4:33; Matthew 6:6).
For a little moment
(so in Isaiah 10:25; and again in Isaiah 54:7, 8).
God’s estimate of time, we must remember, is not as man’s
(Psalm 90:4; 2 Peter 3:8). ~Pulpit Commentary
God’s place is the mercy-seat; there He delights to be: when He punishes, He comes out of His place, for He has no pleasure in the death of sinners. But there is hardly any truth more frequently repeated in Scripture, than God’s determined purpose to punish the workers of iniquity. Let us keep close to the Lord, and separate from the world; and let us seek comfort in secret prayer. A day of vengeance is coming on the world, and before it comes we are to expect tribulation and suffering. But because the Christian looks for these things, shall he be restless and dismayed? No, let him repose himself in his God. Abiding in Him, the believer is safe. And let us wait patiently the fulfilling of God’s promises.
A Promise of God’s Blessing
I will heal their apostasy, I will love them freely, For My anger has turned away from them.
I will be like the dew to Israel; He will blossom like the lily, And he will take root like the cedars of Lebanon. is shoots will sprout, And his beauty will be like the olive tree And his fragrance like the cedars of Lebanon. (Hosea 14:4-6)
For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. (Revelation 20:13) “The LORD brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up. (1 Samuel 2:6)
All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before Him–
those who cannot keep themselves alive. (Psalm 22:29)
This is what the LORD says to me:
“I will remain quiet and will look on from My dwelling place, like shimmering heat in the sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.” (Isaiah 18:4)
He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; He will remove His people’s disgrace from all the earth. The LORD has spoken. (Isaiah 25:8)
A Time of Travail
Do not hand over the life of Your dove to wild beasts; do not forget the lives of Your afflicted people forever.
Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons, and the dove, the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration. But My people do not know the requirements of the LORD. (Jeremiah 8:7)
My beloved spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, come with Me.”
My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag. Look! There he stands behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattice. (SoS 2:10; 9)
The Bride’s Adoration
Behold, the winter is past, The rain is over and gone. The flowers have already appeared in the land;
The time has arrived for pruning the vines, And the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our land.
The fig tree has ripened its figs, And the vines in blossom have given forth their fragrance.
Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, And come along!’
Your weeping shall suddenly be turned to wonderful joy when you see Me again.
It will be the same joy as that of a woman in labor when her child is born—
her anguish gives place to rapturous joy and the pain is forgotten.
You have sorrow now, but I will see you again and then you will rejoice; and no one can rob you of that joy.
At that time you won’t need to ask Me for anything, for you can go directly to the Father and ask Him, and He will give you what you ask for because you use My name. You haven’t tried this before, but begin now. Ask, using My name, and you will receive, and your cup of joy will overflow. (Zephaniah 3:21-24)
We were pregnant, we writhed in labor, We gave birth, as it seems, only to wind.
We could not accomplish deliverance for the earth, Nor were inhabitants of the world born.
Our dead will live; Their corpses will rise. You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy,
For your dew is as the dew of the dawn, And the earth will give birth to the departed spirits.
Come, my people, enter into your rooms And close your doors behind you; Hide for a little while Until indignation runs its course. (Isaiah 26:18-20)
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven. (Matthew 5:12)
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. (Matthew 6:28)
My roots will reach to the water, and the dew will lie all night on my branches. (Job 29:19)
You cleared the ground for it, and it took root and filled the land. (Psalm 80:9) The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon.
It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows His blessing,
even life forevermore. (Psalm 133:3)
A king’s rage is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like dew on the grass. (Proverbs 19:12)