PSALM 46: 10 LET GO OF YOUR CONCERNS! THEN YOU WILL KNOW THAT I AM GOD

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Good day People of GOD.

Today we will be looking at Psalm 46: 10, where GOD says you should just let go, and let HIM be GOD.

Let go of your concerns! Then you will know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth (GW).

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth (KJV).

Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth (AMP).

This is one Scripture I am convinced GOD put in the Bible for me. This Scripture speaks directly to me. Maybe it speaks to you also. So that makes the two (or lot) of us. GOD is essentially saying that you should cede control to HIM, and let HIM be GOD.

Ceding or relinquishing control used to be a hard thing for me. I am a very passionate person, but, I like to be independent, without having to rely on anyone for help. I am opinionated and very determined. I also have perfectionist tendencies. Basically, I like to follow my own rules. But, over the years I have learnt that you cannot live life rigidly. Moreover, the race is never to the swift; and the battle is never to the strong. Thus, being in control always cannot last long, because one day that control will snap and you will seriously mess things up. Most importantly, I have learnt that not only is it exhausting trying always to be in control or be perfect, it is also foolish. Sometimes, it is OK to let go so you can win. Trying to be in control always can be EXTREMELY STRESSFUL. I have been there, I tell you, and it is not fun.

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How do you let go? First, you tell GOD that, ‘LORD, I totally surrender to you. I surrender myself, my personality, my desires, my flesh and my spirit unto YOU so that I can be moulded into what You want me to be.’  Secondly, you make up your mind that GOD is in control now, so you are going to just go along with what HE says. This is the way to truly cede control to GOD. Now, why is it so crucial to cede all control to GOD?

  • Because GOD instructs you to: ‘Let go of your concerns! Then you will know that I am God (Psalm 46: 10 GW)’. Moreover, Psalm 37: 7 admonishes us to surrender ourselves to GOD and wait patiently. It is good and healthy to obey this commandment. Therefore, rather than ask, ‘Why’ all the time, surrender yourself to GOD. Even Rick Warren once said that surrender is the ultimate expression of faith.
  • Because it is healthier and safer. When you cede control to GOD, you are more cheerful and healthier. This is why Solomon says, ‘A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones (Proverbs 17: 22 KJV).’
  • It prevents depression. Depression results from a state of hopelessness; when you think there is absolutely nothing you can do, and no way out. But when you cede control to GOD, and let HIM be GOD, you have more faith that everything will work out well. You can save yourself years of heartache if you just totally surrender to GOD. I can relate to this from personal experience, and this is why Proverbs 3: 5-6 says:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV).

  • It is EXTREMELY EXHAUSTING to always want to be in control. You are human. You have certain limitations. You cannot get everything right. Thus, trying to be in control always and getting everything perfectly right, is deliberately going against your human imperfect nature, and will only lead to heartache and possibly disaster. Rather cede control to GOD, and let the HOLY SPIRIT lead you in all things because you can do nothing apart from HIM. This is why JESUS says,

I am the Vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in Me and I in him bears much fruit, for [otherwise] apart from Me [that is, cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing (John 15: 5 AMP).

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I am not perfect, and I don’t pretend to be. But, there are certain mistakes I made recently, and over the years, that I would have avoided (along with the baggage and heartache that came with it) if I had just given all control to GOD, been still, and just allowed the HOLY SPIRIT to lead me. The HOLY SPIRIT would not lead you until you give HIM the chance to. Therefore, you must be still, for the HOLY SPIRIT to lead you and for you to even hear HIS Soft Gentle Voice (1 Kings 19: 12), in the first place.

While I was growing up, and until very recently, my greatest wish used to be to fit in. Looking back now, it is funny to think about it. Unfortunately, it’s true. Yet, when I worked so hard to fit in or please people, it never worked out. But when I was not particularly focused on social acceptance in a certain environment, I seemed to get it more than I thought possible.

In addition, at school, I was trying so hard to get certain grades, but I was doing it the wrong way. I had no friends, I was too rigid, I was trying too hard to be the perfect student. Well, it’s obvious that did not work out. Then, I discovered Psalm 32: 8 where GOD says, ‘I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you [who are willing to learn] with My eye upon you (AMP)’ and 2 Samuel 22: 29-30 where David says of GOD,

29 You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light. 30 With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall (NIV).

From that point I discovered that good grades lie in GOD’s Hands, not in my brain. Some people may disagree, but the HOLY SPIRIT actually taught me to study smart (not just hard) and work smart. And that is where the difference lies.

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There are many instances where people in the Bible had serious problems, but they had faith in GOD, they were still, and GOD took control. For instance, in 2 Chronicles 20, the Israelites were faced with the Amalekite and Moabite Armies. This was a battle they did not prepare for, and the Israelites could have been destroyed if they could not fight well. However, rather than fret or complain or get upset, they obeyed the instruction of the prophet, they praised GOD and were still. Then GOD intervened. Without raising a finger, GOD arose, and fought for them- the armies helped destroy themselves (verses 22-25).

Moreover, when JESUS was faced with 5000 hungry men, neither HIMSELF nor HIS Disciples complained. HE prayed over the food, and it multiplied to the point that it could feed 5000 men (including their wives and children- thus, about 12 000 people). And all JESUS did was give thanks (Matthew 14: 13-21).

Finally, it is worth it to cede all control to GOD. And I promise you that this is the best decision you can make, after giving your life to CHRIST! People pray the Serenity Prayer which goes as follows:

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen.
 

May the LORD bless the study of HIS Awesome Word in JESUS’ Name!

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ISAIAH 41: 21 PRODUCE YOUR CAUSE, SAITH THE LORD

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Welcome/Bienvenue/Shalom/Ekabo

Good day People of GOD.

Today we will be looking at Isaiah 41: 21 , which shows that you can reason with GOD by reminding HIM of HIS Word, and holding HIM to HIS Promises.

‘Produce your cause, saith the LORD; bring forth your strong reasons, saith the King of Jacob.’

What is GOD saying here? HE is saying that you should tell HIM why HE has to do something in your life. There is no doubt that GOD knows what we want before we ask (Matthew 6: 8). And before we call, HE has already answered; while we are still speaking, HE has already heard (Isaiah 65: 24). But GOD honours HIS Word above HIS Awesome Name (Psalm 138: 2). Thus, when you pray using the Word of GOD, it’s like backing GOD into a corner; or putting HIM in a strait jacket. You actually put HIS Integrity on the line.

Moreover, GOD says, ‘Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool’ (Isaiah 1: 8).

When GOD says yes, nobody can say no. but, GOD can change HIS Mind. Let’s take the story of Hezekiah’s illness in 2 Kings 20. Hezekiah was ill and at the point of death. GOD told Isaiah to go and tell him that he was going to die and won’t recover. Instead of Hezekiah moaning and preparing for his prophesied death, he turned to the wall immediately and prayed to GOD. He told GOD to remember how faithful he had been, and the good things he had done in the past. He even wept as he prayed (verses 1-3). Before Isaiah had left, GOD spoke to him again and told him to tell Hezekiah that HE will heal him and add 15 years to his life. Wow!! From being told he will die to being told he will live 15 more years! And GOD said HE will defend the city for HIS Sake and the sake of HIS Servant David (verses 4-6). What did Hezekiah do here? HE put before Awesome GOD why he should live longer. He didn’t grumble or whine. He was not rude. He simply forth the credible reasons why he should live longer. And our GOD is a Faithful and Reasonable GOD. Probably, GOD was only testing him to see how he reacted. And see how he got 15 years extra to live!

Accordingly, whenever there are challenges, it is not the end of the world. There is always hope. Rather than grumble and whine, and make GOD unhappy, remind HIM of HIS Awesome Word; what HE has promised, and see HIM perform HIS Word in your life. GOD honours HIS Word above HIS Holy Name- the Name of JESUS. It is not enough to just pray using the Name of JESUS; you must pray using the Word of GOD, and reminding HIM of HIS Promises.

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May the LORD bless the study of HIS Word in JESUS’ Name!

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Psalm 55: 22 CAST YOUR BURDEN UPON THE LORD

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‘Cast your burden upon the LORD and HE shall sustain thee: HE shall never suffer the righteous to be moved (Psalm 55: 22 KJV).’

JESUS echoed this point when HE said ‘DO NOT WORRY’, because by worrying you cannot add another hour to your life or make things better (Matthew 6: 25-34).

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow, reap, or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? (Matthew 6: 25-27 NIV)

Apostle Peter also admonishes us to cast our cares upon the LORD, because HE CARES (1 Peter 5: 7).

You cannot make things better yourself. You have no power to fix wrong things. ALL the Power and Glory belongs to GOD. Therefore, Awesome GOD has the exclusive jurisdiction to fix things.  Why should you just leave things in Awesome GOD’s Capable Hands and maintain you peace?

  1. When you are trying to fix things, you worry a lot. You probably even lose your sleep, or eat less, or think too much about something. You ignore important aspects of your life or neglect to do some important things all because you are worried. Last time I checked, worrying fixes nothing. Leave GOD to Handle the rest, after you have done your best.
  2. When you worry a lot, you hardly praise GOD or smile. And praising GOD is the way to inviting GOD to take over stubborn matters in your life and destroy the things that are taking away your peace (Psalm 149: 1-7). JESUS is the Prince of Peace, and HE brought you Peace (Isaiah 9: 6); nobody or nothing can take it away unless you let them.
  3. GOD expresses warns you not to worry. Why? You cannot by worrying add a day to your life. The lilies in the fields don’t worry; and yet they are clothed with beauty. The birds of the air don’t worry, yet they are fed on a daily basis (Matthew 6: 26; 28). The analogy is perfect. Because you are a human being, with superior intelligence, and made in GOD’s Image, you tend to think you can fix things and take the glory in the end. Nah. ALL GLORY BELONGS TO GOD (Galatians 1: 5).
  4. When you worry, you take your matter out of GOD’s Awesomely Capable Hands. GOD is not a fussy Person. The moment you think you can do something without him, rely on the help of another man, or handle things your own way or have a Plan B, you take things out of HIS Capable Hands. And GOD will leave you for a time; HE’s a Faithful Father and GOD. HE wouldn’t want you to get you to get hurt permanently.
  5. JUST LET GOD HANDLE IT, SO YOU CAN MAINTAIN YOUR PEACE IN HIM.

May the LORD bless the study of HIS Word in JESUS’ Name!

Please, leave a comment below. I want to hear from anybody who reads this post. I am sorry I have been consistent, but I am now makiing a consistent to be consistent and be posting at least five days a week.

GOD bless you all ♥♥♥

AmataDei Ifeoluwa Oluyeju (Love)

© May 2016

Pretoria, South Africa