Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.
Be Still! God is in Control
~Kathi Pelton Recently I was awakened by a text from a friend. She sent me a photo of the still waters of the harbor that she lives on and wrote the words, “Be still and know that I am God.”
She did not know that I had gone to bed with a bit of a wrestle in my soul against concerns that are out of my control. Whenever this happens I am aware that the “stirring of the waters” is merely to steal my peace, my stillness (posture of trust and abiding in His faithfulness), and create striving. The enemy comes to make waves in order to block the view of Jesus.
When Jesus called Peter to walk to Him upon the water, they were on a stormy sea with waves that would have easily hindered Peter’s view of the Lord’s outstretched hand. As the waves blocked his view, fear set in and Peter began to sink beneath the raging sea. This is such a clear illustration of what the enemy tries to do with the storms of life and the waves of circumstances.
The One who calms the seas calls us to come out from the natural into the supernatural (walking on the water of faith) but the one who stirs the waters of fear will always try to block our view so that we will sink under the powerful force of the natural (seen) realm so that we will abandon faith for fear.
God speaks over the storms of life, “Peace be still.”
He speaks over your life, “Be still and know that I am God.”
Our faith in this truth calms the storms of our souls and takes us into the supernatural ability to walk upon the water. Faith makes a pathway in which we can walk out to take hold of the outstretched hand of the One who has authority over every natural, created thing.
“The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” Psalm 118:6
Do not fear! If God is for us then who can stand against us? Who can stop the Lord Almighty? No one…not one!
Today, speak in faith to your soul, “Be still.” Walk out upon the natural storm that surrounds you and do not sink under the waves that rage with fearful intimidations of doom. Take hold of the outstretched hand of Jesus who will lift you above the natural into the supernatural stillness, peace, and rest of abiding in the shadow of His wing.
He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, And ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. Only with your eyes shall you look, And see the reward of the wicked. Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, Even the Most High, your dwelling place, No evil shall befall you, Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone. You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.” Psalms 91:1-2, 4-16
Who Are My Accusers?
It is a wonderful truth that because we are justified in Christ Jesus, we have passed from death to life, and we are free from judgment because of our sin, we are delivered from the power of sin, and we are entitled to the reward that God gives to the righteous.
The Bible teaches that by our faith in Jesus, we have been made a new creation; we are now “in Christ;” we belong to Him and are identified with Him in the sight of God. Listen to the clear words of Scripture: But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name… (John 1:12)
Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him…the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:8, 10-11)
But He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. (1 Corinthians 6:17; 12:27)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation….(2 Corinthians 5:17)
For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (Galatians 3:27)
More than 700 years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, spoke out powerful declarations of confidence Jesus would express about the love and faithfulness of His Father. Jesus knew that He would triumph over every accusation and every assault of wickedness against Him.
These passages from Isaiah are echoed in the book of Romans, as Paul recounts the power the blessings that have now come to us.... (click here to read the rest)
Declarations from the Word: Sin's Power is Broken
God's Word is powerful and it is your sword. To live without it is to live as a warrior with no weapon in your hand. Sin has lost its power over your life, so It is time to be free and to set others free!
Below are powerful declarations from Scripture. Speak them over yourself until you see the chains that have bound you—or a loved one—fall away.
“I know that my old sinful self was crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in my life. I am no longer a slave to sin.
And since I died with Christ, I know I will also live with Him. I am sure of this because Christ was raised from the dead, and He will never have to die again. Death no longer has any power over Him. When He died, He died once to break the power of sin. But now that He lives, He lives for the glory of God. So I also should consider myself to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.
I will not let sin control the way I live; I will not give in to sinful desires. I will not let any part of my body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, I will give myself completely to God, for I was dead, but now I have new life. I will use my whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer my master, for I no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, I live under the freedom of God’s grace.
Since God’s grace has set me free from the law, does that mean that I should go on sinning? Of course not! I now realize that I become a slave to whatever I choose to obey. I can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or I can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.
Today I choose to become a slave to righteousness. Thank God! Once I was a slave of sin, but now I wholeheartedly choose to obey this teaching that he has given to me. I am now free from my slavery to sin, and I have become a slave to righteous living.”