How are you doing so far? I hope you’re making time to read, pray and answer the bible questions in the back of each chapter. God longs to meet you there. I also hope you’re looking for His fingerprints in your life this week. He is there.
God also knows your struggle with fear has been too much for you at times. Perhaps, that time is now. Don’t be ashamed of your exhaustion and fear. Instead, see it as an opportunity for God to be your place of rest and strength. Make God your dwelling place. Take back what was stolen in the garden—your ability to trust God for your every need.
In Monday’s video, I shared that fear was introduced to us by a satanic lie. You and I were never meant to “know” good and evil. Instead, we were meant to live as innocent children in the care and provision of our heavenly Father. But that changed when Adam and Eve ate of the fruit. Their eyes were opened, and they became like God knowing good and evil. They realized they were naked and instead of looking to God for answers, they became self-reliant. I can’t tell you how many times I gather leaves and start sewing a solution instead of looking to God who is the thread that holds all things together.
The trouble is you and I tend to compartmentalize. We put our fears in one section and God in another. We are thinking about it wrong. We are not meant to disconnect our worries from God. Instead of fretting, we should ask God for help. I know that’s hard because it’s now our nature to take things into our own hands. Learning to trust God comes like learning to trust anyone. It happens when we spend time together. You see, you must return to the garden—the way it was before Satan deceived you and me into thinking we are better off going it alone. You must learn to walk with God in the cool of the day. He must become your dwelling place.
Ps 91 teaches us to do just that. It was in your homework, but it’s too good not to share again from the Message.
Your assignment is to read it as a prayer. Then go back and write down every thing God does when you sit in His presence, when you make Him your refuge, when you trust in Him and make God your home.
[I] sit down in the High God’s presence, spend the night in Shaddai’s shadow,
[I] say this: “God, you’re my refuge.
I trust in you and I’m safe!”
That’s right—he rescues [me] from hidden traps,
shields, and from deadly hazards.
His huge outstretched arms protect [me]—
under them [I am] perfectly safe;
his arms fend off all harm.
Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night,
not flying arrows in the day,
Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
not disaster that erupts at high noon.
Even though others succumb all around,
drop like flies right and left,
no harm will even graze [me].
[I'll] stand untouched, watch it all from a distance, watch the wicked turn into corpses.
Yes, because God is [my] refuge,
the High God [my] very own home,
Evil can’t get close to [me],
harm can’t get through the door.
He ordered his angels
to guard [me] wherever [I] go.
If [I] stumble, they’ll catch [me];
Your challenge: How would your life look different by striving to live in His daily presence—if you woke to His presence each morning and fell asleep in His arms at night? How would God’s Presence affect your level of fear and worry? Would you feel safe? Cared for? Why or why not?
Please share so we can learn from each other. I love how some of you have are already seeing God’s hand, sensing His love and experience His peace.
Praying you through!