Stand still?

I know that you may think that this is not “Christian”; no! It is NOT! But the concept behind it IS!

Have you ever been blessed? Job, promotion, new house, family, understanding, wisdom, properties? Let us get basic! Brethren, Sistren, a Church, community…

I should once again ask if you have bee blessed?

From the first chapter of the Bible to the last, God blesses humanity. The blessing of God is a theme like few others in Scripture, encompassing the entirety of God’s goodness to humanity. Despite this, the blessing theme is not generally well understood in Christian usage. Believers frequently ask God to bless them or their work without considering whether they are in a position to receive God’s blessing or whether they want to be placed in such a position. Noah was blessed by God when his faithful obedience condemned the world. God blessed Abraham when he told him to leave everything he knew; and though he obeyed in faith, Abraham has yet to receive the promises fully. Joseph received God’s blessing as a slave and a prisoner long before he received it as a government official. Thus, the believer’s proper desire for God’s blessing needs to be enriched with a biblical understanding of the nature of divine blessing. Genesis is the necessary starting place for gaining such an understanding as it contains nearly one sixth of all Scriptural references to blessing, by some estimates.

1. Blessing and Cursing in the Structure of Genesis

The motif of blessing has been masterfully woven through the narrative structure of Genesis. Structurally, Genesis can be broken down along the lines of the “generations”, which yields a striking pattern with regard to blessing and cursing. The introduction is followed by ten generations which can be divided into major generations (which include extended narrative) and minor generations (with little or no narrative). The introductory section of Genesis (1:1–2:3) speaks of God’s blessing three times (1:22, 28; 2:3), giving special attention to its beginning upon earth, with no mention of a curse. The second section, “the generations of heaven and earth,” speaks of God’s curse three times (3:14, 17; 4:11) without direct reference to God’s blessing, thus emphasizing the beginning of the curse on earth. After this, each major generation is marked by a single mention of cursing and a minimum of one mention of blessing.

http://themelios.thegospelcoalition.org/article/a-biblical-theology-of-blessing-in-genesis

We get an understanding of “Blessing”: blessings pronounced, blessing promised, blessing anticipated, and blessing experienced. We begin to get a sense of what it really means to be blessed in Numbers 6:22–27

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them:

“The Lord bless you and keep you;

The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace.” ’

“So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.” Numbers 6:22–27

Are we ‘expectant’ of ‘blessings’? Some will think I said “Do we work for or do we ‘earn’ blessings?

We are given blessings – unearned, undeserved because we are of The Kingdom!

I was moved to point out yet again that all that is seen comes from the unseen! Just so that you do not think I made that up…

“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
2 Corinthians 4:18

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

We do recieve; ALL glory to God, Amen.

Is ‘it’ expected?

Again, I will explain the video; it IS and is expected. Interestingly; the gratitude that is shown is in the standing ‘still’ to allow the attention!

Yes! The Word does say we should stand still:

Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes.1 Samuel 12:16 (KJV)

Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” Psalm 37:7
God wants me to pour out my heart to him, but then He wants to pour His into mine. But my mile-a-minute conversations don’t allow Him the freedom to show me His heart.

Yes, we do learn a key lesson! They stood still. Yes, when the attention ceased; they did move to ‘continue’ the ‘attention.’ Do we?
The premise for what I’m about to say rests on the truth that God longs for a relationship with us and not a religion with us. God is the master creator, builder, and holder of all things. He is also invested in our hearts. He wants to know us, but never pushes Himself on us. He knows the inner workings of our hearts, but wants us to invite Him in. He stands at the door and knocks, but waits for us to answer.

Sometimes we invite Him in with a flurry of words and usher Him out the door when we’re done. We talk and talk and don’t get the benefit of listening to Him. We need wisdom, yet we don’t take the time to receive it. We need encouragement so we dump our complaints, but don’t hear His encouraging words.

The idea of being silent before God can be scary, because, hello? Silence? Most of us are not comfortable with silence. It’s also difficult; how can you be silent before a God you cannot see, feel, or touch?

Come close and know the whisper of God’s powerful voice.

1. The Right Way

One caveat: there is not one right physical way to do this. Take advantage of alone moments, whether it’s early in the morning, late at night, or when you’re stuck in traffic. Pause to notice a flower, tree, or beautiful sunset. Find a quiet place specifically designed for quiet meditation: a special chair, a certain room, or even a place outside the house: a park or an unlocked church sanctuary.

2. Deal with distractions

It helps to keep a paper and pen handy for random thoughts. Our “to-do’s” distract us. Capture them, and then refocus on enjoying God’s sweet presence. It’s not about emptying your mind to nothingness. It’s about so much more! Prayerful meditationis an inner quiet. It’s a state of mind and heart more than it is a place. It’s like a secret sanctuary in which you sit with God in His Presence.

3. Helplessness

Admit your helplessness. A soul that is still before God grows in awareness of its own helplessness. Everything we are and am and do flow out of Him, for Him, through Him, and to Him. It’s in our helplessness that our understanding of God’s power grows. Our helplessness becomes a conduit for God’s great power to flow through our lives.

4. SURRENDER

Surrender control. We yield our understanding of our circumstances to His understanding. Our view is dark, clouded, and incomplete. We see through a tiny viewfinder, and have no idea of the greater view. We must yield our understanding for His. A surrendered heart is one that is content to be and know nothing except as God reveals. Yield and surrender. This takes a mind that is under control, not empty.

5. Glory

Focus your attention on God through praise and worship. We praise Him because He is praiseworthy, not because it makes us feel good. Joy and happiness is a byproduct of praising Him. When we focus our attention on Him, we align our hearts so that we adore and trust His goodness. We are confident that God can and will do all. This happens when we silence ourselves before Him. Turn on some worship music that points you to God and His attributes.

6. Dependence

Let go of your independence. In our prayerful meditation, we recognize that our independence is born out of pride. An independent heart takes us further and further away from God. True strength lies in complete dependence on God. God reveals Himself in our dependence on Him, and the strength we need to live each day pours out from God’s heart into ours.

7. Resting

Quiet your heart. A heart at rest knows it’s secure despite the insecurities that lurk in our lives. The resting heart reveals its trust in God no matter what it’s feeling. The heart at rest knows that its circumstances don’t define it, but that God is leading it through a season. “Be still and know that I am God,” says Psalm 46:10 ESV Prayerful meditation trains our heart to rest.

Prayerful meditation means allowing God’s heart and mind to penetrate yours; it gives God room to speak. God’s voice is the loudest when your voice is the quietest. In the surrender you receive strength. In your helplessness you receive a greater understanding of who you are in Christ. In the resting, you receive the opportunity to move when He says to move, and the peace to be still when He says to be still.

As you develop the discipline of prayerful meditation, you gain increased sensitivity, attentiveness and responsiveness to God. This, in turn, helps you to live your best life and offer compassion to others. Come close. Silence your words. Listen with your heart. And know the whisper of God’s powerful voice.

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