Happy Sunday Peaches!
The only thing better than the Lord teaching you things is the Lord sending you a friend who He is teaching the same things to at the same time. Caren from Caren’s Corner is that friend for me. We are both in a season where God is teaching us what it means to be still. Today I want to share a little of what God has been teaching me on being still for any of you that may be in this season as well.
Are you in a season where God is without a doubt telling you to be still? Well, you are not alone and you are also not alone if you are thinking to yourself “How do I even do that?”
I thought the same thing. Let me share what I have learned…
1) We Have To Understand What Is Really Going On
The truth is that God is the vine and we are the branches. Not the other way around. God is the one that does all the good and He gives us the honor of being His vessels. If we are telling ourselves that we are setting out to do the will of God, we cannot be surprised when He actually begins to use us to do exactly that! But that is the thing, we have to understand the HE is using US to do HIS will. We are not using Him to do ours. So if we consider ourselves a Christian we must understand Romans 12:1.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1
We must sacrifice ourselves daily to Him who sacrificed His son for us!
Caren did a great church before church on this. If you are on Facebook, you can watch it here!
2) “Being Still” Means to Stop Striving
I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 1 Corinthians 3:6
God does all the work. God is the vine, we are the branches. It’s not the other way around!
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
We have to remember that God is using us for one reason, to accomplish HIS purpose. This is easy for Him to do. It is hard for us to do. In fact, the only way way will accomplish His will is when He does it though us. So, God tells us to quit striving and know that He is God for our own good. Why? Because if we add anything to what He is doing through us, we will only tire ourselves out because it has nothing to do with His purpose. The purpose which HE is doing through us. Us, we are doing nothing. Let that sink in. We in our culture of go go go and do do do have to let this really sink in. God is doing it all. We are doing nothing. Nothing. And that is good.
3) Be Obedient With What Is In Front of You
I know what you are thinking. But I can’t just sit around and do nothing. I have things to do! Yes you do. You have SO many things to do. How many of those things did God put in front of you? Think about that, PRAY about that. Then set out to do only those things God has put in front of you to do knowing that God will do them through you (Exodus 14:14 above). This may mean stripping some things out of your life that shouldn’t really be there. In fact, it probably does. Be still at the Lord’s feet. Don’t rush this time. Read His word, pray to Him. Ask what are the things in your life that are accomplishing His purpose and what are the things that are just the wrong yoke.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30
4) This “Season” is Forever. Welcome To Your New Normal
I hear all the time people saying that they are in the season of God telling them to be still. I have said this too and just said it above in this very post. But what I have realized now is that if God has in his extraordinary grace and mercy released us from the bondage of sin, we are now slaves to Him.
You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
So this season of being still is forever. How amazing is that? God has not only saved us from death and made us alive in Christ but let’s us take His easy yoke and be a vessel for His glory daily.
It can all be summed up in Luke 9:23.
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
If God has lead you to a place where you are to “be still”. Be thankful! He has loved you enough to bring you this place! And next, rest at His feet, read his living word, and pray for the good works that He has prepared in advance for you to do.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10