Demonstrate Your Trust In Me
September 1, 2021
What I am quoting below I read the other day in a book called Jesus Calling and found it encouraging and stimulating.
“Demonstrate your trust in Me by sitting quietly in My presence. Put aside all that is waiting to be done, and refuse to worry about anything. This sacred time together strengthens you and prepares you to face whatever the day will bring. By waiting with Me before you begin the day’s activities, you proclaim the reality of My living presence. This act of faith-waiting before working- is noted in the spirit world, where your demonstration of trust weakens principalities and powers of darkness. As you look to me for guidance, I enable you to do less but accomplish more.”
This says many significant things. First, your trust in God is demonstrated by sitting quietly in His presence. Doing nothing, just sitting in His presence, quietly listening to Him. Why? Because this strengthens you and prepares you to face whatever the day brings. Second, this act of faith puts the powers of darkness on notice and weakens them.
How does that happen? They understand when you sit in the presence of God your spirit is renewed and strengthened. This sitting quietly brings about a better understanding of who you are and what is available to you simply because you are His child. That weakens their ability to harass and influence you and strengthens your belief and trust in God. There is a passage in James 2:19 that says: “You believe in God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder! This says to me, to believe in God is just the beginning. Even demons believe in God. Your belief requires some action and that action should begin by sitting quietly in His presence doing nothing.
It took me many years before I came to the place of understanding the profound importance of this discipline. For me, this practice began when God said to me, “Michael, I’m going to teach you how to be a friend, and friends just like to hang out.” That was a novel concept to me as most of my life I had been working to please God by my works.
Growing up I had been taught that my faith was demonstrated by my works. In our society today we often judge people by what they do. So my thinking was that the more I do for God the more He will be pleased with me. But what God was now revealing to me was that works are important, but of paramount importance is for you to come and sit quietly with Me. I heard Him say, “Let’s just hang out and learn to be friends!” When I started this discipline the change that began to take place within me was profound. Not only did I began to listen more carefully to God, I felt that He began to draw me closer to Him and tell me how much He loved me and how valuable I was to Him.
It’s About Relationship!
God wants to hang out with you. We so often feel as if we must be doing something even when we are with God that it’s difficult for us to grasp that He wants to be our friend. In order for deep friendship to develop there are times when we must spend time together doing absolutely nothing but being together. When I say this to people they will look at me as if I am a few marbles short of a full load. That’s because we don’t fully understand who we are and how passionately and irrationally the Father loves us.
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