BE STILL & KNOW I AM GOD
LIVING IN GOD’S PRESENCE
When I woke up Wednesday the words “Be still, and know that I am God were going through my head. I knew that God was giving me the Word for this morning. God wants us to live in His presence. How do we do that?
10 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
Lord of hosts is
The God of Jacob is our refuge.
There is only one way to know God and that is through believing what Jesus said about Himself in John 14:6.
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Paul recognized this reality when he said in 1 Corinthians 2:2 “For I am determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”
1 Corinthians 2:1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God.
2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.
4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,
5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
Paul is demonstrating with this statement how to be still and know God. His emotions would have been screaming at him, “you are a very educated man you can figure things out on your own.” But Paul determined to know nothing… he was surrendering his will to Christ and what He had accomplished on the cross.
On the cross Jesus made a statement, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.” Jesus was forgiving those who were crucifying Him and He was forgiving us because it was our sins that took Jesus to the cross. Jesus, the Forgiver, has made it possible that all who believe in Him can know complete forgiveness of all their sin.
Paul was surrendered to Jesus the Forgiver. He did not want the people’s faith in man’s wisdom but in what Christ had accomplished. This surrender of Paul opened the way for the demonstration of the Spirit and the power of God to work in the lives of needy people. This was done so that the people’s faith would be in the power of God not in man’s wisdom.
We must be still so that we can recognize Christ working in us. This part of being still is the hardest part because we are in the habit of finding our security in staying mentally and physically busy.
What does being still mean? It is not emptying our mind and trying to achieve a peace of mind that way. Because when we do that we are opening ourselves up to satan who can appear as an angel of light and at first that experience may seem good but the nature of satan is to steal and destroy so soon our experience would turn into a nightmare of torment.
Being still is doing what Paul did in 1 Corinthians 2 where he determined to know nothing except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Paul was surrendering his will which opened the door of his spiritual heart to Jesus Christ as the only answer to the needs of his body, soul and spirit. Paul had come to the place in his heart of having no dependence on anything of the flesh.
The location of the will is important so that you don’t try to do this mentally because many think the location of their will is in their head. The Scripture gives the location of the will as the same area as our spiritual heart, our inner man.
This step of being still is a complete surrender of our will to Jesus Christ who is so very near, knocking at the door of our heart, wanting fellowship with us. When we hand over our will to Jesus, He then has total control of us. We are now motivated to do His will.
The result of this experience of knowing God is that we are receiving the life of Christ, the wisdom of Christ, the authority of Christ, and the power of Christ. He is the Forgiver in us who is working in us to will and to do of His good pleasure.
Peter and John in Acts 3:1-9 are a good example of demonstrating the results of a surrendered life to Christ.
1 Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.
2 And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple;
3 who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms.
4 And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.”
5 So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them.
6 Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”
7 And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.
8 So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God.
9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God.
We also can know what we have so when we are confronted with an impossible situation we can say in our own strength we have nothing to give but what we do have we give, ‘rise up and walk in Jesus Name.’ The people’s faith will not be in our personality but in the power of Christ doing the impossible.
Let’s make a daily practice of being still, surrendering our will to Jesus, so that we will grow in the experience of knowing our awesome God.