Week 3 – Dwell and Know
Section 3: Believing Affects Your Mind and Spirit
Do you know God? I’m not asking if you’ve walked forward during an alter call or, prayed “the sinner’s prayer”. I’m wondering if you know God in a way that compels you to deep worship, renews your way of thinking, causes your character to become more like God’s and gives you unexplainable peace and steadiness in the mist of brokenness.
In chapter nine of She Believes, Debbie retells the story of Paul and Silas in prison and she asks us this question,
“Was it their praise that changed their attitude or their attitude that caused them to sing?”.
I think that it was there knowledge of God’s goodness, power, and sovereignty that allowed them to live by faith and not by feeling. When we truly know the character of God, we are able to live by faith and living by faith allows us to sing in the mist of prison. When we live by faith we can boldly proclaim in the mist of sickness, “I worship the God who heals”, and in the mist of need, “I worship the God who provides”, and when it feels like I’m fighting a losing battle, “My God is a banner of victory lifted high”! Oh how I want to know God in a way that changes my life into a life lived by faith!
If there is anything that keeps me from living a life of faith, it’s worry. In chapter ten, Debbie convicts with a single statement,
“Worry that is not dealt with destroys faith and becomes sin.”
I couldn’t help but think about all the time I waste worrying instead of trusting and how often that worry actually leads me into sin. So, I have decide to dwell rather than worry. Psalm 91:1 says this:
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”
For me, to dwell means to be still…to linger…to be motionless before God… I so often come before God with a million requests, ideas and questions, but I so rarely come before Him just to sit in His presence. Just to gaze on his beauty and admire His power and His majesty. There is a beautiful promise that comes with this command to dwell, the promise that we will rest in the shadow of the Almighty! The word that is translated as Almighty here is the Hebrew word Shaddai which literally means all sufficient. When we drop our worries at the feet of the Most High and choose to sit motionless before Him, dwelling on who He is, we find rest because we know He is all sufficient! In every situation you will face today, in places of darkness, in your brokenness, in the uncertainty of your future, in every prison cell, He is your all sufficient God!
At some time in our lives we will all face a “darkness journey” as Debbie called it. For some of us it will be a diagnosis, for some it will be an unexpected loss, or financial tragedy but we will all walk through seasons of darkness. Two years ago I journey through heartbreak and in the moments that felt darkest I found refuge in the presence of God. I would like to share part of a song with you that encouraged me and reminded me to dwell on God’s faithfulness. The song is Refuge – feat.Brett Stanfill by Ten Thousand Fathers.
“You are my refuge, You are my shelter
You are my hiding place, forever
I will run to you, I will rest secure
In the presence of my savior”
If you are in a place of brokenness or pain, I want to encourage you to dwell in the presence of God. Take refuge in the knowledge of who He is and rest in His faithfulness.
Heather is currently a stay at home mamma and a pastor’s wife. She loves to spend time with God through prayer and worship and that passion is what recently compelled her to write a Bible study on the subject. Her prayer is that she can help others know God more which will lead them to love him more and the only possible response to that love will be to worship and abide in his presence.
“He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me.” – Psalm 18:19