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I Lift Up My

Soul

Dr. Charles Stanley

Sept. 17, 2017

Simply Be Still

Psalm 46:10

Be still, and know that I am God;

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth!

" Don't just stand there! Do something!" This is a familiar call to action

in our modern world. However, there is something inherently dangerous

when we try to force this way of thinking into our spiritual lives.

Too often, whether we voice the belief or not, we act as though God

needs our help. We wrestle with God for some degree of control over the

events in our lives. In effect, we make a proud stand and proclaim, " Okay,

God. I think this is what You want to happen, so I'm going to work and

work and work and make it come about."

Somewhere in the back of our minds, we hear the time-honored

counsel, "God helps those who help themselves." In fact, the vast

majority of Christians believe that this word of advice is in the Bible. It is not.

Actually, this statement is 100 percent contrary to the Word of God,

which instead tells us to be still. The Father knows that we cannot help

ourselves. That is the very reason He sent His Son to die-because we

were utterly helpless to improve our sinful condition (Rom.5:8).

While we seek to do God's will, we must not forget His fundamental

call to stillness before Him. When we are still and quiet in His presence,

we put ourselves in the most teachable position possible.

Are you too busy trying to keep up with God? Lay down your efforts

and simply be still. What you discover in the stillness may revolutionize

your call to Christian service.

Lord, I cease from my own efforts. I wait in stillness before you. amen

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