05, September 2018

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What’s In A Name? Everything! (3)

‘Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.’ Exodus 14:13 KJV

Let’s continue with Jehovah-Nissi: The Lord my banner. Just because God fights your battles doesn’t mean you’re not involved. It’s not easy to hand control over to the Lord and let Him fight on your behalf. You may feel like you’re copping out, being irresponsible. You’re programmed to think, ‘Don’t just sit there—do something!’ You’re like a drowning man who can’t stop grabbling for his rescuer, thereby making his job almost impossible. In essence, you become your rescuer’s worst nightmare! The hardest part about the order to ‘stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord’ is that most of us mistake standing still for doing nothing. Fear says, ‘Do something—anything!’ Faith says, ‘Stand in faith. Let God do it!’ That’s about as far from doing nothing as you can get! It’s faith at its highest. ‘Why do I need armour if I’m not fighting?’ Paul says, ‘Put on the full armour of God, so… you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.’ (Ephesians 6:11 NIV) You’re to wear God’s armour—not yours. You’re to stand—not fight. ‘The weapons of our warfare are not carnal.’ (2 Corinthians 10:4 KJV) Our human methods get in God’s way. Natural powers are useless against spiritual forces. The grub of the dragonfly that lives at the bottom of the pond may be a finely developed, vigorous grub. But when it becomes a dragonfly, the strengths and abilities of its grub-life won’t help it to live an airborne life. Once you lived by effort, now you live by trusting in and relying on Jehovah-Nissi!

SoulFood: Josh 11–13, Lk 19:41–48, Ps 111, Prov 23:4–6

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018

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