Sunday, May 19, 2013

Be Still and Know



I hope you are having a wonderful Sunday!

This is a picture that I took at Arbor Crest Winery just outside of Spokane last weekend. 
It was so beautiful! You could certainly see the wonder of God's creation here.

This morning's sermon was so good that I wanted to put it in writing so that I would remember it, and frankly, it is well worth sharing.

Our Pastor has been teaching a series on Passion and this mornings passion was on prayer. 
 These are my notes:


3 Reasons Why We Should Talk About Prayer: 

1. Many of us have put our faith in the "Gospel of Busyness" 
2. We're all a mess but we lie about it. 
3. Many of us are frustrated with prayer.

The "Big Idea
How we pray reflects how we trust God

Psalm 46 NLT

vs 1  1 God is our refuge and strength always ready to help in times of trouble.
  
We can run to GOD when things get crazy. 
God WANTS to be who we run to in times of trouble. 

vs 2-7    2 So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.
3 Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!
4 A river brings jow to the city of our God, the sacred home of the MOST HIGH.
5 God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroued. From the very break of day, God will protect it.
6 The nations are in chaos, and their kingdoms crumble! God's voice thunders. and the earth melts!
7 The LORD of Heaven's Armies is here among us; The God of Israel is out fortress.

God's steadfastness removes the need for fear.

vs 8-9  8 Come, see the glorious works of the LORD: See how he brings destruction upon the world. 
9 He causes wars to end throughout the earth. He breaks the bow and snaps the spear; he burns the shields with fire.

We should stand in AWE of who God is and what he has done.

vs 10  10"Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world"

In Hebrew Be still means to be quite, but it also means to surrender, and give-in.  Know means to know or experience. 
We must cease the striving of our over busy lives in order to know that HE is GOD!

Take time to be still and know
Experience God.

7 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Liz, such a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing the sermon, definitely something to reflect on. Hugs, Marty

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

Great post Liz....that must have been a great sermon.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Lovely.

Melissa said...

I really love the three points about why we should talk about prayer...

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Nici @ Posed Perfection said...

Beautiful reminders, Liz. Thank you for sharing them. Thanks also for stopping by this week and leaving a sweet comment on my Seaside Summer Memories Vignette. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Blessings,
Nici

Haworth said...

Such a lovely post, Liz. Being still is certainly healing. It's wonderful to take the time to enjoy the moments that surround us and not rush through them without being grateful and in wonder.