sustained through temptation & trials

Meditation Journey Day 33                            

Hi Friend,

I am so blessed that we are together on this meditative journey though Psalm 139. I know that the truth in this psalm is foundational knowledge for every follower of Jesus Christ. It must be establish in us to walk in assurance and joy with the Savior. Here are the verses we have traveled in the last ten days. 

1 O LORD, you have searched me and known me! 2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. 3 You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. 4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it  altogether. 5 You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.

These first six verses revealed to us how God values us. As we internalize this message, of our worth, through memorization and tend the truth through meditation, peace and joy will begin to grow in abundance. Having this deep sense of worth, based on a relationship with the Great I AM, will sustain you through temptation and trials.

Deep KeelKnowing our worth in the eyes of God is like having a deep keel on a sail boat in a storm. In this world, we will get hit by waves of doubt and winds of rejection. Temptation from this world, Satan and our own self will always buffet us with pressure to given in and give up! The more we know, really know about, how Father God cherishes and treasures us, the more we will trust Him. This trust provides us sustaining strength to stand tall with humble grace. Sin, Satan and the world’s influences on our soul are loosened as we grow in our faith and confidence towards God. As we receive God’s grace, released through His Word by the Spirit, we can keep sailing!

The Word is called a hammer and a fire” by God in Jeremiah. The Apostle Paul describes it as a “sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6). These metaphors of the word reveal that in the hands of the Holy Spirit, the word we engraft into our hearts becomes a powerful weapon to destroy Satan’s strongholds. We must remember that the Word that accomplishes God’s purposes in us is the one that the Spirit can weld as a sword in our hearts. It is the truth that you have personally embraced and received as God speaking to you. The LORD reveals this clearly in Isaiah 55. “As the rain and snow come down from heaven and do not return to it without watering the earth and MAKING it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is MY WORD that goes out from MY Mouth. It will not return to me empty, BUT WILL ACCOMPLISH WHAT I DESIRE AND ACHIEVE THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH I SENT IT.”

Friend, my deep desire is not just to give insight into the meaning of the word, but to instruct you in hearing God’s word in your heart. I know that when we humble our hearts to hear God personally, we will receive transforming life and release the Spirit to put to death our sinful natures (Col.3). I pray you are reading Psalm 139 throughout your day. That you have begun to ponder the truth of this Psalm allowing it to challenge the lies you may believe about yourself. Please pray this for me too as I know His thoughts are higher than mine.  Only He gives grace to the humble!

 Observation: The first six verses reveal our great value and worth to God. He loves and treasures us more than we can imagine!

Interpretation: The truth we are given by God is given to transform us in to Christ-likeness, but that only happens as we engraft it into our hearts and minds. When we do, the Spirit is able to use the Word we engraft/plant as a weapon to destroy the lies that reject God’s love and truth.

Application Prayer: Father God, You are the Great Gardener of the True Vine. I so need your help in tending your word in my heart. Teach me to “chew” on it every day to give the Holy Spirit the weapons He needs to defeat Satan’s lies in my mind. I know without You I can do nothing! I love Your Word. …in Jesus Name, Amen.

What is your take away?

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