I never imagined just how deep the #DoNotFear posts would go, or how much of an impact they would have on me! I hope they are encouraging you too!
If you didn’t catch the original blog introducing the #DoNotFear 2017 Reading Guide, you can read that here. Every day, I’m still picking one verse on fear and savoring every word. I invite you, if you haven’t yet already, to take the journey with me.
Have you ever longed to do something grandiose for the Lord? Has your heart ever burned on fire for the nations or writing a book or getting married or having children or all of the above? . What if I told you that you had His permission to “go…and do all that was in your heart…for the Lord is with you” (2 Samuel 7:3, ESV)? Pretty overwhelming, right? But what if I told you that the Lord saw all that was in your heart and wants to do the very thing you want to do for Him and build YOU a house? . I just love today’s verse on fear. King David is now King and the Lord has given him rest from his enemies including Saul. . David asked Nathan the prophet if he could build God an actual house of worship instead of the tent that the Israelites were accustomed too. Nathan says yes. Go. Do what’s in your heart. The Lord is with you. . “But that same night…” (2 Samuel 7:4, ESV) . Skip ahead to the most significant night of all nights. Silent Saturday. Sunday is almost here folks. Can you feel it? . The Lord does not need a house. His body, the church is risen. We have hope and it’s not in a building or anything we can do with our own two hands. There is nothing we can do in our own strength to bring more glory to God than Jesus did on the night He gave His life for our sins. The encountered literal hell so that we wouldn’t have to. He arose. He ascended into Heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father. . If you find yourself in the in between like King David and you’re struggling to hear the Lord, know this. He does not need your acts of service no matter how pure in heart they may appear to be. Your Sunday is coming. . Jesus is going to go to do all the things that are in your heart for you because He loves you. Tonight if you find yourself wrestling with anxiety, allow the silence to help you search your heart… for even good things like what David wanted to do for the Lord might not be for you to do but someone else. Rest tonight. He knows EXACTLY what is in your heart and GUESS WHAT? HE WANTS TO FULFILL THOSE THINGS FOR YOU!! . Tonight I’m asking the Lord, like David, to “confirm forever the word that you have spoken.” #donotfear
What happened after 2 Samuel 6:22? David had this outward display of dance while worshipping the Lord. Saul’s daughter, Michel, despised David in her heart. . Have you ever been so in tune with God that someone else was so upset with you–that they despised you? . Would you rather have such a passionate display of worship & praise to God in public–as well as mess up BIG TIME that the rest of your life was characterized by the downfall of sin? OR to have never worshipped at all? To be so held up in your heart that you are kept silent (and barren) to your grave? . After David’s undignified or “vile” display, He is pumped up. He tells God he’s going “to go and do” this and that for the Lord. Jesus saves David from himself. He says, “Nah! I’m going to do and do those things FOR YOU!” . The Lord also knows David’s fall into sin is coming. Grace. This passage was a hard one to walk through because David’s passionate outburst didn’t last. What really happened? We’ll never know, but we do know this one thing–better is ONE DAY in your courts than a THOUSAND elsewhere (Psalm 84:10)!!!!!!!!! . God knows the storm is coming. He knows that because of David’s sin–hell is about to unleash consequences of epic proportions. And yet…David repents. He knows he blew it. Unlike Saul, when David is confronted with his sin–he repents and confesses. He knows that with God’s help he can face what’s coming even when one of his sons rapes his only daughter and when another son avenges his sister by killing his brother. Wow. Just wow. #donotfear #danceundignified
Don’t be mad when God shows up! “Often, we are so busy trying to manufacture God’s presence that we fail to recognize and participate in it. The goal of the priests was not to minister ritually but to prepare a place for God’s presence. Their ministry was fulfilled, not interrupted when God manifested His presence” (Live Dead Joy). . Solomon had just finished all the work on the house of the Lord. “And Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, the silver, the gold, and the vessels, and stored them in the treasuries of the house of the Lord” (1 Kings 7:51). . Later on we see in 1 Kings 8 that the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord with a cloud that the priests “could not stand” (1 Kings 8:11). . When was the last time you had to stop everything…and linger? “The goal is not ministry. The goal is the presence of Jesus. Oh, that God would interrupt our efforts” (Live Dead Joy). . In today’s verse, we see how the temple was completed, the glory of the Lord showed up and Solomon was dedicating the temple with a prayer. . When was the last time that you made space for God? What happened when He showed up? Today, give yourself grace to stop and linger. #donotfear #linger
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