Sunday am 30 April 2017- Riaan Sinden
Rom. 12: 2 – NASB & MSG; (Matt. 6:24, 26-27); (2 Cor. 12:10); Jer. 17:7-8; (Heb. 13:5); (Isa. 55:11); 1 Jn. 2: 16-17; (Luke 4:1-13); Jn. 5:19; (Luke 1:38); (Heb. 12:6); (Ps. 23:4); 1 Pet. 1:6-7; (Ps. 127:1); Matt. 11:28-3-MSG; (Eph. 3:20); Prov. 3:5-6; Ps. 9:10; (Ps. 119:105); Ps. 56:4; Ps. 91:1-2; Isa. 43:1-4-MSG
The battle that is being fought is the battle of the mind. What should our focus really be? And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect (Rom. 12:2 – read it also in the Message Bible). Every day we make decisions on two main things: how we are going to provide for ourselves, how we are going to protect ourselves. What can I do to make sure that I have enough and that I have security? We get a job, we earn a salary that is good but as soon as that becomes your security, the centre of your provision, then there is a problem because God is our security, God is our provision. Work and all these other things are temporal and can be taken away.
If God is not the centre of your life then you are going to be tossed around and that is where worry comes in. Worry comes from not trusting in God but trusting in what the mind is telling us to do. The word promises us that He looks after the birds of the air. How much more us? (Matt. 6:26-27). Where is our trust? What is it that we put our trust in? What is the foundation of our relationship with God? You should be able to say: God is GOD in my life. If you put your trust in anything else, that is your god. Jesus tells His disciples that you cannot serve two gods: God and mammon (Matt. 6.24). Where is our trust? God is our provider and our trust should be in Him. Even when trusting God, we still go through difficult times. Sometimes God needs to deal with us to remove the things that have become crutches. Do not think it as a punishment. He is bringing us into alignment to His purpose for our lives. He is bringing us into an accurate positioning where He will be God in our lives. That is why Paul said in my weakness I am strong because of Christ (2 Cor. 12:10). Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord. And whose trust is the Lord. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream. And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought Nor cease to yield fruit (Jer. 17:7-8). Trusting God is a deliberate decision we need to make. The mind must be placed under the authority of God’s word; this will enable us to function in alignment with what God is currently doing. It has been proven that what you fill your mind with will demonstrate in the way you live your life. What you put into your mind will translate into how you live your life. If you submerge yourself in the Word of God then the Word will be flesh in you. We must be like that tree that extents our roots to the stream; extend our roots into God, and the cherry on top: we will not cease to yield fruit. In the most difficult times of testing we will still be recognised by our fruit. To trust God is to have a firm reliance on His character, His integrity and His nature. God is trustworthy, the word says He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5). Do we believe that? To trust God is to believe without a doubt that His promises are true (Isa. 55:11).
The enemy will always appeal to the soul. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever (1 Jn. 2:16-17). That is what the enemy will use to tempt you. Even Jesus was tempted on this (Luke 4:1-13). He appeals to the flesh and to the eyes. The enemy is not going to spare us if he did not spare the Son of God. What was Jesus’ response? If He is the pattern Son, surely we need to focus on His response. Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner“ (Jn. 5:19). You can only do something if you can fully trust. Jesus completely trusted the Father, relied on the Father every day to lead Him, to guide Him. We should come into that place where we say, “Not my will but let Your will be done. Let it be done to me according to Your word” (Luke 1:38). That should be the cry of our heart! Jesus is referred to as the pattern Son, as the mature Son. So our journey to maturity is locked up in the life of Jesus, in what He did. We need to instinctively trust the Lord, learn to recognise His voice and to respond to what He is saying when He says it. Many of us have seen what God can do and we believe that He can do far more than what we are able to conceive. In our walk with Jesus there are always those moments when we realise there are miracles; Jesus calls it living out of His true nature. These pieces that are being added to our lives should develop greater faith. We are witnesses to what God can do. Why is it that we still worry? We need to surrender completely to God, allow Him to take over completely because testing will come. God chastens every son He receives (Heb. 12:6).
Even when you go through the valley of shadow of death, God will be with you (Ps. 23:4). We will all go through the wilderness experience (1 Pet. 1:6-7). The ultimate plan is that God is busy bringing us to a place where we will be an accurate representation of Him in the earth. The corporate son will be an accurate representation of Him in the earth. “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” is not just a prayer, it is a lifestyle where we live it out, bringing heaven and earth into one place.
Some of us have been tested, stretched, some of us literally dismantled. Do not let go of Him, at times you feel that you are losing control, let go, God is supposed to be in control. Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain (Ps. 127:1). He will not expect anything from us that is beyond our ability. The mind will give you very good ideas, using your abilities so that you can feel that you have done something. In what are we putting our trust? What is the core of it all? When you strip everything away what remains? Is it God? (Matt.11:28-30 -Message). He is bringing us into a place where we truly believe that He is able to do above and beyond what we could ever ask or imagine (Eph. 3:20). He is teaching us to hear His voice and to believe and trust what He is saying. God is bringing us to a place where we will hear His voice and immediately walk in obedience. These testing are to bring forth a mature son; He is bringing us into that building that will give praise to Him, that will be able to hold His presence, His glory. Trust in the Lord with all your heart. And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight (Prov. 3:5-6). We need to trust the Lord because He alone is trustworthy. He is reliable, believable and credible; He is dependable, ethical and righteous; He is steadfast and truthful. His word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Ps. 119:105). His nature is faithful and true and His plans for us are perfect and purposeful. Because of God’s nature we have to trust Him with all our heart. Make God the centre. Everything must circle around the truth of His Word. To trust God is sometimes a very lonely road. In times when we really have nothing left, God comes through. He shows up. He will show up powerfully in your life, do not give up! God will show up in the direst situations. Trusting God is seeking His kingdom and righteousness first so that He can add to you afterwards. If you believe that God can change your circumstances then live a life that reflects that truth! To trust is not just to believe. Everybody can believe. We need to trust that He will come through; we need to trust that if we put our lives in Him that He will not disappoint us. I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid. What can mere man do to me? (Ps. 56:4). He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust!” (Ps. 91:1-2). But now, God’s Message, the God who made you in the first place, Jacob, the One who got you started, Israel: “Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end— Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Saviour. I paid a huge price for you: all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in! That’s how much you mean to me! That’s how much I love you! I’d sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you (Isa. 43:1-4 MSG). That is God’s heart. He gave up His everything for us.