SUNDAY NIGHT SEssions Podcast
Listen to the Cherishedflight Sunday Night Sessions to help you order your thoughts, prepare for Monday, and get you centered in God's peace for your week.
Selah means "to pause and reflect on the goodness of God". The Selah Blog will offer words of encouragement to help you take a moment to breathe and focus on God's word.
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The job of a shepherd is a tedious one that requires the demonstration of the Fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, kindness, self-control, goodness, and faithfulness—toward its flock. Jehovah-Raah is our Shepherd who gently guides us, his flock, along our journey, who lovingly keeps us on the path, who searches for us when we lose our way.
What has become your idol? Are you beholden to your worry, your fears, and doubt? Are you going to food before you head to the throne in prayer? Are you seeking counsel from trusted friends instead of asking God to guide you? How much do you really trust God to be Jehovah-Jireh, to provide the answers you need, the opportunities, an open door for new things to come into your life, and help when you’re drowning?
How many of us are sitting by our own pool of Bethesda? Not a physical pool, but an emotional one where we’re nursing wounds from past relationships, holding onto unforgiveness, harboring guilt for the things we’ve done to others and ourselves? The people who hurt you have moved on and left you with the bitterness, the anger, and the resentment. And when you look over your life, you realize how much time has passed since those incidents you’ve been unable to release occurred
Believe it or not, it’s during times like these when God proves himself to be our Jehovah-Shammah, “The Lord is There”, but because we cannot see Him operating on our behalf, we believe we’re abandoned, and once we feel abandoned, then we try to handle our own business. In doing so, we forget to pray, we forget to trust, and we forget to believe our omnipotent God has our back.
All we have to do is declare our faith in God and rely on him even when the world is dark and it seems we have no place to go. This declaration is a sign of our surrender, not in the form of defeat, but in triumph knowing Jehovah Shalom, God’s peace, comes in response to that declaration.
It is in moments of strife, when darkness is at its peak and it looks as if the enemy is going to win, that Jehovah Nissi unfurls his banner letting everyone know the battle is His and that He will have the victory.
The fight with which we’re faced is one that is spiritual. Ephesians 6:12 states, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms”. Since this battle is intensifying, then we must be equipped to ward off the enemy’s attack.
God places guidelines and warning signs in his word. He tells us to seek wise counsel in Proverbs 15:22 to keep us humble; instructs that the “power of life and death is in the tongue” in Proverbs 18:21; and teaches us how to pray in Luke 11: 1-3. However, Colossians 2:6 provides us with a roadmap on how we can avoid the gaps in our lives.
What do you do with bad news? Do you worry or handle it with stride? Do you express your thoughts with a loved one, or do you keep how you’re feeling to yourself? Do you pretend all is well, or do you fall apart? I would say you probably do a combination of all of thee above. At least that’s what I did.