GOD-Powered, GOD-Reliant; at Rest in All Storms

Lord, we trust in You for all things at all times. We are in awe of You; we dance before Your throne.

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011

Many of us have been trained in an incorrect way.  We have been trained to be self-reliant and by self-determination to believe we can cause everything to happen the way we want.  Yet as followers of Jesus Christ, we know God is the One with the plan for our lives, and the power and perfect way to accomplish it.  When did we slip into the deception that on our own we have the power to cause anything to happen? When did we become God?

Working with God is a partnership for us as it was for Jesus.  Jesus listened; the Father gave Him instructions; then Jesus did as the Father said.  We are “followers” of Jesus.  Jesus was the example.  Therefore, this is how we are to work with God as well.

But to be Jesus-followers (who follow God the Father’s instructions as imparted to us by the Holy Spirit instead of being self-driven) changes how we are to be.  Where we were self-reliant, we understand ultimately God is in control, therefore we are God-dependent, trust in His provision and listen for His instruction.  We realize that as God His plan for our lives must be better than our own and so we seek it with all our heart.  Instead of believing we can make things happen by our own strength and self-determination, we realize it is God’s power at work in us and through us that enables all things.  If God is against that which we want to accomplish or the way (or timing) with which we attempt to accomplish it, He can and will stop progress.  Without His enabling power accompanying our efforts, we can achieve nothing – no matter how hard we try!

Faith in Him causes us to trust Him and that He will come through for us in the perfect way in His perfect timing, no matter what we see going on in the world around us.  Thus challenges, obstacles, actual problems and looming potential issues become as nothing to us.  Worry melts into praise in joyful anticipation, for we know Who we serve.  Yes, we understand the difficulties with which life presents us.  We know there will be struggles, suffering and eventual death, but we can be encouraged by the temporary nature of our bodies and our lives for we are bound for eternity.  We know who is at work in and around us and believe God will fulfill His promise to use all for good and not for evil in our lives and the lives of those around us.

In Psalm 46:1-2 we read: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea…” Powerful imagery for such a time as this when the news makes it seem as if the world is falling apart in every regard.  Picture for a moment the earth giving way.  Consider the mountains falling into the heart of the sea – not the edge of the sea, but into the middle of it.  In order for mountains to fall into the heart of the sea would require a natural disaster of epic proportions!  And yet, even then He calls us not to fear.

How mighty is our God.  How great His power and way.  Thus our focus in all things at all times is to be as in Prov. 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.”

How awesome our God!  How exquisite His promises to care for us!  How inscrutable His Way!  How blessed we do not have to fear no matter what the news says, but can trust in Him.

Selah (pause, and calmly think of that)!

PSALM 46 (NIV)

1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,

3 though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5 God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.

6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

8 Come and see what the LORD has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth.

9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth.  He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire.

10 He says, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” 

11 The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

END

UPCOMING DEVOTION: GOD & The Financial Markets

PLEASE remember to view the new song, “ONE NATION UNDER GOD” on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d593RguxQI8&feature=share  SHARE the link!  Let’s let everyone know that the USA is and remains one nation under God and be encouraged in how God values every individual.

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

4 thoughts on “GOD-Powered, GOD-Reliant; at Rest in All Storms”

  1. Thank you Elizabeth. I am under great attack from the enemy and I can’t seem to stop crying. Thank you for reminding me that God is an ever-present help in times of trouble.

    1. My dearest Jen…..thank you for letting me know. I will pray!!! If you can…..grab a worship CD and worship God. It is a sword which cuts through the garbage in our heads which is NOT from HIM!!! So hard on our own; but He breaksthrough when we pray for one another. I think I sent you WALK ON WATER. Some of those songs may minister directly to you today. KEEP ME POSTED. You are dear to me! xoxoxo

  2. Your message blessed me and it echoed some of the things that the Lord has been putting on my heart and having me speak. Keep up the good work of listening and obeying…it’s appreciated! God bless you!
    Dave

    1. Thank you, Dave! His way is simply different than we have been taught. Such freedom, peace and joy in His way! May God bless you as well and put many in front of you to hear the messages He has put on your heart to help usher more and more believers into His freedom! ~ Elizabeth

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