Quiet confidenceApostle André Pelser, 2017/06/04
Preached at a Sunday Morning service
‘In returning and rest you shall be saved; quietness and confidence shall be your strength.’
Returning means you left the original position. Sometimes you have to revert back to your mental position in order to find rest. Noah means rest. He sent the crow and dove out to see if the flood abated and only the dove returned to the ark because it could find no place to rest its feet. The crow feasted on all the dead corpses.
A quiet confidence is a sign to the enemy of his ultimate defeat. It is a strong position.
We have learned that confidence that God gives us different to worldly confidence. Confidence in the flesh is arrogant, but believers are confident because the one that prepared us for this very thing is God. Therefore we can always be confident and walk by faith and not by sight. (II Corinthians 5:6 & 7)
When the dew falls
When the dew falls at night the leaf and blade of grass open their pores to receive refreshing and invigorating bath of moisture. So the soul that lingers quietly in the Master’s presence, waiting until it is saturated with His presence receive quiet confidence that gives strength & rest.
Haste is like the heat & wind by day. He who believes will not make haste. It prevents the heavenly dew. Dew does not fall until everything is quiet & still. Be still and know that I am your God.
Dew is the beneficial power of God that quickens and invigorates a plant. Spiritual dew is those quick impressions that the Holy Spirit gives to the quiet soul. The busy soul cannot retain those impressions. Dew settles on the quiet still surfaces exposed to the cool night air.
Condensation speaks of a changed status: from vapor to liquid. That’s how the Garden of Eden was watered & became fertile.
If you are too busy for God you are too busy
Life tends to keep us so busy that we do not have time for God. But we loose out on so many things if we do not make time for our Maker.
‘I’m just too busy to come to the summit.’
‘I’m just too busy to come to church.’
‘I’m just too busy to come to household meetings.’
‘I’m just too busy to attend women’s meetings.’
‘Our kids are just too busy to come to youth meetings.’
Then you are too busy!
When you are too busy you become stressed out and worn out. Many ministries are too busy. Pastor’s and leaders have heart attacks because they are too busy. Families are stretched to the limit to find, because all of them are just too busy. Some women are too busy and stressed out to fall pregnant. Young people collapse because they have no rest.
Wait on the Lord
‘But those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength: they shall rise up like eagles; they shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint.’ (Isaiah 40:31)
How does an eagle rise up? It does not flutter its wings: it rises up on thermal currents of hot air rising up and it simply circles upward, higher and higher, effortless, because eagles wings have a quality no other birds possess: their wings can lock! When we lock in with God in a secret place. We regain our strength, spiritually, mentally & physically.
Dew was a sign to Gideon
To Gideon the dew became a sign that the Lord was with him. (Judges 6:36-40) Condensation speaks of concentration. Something condensed is more dense or concentrated. He put out the fleece and asked the Lord to give him a sign. There is nothing wrong with asking the Lord for a sign if you are not sure. God gave him several signs. The ground around the fleece would be dew drenched the one-day and dry the next day with dew only found on the fleece.
How to be quiet before the Lord
When you become quiet and still before the Lord a change takes place. You leave your troubles & doubts at His feet. The song says: ‘turn your eyes upon Jesus and look full in His wonderful face. And the things of the earth become strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace!’
Mary gave up all her anxieties & cares to sit at Jesus’ feet. (Luke 10:38-42) Jesus started teaching before breakfast! Breakfast can wait when the anointing flows!
I remember how the anointing to teach came upon me before breakfast in Trinidad, West Indies, 7 December 1996, and I started teaching people. Breakfast could wait. The lady also sat down at the breakfast table and listened until I was finished. Then she cooked breakfast. She chose that good part that will never be taken from her – just like Mary!
Martha was trying to do too much, because she was concerned about too many things. She was concerned about serving Jesus and His disciples. She was concerned that Mary did not help her and that she had to serve alone. Her labor of love distracted her. Her willingness to serve troubled her so much that she became anxious about ‘much serving’. She had no rest. Self-centered effort is unacceptable to the Master. The nervous state and strain causes stress & anxiety. Her desire for commendation is based on self-interest. Self-interest causes you to blame others and makes you think others don’t care about you. Martha blamed Mary and wanted Jesus to rebuke Mary for leaving the kitchen!
Mary ‘also served’ (v.39) with Martha until Jesus started teaching and then she chose to sit at the feet of the Master to listen to His words. She also served and did her share but she made time to listen to words of Jesus. She kept her peace and found rest.
Jesus commended her and said she chose that good part that will never be taken away from her: the words of Jesus!
We never find Jesus rushing about madly because He only had 3 years to set up His kingdom. He worked from a position of rest. He only did what His Father showed Him. (John 5:19) He had a quiet confidence that He would accomplish all He had to do and that His disciples would continue the work.
When we work for the Lord our focus should remain on Him and not on the work or accomplishment. He will only reward us for doing what He asked us to do, not for what we think we should be doing. Paul learned that lesson early on. He asked the Lord: ‘what would you have me do?’
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2 Corinthians 5:6-7
6 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, 7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. (ESV)