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Settle It In Your Heart
Reflections on Luke 21:10
Thomas F. Fischer, M.Div., M.S.A.
- When scared...settle it in your heart that God will help you overcome the fear;
- When attacked...settle it in your heart that God will give you the defense necessary;
- When threatened...settle it in your heart that God's power will uphold you;
- When worried...settle it in your heart that God is able to subdue your worry;
- When the world is falling apart...settle it in your heart that God is in control;
- When Satan works to destroy the church...settle it in your heart that the gates of hell shall not prevail;
- When doubting whether a church can be renewed...settle it in your heart that God promises to build His church.
1) During attacks, conflict, betray, or other traumatic circumstances, you don't need to be frazzled. Though you produce the output, the outcome is out of our control. Settle it in your heart.
2) Though you should faithfully, zealously and earnestly endeavor to produce the greatest and most effective ministry output possible, at the same time you must let go of outcomes. God is in control. Let Him do it! Settle it in your heart.
3) No matter how badly things are going in your church, God will take care of the situation in His time. Settle it in your heart.
4) Whatever the circumstances, if your heart is not settled on the firm foundation of God's loving providence in your life, your heart will not be settled. Settle it in your heart.
5) You will get what God graciously wills for you, whether you think it's good or not. But, you'd better believe that it will be good! Settle it in your hearts.
6) Even in the worst adversity, even when you're outnumbered, God is with you. With Him by your side, regardless of the current pain, you'll win! Settle it in your heart.
7) When you're in the midst of conflict or striving toward a wonderful ministry opportunity, let God bring about the victory. He'll bring victory in His good time. Don't be anxious. Don't be impatient. Don't force it. Just... Settle it in your heart.
8) The life of faith is one that does not focus on your works of weakness or pride, but on what God can, does and will accomplish in you. Live it, preach it, teach it and believe it. Settle it in your heart.
9) When things go awry, don't prepare a speech, don't be overly pre-occupied and obsessed with the issue, don't worry about it, don't get bent out of shape. Instead, in the face of trauma, Jesus said, "Settle it in your hearts." God will be faithful. So, just go the cross and do as Jesus said, "Settle it in your hearts."
They Settled It In Their Hearts
- Noah built a gigantic ark (on dry ground, perhaps?) in spite of opposition because he knew that God was in control. He had settled it in his heart. Was this faith misguided? Not at all! He just settled the issue of faith in his heart. It resulted in greater promises!
- Abraham was called a man of faith because whether it was the promise of numerous descendants or the testing to sacrifice his son, Isaac, he boldly did as God did. Why? Because He was convinced God was in control He had settled it in his heart. Was his faith misguided? Not at all! It resulted in the realization of God's promises.
- Job endured gargantuan losses. His response in both Job 1 and 2 was, "The Lord gave, the Lord taketh away." What was his secret? He knew that, in spite of the unsettled and painful present circumstances, God was faithful, God was gracious, God was good, and God was in control. He had settled it in his own heart. Was his faith misguided? Not at all! Just see how God restored all he had lost...and generously more than he originally had!
- Of course, Jesus' final words on the cross indicate that He, too, practiced what He preached. "Father into Thy hands I commit My spirit," was not something He had just learned on the cross. It was an affirmation of the confidence in His Father He had since He first realized He must be about His Father's business.
Whatever His fate--even if it be a cross (and it was!)--He dealt with the unsettling issues of faith, of trust, of control, and of God's nature and intent. In all, He knew His Father would be faithful. He had settled it in His own heart. Was His confidence misguided? Not at all! It resulted in the cornerstone event of the Christian faith: The Resurrection. What awesome things God does in the lives of those who settle their trust in Him in their hearts!
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