EVENT: I want to invite you to a new and exciting event, the Shavah Rally. Shavah is a Hebrew word which means to cry for help. The term is first used in the biblical book Chapter Two of the book of Exodus. There we see the Hebrews crying out to God for help because they are being brutally oppressed by the most powerful nation on the earth, Egypt.
Fear is a trick of the enemy that causes doubt which can lead to weakness because you have no control. Fear leads to a lot of failures that can stop the flow of God and the anointing. These are the things of the devil that can lead you to depression, destruction and even death. The Holy Spirit is the One who gives us spiritual gifts and empowers us to use them. God's spirit does not impart fear or cowardice, but power, love, and a sound mind (meaning self-control).
Augustine points to the depth of this mystery when he says, “if nobody ask me about it, I know. If I want to explain it to somebody who ask me about it, I do not know.” There is something unspeakable about time, but this has not prevented the most profound religious minds from thinking and speaking about it. It is not vain speculation when the writer of the first part of the 90th Psalm confronts the eternity of God with the transitoriness of human existence. The melancholy experience of human finiteness drives him to utter the tremendous words of the psalm. (Psalm 90:1-6)
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind.
Recommended Reading Luke 10:25-28
In his book, Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God, John Piper wrote, "The main reason God has given us minds is that we might seek out and find all the reasons that exist for treasuring Him in all things and above all things. He created the world so that through it and above it we might treasure Him. ... Thinking is a God-given means to that end." 1
There are only a few occasions where we find Jesus giving God the Father direct praise. Mat. 11:25 is one of those rare occasions. It says, "At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes."
In Mat. 11:25 Jesus thanked the Heavenly Father for what He hid and from whom he hid it. In the same breath He thanked the Heavenly Father for what He revealed and to whom He revealed it. This raises four important questions for me from this text.