Perhaps it may turn out a sang,
Perhaps turn out a sermon.

-- R. Burns Epistle to a Young Friend

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Sit Down, Shut Up, Hold On

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.  Stand therefore … -- Ephesians 6:13-14

Now therefore stand still and see this great thing that the LORD will do before your eyes.  1 Samuel  12:16

You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the LORD on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the LORD will be with you.  -- 2 Chronicles 20:17

Be still, and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! --Psalms 46:10

Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? --Matthew 6:25

[D]o not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  -- Philippians 4:6

And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. -- Mark 13:11

Then he said to me, This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts. -- Zechariah 4:6

For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength. … -- Isaiah 30:15

And the word of the Lord came unto the prophet, saying, Son of man, stand back.  I got this.

Fear and dread and anxiety are on the increase internationally, and, for a lot of us, quite personally.  I see people who should not need it taking anti-anxiety medications.  People can't sleep for worry.  They bury their heads in the smartphone, and keep themselves distracted with trivialities.  

You might want to mark these and similar passages in your Bible to share with your friends.  The shock is coming.  Some of us have already felt the tremors.  For the rest, it may be a while, or it may not.  These are Good Words to read in the light and remember in the dark. 


John Lien said...

I like that last quote -from one of them apocryphal books I think.

mushroom said...

One day while plowing, I unearthed a small, gold-colored disc that I took, at first glance, to be the flat from a canning jar. Upon closer examination, I discovered a barely visible inscription in a completely foreign alphabet. The code was hardly distinguishable from random scratches.

After months of research, I learned of a mechanism -- ethanol-powered goggles, by which these alien writings might be deciphered. I have never, until this day, shared the secret which was revealed to me by the disc and the goggles.

John Lien said...

MUSHROOMISM! Time to git some extra wimmins and head out west!

Rick said...

And the secret is...


Great and useful post, Mush.
Thank you.

(You too, Qwerty.)
(and Mom's like it too.)

mushroom said...

There was probably a secret decoder ring on the original Mason jar.