Sunday, August 18, 2013

       I thought this was a good reminder from Tiffany Ann Lewis that we need not fear but instead we can trust God to bring good from all situations.  It was posted on The Elijah List today.

Tiffany Ann LewisThe Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked came against me to eat up my flesh, my enemies and foes, they stumbled and fell. Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident. Psalm 27:1-3

Someone wrote asking me to re-post an article that I wrote four years ago called "Bitachon." The Lord bore witness immediately, and I sensed it was time to teach on trust again. After all, in the perilous times we are in, we need to trust God more and more each day.
Trust GodBitachon (pronouncedbeet-ta-chon) is a Hebrew term which means, "Trust in God." It comes from the rootbatach (Strong's #982), meaning: to trust, to have confidence in, to be secure, and to feel safe.

It expresses a sense of well-being and security that comes from having someone or something to place your confidence in. It is often translated as "to hope" or "to be persuaded," but interestingly enough, not as "believe in" or "faith."

We see the illustration of bitachon over and over again in Paul's writings. He was fully persuaded that what He (God) had promised, He was able also to perform.

Here's the key: Bitachon is not about believing in God, per se, but rather trusting that everything He wills, everything that occurs, will be for the good because He is good and in control. It is similar to Romans 8:28"All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."

Bitachon is an affirmation that God is perfect and full of infinite wisdom and unfailing love in all circumstances, all, even in the circumstances that are unfair. Even when cruelness, poverty, and sickness run rampant, bitachon is persuaded that His love never fails.

                                    In This I Will Be Confident
Looking again at our key text from Psalm 27, I want to share with you that the Hebrew phrase, "in this I will be confident"uses the root word batach that we have been studying. You see, as David was running for his life, living on a prayer, and hiding out in caves, he tasted God and discovered He was good (see Psalm 34:8).
God is good
Through David's trials, he found God to be loving and faithful, so he could boast, "My heart shall not fear."Biblically, the heart refers to the inner man, the mind, will, heart, soul, and our understanding.

To me personally, it's a bit of a miracle when my heart is at peace in the midst of a storm. I believe that the more we are able to comprehend that Jesus Christ would rather suffer and die than to spend eternity without us, the fear that is in our heart will change to trust.

Let's not panic, let's fly to Him in the Spirit, as David so often did, and find our rest. Just as in the beginning when God used light to bring calm out of chaos, He will do so again. Jesus Christ is our Light and our Salvation, in this we can batach.

Amen and Amen.
Tiffany Ann Lewis
Dancing With the Flame of the Lord Ministries


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