Summary: Standing firm in God. Living in the presence of God.
Scripture Psalm 15 - “Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your Holy hill? (2) He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart; (3) He who does not backbite with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; (4) In who’s eyes a vile person is despised, But he honors those who fear the Lord; He who swears to his own hurt and does not change; (5) He who does not put out his money at usury, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.” – There are things listed here that would cause us NOT TO BE MOVED! Stay in the ZONE!
Psalm 15 “Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your Holy hill? (2) He who walks uprightly,…
=Note, it doesn’t say, “he who walks uptightly!” There is a difference between walking uprightly and walking uptightly! It is the difference between living IN the Zone, or living OUT of the Zone! - What causes this? Leaning on our own understanding! Leaning on our own understanding pushes us OUT of the ZONE! Our Emotions can easily affect us and cause us to get UPTIGHT, forcing us OUT of the Zone! Worry… fear… frustration… leaning on them will CROSS CHECK us OUT of the ZONE!
-I like the next one… “and he who speaks the truth in his heart…”
=Prov23:7 “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he. Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with you.” - I don’t know if you ever experienced this… you may have, (what you think is a friend) saying nice things to you, only to find out, (that the more you spend time with them) that their HEART is not for you! Their heart was for themselves… to manipulate you to accomplish their plan! – Additionally, the more you are around people, and the more you get to hear them talk, you will find out what is REALLY in their heart!
=“speaks the truth in his heart.” You can’t fool God. You can’t just say, ‘I’m Good!’ and get away with it! God knows the very thoughts and intents of your heart! We have to be honest with God. Tell him what you feel. Tell him what you think. Let God hear your complaints and your disappointments and your doubts and your fears and your inability to climb higher because of the obstacles in your life. Tell God about it all. He’s a GOOD God, and He will answer you everytime!
=You are NOT what people say about you! It will be HARD to stay in the ZONE if you are believing what people say about you or HAVE SAID about you! We will FACE all kinds of OPPOSITION when we are trying to STAY in the ZONE with Jesus! People will say things and attack you to get you OUT of the ZONE.
-You are what God says you are! Know for CERTAIN what God says about you! Use an A-B-C method to remember! I am, Accepted, I am Adopted, I am from Above and not beneath, I am Blessed with every spiritual blessing in Christ, I’m A Believer and not a doubter! I am Cared for, for He says to cast all my cares to Him, I am Delivered, I am Loved with an EVERLASTING love! I am Forgiven! I have been given GRACE to abound in every good work… I am Healed! I am a Holy Generation! I have an “INHERITANCE” that is incorruptible! I have been “JUSTIFIED” and freed from “Judgment!” I have been Filled with His loving KINDNESS! Given KNOWLEDGE and the KEYS to the Kingdom! He LEADS me besides still waters! I’ve been given the Breath of LIFE! He has proclaimed LIBERTY to me! His word is a LAMP unto my feet! And MANNA from heaven! I am Mysteriously and Marvelously made! I have been shown MERCY and He is my MEDIATOR! I’ve been given a new NATURE and help in my time of NEED! He has anointed me with OIL, extended an OLIVE branch to me in Christ, and I have OBTAINED the promises of God! He has been PIERCED for my transgressions and exchanged them to have PEACE with God! I was a son of PERDITION am a brother and Heir to the PHYSICIAN of physicians who’s has healed me from the PLAGUES and the PESTILENCES that roams on noon day! I have been given a PERFECT PEACE, and I am PERSUADED that neither death or life, nor angels, nor PRINCIPALITIES, nor POWERS, nor things PRESENT, nor things to come, …shall be able to separate us from the Love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” I have been QUALIFIED Redeemed, Regenerated, Reborn; Saved, Sanctified; Tested and Transformed! I have an UNDEFILED inheritance Unashamed and shown UNDERSTANDING! I am a mighty man of VALOR, given a VISION and VICTORIOUS over every VIPER! I am blood WASHED, Fearfully and WONDERFULLY made and His WORKMANSHIP! X – When I seek Him FIRST everything else is an EXXXTRA! Y? Because! Third Base! Z – I have the ZEAL of the Lord, and He is Zealous for Me! THIS IS WHAT I AM! THIS IS WHAT I CONFESS! THIS IS THE TRUTH IN MY HEART!!!