Summary of passage: Jerusalem shall be a strong city with God protecting His people. The gates will be opened for the righteous. The people will be in perfect peace because they have faith in God (a steadfast mind) and trust in Him. He humbles the prideful and levels the lofty city which will be trampled by the feet of the oppressed.
6) Strong believers and strong in God’s protection. Gates opened for believers to enter and seek His protection and comfort.
7a) Definition of steadfast: firmly fixed in place, immovable; not subject to change; firm in belief or adherence; faithful. A steadfast mind is one that does not change and is firm in it’s beliefs. Benefits: calm and steady amidst turmoil and uncontrollable events around you.
b) By prayer and petition with thanksgiving, ask God. Think about whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable (basically God and His word and promises). Do not worry for God is in control.
c) Personal question. My answer: Moving, homeschooling, BSF, security in mind of His provisions for my life.
8 ) He levels the lofty city to dust, trampled by the feet of the oppressed.
Conclusions: Emphasis on faithfulness to God and His purposes which we cannot see. Try to be as steadfast as God in all things. I love Philippians and I love it when BSF sends us to great passages in the Bible to keep in the forefront of our minds. It says to think on good things, not all the negativity we are bombarded with everywhere in today’s society. Do not waste time dwelling on the bad and all the things we cannot change for God is unchangeable. We will have “the peace of God” (something I want!) if we do not worry about things and trust absolutely in Him. Simple, right? Pray and ask with a grateful heart and God will do the rest!
Question of the Day: Why does God’s law, when broken down, seem so simple yet so, so hard to follow for us humans?