Immovable

rock-540129_640Psalm 125:1: A Song of Ascents. Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.

When you trust in God you are immovable, unshakable; you are stable, resting in God.

God wants us to be at rest, and knowing him makes us stable and strong. Those who know their God, Daniel wrote, will be strong and do exploits (Daniel 11:32). It was because of the knowledge of God that Daniel gained pre-eminence in a foreign land. He was immovable, constantly relevant in the reign of different kings from different kingdoms.

David said that God is his rock (Psalm 18:1). Jeremiah said “the Lord is with me like a mighty terrible one (Jeremiah 20:11).”

When Jesus was on earth he was immovable. He was not afraid of the Pharisees or of Herod. He knows he was here on a divine mission and he was focused on it. His focus was unshifting. He did not allow anything to break his focus, not campaign of calumny, not threat to his life, not even praise from men. He did not commit himself to man because he knew what was in man (John 2:24-25), man being flaky.

The Bible even says that for the joy set before him he endured the cross, despising the shame, and he landed on the right hand of the Father in heaven (Hebrews 12:1-3). The strength of his focus made that possible. His mission was clear in his mind and emphasised constant relationship with the Father.

He was full of grace and truth (John 1:14-17). The book of Hebrews says that it is good that the heart be established by grace and not meat which has not profited those who are engaged in it (Hebrews 13:9). Grace brings immovability, inner strength, since it creates the character and characteristics of God in us.

The kingdom of God (which is described as unshakable [Hebrews]), the Bible says is not in meat or drink but in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). The Holy Spirit gives stability, via the fruit of faithfulness which he produces in us (Galatians 5:22-23).

We need to be immovable in obedience, and zeal for God helps us to do that. Jesus does not want us to be lukewarm, but passionate for God. He wants us to be hot, but warned that in the last days the love of many shall wax cold (Matthew 24:12), moved away from their stand on holiness.

Paul said there will be a time when people would not endure sound doctrine, they will move away from it (2Timothy 4:3). They will embrace lies (or overstretched truth) and will heap up teachers unto themselves who will scratch their itching ears.

Peer pressure makes many people unstable. But God said we should not follow multitude to do evil (Exodus 23:2). When we take in the word of God, we are enabled to make decision based on strong conviction. So we need to choose between what the word of God says and what others say. God’s voice gives us focus. But when we allow ourselves to be moved by the word of men, contrary to God, then will be unstable. Jezebel’s word of fear moved Elijah away from the trust in God (1Kings 19:1-5).

Being immovable means you cannot be conquered but you are the conqueror, it means you cannot be diminished, you are formidable, even scary, you are unlimited; you strike the picture of ability and stability. We will now examine what it means to be a conqueror and to be undiminishing.

Conqueror

Paul said that Christians are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). Jesus defeated the one who is called the adversary. He crushed him in the cross (Colossians 2:15), crushed his dominion of sin over us. And Jesus handed down to us (believers) his gift of righteousness which becomes our tool for reigning in life (Romans 5:17). It is much more than right living. We are not conquerors, if we do not have dominion over sin. If sin still dominates us, we cannot thereafter say we are victorious.

To some people who decided that they would be Jesus’ disciples but still felt good that Abraham was their father, and that makes them something, Jesus said once there is sin in their lives they are no better than slaves. That hurt their pride and reveals they did not think sin was such a big deal, that being from Abraham was (John 8:30-37). It shows that their priority was not the same as God’s.

Apart from sin, Jesus also gives us authority over snakes and scorpions and over all the powers of the enemy (Luke 10:19). We express that dominion in the name of Jesus. We are not afraid since we have dominion. Jesus said he now has all powers and since we are in him we have access to use all his powers (Matthew 28:18-20).

The Bible says that they go from strength to strength everyone who appears in Zion (Psalm 84:7). Zion is the place of the presence of God (Hebrews 12:22). Those who know their God will be strong, as mentioned earlier.

Knowing God therefore is beyond dos and don’ts, beyond facts and figures, beyond classroom knowledge. It is transformative knowledge that makes us more and more like Jesus. The disciples were first called Christians in Antioch, where, for a long time, the teaching of Christ was ongoing and the transformation in the lives of the people was very obvious (Acts 11:26), in the strength of their character.

Undiminished

What we have in Jesus is eternal life, life that goes on and on, the very life of God. The portion we have from Adam is death, but we have life through Jesus Christ. The book of Romans says that sin entered the world through Adam and death through sin (Romans 5:12-21).

In contrast, our portion in Jesus is life, abundant life (John 10:10). It is glory, unending glory. The Bible described the glory of the Old Testament as being typified by what manifested on the face of Moses (2Corinthians 3). It was diminishing glory. But what we have is different, it is not external glory but inward glory. Paul says that though our outward man is perishing but our inward man is being renewed daily (2Corinthians 4:16).

It is from glory to glory (2Corinthians 3:18), from faith to faith (Romans 1:17). It is the path of the righteous shining more and more until the perfect day (Proverbs 4:18). It is from strength to strength. In Christ, we have come from death to life, abundant life. He is the resurrection and life (John 11:25).

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