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Psalm 1 contrasts the way of the righteous and the wicked. The righteous one is “blessed” and “like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither” (Psa. 1:1, 3a).1 The blessed prosper in all that they do (Psa. 1:3b-4), whereas the wicked are “like chaff that the wind drives away” (Psa. 1:4). They ultimately fail. “The wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous” (Psa. 1:5)

We are also told that the one who is blessed “walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers” (Psa. 1:1). Here the action words “walk,” “stand” and “sit” indicate the conformity to evil ways.

To walk with wicked, stand with the sinners, and sit with the scoffers “show three aspects, indeed three degrees, of departure from God, by portraying conformity to this world at three different levels: accepting its advice, being party to its ways, and adopting the most fatal of its attitudes — for the scoffers, if not the most scandalous of sinners, are the farthest from repentance (Prov. 3:34).”2

The journey from the presence of God then begins with embracing bad advice from the wicked. The fallen then stand up and defend the way of the wicked. Things get topsy-turvy. God and people of God are actually made out to be the morally defective ones. All this gets them a place at the table of the scoffers. Incorrigible and arrogant the scoffer despises instruction from the Lord (Prov. 15:12; 21:24). Nevertheless, there is an expiration date for fallen people. “The way of the wicked will perish” (Psa. 1:6).

Now, the blessed man’s “delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night” (Psa. 1:2). Our condition of being blessed begins in the position of receiving. It is the pleasure of studying and contemplating the truths of the Scriptures that we come to be blessed. Similarly, the prophet Jeremiah says, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit” (Jer. 17:7-8). The person who trusts or depends upon the divine source of life enters into that state of being blessed. This too is being in a place of receiving God’s grace. Like a stream providing a dependable supply of water, God is the source of eternal life. Just as a fruit tree planted in a well-watered garden and properly tended over will produce a harvest in due season, the Heavenly Father looks after His own children, who are being daily transformed into people of godly perfection well-suited to dwell in the glorious world to come.

To walk with wicked, stand with sinners, and sit with scoffers signify the departure from a right relationship with God. Reuniting with God goes in the opposite direction. Christians are taught that they sit in the heavenlies, and the fact that they are seated in the heavenlies is foundational to their walk with God and their stand against the powers of darkness.

Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians tells us: “God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Eph. 2:4-6). The apostle also states that “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10). Christians are then beckoned to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called” (Eph. 4:1). Moreover, the apostle calls the Christian to: “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 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” (Eph. 6:11-13).

Watchman Nee in Sit, Stand, Walk observes that “of all Paul’s epistles, it is Ephesians that we find the highest spiritual truths concerning the Christian life.”3 He then points out “in the first section of the letter we note the word sit (2:6), which is the key to that section and the secret of a true Christian experience. God has made us to sit with Christ in the heavenly places, and every Christian must begin his spiritual life from that place of rest. In the second part we select the word walk (4:1) as expressive of our life in the world, which is the subject. We are challenged there to display in our Christian walk conduct that is in keeping with our high calling. And finally, in the third part we find the key to our attitude towards the enemy contained in the one word stand (6:11), expressive of our place of triumph at the end.”Elsewhere Nee indicates that “no Christian can hope to enter the warfare of the ages without learning to rest in Christ and in what he has done, and then, through the strength of the Holy Spirit within, to follow him in a practical, holy life here on earth. If he is deficient in either of these he will find all the talk about spiritual warfare remains only talk; he will never know its reality.”5

The journey away from the presence of the Lord starts with walking in the counsel of the wicked, standing with the sinners, and sitting as a scoffer of the teachings of the Lord. What a joy is it to realize that our return to Eden begins at a place of rest. God takes us out of this world dominated by sin and seats us in the heavenly places. All this happens by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. It is from this place of rest that we can begin our walk with the Lord, doing all the good things that the God created us to do from the very beginning. It is because we are secured in the heavenlies that we have access to all that is needed to stand against the powers of darkness that wage war against God and the people of God. We are like trees planted by trees of water. Always bearing fruit in due season.

— WGN

16 responses to “Resting in Christ

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  1. HI TIM!!
    God gave me this scripture the other day and its helping me deal with this lunacy:

    Psalms 18:11
    “He made darkness his secret place; his pavilion round about him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies.”

    He showed me that he is in the darkness. To embrace it and not to be worried or afraid of it.

    • Pauli: I put this comment on another website; I think it applies to what you are saying:

      There are two ways (that I know of) that the Lord can destroy a city. 1) He can speak the Word and wipe it out like He did to Sodom and Gomorrah, Pompeii in 79 AD, Lisbon in 1755 or St. Pierre, Martinique in 1902. 2) He can give a city over to a reprobate mind and let the wicked destroy the wicked (war, famine, disease).

      Romans 1:28: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient.”

      Psalm 34:21: “Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.”

      Psalm 94:23: “And he shall bring upon them their own iniquity, and shall cut them off in their own wickedness; yea, the LORD our God shall cut them off.”

      What you are seeing in cities like Seattle, Portland, Chicago and New York is the reprobate mind at work–destroying itself.

      The Nearer They Draw the Destruction, the More they are Overgrown with Blindness
      https://tim-shey.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-nearer-they-draw-to-destruction.html

      New York Deathscape
      https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2019/01/28/new-york-deathscape/

      • I believe you are right, Tim. Total reprobates.
        When the satanic spirit of lawlessness takes over, the reprobate thrives like a cancer.
        His wife is violence.

        Genesis 6:11: “the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence.”

        Look up! Our complete Redemption is not far.

  2. My friend on FB said the SAME thing that we’re saying, Tim:

    Otto:

    Yes, thank you for this reminder. Pharaoh deceived the Hebrews little by little until they were slaves and considered “owned” by Pharaoh, even though they were YHVH’s first born.

    A spirit of lawlessness and deception has been unleashed upon the world, and following this, a spirit of hamas (violence) has been unleashed upon the United States to fight those who stand for the law of the land.

  3. Tim – I wonder if I might have your permission to use a trimmed down version of this post for a 40-day devotional guide? We at B’ney Yosef North America distribute a daily guide during the Hebrew month of Elul (30 days) and the 10 days from Yom Teruah to Yom Kippur every year. I would of course attribute such an entry to you; and I would show you the edited version for your approval first. This is who we are: https://bneyyosefna.com/

  4. Oh. I see now that this is originally from Warren Nozaki. I reckon I should go ask him!

  5. Done. Thank you for re-posting this, Tim! Shalom!

  6. I got this scripture AGAIN today! And, I even made a digital art piece to go with it.
    I’m imagining Heaven more and more during these times.
    I think we’ll have open rooms, beautiful rooms in heavenly places with things we spiritually created.
    I hope you’re well, TIM ♥ 🙂

    • I am doing well. What scripture did the Lord give to you?

      • Oops, Im sorry. He gave me Ephesians 2:6.
        Also, ‘store up your treasure in heaven’.

        He recently gave me Job 5

        17 “Blessed is the one whom God corrects;
        so do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.
        18 For he wounds, but he also binds up;
        he injures, but his hands also heal.
        19 From six calamities he will rescue you;
        in seven no harm will touch you.

        20 In famine he will deliver you from death,
        and in battle from the stroke of the sword.
        21 You will be protected from the lash of the tongue,
        and need not fear when destruction comes.
        22 You will laugh at destruction and famine,
        and need not fear the wild animals.

        23 For you will have a covenant with the stones of the field,
        and the wild animals will be at peace with you.
        24 You will know that your tent is secure;
        you will take stock of your property and find nothing missing.
        25 You will know that your children will be many,
        and your descendants like the grass of the earth.
        26 You will come to the grave in full vigor,
        like sheaves gathered in season.

        I keep telling friends that the Lord will protect us thru this mess. But, a lot of my friends are scared.
        But, just look at how God will protect us in Job 5

      • That is a really great passage from Job. It reminds me of Psalm 91 and also this post:

        No Weapon Formed Against Thee Shall Prosper
        https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2012/12/21/no-weapon-formed-against-thee-shall-prosper-isaiah-5417/

        and this post:

        A Wall of Fire – Divine Protection
        https://tim-shey.blogspot.com/2020/06/a-wall-of-fire_4.html

  7. I love those scriptures also!
    They are so comforting, especially in this fiasco.
    Hows your job doing? No more hitching, huh?

    • My job is going well. It is great to be off the road. The last time I hitchhiked with my backpack was back in January. I told my boss that working a full-time job is a vacation from hitchhiking.

      I remember I was working for a construction company back in Iowa in the late 1990s. I would work for a while and then I would go off and hitchhike (because the Lord told me to). One time I came back to the construction company from hitchhiking and one of the foremen said, “Well, now that you have had your vacation you can go back to work.” I was going to say something, but I don’t think he would have understood. Hitchhiking was the work; obedience to the Lord is the work; the Lord leads us into the works that He has already prepared for us.

      If you read the comment thread from this post, I explain the work that the Lord did through my life on the road:

      Remember Lot’s Wife
      https://graceandtruth.me/2020/08/02/remember-lots-wife/

    • The Lord DID do a big work thru your life.
      Interesting with the demons being forced to leave you.
      Thank God for that. It is a selfless life, you are right.
      I pray that lady LEAVES that city in AU asap.

      I have had 2 incidents this wk where I really felt led to rebuke these 2 demons that were vexing me. After I rebuked them, I was instantaneously free. Like BAP!
      My life has drastically changed with the CONvid. ALL of my singing gigs completely dried up, I have had none. Zero.

      Our house did not sell bcz God didnt want it to. So, he made an alternative for us to stay here in Prescott, AZ. We are 5,500 ft up. Perhaps for ‘such a time as this’, God just wants us up here and not ‘down’ there.

      I don’t know, as I am really having to learn to trust where we are at with God right now because it is REALLY quiet. Possibly the calm before the storm? I dont know. I, like you really believe the dreams/visions of Henry Gruver.

      This has been a strange time, indeed. I also believe like you — that the Lord has turned the evil over to the evil people in the states marked for destruction: Cali, NY, and several others.

  8. I drove through Prescott many years ago. Really nice territory. I used to work at a lumber yard in north Phoenix back in 1978 as a truck driver. I once took a truckload of lumber to Black Canyon City which is not far from Prescott.

    You wrote “possibly the calm before the storm”. Here is a video about a cytokine storm that you might want to look at:

    Cytokine Storm

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