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Quieting the soul to hear from God
When the news is our quiet time.
These are perilous times. With earthquakes in record numbers. Genocides. Anti-Christ risings. Confusions. Grey areas with no black and white. Sin. Blatant sin. Killings sprees of teens. Our religious leaders. Elders falling. Elders compromising. Mass falling away. Bombings. Terrorisms. Violence. There is war, death, coldness, sickness and plague, famine, murder.
Our quiet time is the nightly news. Our morning prayer is the morning news. We begin the day with the hearing of bad news instead of good news. The storms of others, though distant from us, make us wince. We need the Jesus of miracles, the power of God, the Resurrection Life! But we fail to receive it after our atmosphere of faith trickles like drops from an IV.
The Rock of Christ. The storms of life...
25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
It is the Rock of Christ' Word which we stand on. It is Jesus we come to. If we center on Christ, we can be in the eye of the storm, we can see it's wind but we are preserved. Somehow His tender mercies find us, an unfailing love refuses to give what we deserve... a proper judgment. We are finite, with the ability to walk into God and hide within Him according to psalm 91. This is quiet time. To place our faith in Him, His Word, where the cares of the world cannot choke His Word. To not despise prophesy (I Thessalonians 5:20). To give thanks. Interceding for others. Letting God walking through our day with us, following His example, allowing for grace...
Have you simply read His Word? Not to research it, or to find something in scripture, but to just enjoy the words fall from your lips? Read His Word. Let the Word be a delight to your ears, your eyes seeing the Word. Letting them enter your spirit.
Daily receiving God's Word in quiet time.
Sometimes the Word we receive from the Lord can be completely distant than where our heart is longing. Our understanding is tested, and if we rely on what we see with our eyes or the input from our senses we fail the test. In our eyes there is only sight. Our spiritual man must look with the eyes of faith, escaping the circumstances, and adjusting on every Word of God.
And God will answer us.
And yet, if you dig deeper, responding back to the Lord, seeking Him, He will draw nigh to you. He longs for your response. He waits on you as you wait on Him! Why desire a word with Him when we can seek Him, test Him, Remind Him of His Word! In fact, God even says in His Word, He watches over His Word to perform it! (Jeremiah 1:12).
Matthew 6:33 Says to seek Him and His Righteousness and all these things we are concerned with shall be added unto us! Matthew 5:6 reminds us:
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Isaiah 55:1 "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
It is now that we must be fearless. We can not step back into the shadows. It is our voice, our prayers as the wind keeping our lost from slipping over the edge into a lost eternity. What is left of us? What can one committed devotion bring to a dying America? The enemy is expecting us to fold. His wrath ever increasing in the light of his fate. There is nothing left but rubble, smoke, and yet, even that, God can use. Our enemy does bleed... Read the Bible to him.
Standing before the ocean we feel small. In its turbulence, as the waves war and break into the sand the brokenness within us, the worries, dwindle low and away. And the sea seems to draw us to it.
Being still can be like admiring a beautiful painting. Or playing checkers against a child. To wait for Him to speak, to draw near to Him.
A daily 15 minutes of just waiting before Him as in Psalm 131 can restore your soul. And if you are adventurous, try daily waiting for an hour to bring God's power over a carnal nature. Try to vary it.
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