Originally published Monday, 01 February 2016.
The majority of the time I can seem to keep quiet.
It is not so much that I am always talking, but it is much more that I am always retorting, rebutting or formulating in my mind.
They should do this...
I wonder if he has considered...
I have to say this next...
I can't forget to mention...
When talking, it is very hard to be listening.
When planning, it is very hard to be receiving a plan.
When speaking over God, you simply can't hear him.
Yet, when you allow your selfish ways to create space for his sacred will - God has a stage to show off. When you allow dialogue to give way to deep seeking - direction makes an appearance. When you strangle fear - fear of God makes you breathe again.
7 Biblical Benefits of Getting Quiet Before God
1. When your mouth shuts, you appear wise and discerning to others.
Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues. Prov. 27:28
2. You dwell in the the comfy and cared-for knowledge that God cannot and will not leave or forsake you. Not only this, but you find Godly prosperity and good success.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Josh 1:8
3. The filing cabinet of your mind has room to store fear of the Lord - and all the resulting wisdom that accompanies it.
Only fear the LORD and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you. 1 Sam. 12:24
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Prov. 9:10
4. By listening, considering and blocking the VIP door to your mind, you make space for things that bring peace, life and renewal.
Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Phil. 4:8-9
5. The impossible becomes possible by the strength of prayer. You can walk down the painful, but glory-filled, roads you'd normally run from.
And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, (Jesus) departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed. Mk. 1:35-36
6. You land at transformed, rather than conformed. With more confidence you head towards what is good, pleasing and perfect in this world.
Do not be conformed to this present world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may test and approve what is the will of God–what is good and well-pleasing and perfect. Ro. 12:2
7. You ponder, praise and get passionate about your fist love - and then God delivers you.
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Ps. 34:7
Solitude gives way for the magnitude of the gospel to resound.
Rather than God fighting the rush hour of the world, trying to move above fray of a believer's heart and or squeezing into the small space left for Godly awareness - quiet makes space . In the quiet, God bakes activated love.
We find more than we could ever ask for.
Not by posturing for it, but by seeking him in it.
When we seek him, we find him.
When we find him, we can't help but share him.
We open our mouths, we speak life.
We speak life, because we found life.
Loudly. Confidently. Boldly.
Quiet works out loud proclamations of glory.
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Mk. 16:15
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