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When God is silent it’s not because He has no words. When God is silent,  He is often saving the right words for the right moment. His right moment is almost never your right moment. Our moments are often engrossed on what it will do for us. His right moments are concentrated on what will bring Him the most glory.

For God’s glory,  all of life was created. The moment you understand that beautiful gift of truth, the closer you are to joy and peace. Silence is the calm before the perfect storm of God’s moments of truth to your soul. Time will soon usher in understanding. Franz Wright once wrote, “The long silences need to be loved, perhaps more than the words which arrive to describe them in time.”

Have you ever thought that maybe, just maybe, God has trusted you with His silence in order to prove Himself more real  than you could have ever imagined without it? I think the answer to that question is yes! Just ask Mary and Martha who saw Jesus raise their brother from the dead.

Can You Hear Me Now?

January 29, 2013 — 1 Comment

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Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” (John 10:27)

Elijah described it as a still, small voice (I Kings 19:12).

One of the most personal gifts of the creator is the promise we (His children) can hear his voice. God has called you to an intimate relationship with Him that includes being able to hear Him speak into your life.

We are the height of His creation, and because of that we can and should be able to hear His voice and recognize it as Him. Demons hear God’s voice and they obey. Nature hears His voice and obeys. We too can hear His voice and obey. Hearing His voice is part of the eternal life package.

Let me give you a few thoughts to put in place in your life that will help you to hear the voice of God more consistently.

1. Being familiar with His written word begets being familiar with His voice

The more you read the Word of God, the better you will become at recognizing the voice of God when He speaks to your heart. As you daily read His word, ask God to teach you to hear His voice. I promise it’s a prayer He will answer.

2. Don’t disregard every thought that runs through your head as your own.

God often places a thought that is highlighted more vibrate than a normal passing thought. For me, this seems to happen as I’m driving. I almost never turn on the radio. I use my commute time to listen to my thoughts, and many times, God drops His thoughts into the water of my thoughts. A ripple takes places, and I know it’s Him speaking.

3. During my prayer time I sing worship songs and then stop for silent time.

When I praise Him through worship songs, I can feel my soul being cleansed. I feel God drawing me closer to Him.  Worship opens the ears of my heart to Hear Him more clearly.

God bless you as you listen for Him to speak.

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Are you cheating on God by starting your day with Multitasking?

The more still I wait before God, the more strength I receive from Him. Stillness is a gift from God that can be opened daily. Multitasking has become the standard way to start the day for many Christ followers. It need not be so and should not be so.

Multitasking mornings are pulling many away from still time with God. It’s not that God has removed stillness from our reach; many have simply replaced stillness that He offers daily with Twitter, Facebook, T.V., Radio and yes-even blogs you like to read.

God faithfully provides a place of stillness for you each morning if you will choose Him first. Don’t remain in a habit of multitasking as a way of starting your day. Instead, develop a habit, which will become a hunger for stillness.

Many are addicted to the overstimulation of their senses. The awareness of God that the morning attempts to bring to each of us is interrupted not even five minutes after we get out of bed. Our eyes and ears are first focused on media before they are focused on God. I’m convinced that we are losing our gift of being able to see God and hear God, which He has promised to the Christ follower.

John 10:27 speaks loud and clear, ‘My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.’

I wonder, have you shelved this promise and replaced it with a day that starts with everything but God? If you have, you can change it. You can decide that tomorrow morning will be different. You can take back your gift of stillness that God offers you and become truly strong in Him again.

Multitasking is not God. God is about one task, and that task is to have a relationship with you. Have you been feeling weak in your faith walk? If you have, be still before Him and feel your spiritual strength return.

GUYS-Bon-Qui-Qui--Don-t-Interrupt,-Rude--teeProverbs 18:13 teaches us, “If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.”

Do you have a habit of interrupting people when they’re talking? Do you jump into their conversation, and splash their face with selfishness more often than you want to admit? I must admit I use to be downright crummy at these many years ago. I wasn’t terrible, but I interrupted frequently. How about you? Could you use a little more work in this area?

I’m continuously astonished at how nonchalant some people can be about interrupting others. It seems some have lost the grace of listening to the other person and waiting their turn. Don’t get me wrong, not interrupting is difficult, especially when you have a point you want to make, and you’re afraid you’re going to forget it. I would venture to say, that may be one of the main reasons people interrupt others. They simple have a point they want to make before they forget. However, that’s still no excuse for being rude and interrupting the other person.

Interrupting is often just downright disrespectful and needs to be removed from our lives as much as possible. When you interrupt someone, you are sending them a message that your words are more valuable than their words. You can tell when you have interrupted because you usually will do it mid-sentence. Interrupting is more than an etiquette no-no, it can also hinder your testimony for Christ.

1 Corinthians 13:5 says of love that, “It is not rude, it is not self-seeking…” It is easy to forget, that love is tied to our testimony, and when we interrupt another person, we can be in danger of diminishing the love of Christ.

Let me give you a few tips on how not to interrupt others.

1. Become aware

You need to be aware that you might just be an interrupter. We all know what it feels like when others interrupt us, but many of us are never aware that we also might be the one interrupting.

2. Make a note in your mind

If you have something you need to say, make a note in your mind, and say it when it’s your turn. If you have a hard time remembering things, then write down a one word reminder on a piece of paper. (Don’t have a pen and paper? Carry them with you. You won’t regret it.)

3. Give permission for someone to interrupt you
Ask your spouse, or a close friend to interrupt you, when you interrupt them, by calling you out on it. Tell them you are trying to improve your conversation skills, and your witness for Christ.

Closing thoughts: Yes there are times you may need to interrupt others; however, it’s rare and I’ll save my thoughts on that for another post.

P.S. Sorry to interrupt your busy day with this post. 🙂

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When you call out to God and there is not even an echo of sound back, it can be the most disturbing part of your relationship with Him. Many Christ-followers throughout the ages have experienced the silence of God. We go before God with broken hearts; hearts of desperate needs and countless other hopes…yet instead of hearing from God, there is nothing but silence.

Your own thoughts whisper to you, “Why doesn’t God answer me? Why is God using me to help others all around me and I see him working in their behalf, but for me…nothing?” Deep in your spirit if just feels like one big sick joke. His continued silence starts to cause major relationship issues in your walk with Him and you’re not sure how much more you can take.

However, deep down…way down in your soul, something tells you too keep trusting and so you do. Oddly, there is a peace in the storm of silence and so you make the greatest faith decision of your life…you keep waiting. You somehow know God has not forsaken you. You somehow know God will speak when it’s time. You ears at this point begin to hear reasons for the silence and hope begins to rise in your heart once again.

Softly your heart whispers to you, “Maybe a work in me is more important that a work for me at this point in my life.” Your heart whispers again and says, “Silence is the best grace for you right now…trust Him deeper.” Then it hits you like a hammer! God becomes silent sometimes so that we hunger for His voice and not our own.

God cares deeply about us and hears every request, but that doesn’t mean his answer can’t still be silence. Silence reawakens our hungry for Him alone, instead of our hunger for His answers. Once we return to God being enough the silence is often broken and the answer floods our life.

Waiting in silences is great company and not the curse it feels like. You are in great company with saints that lived before you, saints that will live after you, and yes-even creation waits. Hope fills the silence until the answer comes.

Romans 8:22-25 (NIV)

22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.”

Silence will allow the authority of God to grow in your heart again if you submit to the silence and stop running from it.

“We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.” Mother Teresa

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