Silence (2 of 3) by Kerry Shook

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Silence (2 of 3)
Series: Fresh
Kerry Shook

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• Isaiah 30:15 (NIV)

1. SILENCE REDUCES MY STRESS

• Lam. 3:28 (The Msg)

• Ps. 46:10 (NIV)

2. SILENCE EXPRESSES MY FAITH

• Ps. 62:1 (NRSV)

• Ps. 62:5 (NRSV)

• Eccl. 5:7 (NIV)

• Ps. 49:16-17 (NIV)

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Silence is a powerful thing. In our noise saturated society, just a few moments of silence seems to scream at us and grab our attention like nothing else, but silence is an uncomfortable thing. We really struggle with it. It makes us feel uneasy. Dallas Willard says, the hardest thing to get Americans to do is nothing. We're always so busy in our overloaded schedules that even when we are alone we have the TV blaring and the CD blasting or we're talking or texting on our cell phones or we're surfing the Internet or e-mailing on our computers. We act as if silence and solitude is our worst enemy, but the ancient discipline of silence is so essential to spiritual growth and keeping our faith fresh and vibrant. We're in a series that I am calling fresh, it's really how to revive stale faith because there are times in every one of our lives when our passion and our walk with the Lord starts to wane and our faith gets stale. And the iron is, age old spiritual disciplines are really the secret to keeping my faith new and fresh. Now last week we talked about the Biblical discipline of meditation and today I want to talk about the ancient spiritual disciplines of silence and solitude. Now usually when we think of the discipline of silence and solitude we think of a medieval monk who takes a vow of silence in some monastery in the mountains for years and years, but God doesn't intend for most of us to take a vow of silence for thirty years even though I know some of you husbands may wish your wives took that vow of silence. Now I don't feel that way personally, but maybe some of you do or maybe vice versa, but God does intend for us to practice the daily discipline of silence. So I want you to open your Bibles to Isaiah Chapter 30. It's our key verse today and would you stand in honor of God's word and let's read this out loud together. This is what the sovereign Lord, the holy one of Israel says, "In repentance and rest is your salvation. In quietness and trust is your strength." Lord, we stand before you today and we just quiet our souls because we all suffer from this motion sickness of the soul, we're just always so busy and our lives are so overcrowded and our schedules overloaded, so we stop right now and we ask you to speak to our hearts and that still small voice.
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