Sacred Silence (3 of 4) by Kerry Shook
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''The LORD is in His holy temple; let all the earth be silent before Him.''
Hab. 2:20 (NIV)
''God is in His holy Temple! Quiet everyone-a holy silence. Listen!''
The Benefits of Silence:
- Draws me closer to God
''Draw near to God and He will draw near to you....'' James 4:8 (NKJV)
''And in the morning, a long time before daylight, (Jesus) got up and went out to a quiet place, and there He gave himself up to prayer.'' Mark 1:35 (BBE)
- Relieves my stress
''The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.''
Ex. 14:14 (NIV)
- Nourishes my soul
''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....'' Isa. 30:15 (NIV)
- Clarifies my direction
''Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for Him to act....'' Ps. 37:7 (NLT)
- Fills me with compassion
''...Jesus withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed Him on foot from the towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them...'' Matt. 14:13-14 (NIV)
1. STOP TALKING AND LISTEN TO GOD'S VOICE
''Then He said, 'Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.' And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.'' 1 Kings 19:11-12 (NKJV)
''While you were doing all these things, declares the LORD, I spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen....'' Jer. 7:13 (NIV)
2. STOP STRUGGLING AND QUIET MY SOUL
''Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.'' ...
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