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It is my hope that by reading this daily you will grow in your walk with Christ and be set free from any struggles in your life that are weighing you down. Be blessed to be a blessing.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

TURN OFF THE NOISE

How can you hear from God if you are constantly bombarding yourself with outside noise clutter? At times in this high tech world we live in we need to put down our 'communication' devices and turn off the radio and television long enough to sit still and hear from God. There are so many distractions in our world today that we have to separate ourselves from them at times in order to have quality time alone with God. Weekends especially can be a challenge as all the other activities you want to do take center stage. You hustle about your home doing everything else but sitting down and being still and reading the Bible. You have to make a concerted effort to make a commitment to put 'time alone' with God, with 'no noise' on your daily schedule. It is vital for keeping the spiritual side of you strengthened. Just like muscles of the body get flabby if we do not work them out, the spiritual side gets 'flabby' and lifeless when not exposed to a daily dose of the word of God.

The recent Academy Award winning film 'The Artist' is a silent movie which by the way is excellent! I mentioned this to several people and they indicated they did not think they would enjoy going to a movie with no sound. (Do yourself a favor..go see this movie.)We have gotten so used to noise and distractions that we feel we can not do without them in our lives. Why do people in the city get away to the countryside? Probably to get away from honking horns and tons of people.

Isaiah 30:15 says "This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: "Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength. But you would have none of it." Jesus even went up alone to a mountain top. Try it sometime. Some of us live where we have mountains. Why not take a DAWG day (Day Alone With God) and spend time somewhere in solitude praying and getting in touch with the Lord?

Exodus 14:14 says "The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." See there it is again. Be still! In our hurried lives that is often times a huge challenge. Put 'be still' on your daily calendar just as if you would a dentist or doctor appointment. Being still helps calm the soul too. Psalm 116:7 says "Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the LORD has been good to you." In Isaiah 32:17 it says "The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever."

Psalm 46:10 says "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Can you just sit and rest a moment with the Lord? John 6:15 says "Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself." Here the word 'again' is used indicating he went up to the mountaintop many times perhaps? It is a spiritual discipline to learn to be still and wait on God. Above all turn off the noise so you can hear His voice.

PRAYER: Lord God thank you for your gift of peace and quiet. If only we would take the time to turn off the noise around us for a short time to renew our spirits. Help me Lord to be disciplined to spend time alone and in quiet with you daily. Thank you Lord for your word which renews and strengthens me daily. In Jesus Name. Amen.


Click on link for worship of the Lord in song. Happy Sunday!
http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=77PDYWNX#


Warning about You Tube videos: Occasionally on You Tube the link will pop up with something not very Christian. It is a shame that we can not even listen to a spirit filled song without dealing with this. I had intended to post this song through You Tube but it has sexual related things attached to it so I chose to go with God Tube instead.

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