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A time to keep silence….

Ecclesiastes 3:7 says that there is a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.

Recently, I have found myself just wanting to be silent. I’ve been desiring the quiet of my home, the solitude that it offers me…even when my family is around making all the noise that two children and their Daddy can make. But what I have come to realize is that silence isn’t subject to circumstance or atmosphere. It’s an attitude, a position of the heart and especially the mind…in order to hear God.

I read a beautiful quote and I believe this is what has fed the hunger for silence in my life. “Silence is the place…just before the voice of God.”

Beautiful, isn’t it? And as I was reading the word & making a study of silence, I found that a synonym for silence is “secrecy” or “secret”. My spirit man just leaps inside me every time I even think about that.

Immediately my mind made reference to Psalm 91:1, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” and then Psalm 25:14 that says, “The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.”

Allow me to just convey to you what God has spoken to me in my times of silence.

Silence is the address to where you live. (Psalm 91)

Silence is a mark of understanding My presence and acknowledging it.

Silence is the character trait of someone who dwells in the secret place and a witness to the desire to know more of My secrets.

Silence is the prelude to prophecy, where words are concieved and things come forth. Silence is where I will equip you for what I am about to do, a place of preparation for what is to come.

Silence is the true mark of reverence and is the atmosphere where I can deposit my secret.

Silence is characteristic of those who hunger for my secret and recognize my presence.

A secret is something in which a man has thought me to be silent but in truth, I have made you to know all things…but it’s man’s unwillingness to be silent that hinders that knowing.

I’m going to step out here for a moment but just bear with me. Revelations 8:1 has always intrigued me and now…even more. It says, “When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.”

I love what the Adam Clarke Commentary has to say about this:

This must be a mere metaphor, silence being put here for the deep and solemn expectation of the stupendous things about to take place, which the opening of this seal had produced. When any thing prodigious or surprising is expected, all is silence, and even the breath is scarcely heard to be drawn.

If silence speaks of that kind of expectation…what a wonderful attitude to hold.

Just recently, Ps. Margaret Vis, a powerful intercessor and very wise woman shared that this year is to be the year of birthing. That means that many of us are expecting. Selah.

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Posted by on January 16, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

He’s Better Than Life!

The other day in prayer, the Lord spoke to my heart from the passage in Revelations 12 verse 11…”they loved not their lives unto death.” And I began to wonder what that truly meant. What does it mean to love not my life unto death and am I doing that? Can that be said of me?

Well…I have to ask this question then…
Do I love what I think, how I feel, and my desires for me more than I love God’s thoughts. Do I put His feelings first and are His desires mine? Because that’s what the word life in that passage means and we can love what we think, our knowledge, our understanding to such an extent that is can spiritually kill us. I read a stop me in my tracks quote the other day from Bill Johnson. He said this, “I cannot afford to have a thought in my head about me that is not His.” That quote is now written in my journals that I write in every day and my bible, right next to this passage. Wrong thoughts can cost me everything and I am not willing to spend that much! How about you?

Let me just take it a step further…the word “their” in this passage, when I referenced it, refers to a lower and denser air as distinguished from the higher, rarer air. Think me silly but when I read this, I thought of what being dense means if someone were to call me that. It means stupid or lacking in sensibility or intellect. THICKHEADED…so many of my thoughts crowded together and none with the ability to move or take me anywhere. But the opposite end of the spectrum…to be rare is to be choice or to be the best part. And that’s what I want…to deliberately love God’s choices for me…what He considers to be the best part for me. And the truth of the matter is…it doesen’t matter how many thoughts I have crowded in this head of mine, only God’s thought holds the possibility.

Psalm 63:1 & 3 says ” O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is… Because thy lovingkindness is better than life” Do you know what He is saying here? My interpretation is this, “God…you are Lord over me, my mind, my will and my emotions. Early will I seek you because my soul is naturally thirsty for you and I want your thoughts to be my first thoughts. I want them to come before mine. My flesh longs for you but this world is dry and thirsty as well and only the waters of your word will do! Your lovingkindness, your goodness, the thoughts and the plans that you have for me that you will carry out are better than I could ever think of on my own!” What a wonderful God he is! HE’S BETTER THAN LIFE!!

 
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Posted by on January 9, 2009 in Uncategorized