Have you ever wondered how difficult it was for people to be still?
Something like that sounds very strange today. Today, everything around us is made to distract or entertain us.
The noise around us and the abundance of responsibilities have robbed us of the silence and stillness God wants us to have in Him. We live in a world of distractions.
Finding silence and stillness seems more complicated than finding gold. But the word of God says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
Here be still and know that I am God is a call to let God fight our battle with His armor and not ours. God’s weapons are not of this world, but they are more effective.
God’s method may not be the method you prefer because God’s method is to exterminate wars and strife at once and establish His peace, His well-being.
Seeking to “Be still, and know that I am God”? Consider these 11 ways
Do not do anything in haste.
Do not go ahead by taking matters into your own hands. What do we mean by this? Today God is saying to you: I see you, I am coming for you.
You say: praise God, but I don’t know if we don’t believe him or find him a bit slow or lazy. Why don’t we shake his hand and help him?
Do you remember how Abraham’s son Ishmael was born? God promised Abraham and Sarah a son despite their advanced age.
Abraham was about a hundred years old, but God was slow to fulfill the promise. Perhaps many of us have a promise that God gave us years ago, and we are still waiting for it. God is never late. We have to wait for his promise.
And Sarah and Abraham decided to give God a hand with the promise. Abraham had a son with Hagar called Ishmael. But I can assure you that it was not God’s plan for them, and Ishmael is not what God has in mind for you either.
To this day, there is a disaster in the relationship between the descendants of Ishmael and the descendants of Isaac.
Don’t keep negative thoughts.
Anger, grudges, resentments, etc. Maybe your fears will not lead you to do something in a hurry.
Maybe you are not even in a position to do anything, but instead, you internalize your fear, internalize your stress, and poison yourself by holding grudges against people you may not see.
Things like you or that you are convinced that they have hurt you, or that something has been taken from you, or denied something that you think you deserve, an employer, an ex-friend, an ex-husband, an ex-wife, a Pastor, that grudge
As time passes it becomes resentment, give resentment a while and it becomes bitterness, bitterness against the whole world in your heart and eventually turning your heart into a garbage can, your heart,
Being still requires that we remove as Ephesians chapter 4 verse 31 says: “Remove all bitterness, anger, yelling and slander, and all malice; rather, be kind to one another, merciful, forgiving one another as God also forgave you in Christ. “Hear the Pastor’s message last week about grace, it’s the same idea.
“Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.” Ephesians 4:6
My suggestion when mentioning prayer is to do this practice without distractions. I think sometimes there is a lot of outside noise that prevents us from praying well.
So my recommendation is to pray in an environment where there are only two people: you and God. The music is good but leave the worship concert outside and just pray, no noise, no distractions. Take time to listen to what God is saying to you.
Prayer is important for closeness to God. It is possible to express thanks and concerns through it, talking to a concerned and loving father.
Praying is personal and, when done with an open heart, brings stillness. In addition to traditional prayers, keeping a prayer in your heart maintains a feeling of security and faith throughout the day.
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Quiet time with God.
The person who is never quite inwardly will never find the God of whom the preacher speaks outwardly!
Sometimes, as adults, we have spiritual movements that we cannot stand still and quiet. But, you have to be silent to hear God speak.
If you want to hear God’s vision, you will have to turn off the television. You cannot listen to God and TV at the same time!
God may never speak to you because you are never silent. Something is always going on in your mind, so while God is trying to reach you on the phone of life, he is getting a busy signal. You have to set aside time alone with God.
The Bible says in Job 37:14: “Wait and listen, think of the wonders of God.”
God wants to spend time with you. He says: “stop, be silent, go to a place where you are alone so that I can talk to you”.
Absolute Faith in God.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
Sometimes, when difficulties arise, we allow the anger and frustrations of those tests of faith to push us into violence, or we try to impose our will on the Lord.
Not one of these choices will bring us peace. When conflicts come and do not shake us because of our faith in God, we will still be and know that He is God.
Faith promotes hope in the protection of the Great Architect of the Universe. Faith gives love, which is the recognition of all blessings.
Sincere and true faith is always calm. Provide the patience that knows how to wait. The calm in the fight is always a sign of strength and confidence.
Strong faith gives perseverance, energy, and resources to overcome obstacles, both in small and large things.
In short, faith is understood as the confidence you have in the accomplishment of something, the certainty of reaching a certain end. Whoever owns it walks with absolute security in the world.
Also See: How to Seek God’s Face:13 Proven Ways.
Develop a Spiritual Habit.
Man is a creature of habit. What we learn becomes a habit.
But the danger is this – that we all have religious “habits.” No matter who you are, you have developed habits of thought about God, the Bible, and religion in general.
No one can escape this because: “by the disobedience of one man the many were made sinners” (Romans 5:19).
Every human being by nature is blinded towards God, having been born with a sinful nature. You have ideas about God, but you don’t know Him. The people of this world do not know God by their wisdom.
Atheists will continue to be atheists. Agnostics will continue to be agnostics. Buddhists will continue to be Buddhists. The Catholic will continue to be Catholic.
The decisionist evangelical will continue to be a decisionist evangelical. The unconverted Baptist will continue to be an unconverted Baptist.
Man is a creature of ingrained habit. And there is nothing stronger than ingrained religious habits because
“The natural man does not perceive the things that are of the Spirit of God” (I Corinthians 2:14).
The only way out of this ingrained religious habit is for a power outside of you to “shake” you out of your habitual thoughts about religion. Your religious point of view should be completely turned upside down.
Enter into God’s Rest.
“There remains, therefore, a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
Let us, therefore, be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience.” Hebrews 4:9-11
Often, the rush of life makes it impossible for us to hear what God is trying to tell us. When we slow down and allow ourselves the opportunity to rest, our minds and heart can focus on the most important things.
God wants to speak to us, but we must be ready and available to listen.
Write your sentences.
Starting each day with a few minutes of thoughtful writing can do wonders for your soul and your relationship with God. Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, think of yourself as someone who prays.
Write to God the same way you would write a letter to someone you love. It begins with praise: “I love you, God. You are the reason I am alive today. I want to remember that in everything I do …”
If you need help, go to the book of Psalms. Those are songs written from the heart to God. Copy the format or style, or develop your own.
Settle down with God.
Often, when trials come, we tend to get angry with God and complain. When we do this, we decrease our ability to feel the Spirit, because we do not leave space in our hearts for the Spirit to inhabit.
God cannot dwell in a heart that is filled with anger. It is when we learn to put our complaints to rest and throw our burdens on the Lord, muffle our cries and wait for Him that we will find solace. He will console our broken hearts.
It is difficult to be still. You have to plan it and make time for it. You can sit and listen to hundreds of sermons without God coming in at all, without God grabbing your soul!
You have to plan to be still. You have to take the time to be still – or God can never speak to you inwardly.
Go for a walk.
Walking is an excellent practice to be still. The walk has many benefits. It helps you get out of your routine and encourages you.
How much time do we spend sitting? Many truth? That is why I recommend taking time out during your day to go for a walk. It will help you to be active, but you can also use this time to talk with God.
Being exposed to nature connects you to God. There is something special when you are directly under the sky. The simple fact of seeing a sky full of clouds gives you peace.
Read the Scripture.
There is something very special about taking your pen or highlighter and jotting down something you found in the Bible: I love the sound of turning the page in the Bible – a sound that is hardly heard anymore because everything is digital.
But one way to practice stillness is to read. And the most transformative book out there is the Bible. I recommend that you make a goal of reading the Bible daily. Use the time in the word to reflect and grow spiritually.
If you also add other good books to reading the Bible, that is a combination of success. Reading helps us grow and renew our minds. Use your reading time to practice being still.
“Be still and know that I am God” is not just a statement. It is a state of being. It is the ability to know God well enough to trust your abilities to save you.
If you notice that your life is full of worry, stress, and anguish. My recommendation is to add one of these 11 ideas to your day to practice being still.
Stillness is a way of recognizing that our life does not depend on what we do but on what we already are in Christ. We should never be so busy to recognize that we are dependent on God.
It is possible to live a life of stillness. And that begins by recognizing that any time is good to connect with God.