'BEFORE THE MOUNTAINS WERE BROUGHT FORTH, OR EVER THOU HADST FORMED THE EARTH AND THE WORLD, FROM EVERLASTING TO EVERLASTING THOU ART GOD.' [KJV PSALM 90:2]
7/12/2019 0 Comments
Welcome my Friends to the Third Quarter, 2019.
Whether one calls it 'Self-Denial', 'Soul Friendship', or 'Spiritual Disciplines', now that we have elaborated and on 'Spiritual Disciplines', and discussed for a season with the topic of Stress; let's resume more of the 'Spiritual Disciplines'.
I sincerely hope and pray that all in this series of posts will be advantageous to you for the purpose of growing in the knowledge and grace of the Lord. As always, before we get started. Remember, these are 'tools', so let us not get anxious. Amen. Amen.
Continuing today, with some further posts since we began our series for anyone desiring to draw into a more intimate relationship with God through Jesus Christ, with our Introductory Post A, Wednesday, April 3, 2019; Post B, Friday, April 5, 2019 ; Post C. Sunday, April 7, 2019; Post D, Wednesday, April 10, 2019; and Post E, Friday, April 12, 2019. We then continued to post on a bi-monthly basis on Sunday/Wednesday/Friday, until we finished. See, all the following, therefore.
Post 1, April 24, 2019; Post 2, April 26. 2019; Posts 3,4,5,6,7,8,9; May 5,8, 10, 19, 22, 24,2019, and so forth.
Remember to see our posts on 'Stress'; 'Service' and 'Fasting' posted June 2-5-7; 16-19-21, 2019-during our Sunday/Wednesday/Friday, bi-monthly posts.
Continuing today, July 12, 2019 we finish with an AM, Mid-day, and PM post. Our post series on this topic began July 7, 10, 2019. Let us look at some other 'disciplines' or habits of 'the Christian Way of Life' or 'habits' we can practice endeavoring to walk closer and closer with Our Lord and Savior. On our last posts, we covered 'service', and 'fasting'. [June 19, 21, 2019]. Remember, the purpose of any of the 'disciplines' is - 'Christian discipleship' - 'getting a better understanding of God, His Purposes for us, ever learning to become - in thoughts, words, and actions - JUST LIKE JESUS'. LET US NOT MISS THIS MOST IMPORTANT OBJECTIVE - ALL FOR THE GLORY AND PRAISE OF GOD!! Amen. Amen.
Another and go-alone discipline with solitude is the spiritual discipline of 'silence'. For some of us, this can be a true test, for you see we want to 'tell Jesus all about it', when He already knows. Sometimes we just need to 'sit quietly, expecting, waiting' to 'hear from the Lord'. This is known as the spiritual discipline of - 'silence'.
Among the 'Disciplines of Abstinence (Self-Denial)' these are ways of denying ourselves something we want or need in order to make space to focus on and connect with God.
Solitude: Refraining from interacting with other people in order to be alone with God and be found by him. (Solitude is completed by silence.)
Silence: Not speaking in a quiet place in order to quiet our minds and whole self and attend to God’s presence. Also, it is not speaking so that we can listen to others and bless them.
"Silence" in spirituality is often a metaphor for inner stillness. A silent mind, freed from the onslaught of thoughts and thought patterns, is both a goal and an important step in spiritual development.
Silence has both an interior and an exterior character. Silence from the inside means not talking, in the first place, but also something deeper: it has to do with quieting the mind, not being busy inside. Inner silence also carries the idea of refraining from judgment and staying away from thinking about the past and the future. Carefully consider what has just been stated.
A critically important note. Being silent within is really being at once absent from the world of busy-ness and at the same time present in the moment.
Silence on the outside has to do with keeping away anything that does not foster inner silence. So, no radio or television or newspapers or magazines should find their way into your space chosen for 'silence'. This of course means no computers—and therefore no Internet, no email, no Facebook, no Twitter, etc. Natural sounds (birds, animals, the wind in the trees) are considered part of the silence, actually fostering contemplation in the spirit of silence. Let me discourage you from making loud noises —even while working—because that will should you decide to practice a 'life of silence', perpetually, for that will disturb that same spirit of silence, even if you were not speaking.
What happens when one is silent for a long period?
The outer noise goes first, and then the inner noise starts to evaporate. Soon, quiet reigns everywhere, it seems. Time slows to a crawl. Sound becomes a curiosity—natural sounds, especially, like the flow of water or the rustle and sway of tall grass, become occasions for deeper listening and lead to a most profound inner calm.
We shall continue this topic today, July 12, 2019 on two further posts. Thank you for returning. Amen. Amen.
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