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Waiting in Silence

“Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Ps. 46:10).

As individuals, families and nations – this Word applies to all Christians standing before God. As leaders, this applies to elders and spiritual mentors… but also to parents. Sometimes deliverance, healing and growth require silence. Let us become Believers that wait in silence for God to reveal His heart. We must give in… when it is needed. For who can truly honor God without knowledge of His exalted state, His enthronement or His authority among us?

Silence does not mean sitting to gaze at our circumstances. Silence means putting a muzzle on our voice in order to listen to God, as well as the voice of our culture. Silence means refocusing priorities. Setting the heart to receive what the mind of Christ would conceive. Such a refocus will effect our action and reaction… often stirring new action. Time and reflection is required for the fruits of repentance to emerge. But out of the soil of hearts that are waiting comes a fresh sprout of faith… and revelation!

Break Free in Your Waiting:

One practical outworking of this is to turn off the TV, cell phone and social media streams. It’s the source of so much noise and clutter, compromised values and politics. Many prefer the noise because they’re secretly afraid of sitting silently and hearing the plain truth of God’s Voice. They know what changes it will require when they understand it, and they don’t want to change. The noise is a distraction and a justification for remaining in a life of compromise and sin. If we seek a biblical worldview, we have to tear away from this world’s distractions and seek solitude in God’s Word, no matter how uncomfortable the challenges may seem.

The Discipline of Patience: (Jms. 1:2-4)

The discipline of this kind of silence is the fruit of patience, and patience is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Indeed, we are called to watch, listen and abide quietly in the Glory of God. This Christian walk is not a sprint. Raising children is not a sprint. Building godly families, churches and societies is the work of perseverance. Its difficult work and it takes time. Just the preliminary steps of repentance and refocusing our hearts may take half a generation in itself. This means patience on the part of those who believe in a revival that is within reach.

While the rest of the world busies themselves in darkness, we who have felt the value of waiting in silence, will rejoice at the exaltation of the Living God!

In an Evil Age

Even In The Age Of Terror, Perfect Love Casts Out All Fear!

In this modern age of anxiety and unsettling images, fear seems to fill the minds of many.

Based on what’s being broadcast on television and social media, people are unsettled. Many envision atrocities that could afflict our families and unravel our quiet neighborhoods. Increasing unrest and suspicion grips the lives of multitudes. I understand why. We live in an ever-plugged-in world of instant information and engagement. Every unfolding tragedy and crisis is presented to us in visceral video and sound bites. What once seemed far away, appears closer than ever.

I understand that being mindful of the world around us is essential. More importantly, as believers, we are called to carry the burdens of others and intercede for peace on the earth. No one who loves Jesus is given the freedom to disengage and ignore evil.

A line that cannot be crossed… Its not God that has unleashed the fear!

  • “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Tim. 1:7)

Believers don’t have the privilege of embracing fear. Whenever we are anxious or overwhelmed with fear, our identity and sense of calling gets shaken. Christians simply cannot be world-changers if we are paralyzed by the fear of violence! It may seem unnatural, but there should be an overwhelming freedom and joy – not trepidation. We should not be anxious about anything, because we are carriers of love, power and soundness of mind. The trajectory of our lives should be shaped by the Presence of Our God… not politics! Those who love Jesus should not fear man or be hesitant about where they stand… even as they take their final breath.

The Perfect Love of God – Releases Peace!

Even if a horrific event were to transpire, solace should be found in walking in the perfect love of Jesus. The Apostle John had the following to say about all this, “Perfect love casts out all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced His perfect love” (1 Jn. 4:18). Genuine citizens of the Kingdom should be filled with love and power… never anxious about heaven or earth. Whether we live or whether we die, we’re at peace. It’s impossible to stop those who know the perfect love of God! Not even death can keep them from their destiny.

In an evil age… Believers see their Almighty God, with a Significant Plan!

Keep Your Worldview Biblical

We can be taken “captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

If we don’t really believe the Truth of God and live it, then our witness will be confusing and misleading. Most of us go through life without recognizing that our personal worldviews have been deeply affected by the world. Through a wide variety of influences, the secularization of America has created a warped view of history, morality, science and the origins of life. It affects our thinking more than we realize. When we choose to leave our worldview to chance, we will be taken captive by hollow and deceptive philosophies that depend on human reasoning not on Christ.

1. What is a Worldview?

A worldview is the lense from which we view reality and make sense of life and the world. It’s the basis of our thinking… our ideology, philosophy, theology or belief system.

For example, a 2 year-old believes she is the center of her world, a secular humanist believes that the material world is all that exists, and a Buddhist believes he can be liberated from suffering by self-purification.

Whether conscious or subconscious, every person has some type of worldview. A personal worldview is a combination of all we believe to be true, and what we believe becomes the driving force behind emotions, decisions and actions. Therefore, it affects our response to every area of life: from philosophy to science, theology and economics, law, politics, art and social order — everything.

2. What’s a Biblical Worldview?

A biblical worldview is based on the infallible Word of God. When we believe the Bible is entirely true, then it becomes the foundation of everything we say and do.

Someone with a Biblical worldview believes their primary reason for existence is to please God.

3. How does a Biblical Worldview get Diluted?

Here is the big problem. Non biblical ideas don’t just sit in a book somewhere waiting for people to examine them. They bombard us constantly everyday through societal relationships and media, like television, music and movies. We  have become a media crazed society.

For example, most Christians would agree with 1 Thessalonians 4:3 and other Scriptures that command us to avoid sexual immorality, but how often do Christians fall into  sexual sin? Is it simply because they are weak when tempted, or did it begin much earlier, with the seductive lies from TV or movies?

4. Why does a Biblical Worldview Matter?

Because we live in a selfish, fallen world! The ideas and philosophies that govern its behavior appeal to the desires of our flesh. Our minds kinda work like a computer… our programming tends to function based on what information has been received. We often end up believing things that we have not really thought through. Without even knowing it, our lives can be shaped by the things we see and melted or conformed to the patterns of cultural norms, rather than Biblical Truth.

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17)

However, by diligently learning, applying and trusting God’s Truths in every area of our lives — whether it’s going to a movie, communicating with our family or working at the office — we can begin to develop a deep Biblical faith that will stand against the unrelenting tide of our culture’s non biblical ideas. If we capture and embrace God’s perspective on reality and trust it with unwavering faith, then we begin to make the right decisions and find oueselves equipped for every good work. In the end, its these decisions and actions that reveal our witness for Christ. We must fight to keep a Biblical Worldview.

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Rom 12:2)

Talk Matters

Don’t be fooled – talk matters.

These days, people spout off about all kinds of stuff. Whether it’s an opinion on politics or the latest story from Oprah, we can’t keep quiet about all the juicy details. Somebody told me that the average person uses over twenty thousand words a day. Obviously I haven’t used all of mine today. We are a talkative people; yet I wonder whether we consider the implications of our words? While we often argue for our freedom of expression, Scripture actually warns us to be careful with our tongues.

Talk Exposes:

Yeah, we enjoy speaking our mind, but the ancient world understood the purpose of speech quite differently. For them, “speaking” was a unique reflection of one’s position within in the tribe. It was not only a reflection of a person’s character, but of status and honor. They believed that honorable people would speak honorably. Now that would be a neat trick for our politicians, don’t you think.

Solomon’s Thoughts:

  • “Wisdom is found on the lips of the discerning” (Prov 10:13)
  • “Words from a wise man’s mouth are gracious, but a fool is consumed by his lips” (Eccl 10:12).
  • “Wicked men… whose words are perverse, who leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways” (Prov 2:12-14).

Jesus said:

  • “Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks…men will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Mt 12:34-37)

Drawing from the same tradition as Solomon, Jesus reiterates that the tongue directly reflects the heart. Essentially He’s telling us that people are the sum of their words. The manner and content of their speech mirrors the essence of their life.

Perhaps the wisdom of James should be considered at this point…”Therefore my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak.”  (Jms 1:19). I know its something I have to remind myself often. My dad used to tell me, “Son, a fool is never discovered, until he opens his mouth.”

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