A Great Calm

God despises noise. Anxieties are emotional noise.  There is an episode between Jesus and His disciples that reflects this. Mark 4:35-40 narrates, “When evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’ And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing? And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm40 He said to them, ‘Why are you so afraid (emotional noise)? Have you still no faith?’”  When Jesus took control of the bedlam, there was “a great calm”.  The Spirit of Christ yearns for “a great calm” and can enable it within your mind.  Romans 8:6 tells us to “to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.” 

Let the peace of Christ rule in your heart” Colossians 3:15. The peace of Jesus is an indication that God controls your heart, the very core of your being.  Your heart generates self-talk, self-talk produces your emotions, and emotions dictate your behavior.  Psalm 46:10 states “Be still and know that I am God”…a great calm.

Psalm 23:1&2 declares this, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.” John 14:27 is clear, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid”, no noise (John 14:27). 

Let me give you several suggestions:

  1. Recognize Who God is.  Proverbs 3:5&6 explains this, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him (recognizing Who He is), and he will make straight your paths.” Identify almighty God as we walk with Him daily…. 
  2. Get off and stay off the throne room of your life. Galatians 2:20 instructs us, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” 
  3. Start every day in Philippians 4:4&5 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand.”

Begin each day rejoicing in the Lord focused on Him not cares of the world.

Allow God to breathe in all areas of your life developing a gentle spirit.

Know “the Lord is at hand.” Realize He’s near every moment of each day!

4. Memorize and meditate on scripture.  Psalms 119:11,103&105) states, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you…How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

A great calm!

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