4:51 PM

Peace, be still...

Have you ever noticed how noisy the world can be? When's the last time you sat down and were completely still? I mean totally still with no music, no television, no computer, and no interruptions. When's the last time you sat down and just listened? If you are like me and actually try this, the first thing you will probably notice is that silence is hard to come by. Even when you're quiet there's usually still some noise in the atmosphere. Maybe the air conditioner is humming or the birds outside are singing. But if you continue just to sit there and focus, not on the noises coming from the outside, but start to tune your ear to what's going on inside of you, I'll bet you'll also realize that it's not quiet on the inside either. There may be a million thoughts going through your head. But it's not there that I believe we need to stop either. I sense we need to press into complete silence and really listen to our heart. I sense that we need to press past all the noise of the flesh and listen to the only real sound that matters. The sound of the still, small voice of the Holy Spirit, our Comforter. I mean, why did God go to all of the trouble of sending His precious Son Jesus to die a brutal death so that the Comforter could come, if we didn't need to be comforted? We do. We need to hear the wonderful, reassuring voice of the Holy Spirit. We need to hear him tell us that we are loved. We need to hear him tell us that we are forgiven. We need to hear him tell us that He is faithful. We need to hear him tell us that He's working everything out for our good. We need to hear Him tell us that He has the situations that are concerning us under control. We need to hear Him tell us that whatever we fear is a lie. We need to hear Him tell us that all things are possible if we will just only believe. We need to be comforted. We need to be reassured. We need to be edified. We need to be encouraged. This is the job of the Holy Spirit and He wants to talk to you right now. Are you listening?

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