Being Still Inside
Be still, and know that I am GodPsalm 46:10
What does it mean to be still? To be physically still, emotionally still, or still in our thoughts? Well I think all three apply to being still, and if all three are achieved then we are definitely being still. However does God want us to have a level of stillness independent of the world around us? Is this possible?
If are still, independent of the world around us, then we must have the ability to control our emotions and thoughts through the power of the Spirit, and we must be closer to God through the Spirit than we are to the world. Again is this possible? We are creatures of limitations and we can never achieve perfect stillness in all situations, but how much stillness can we gain through the power of God’s help?
Satan’s goal is to keep us from being still in our thoughts and emotions, because it draws us to God. Satan wants to give us fear, worry, impatience, anger, or anything that will keep us from controlling our thoughts and emotions. Satan wants to reduce us to living total self-centered from our emotions, basically in a primitive state of existence. God want us to be in controlled by mastering our thoughts and emotions through his power, which means we have overcome the world. We are controlled by the Spirit, not by the world. We can’t perfectly maintain control, but it’s a blessing worth fighting for through prayer and determination.
Everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. ( 1 John 5:4). The Lord wants us to be in control, to be still in every situation seeking stillness through prayer, and with his divine power he will make it happen. Again we can’t be perfect, but we can strive for perfection. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
The closer we remain to the Lord as his servant, the more we can remain still inside. Communing with the Lord in praise and thankfulness, gives us comfort and calmness which leads to being still. We train ourselves to commune with the Lord in our idle time, and also when we are busy doing a task. It’s amazing how much we can commune with the Lord no matter what we are doing, because we are created to be with the Lord.
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. (Colossians 3: 2) The more we commune with the Lord the more spiritually minded and eternally minded we become. Our thinking is now guided through the Spirit with a Godly perspective. Seeing the world and ourselves from God’s viewpoint, puts stillness in our heart and it remains in our heart by his love and wisdom.
Today practice communing with the Lord, praising and thanking him, and discussing what is currently happening in your life, because he interested in every detail of your life and takes great pleasure in communing with you. If you continue to commune with the Lord, and meditate on his word, you will start to hear the Lord through your thoughts. The ability to recognize his thoughts comes from sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, which results from being still and meditating on God’s Word.
Prayer: Lord, help me to be still inside and commune with you. I pray that I can overcome the world by controlling my thoughts and emotions and walk confidently and secure in Christ. Help me to be closer to you than to the world around me, and reach out to you in all situations. Thank you Lord for being there for me, and teach me to be there for you. In Jesus name, Amen