Spiritual Noise and Quietness
But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price (1 Peter 3:4, KJV)
In our normal day-to-day activities, quietness means the absence of sounds, whether human voices or inanimate sounds. When we talk of a “quiet time,” we often refer to a moment of natural silence, when we have our mouths closed and shut off every noise from the environment. However, quietness in the spirit is related but an utterly distinct entity. A quiet spirit mentioned by the Apostle Peter above is not the absence of natural but spiritual noise. Peter tells us that a quiet spirit is of great price in the sight of God, meaning the Father is pleased with a quiet spirit. What then is a quiet spirit?
Spiritual noise is similar to natural noise in that it causes distractions. You cannot receive information with clarity or hear with accuracy when there is a lot of noise in the environment. Spiritual noise in the heart also hinders you from receiving from the Father. Spiritual noise is not audible sounds but fears, anxieties, cares, etc in our hearts. A restless spirit is full of concerns, and paces back and forth, with so much noise that even when God is speaking, His voice will be among a million other voices at the same time. Fear is a voice in your heart, just as anxiety or cares.
A quiet spirit is one that is free of spiritual noise. The fact that we may not be speaking with our mouth does not mean we are spiritually quiet. We may be quiet in a situation we find yourself in but extremely noisy in our heart. It takes spiritual “guts” to be silent in our heart in the midst of chaos or troubles in the outside. This is where the supernatural enablement of the Spirit comes in.
The Lord loves a quiet spirit. Furthermore, a quiet spirit is the springboard for unleashing the supernatural flow of miracles in your life. You do not only do what the Lord is pleased with when you are spiritually quiet, but you also set up yourself for the miraculous!
Why is a quiet spirit essential? Declare that “I have a humble and quiet spirit”.
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Can you give the Lord the gift of a quiet spirit? He dwells in your spirit, and He likes it when there is not a lot of commotion or noise in His house! Don’t make yourself believe thoughts such as “I am an anxious or fearful person or “that is how I have always been.” The purpose of the Word is to transform you. Once you believe these sorts of lies, you stop growing spiritually and the Spirit cannot help you. You might have been born with a restless, fearful or anxious spirit, always pacing back and forth inside of you without any rest even though you may appear outwardly to be calm. If you will allow the Word into your heart, the Holy Spirit will change your story. Begin the journey to a quiet spirit with the Lord.
Ask the Lord to help you cultivate a quiet spirit.
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