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SACRED SILENCE

Part 3 of series: SACRED

May 1 & 2, 2010 Pastor Kerry Shook

“The LORD is in His holy temple; let all the earth be silent before
Him." Hab. 2:20 (NIV)

"God is in His holy Temple! Quiet everyone—a holy silence.


Listen!" (Msg)

The Benefits of Silence:


• Draws me closer to God
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you….”
James 4:8 (NKJV)

“And in the morning, a long time before daylight, (Jesus)


got up and went out to a quiet place, and there He gave
himself up to prayer.” Mark 1:35 (BBE)

• Relieves my stress
“The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."
Ex. 14:14 (NIV)

• Nourishes my soul
“This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel,
says: "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness
and trust is your strength….” Isa. 30:15 (NIV)

• Clarifies my direction
“Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for
Him to act….” Ps. 37:7 (NLT)
• Fills me with compassion
“…Jesus withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place.
Hearing of this, the crowds followed Him on foot from the
towns. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, He had
compassion on them…” Matt. 14:13-14 (NIV)

1. STOP TALKING AND


LISTEN TO GOD’S VOICE

Then He said, ‘Go out, and stand on the mountain before the
Lord.’ And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong
wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces
before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the
wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake;
and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire;
and after the fire a still small voice." 1 Kings 19:11-12 (NKJV)

“While you were doing all these things, declares the LORD, I
spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen….”
Jer. 7:13 (NIV)

2. STOP STRUGGLING AND QUIET MY SOUL


"Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted
among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Ps. 46:10
(NASB)

“… I've cultivated a quiet heart. Like a baby content in its


mother's arms, my soul is a baby content.” Ps. 131:2 (Msg)

“Be still and know that I am God.” Ps. 46:10 (NIV)