I find that I am a person of purpose. If I do not understand why I did to do something I don’t value it.
Perhaps you wonder what is the purpose of developing a quiet heart and if it has any impact on your relationships with God and others.
My kids have taken a liking to a movie on Netflix called Cool Kids. Near the beginning of the movie a teenage boy sits down at the dining room table with his earbuds still in. His mother begins to talk to him but realizes he isn’t hearing her. Though he is in the same room with her, and she is trying to communicate with him, their relationship is at a standstill until he removes his earbuds.
Your heart can be like that teenage boy with his earbuds plugging his ears. Perhaps you are sitting in church, reading your Bible some, and trying to carry out a relationship, without turning off the noise of your thoughts. You have listened to the noise for so long that you have become accustomed to it and are unaware that it is so loud until you purposefully unplug. God wants to connect with you in a deeper way if only you will quiet your heart to listen.
As you learn to quiet your heart these are five things you should expect:
- Fellowship: to know God you must be focused on Him. In order to focus on Him you have to turn your thoughts away from the worries and anxieties of life. As Dr. Saundra Dalton says ““The Ability to rest boils down to the condition of your heart. Can you trust God to supply while you rest?” As you quiet your heart to trust Him you will experience much greater levels of intimacy in your personal relationship with Him.
- Relaxation: We are led to believe that entertainment in the form or video games, shopping, and movies relax us. But none of these bring peace. In fact,they frequently bring greater levels of anxiety. The only thing (ONE) that can give peace is the Author of Peace. Click To Tweet
- Strength: This life is challenging. Everything we do takes effort, from caring for our families to doing a good job at work. The past few weeks have been exceptionally challenging for me as my adopted dad was in the hospital, my children got sick with the stomach bug, my cousin passed away and my mom was unable to drive while she recuperated from foot surgery. This past Sunday I knew that I needed some quality time with the Lord away from the demands of the past few weeks. During my time with Him I received strength because He is our only source of strength. The truth is, we can’t do this life on our own without feeling stressed and anxious. But if we do it while abiding in Him and drawing strength from Him as our source the promise of Philippians 4:13 comes to life – I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.
- Overflow: As a Christian the desire of your heart hopefully is to serve God and be a blessing to others. However, you can’t do it on your own. When Jesus ministered to the Samaritan woman at the well he offered her living water. He is the living water and you need to be drinking so deeply of that Living Water that it overflows to everyone around you.
- Spiritual Maturity: 1 Peter 1:13 encourages you to ‘think clearly and exercise self-control’ in the NLT and in the NIV “Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober,set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.” As you quiet you are you are disciplining your mind to refocus and set your hope on Jesus. Over time this will produce spiritual maturity in your life.
Developing a Quiet Heart is NOT
- A religious activity
- Something you do to please God
- Cultivated by your own willpower to bring peace to your heart.
The goal of quieting your heart is so you can enter a deeper relationship with God. You run from busyness, and create a life of margin because you are pursuing Him.
Life Coach Moment:
Why do you want to develop a quiet heart?
Which of these purposes (fellowship, relaxation, strength, overflow) resonate the most with you and why?
Renew Your Mind in Truth
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
You can’t have the relationship with God you desire without being diligent with your heart. What you do with your time, the thoughts that fill your mind, the focus of your attention all have an impact on your heart. It is out of your heart that you grow spiritually.
I will intentionally guard my heart.
Father thank You that You have made a way for us to fellowship with You because of the death, burial and resurrection of Your perfect Son. I want to grow in relationship with You but often my busyness and anxious thoughts get in the way. Help me to enter in to times of quiet where I can commune with You. I desire You more than anything else. Amen.
Check out our other posts on developing a Quiet Heart
- Cultivating Margin for silence
- 5 Reasons you let busyness run your life
- The Battle in Your Mind as you develop a quiet heart
This month we are offering a giveaway of Dr. Saundra Dalton’s new book Sacred Rest and a quiet time journal to encourage you on your journey of developing a quiet heart.
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