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Be still and know God
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A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Be silent, O all flesh, before the Lord: for He is raised up out of His holy habitation.” – Zechariah 2:13

God speaks to all of His children. In truth, God speaks to all of His creation. Those who are His children should hear when our Father speaks. So why is it that so many sons and daughters do not hear their Holy King? It certainly is not because God is silent. God speaks to us continually. It is either because we do not recognize the voice of our Father, or we do not hear Him because of too much static. This static is our soul (will, mind, emotions) and our flesh.

The Word of God gives us the solution to silencing the static: “Be silent, O all flesh.” Command your flesh to be silent, and not just “some” of your flesh; but “all” of it! The Hebrew word for “flesh” as used here is basar (pr. baw-sawr), which is “flesh, body, nakedness, self, skin” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). It is not enough to just silence one part of yourself; you must silence all of you—your will, mind, emotions, and flesh.

You must silence your entire being. Bring your soul and flesh into subjection to your spirit, which is infused with God’s Holy Spirit. Every believer is infused with God’s Holy Spirit after receiving Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, repenting of their sins, and accepting the Blood of Jesus as atonement for their sins. The Greater One lives in every born-again believer! I John 4:4 testifies from the inward parts that “Greater is He Who is in you than he who is in the world!”

“Silent” (hacah, pr. haw-saw) means “to hush, hold peace (tongue), still.” According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, to “hush” is to “put at rest.” Command your flesh to be at rest, my brother. Put your flesh to bed, my sister. Tell you flesh to take nap, family! Say “flesh, take a nap right now! I am spending time with the One who is greater than you!”

When we hold our tongue, we are holding our peace. Think of how much more peace there would be in our families, our workplace, our communities, our region, our state, and our country if more people learned to keep their natural mouth shut! And yes, even in the churches. Sometimes, church folks can be just as bad as the heathens! Or dare I say even worse? See, I included the smiley :-).

The tongue is like a cork that holds our peace. When we let loose with our tongue, we are uncorking our peace and letting it run out, and then we wonder why all hell breaks loose in our interactions with others, and even within ourselves. We need to learn to shut our natural mouths and only open them when we expect God to fill them with His spiritual words. We need to engage in less natural talk and more spiritual edification!

The word “before” is paneh (pr. paw-neh), which means “beseech, inquire, favor.” Webster defines “beseech” as to “request earnestly”; and further defines inquire as “to ask about, to search into.” We ask from our spirit man, and not from our flesh. We receive from our spirit man, and not from our flesh. In order for us to ask and to hear from our spirit, our soul and our flesh must be silent; otherwise, it is two competing voices, which produces nothing but noise and static from the flesh. And this is not edifying or profitable.

Do you want to hear your Father clearly, my brother? Then silence that ego. Having a hard time knowing what your Heavenly Father wants you to do, my sister? Then shut down that emotional rollercoaster. Are you ready to let God be God for you, in you, and in your life by calling Him out of His Holy Habitation, so you can experience your Holy Father like never before, family? Then don’t say another word.

Father, thank You for speaking to us every second of every day; and thank You that we hear You clearly, accurately, and loudly, and the voice of a stranger we will not follow (John 10:5). Help us to forsake ourselves, Most Selfless Father, and to silence every part of us, so that we can be completely available and ready to hear You and to receive what You have been longing to say to us. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we are now silent before You. Amen and Amen.

Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to be silent each day so you can hear your Father’s voice. Make a habit of being still, and silencing yourself morning, noon, and night; so that you can flow effortlessly in God’s Holy Spirit. And continue to fight the good fight of exercising your right to remain silent; for God, your Great Communicator, has already given you the victory!

If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!

God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.

Jesus is coming soon!

May God Bless you and keep you always.

With warmest regards,

And, in service of The Most High King,


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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.

All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.

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