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Series: The Divine Pursuit - A Study of Jonah
Week 6: Possibilities & Practicalities - Day 2
“THERE IS NO NEED TO GO TO INDIA OR ANYWHERE ELSE TO FIND PEACE. YOU WILL FIND THAT DEEP PLACE OF SILENCE RIGHT IN YOUR ROOM, YOUR GARDEN OR EVEN YOUR BATHTUB. ” —ELISABETH KUBLER-ROSS
How’d it go yesterday? If you are anything like me, silence introduces you to a number of voices in your head. Every move you make, they are watching you. And providing commentary on your life. And filling you with all kinds of fears, tensions and annoying personality flaws. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just go ahead, sing “Jesus Loves Me”, and skip today. But if you relate, join my craziness: I like to call these voices “The Dinner Party In My Head.” Overbearing mother, the annoying rationalist, the authoritarian, the drama queen—they all show up—and that’s just when the party stays small!
Early on in my silence & solitude days, my party guests were very loud. They liked to weigh in on every thought that came through my mind. In addition, they weren’t very polite and tended to distract me from being able to make any real change. And they were so chatty, I couldn’t hear the most important person—the Holy Spirit.
Today we are going to talk about how we begin to hear the Holy Spirit in our internal world. Believe me—the party gets a lot better with this Spirit in charge!
Let’s look together at how we might invite Jesus to have a voice at our dinner party.
Turn to Psalm 26:2 and record it here:
When King David describes the mind in the Psalms, he uses the Hebrew word for “kidneys.”
Bible translators translate “kidney” to mean the “innermost” parts of us. We also know kidneys have two main functions:
They filter waste, passing all the blood in your body through them forty times a day, to filter out waste and extra water.
They regulate a precise balance of chemicals for your body, retaining the good and getting rid of excess.
How do you think this relates to the way our mind interacts with our world?
A crucial task of our daily thoughts is a filtering practice, where we balance the messages of Jesus against the messages of the world, and determine how we live “in” this world but not“of”this world. Jesus called himself a light shining into the darkness. We use our minds to filter what is light, what is not, and how we choose light for our hearts and project light out into the lives of those around us.
Like our kidneys, we must process the combination of waste and useful things that come through our mind. As we look at what we learn every day, we will find we were lacking a little something here and there. Compass ...
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