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The Discipline of Yielded Silence

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 8:35 AM

Last Friday evening during our 24 Hour Prayer Vigil that runs from noon Good Friday to noon Saturday, the Lord spoke to me. It was during my hour of prayer from 9 pm until 10 pm. Over the last couple of weeks I have been wrestling with the Lord over some theological issues, trying to understand some perspectives from scripture and trying to get a handle on some personal spiritual issues. As I sat at the Communion table engaged in worship and then moving into a time of deep silence I heard the Lord speak to me. It was from deep within. He simply said, "Be patient, you'll get there." I was encouraged and have since then been able to relax and be patient. This morning I recieved from scripture an insight on how He wants me to be patient. The lectionary reading for this morning was John 15:1-11. This is a very familiar passage. This is the "I am the vine, you are the branches" passage. In these eleven verses the "remain" is used ten times. To "remain" in something implies a continuity; to stay close, to remain connected. And that is what Jesus is implying. If we remain in Him (stay close, connected etc.) we will experience His fruit (v.4), His power (v.5), His words (v.7) and His love (v.9-10). And so our challenge is to remain constantly in Christ. The Greek work that is used here comes from the Greek word MENO. And it means to abide. From this word we have the word ABODE - which gives us further understanding that to remain in Christ is to "live in Christ" and Christ lives in us". Furthermore, the word MENO also means to wait. And this is where I got my clue this morning. As I stick close to Jesus, as I stay connected to Him and allow myself to wait upon Him, I begin to get His answers, His Words, His thoughts. His power. I have always engaged in the discipline of listening prayer, but the only way I can describe this is the discline of yielded silence. It has been amazing. Today if you are wrestling and waiting for answers, remain in Jesus, wait upon Him in silence, yield yourself to Him and the answers, guildance and power will come. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you learn this.  Peace.

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5 Comments

Reply kdabbaschild
10:52 AM on April 27, 2013 
Thanks for this post. The Lord used it to speak to me. Blessings! Kayse
Reply Denny Finnegan
4:25 PM on April 3, 2013 
As a result of a discussion with some friends about "patience", here are some "ponderings of mine": Personally, I believe that "patience" is more the result of being willing to persevere in obedience to what God wants for us over what we want for ourselves which teaches us "self-control". "Impatience" is more about wanting what we want when we want it irregardless of the impact it has upon our self or others because we don't care about the impact it has on others or our self... we are only focused on the immediate gratification it gives us. "Delayed gratification" is one of the marks of "spiritual maturity"; so is "selflessness" and putting others before ourselves (cf. Philippians 2:1-5).
Reply kdabbaschild
10:31 AM on April 3, 2013 
Hmm...Muriel, I just read your post. I like so very much your insight that yielded silence speaks of surrender rather than the self-discipline that the Spirit only can grow. Thank you.
Reply kdabbaschild
10:28 AM on April 3, 2013 
This post was very meaningful to me. YIELDED SILENCE! Please pray that, by the grace of God alone, I am able to adapt that pose. I have had several nights of TERRIBLE DREAMS. Please pray. I have asked the Lord to take over my sleep. But I am convicted here that, first, I need to let Him take over my waking time.
Reply Muriel
8:47 AM on April 3, 2013 
This has been on my heart too. My challenge has been to bring every thought captive. I have been practicing silent focus, looking in the spirit for the Lord while all manner of distractions demand my attention. I like the term yielded silence. I speaks of surrender as opposed to striving for self-discipline. Self discipline is also a fruit of the Spirit. When that grows, it is so much easier and it brings peace with it.