A Christian’s Composure Tells Of Time Spent With God

“He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause [H]is [V]oice to be heard in the street.                                                                                                                                                         (Isaiah 42:2)

“He was oppressed,  and [H]e was afflicted, yet [H]e opened not [H]is [M]outh: [H]e is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so [H]e opened nit [H]is [M]outh.                                                                            (Isaiah 53:7)

“And [H]e answered him [Pilate] to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.”                                                                                                             (Matthew 27:14)

 

In the book of Acts chapter 4 we are told of the great dissension between the high priest and Peter and John. In this chapter we read the words of Peter as he boldly preaches against those that crucified his Lord. In his proclamation he tells of the great power that resides in the Name of “Jesus Christ of Nazareth [W]hom [they] crucified, [W]hom God raised from the dead…”  Peter continues by proclaiming that salvation is found in Christ and in Christ Alone.

The inspired narrative then tells us that “when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.”

We can often take knowledge of others who have spent time with Lord Jesus. How is this knowledge taken one might ask. The answer is simple. If one spends time in the Presence of God one is changed and this change is apparent.

One could reference Moses and the glow that was upon him after being with the Lord. One could study the change in the kings Manasseh and Nebuchadnezzar. The conversion of Saul of Tarsus is certainly a trophy of God’s grace. One could even look at the Magi that visited the new born King. Scripture tells us that after being with King Jesus they “departed another way.”   Let us not forget Jacob. If our understanding of Scripture is correct Jacob wrestled with the pre incarnate Word and was changed forever when the Lord touch the hollow of his thigh or hipbone. No one that encounters Christ remains the same.

Onto the topic of composure. Methinks that one of the saddest sights in all the world is a Christ-ian in worry mode or showing a fear of man.

One of the fruits of the Spirit is peace. Paul calls this a peace that passes all understanding. Our Lord teaches us that in patience we shall possess our souls. Solomon wrote that a person who could control their emotions is greater than a man with a great army. God told David to “Be still and know that I am God.” Peter calls us to “gird up the loins of your mind.”

From the above paragraph we have peace, patience, control, being still, and the mind. These are the necessary elements for composure in times of fret, fear, discomfort, pain, anger, worry, etc.

Peace is a Spiritual fruit as well as a gift that the Lord left us, “Peace I leave with you, [M]y peace I give unto you…”

Patience is endurance or perseverance or longsuffering which is also fruit of the Spirit.

Control or temperance, you guessed it…fruit of the Spirit.

Being still and knowing that God is God and that God knows…God knows what is happening and this is the truth that brings peace that passes all understanding.

The mind is where all this takes place. Many preachers call the world our battlefield however, we have learned the battle begins and ends in the mind.

All that has been written above cannot be manufactured. The composure the peace that we speak of is realized only by spending time with Him.

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