Be still and be cool under pressure through Covid-19

Sermon notes

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. Come, behold the works of the Lord,what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Psalm 46

Be still - Look at the meaning of this term

In our today's  vernacular, we understand this term as  not moving or making a sound. To  be motionless.

The Hebrew word for still is raphah - Fall down and surrender, to drop and relax, to be quiet

 

And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

Mark 4:39

 

Be still - Phimoō -

  • Shut up and be muzzled
  • O close the mouth with a muzzle, to muzzle
  • To stop the mouth, make speechless, reduce to silence
  • To become speechless
  • To be kept in check

We would say 'Put a sock in it', 'Zip it'

Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

Psalm 8:2

And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?

Matthew 21:16

As  believers we need to learn to be still in uncertain times. How do we do that? What did Jesus say?

In your patience possess ye your souls

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Luke 21:19

Hupomone - Hupo -stand Mone - Under : Stand under -constancy . 

  • steadfastness, constancy, endurance
  • In the NT the characteristic of a man who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and sufferings
  • patiently, and steadfastly
  • a patient, steadfast waiting for
  • a patient enduring, sustaining, perseverance

Two words for Patience in the NT - Hupomone and Makrothumia

  •  makrothymía (from 3117 /makrós, "long",  "even"  and 2372 /thymós, "temper, passion, anger") – properly, long-passion, i.e. waiting sufficient time before expressing anger. This avoids the premature use of force (retribution) that rises out of improper anger (a personal reaction).
  • makrothymía ("divinely-regulated patience") is used of God Himself (see 1 Pet 3:20; 2 Pet 3:15). Indeed, only the Lord produces 3115 /makrothymía ("true patience, longsuffering") in us and hence is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22).
  • (makrothymía) embraces steadfastness and staying-power. If in English we had an adjective 'long-tempered' as a counterpart to 'short-tempered,' then makrothymia could be called the quality of being 'long-tempered'. . . . which is a quality of God (LXX, Ex 34:6)" (F. F. Bruce, Commentary on Galatians, 253).

Patience is the quality that does not surrender to circumstances and does not yield or becomes despondent under trial but is full of hope.

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown...

Revelation 3:7-11

Possess Your soul - Control your mind, will and emotions

How?

  1. Make the Word of Patience  first and final authority in your life

  2. Be quiet  (1 Thessalonians 4:11)

  3. Understanding (Proverbs 17:27)

  4. Praise silence the enemy

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