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Quiet Seas

Psalm 107:23-30
   They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters;
   These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.
   For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.
   They mount up to the heaven, they go down again to the depths: their soul is melted because of trouble.
   They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end.
   Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses.
   He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still
   Then they be glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.

   God provides calm in the storms of life.  "The greatest cargos of life come in over quiet seas."  If we are to sail smoothly into our desired harbor and receive the abundance that the Word of God has promised then we must learn to go to God to quiet the troubled seas around us.

Proverbs 1:33
   But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

Isaiah 26:3
   Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Psalm 23:2
   He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside still waters.

   Sheep will not drink from troubled or turbulent water.  The shepherd leads the sheep to still waters to drink.  When we go to God and stay our mind on Him and His Word, He will lead us to still waters and keep us in perfect peace.

Isaiah 48:18
   O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:

    When we pay attention to the Word of God, He gives us peace like a river.  The water of the river provides a great lesson.  It moves peacefully down stream.  When a obstacle gets in its way, like a rock or tree, it just swirls around it.  If the obstacle is large, like a dam, the water just builds up until it pours over the top.  God provides us with peace like a river.

I Kings 19:11-12
   And he [God] said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord.  And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:
   And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.

   God is a God of peace and quietness: a still small voice in the midst of the strong winds, earthquakes, and fires that rage around us.  We know God by being still and hearkening unto His Word.

Psalm 46:10
   Be still, and know that I am God: . . .

   Jesus Christ always did God's Word.  He hearkened unto the Lord and acted with the calm assurance of God's peace in his life.  Before he was taken and crucified, he left his disciples [and those of us who were to follow many years later] with the peace of God that he had from walking according to God's Word:

John 14:27
   Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

   The church epistles written to the believers of our day and time each begin with grace and peace given to us from God our Father.  [Romans 1:7, I Corinthians 1:3, 2 Corinthians 1:2, Galatians 1:3, Ephesians 1:2, Philippians 1:2, Colossians 1:2, I Thessalonians 1:1, and 2 Thessalonians 1:2]

   Because we have believed the Word of God in Romans 10:9-10 and have been born again of His spirit, we have peace from God.  We have the ability to operated nine manifestations of that spirit and walk with God as we believe His Word.  As we cultivate the spirit from God in our lives we manifest fruit of the spirit which includes peace.  The fruit of peace in our lives benefits those to whom we minister by guarding and protecting in times of trouble.

Galatians 5:22
   But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace . . .

    When we stay our mind on God and hearken unto His Word we receive peace from God.  We also have peace because Jesus Christ gave it to us.  We manifest peace for the benefit of others as we operate the manifestations of holy spirit.  We have quiet seas in times of trouble because we love God's Word.

Psalm 119:165
   Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

July, 1999
Michael Cortright