A calm spirit

beautiful-16736_640Proverbs 17:27: Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

The man who is hasty in spirit is impulsive. He speaks first and thinks latter, acts first then regrets later; after he is punished. Jacob described his first son in such terms.

He says he is as unstable as water. The man (Reuben) was not all bad but he is susceptible to negative outside influences. He slept with his father’s wife and instead of the blessing of the first born coming upon him, it was given to Joseph, his much younger brother, who exhibited the opposite of his attitude (Genesis 49:1-4).

In a foreign land Joseph resisted sexual temptation (the same that Reuben fell into) to the point of being imprisoned (Genesis 39). He resisted the draw of his master’s wife appeal to sleep with her. He refused to be ruled by his basal nature, but by his higher calling.

Another man in the bible, infamous for his impulsiveness, was Esau, and like Reuben, he also lost his birth right (Genesis 25:29-32). Esau was famished coming from the bush, and desired the meal being prepared by Jacob his brother, why was sly and asked him to exchange his right as firstborn for a morsel. Esau’s over preoccupation with his immediate need blinded and caused him to his future possibilities. His physical need caused him sell his future to buy today. He was focused on time and he left eternity.

The words of our mouth show who we are on the inside because from the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks (Matthew 12:34). If you are full of life, your mouth speaks life, if you are full of faith or fear that is what will be seen with your words. Paul said: I believe therefore I speak (2Corinthians 4:13).

A man in the Old Testament said that even if God will open the windows of heaven, it was not possible for God to make turn scarcity to surplus in a few hours. He reflected his unbelief. He died because of that. His unbelief cost him his life (2Kings 7:2).

As mentioned earlier, when you are fearful it reflects in what you say. An army surrounded Elisha and his servant was full of fear, and raised an alarm.

But Elisha who saw something different, the heavenly host complete with chariots of fire, with him was unperturbed. He was calm because he saw the unseen, he saw beyond the plan of the enemy to the victory God has predetermined (2Kings 6:11-21).

What we see determines what we do, what we say, how we perceive ourselves and others. If you allow yourself to be dominated by the wrong vision then you will say and act the wrong way.

We need our thought to be aligned with God’s. We need to be sure we are saying what God is saying. That was why David prayed: let the words of my mouth, be acceptable to you (Psalm 19:14).

James warned against using the words of our mouth for the wrong thing, he said that it is not right that the mouth which is used to bless God is also used to curse men. He said if we do nor err in words then we are perfect, mature (James 3:2).

No corrupt communication should come from our mouths but that which will be for edification ministering grace to the hearers, says Paul (Ephesians 4:29).

Trusting in God makes us to remain calm in the face of challenges. Because your focus is on God, you are not troubled by what troubles others. God told Isaiah: do not call a conspiracy what they call a conspiracy, do not fear their fear, and do not come to their wrong conclusion (Isaiah 8:12).

In the book of Job we were told when men are saying it is a casting down, we should say: as for me and my household it is a lifting up (Job 22:29).

When the children of Israel were before the Red Sea, with fearsome Pharaoh and his determined army galloping after them to devour them, Moses told that God will fight for them and they will only have to hold their peace and would see the salvation of the Lord. They were to be stay clam trusting in God (Exodus 14).

Fast forward to the time they were meant to take over the land of Canaan, and spies were sent to the land, because of the evil majority report the people were swayed into a state of panic, and they lost their calm, lost their faith in God and later died in the wilderness (Numbers 13-14).

Without faith, it is impossible to please God and faith is calm (Hebrews 11:6), it is confidence that what God says he will do. That faith comes by hearing the word of God means the word is the raw material for faith.

Jesus told Martha: if you believe, you will see the glory of God. So in the face of dire situation like the death of her brother, who was then four days in the grave, Jesus was urging faith in God (John 11).

Though Jesus packed the power of God as the resurrection and life, he still needed Martha to tap into that dimension of Him by standing in faith.

When Jesus was in his home town, though he was the healer, he was limited in what he could do because of their unbelief. They did not receive from him the peace, the wholeness that he brings (Mark 6:1-6).

The presence of God brings peace. The kingdom of God is marked by righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17), it is the presence of God within us. Jesus, describing the kingdom said it is does not come by observation (physical parameters) but the kingdom is within us (Luke 17:21).

Jesus was calmly sleeping in the boat when a raging storm arose in the sea (Mark 4:39). The disciples were panic-stricken, and blamed Jesus for not caring if they perished. But rather than join them in their panicked confusion, because he knew what to do. He stood up and commended the wind to calm down. He was calm on the inside and so was able to declare calmness on the outside.

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