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CFOR 101 (Fa '17) T13 - Take a Break from the Chaos

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Hartmut Scherer

on 11 October 2017

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Transcript of CFOR 101 (Fa '17) T13 - Take a Break from the Chaos

Part 2: Have His Ear (Prayer)
Take a Break from the Chaos (ch. 12)
Unlike journaling, Jesus himself did practice the habits of silence and solitude.
What spiritual benefit did Jesus gain from purposefully getting away?
- withstanding temptation
Matt. 4:1
Mark 1:35
Luke 4:42
Why did Jesus seek solitude?
- he wanted to be in the presence of his Father
"Let him who cannot be alone beware of community . . . Let him who is not in community beware of being alone." (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
- empowers us to serve and show compassion to others
What is the purpose of practicing silence?
"The point of practicing silence as a spiritual discipline is not so we can hear God's audible voice, but so we can be less distracted, and better hear him speak, with even greater clarity, in his word." (David Mathis)
Beware of the Dangers
- silence gives depth to solitude and
solitude creates a place for silence
- diversion and business
Practicing Silence
- Isa 30:15
learn to listen to him and enjoy his presence
- James 1:19
- practice silence by deliberately speaking less than
we otherwise would
How can we practice silence in relationships to people?
"The discipline of silence before God and people relates to the practice of self-control; the more we develop inner control and composure, the less we will feel compelled to gain outward control over people and circumstances." (Ken Boa,
Conformed to his Image
, 89)
- preparation for public ministry
Matt. 14:23
- indispensable practice of the Lord
- fighting the successes of the crowd
Luke 6:12-13
- prepared to select his disciples
11 Benefits of Practicing Solitude
1. Makes our busy days more fruitful
3. Equips us to face the tough days
6. Protects health
7. Makes a difference in relationships
8. Gives peace and joy
Can solitude be frightening?
-> confronted with sinful attitudes
2. Repairs damage
5. Strips us of pride
4. Creates surprising moments
9. Gives greater strength from the Lord
10. Produces greater trust in God
11. Deepens our relationship with the Lord
- solitude can nurture depth, perspective, purpose, and resolve
- less captivated by the demands of others
- more captivated by the purposes of God
Adopted from Charles Stanley, "God's Stress Remover," accessed Oct 11, 2017,
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