Be Still

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

What would you do with an unlimited amount of time to think, pray, and write? While imprisoned in Rome, Paul wrote letters to the Philippians, Colossians, Ephesians, and to Philemon. Paul had an abundance of time and silence; he wrote to encourage and to further explain the meaning of the faith they had accepted.  In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul especially focused on the role of the Holy Spirit; every chapter gives insight into the work of the Spirit…

We are sealed. “In him [Christ] you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit…” (Ephesians 1:13).

We have access to God. “For through him [Christ] we both have access in one Spirit to the Father” (Ephesians 2:18).

We are strengthened. “I bow my knees before the Father…that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being…” (Ephesians 3:14, 16).

We are unified. “I urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called…eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit…one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all…” (Ephesians 4:1-6).

We are led to praise. “[B]e filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs…” (Ephesians 5:18,19).

We hear the word of God. “[T]ake the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit…” (Ephesians 6:17,18).

Just as Paul did, we need to make use of silent, focused time to ponder scripture, listen for the words of God through the Holy Spirit, and share the guidance we receive with others in order to strengthen the unified body of Christ.