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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio

How To Stay Calm and Cool In Life

God told Isaiah to go meet Ahaz and give him this message: vs. 4
‘Take Heed, and Be Quiet”
Isaiah 7:1-9
Charles e Whisnant, Pastor/Teacher/Counselor
January 02, 2013  # 27
Be on guard and rest: Good thought, right?  Matthew 11:28-30.  This is the right attitude to take in life:
            On one hand: vigilance, determination, earnestness.
            On the other hand: silence, resignation and hope.
            Here we find balance between the passive and active aspects of life.  Herein we find rest in our heart. 
            (my message from Matthew 11:25-30: Jesus’ invitation to us to “rest.”)
1A       All True Life is a Listening:  “Be attentive, alert and take heed.”
            1B        Light doesn’t come into careless, inattentive souls.
            2B        A prayer attitude must be to think on these things.
            3B        Revelation comes to those listening. God’s voice is lost because men come with souls full of noises.
(God’s voice is heard through the Holy Spirit in our spirit, and comes as we pray and read the Scripture and listen to the preaching of the Word of God)
            4B        Our personal life, history: is a revelation of the mind of God, but we often miss the instructions.
5B        Give full place to observation and reflection: “Be Quiet” and you will find plenty of light and you will have no room in your heart for anxiety, unbelief, and despair.
2A       All True Life is a Watching:  Be caution, vigilant, circumspect.
1B        There is no room in life for presumption. When earnest prayer has been cultivated into a habit of prayerful watchfulness.  Let us be quiet.
2B        Most feel the need of
1.      Walking softly
2.      Being on the alert
3.      Soul is full of sober caution
But they never know: how to combine with this, that strong confidence in God which brings the sensitive heart’s assurance and peace.
            3B        All True Life is a Striving:
1C       Life must be full of:

1.      Effort,
2.      Aspiration,
3.      Strenuousness,
4.      Perseverance.

                        2C       Life calls for us:

1.      To Consider.
2.      To Discriminate.
3.      To Decide.
4.      To Act.

3C       Yet We are to be “Quiet”

1.      Calm amid tumult.
2.      Tranquil in severest effort.
3.      Full of peace
4.      Full of confidence, when life is most difficult and denying.

4C       In our Earthly life:
1.      It is not a life to be lazy.
2.      It calls for us to be:

A.     Earnest
B.     Discreet
C.     Economical
D.     Prudent
E.      Pains-taking

Then we are to be “Quiet: which means: ‘No painful, misgiving thoughts of word.

5C       In our Christian life:
1.      Never to dream ourselves into, but seek:
A.     Spiritual knowledge
B.     Strength
C.     Beauty
D.     Completeness
2.      When we have given ourselves to God’s service and glory. With a single, purposeful heart. Let us for the rest be quiet.
3.      Investigate, with caution, patient and hopeful.
4.      Life has many puzzling avengers. Life presents things that are of confusions and contradictions.
5.      Reading the Word of God: Its content speaks clearly, to the glory of God. We are not to glide over such pages and loosely think over them.
6.      Our life at times may be going very smoothly – health good, business good.
7.      Other times life circumstances change: our health fails, creditors’ call, popularity falls
A.     Then we are staggered and ask skeptical questions.

1.Proceed with caution. Look before you leap. Think before you act.
2.Do nothing before you have thought it over and prayed about it
1.Worldliness is gradually creeping in.
2.Doctrine of all sorts is at a discount.

1.Self-control in the time of stress and storm. The world says: “How can they do that?  What is the secret of that wonderful composure? GOD.
2.Too often we believe the worst is going to happen. We are afraid of the outcome so much that we don’t do anything.
3.Fears, yes. Don’t cherish them.
4.Have patience: see the end of this trouble.
5.Fear not Tomorrow, God is already there.
1.Life is danger. We are walking in jeopardy every hour.

1.Be like the birds, they sit and look around.

1.Allow the Holy Spirit to draw His various graces upon you.

1.The child of God should live above the world, moving through it as a star, quietly moving – clear, serene and still.