~* BLESSED QUIETNESS *~
Manie P. Ferguson, 19th Century

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Ephesians 4:29 & 30

The Holy Spirit performs many important ministries in the life of a Christian. One of these is to give us a calm and tranquil spirit, despite the stormy circumstances of life that my come our way.

One of the great tragedies of the Christian life, however, occurs when, through apathy or neglect of overt attitudes and actions, we allow the Holy Spirit's ministry to become grieved and even quenched, leaving us powerless and restless. Perhaps it might be due to: self-centeredness and lack of concern for the needs of others; negative and critical or sarcastic attitudes toward others; practicing known sin; or lack of times of worship and communion with God. Whatever the cause, this time of spiritual drought must be dealt with even as the psalmist prayed in Psalm 51: "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me...."

The text for "Blessed Quietness" was written about 1900 by Manie Payne Ferguson. The truth of these words is an essential in every believer's life--



Joys are flowing like a river,
Since the Comforter has come;
He abides with us forever,
Makes the trusting heart His home.

Bringing life and health and gladness,
All around this heavenly Guest,
Banished unbelief and sadness,
Changed our weariness to rest.

Like the rain that falls from heaven,
Like the sunlight from the sky,
So the Holy Ghost is given,
Coming on us from on high.

See, a fruitful field is growing,
Blessed fruit of righteousness;
And the streams of life are flowing
In the lonely wilderness.

What a wonderful salvation,
Where we always see His face!
What perfect habitation,
What a quiet resting place!

CHORUS:
Blessèd quietness, holy quietness,
What assurance in my soul!
On the stormy sea, He speaks peace to me,
How the billows cease to roll!



*For Today*: Luke 11:13; Acts 5:32; Romans 8:16; Galatians 5:22

Be especially aware of attitudes, words, or actions that could grieve and quench the Holy Spirit's ministry in your life. Enjoy a life of "blessed quietness" as you walk with God today.

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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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