STOP and Be Still Overview

The God of this universe desires to meet with us so that we can be transformed by His indwelling presence and His word. Yet many of us get caught up in our hectic way of life and do not make time to slow down. We miss out because we are not in tune with the presence of the Holy Spirit who desires to counsel, teach, convict, reveal, and comfort us. Stop and Be Still will teach you the discipline of being “present” with God. In Philippians 2:13 we read, “God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”

Dallas Willard has called silence and solitude the two most radical disciplines of the Christian life. Solitude is the practice of being absent from people and things to attend to God. Silence is the practice of quieting every inner and outer voice to attend God.

Many of us know the importance of being still but lack the knowledge or discipline to put it into practice.

STOP and Be StillSTOP and Be Still will provide practical teaching and an immediate opportunity to practice the disciplines of solitude and silence using a different method of connecting with God.

Whether Nancy is teaching live to a group of women at your church or you are simply listening to the audio and doing the lessons at home, this study provides six life-giving tools for deepening your intimacy with Jesus. 

Towards the end of the lesson, we will take a break and move throughout the room or go outside to create physical space to be alone with God. We will work on a practical application that aligns with the teaching of the day. We will trust that God WILL speak to each of us as we create space to “Be still and know that (He) is God” Psalm 46:10.

Finally, we will reunite as a group for some closing remarks and exhortation.

Overview of Lessons

The God of this universe desires to meet with us so that we can be transformed by His indwelling presence and His word. Yet many of us get caught up in our hectic way of life and do not make time to slow down. We miss out because we are not in tune with the presence of the Holy Spirit who desires to counsel, teach, convict, reveal, and comfort us. Through practice, we can learn the discipline of being “present” with God. In Philippians 2:13 we read, “God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” Listen to “Road Blocks to Being Still with God” by Nancy Avera

In this message we’ll learn that the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit is as close as our very breath. We’ll learn about spiritual breathing that.” Dr. Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ defines, as “just like physical breathing spiritual breathing is a process of exhaling the impure and inhaling the pure.” We’ll also look at the ancient Christian practice of Breath Prayers and how to implement them into our daily lives. Listen to “Just Breath” by Nancy Avera

Sometimes distinguishing our own ideas from God’s leading is difficult. In Part 3 of “Be Still” Nancy Avera will help us understand some keys to discerning God’s voice. If you have a sense that God is talking to you, guiding you or prompting you to do something you’ll learn some great questions to ask. Listen to “Is That You, God?” by Nancy Avera
In this message Nancy Avera shares a practical tool to help you learn how to relate to Christ in our daily lives by using the acronym S.T.O.P. Submit to Jesus, Take some deep breaths, Operate in the physical and spiritual worlds, and pay attention to what is stirring inside. Listen to “S.T.O.P. and Be Still” by Nancy Avera
In this message Nancy Avera teaches about the Biblical concept of lamenting. She begins with an overview of why we pretend that we are OK. Then she teaches us about the difference between complaining and lamenting ending with the importance of honoring our truest deepest feelings honestly before God. Listen to “Be Still & Get Real. Biblical Lamenting” by Nancy Avera
But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 2:16 (NIV) In this final lesson of STOP and Be Still, you will be using your Godly imagination in prayer. Using your Godly imagination is picturing things the Bible says are true. For example, things are consistent with the character of God, things the Bible says are true of who you are when you belong to Jesus. In the practical application you will be quieting your body, mind and spirit as you ask the Lord Jesus Christ to show you the perfect place to meet with Him. It will be a combination of prayer, listening and writing. Listen to “The Perfect Place” by Nancy Avera