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LISTENING TO GOD

Our Relationship With God

LISTENING TO GOD

Call to Me, and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.   Jeremiah 33:3

Nothing is more important in life than listening to the Lord and having His words transform your life.  Jesus made this clear in His encounter with Martha who was busy with the tasks of hosting while Mary sat at the His feet soaking up His every word. Martha, Martha, you are so worried and bothered about so many things; but only a few things are necessary, really only one, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10:41-42

We live in a world of short-cuts, instant gratification and we are bombarded with activities that create lifestyles that keep us busy and distracted.  As a result, we miss out on the only important and necessary thing in life—sitting at the feet of Jesus.

 

Being in the Bible every day installs within us a self-correcting mechanism, a spiritual GPS.  Having this in place and finely calibrated, when something does go wrong, we know why it went wrong and , best of all, how to correct back before we are down the path of no return. 

 

We can’t afford not to sit at His feet as a daily regimen.  Because each day will have its own challenges, doing devotions should not be our last thought but our first.  This life essential cannot be a burden; we must make it a joy...an everyday joy…

 

Be still,” the Lord tells us, “and know that I am God.”  If we’re going to hear Him effectively, we cannot afford to skimp on our daily devotions.  We must, as Mary did, choose the one thing that will affect absolutely everything else.  It needs to be established and guarded with utmost sincerity; out of that sacred enclosure in our life, God will show up, and He will speak.

 

Wayne Cordiero, The Divine Mentor

 

We so often approach our time with the Lord as something we fit into our day if time allows.  Instead, we should think about giving Christ the best part of our day.  Build your day around your time with Jesus.  Have it be the one appointment you don’t miss or change.  This is the food that will sustain you each day.

Find a plan that works for you, such as The Life Journal (http://www.lifejournal.cc).  Learn to listen and then apply what you hear to your life.  This is the basic characteristic of a disciple.  Jesus desires to speak into your life but we must be still and quiet each day if we are to hear His voice. Will you make it a priority?

 

We can choke God’s word with a yawn; we can hinder the time that should be spent with God by remembering we have other things to do.  “I haven’t time!”  Of course you have time!  Take time, strangle some other interests and make time to realize that the center of power in your life is the Lord Jesus Christ and His Atonement.

Oswald Chambers

HMMM {QUESTIONS}

  • How can you make daily time with the Lord a habit and a priority?
  • Discuss with you mentor what you will do to listen to the Lord each day.  Have it be something you are continually asking each other about.
  • How will you apply the truths in this topic to your life this week?  Be specific.

Additional Quotes

Anyone can study the Bible, but only those who know Him can hear His voice and are taught by Him.  Although the barbarian may not be formally trained, she is always God-taught.  Jesus expected that those who were His followers would hear His voice, know His voice, and follow only His voice, even as He calls us out by name and leads us on the barbarian way.  Erwin McManus--The Barbarian Way

When you meditate, imagine that Jesus Christ in person is about to talk about the most important thing in the world.  Give him your complete attention.    Francois Fenelon

So, if you say you want the Holy Spirit, you must first honestly ask yourself if you want to do His will.   Because if you do not genuinely wnat to know and do His will, why should you ask for His presence at all?  But if you decide you do want to know His will, there will be moments when you have to let go of the fear of what that might mean---when you have to release your grip of control on your life and decide to be led, come what may......God cares more about our response to His Spirit's leading today, in this moment, than about what we intend to do next year.....God wants us to listen to His Spirit on a daily basis, and even thoughout the day, as difficult and stretching moments arise, and in the midst of the mundane.  My hope is that instead of searching for "God's will for my life," each of us would learn to seek hard after "the Spirit's leading in my life."   Francis Chan, Forgotten God

verses related to this topic

  • Joshua 1:8

    Joshua 1:8

    This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.

  • Psalm 46:10

    Psalm 46:10

    Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.

  • Psalm 63

    Psalm 63

    O God, you are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; my soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips will praise You. So I will bless You as long as I live; I will lift up my hands in Your name. My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth offers praises with joyful lips. When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches, for You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me. But those who seek my life to destroy it, will go down into the depths of the earth. They will be delivered over to the power of the sword; they will be a prey for foxes. But the king will rejoice in God; everyone who swears by Him will glory, for the mouths of those who speak lies will be stopped.

  • Jeremiah 33:3

    Jeremiah 33:3

    Call to Me, and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know.

  • Matthew 14:23

    Matthew 14:23

    And after He had sent the multitudes away, He went up to the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.

  • Mark 1:35

    Mark 1:35

    And in the early morning, while it was still dark, He arose and went out and departed to a lonely place, and was praying there.

  • Luke 5:16

    Luke 5:16

    But He Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray.

  • Romans 10:17

    Romans 10:17

    So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

  • Hebrews 5:12-14, 6:1

    Hebrews 5:12-14, 6:1

    For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil. Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,

  • Revelation 3:20

    Revelation 3:20

    “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with Me."

books related to this topic

  • The Divine Mentor

    The Divine Mentor

    In the Divine Mentor, you will discover how to enjoy a dynamic, vital, and intimate relationship with God as you learn to hear Him speak daily through the Bible.

  • Space for God

    Space for God

    Don Postema offers us a space to live gratefully in the presence of God. Each chapter contains reflections and questions designed to help us go deeper in our walk with Jesus.

  • The Barbarian Way

    The Barbarian Way

    Erwin McManus calls you to return to the ancient, primal, and dangerous faith of Jesus and His early disciples. Let go of a sanitized Christianity and get back to the powerful, raw, and ancient faith that chooses revolution over compromise, peril over safety, and passion over lukewarm and watered-down religion.

  • The Forgotten God

    The Forgotten God

    Francis Chan returns us to the Holy Spirit as the Bible describes Him. He reminds us that we are not created and saved merely to survive our time on earth. Challenging book on the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

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