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It Takes an Obedient Heart

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It Takes an Obedient Heart

If you have a child that consistently disobeys you, and they shut out whatever instruction you give them, what do you do to help them? You pull back. You let them fall. You let them learn their life lessons the hard way because you know they won’t obey you anyway. Why bother to waste your breath?

And isn’t our Heavenly Father an even better father than we are? God knows when to pull back.

Look at the lives of King David and King Saul. David had a heart for God, even though he made mistakes, but King Saul was habitually disobedient. It was to Saul God said, “It’s not sacrifice I’m looking for. Obedience is better than sacrifice. Disobedience is no different than the sin of witchcraft.”[1]

After God quit speaking to King Saul, that’s exactly what Saul turned to for direction, witchcraft (see 1 Samuel 28).

If we won’t obey, if we won’t heed the direction of God’s voice, He will quit talking and leave us to guide our lives.

God said to the children of Israel through the prophet Zechariah; “Did your ancestors listen? No, they set their jaws in defiance. They shut their ears. They steeled themselves against God’s revelation and the Spirit-filled sermons. And God became angry, really angry, because he told them everything plainly and they wouldn’t listen to a word he said. So this is what God said, if they won’t listen to me, I won’t listen to them. They turned a dreamland into a wasteland” (see Zechariah 7)

How badly do you want to hear God’s voice? Are you willing to wait until He speaks? Are you willing to obey?

[1] 1 Samuel 15:23

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The Biggest Challenge to Hearing God

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The Biggest Challenge to Hearing God

The problem with God is He’s slow! Have you ever noticed how long it takes for God to work things out? So, I’ve got a remedy for His slowness. I help God out!

Can you relate to what I’m talking about?

We say, “I know God spoke to me and said He was going to do such-and-such, so maybe this is the way it’s going to come about.”

Rather than waiting on God to provide, we jump in and try and fix it ourselves. And then what happens? We mess it up!

The classic example is Abraham and Sarah.

“Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had not been able to bear children for him. But she had an Egyptian servant named Hagar. So Sarai said to Abram, “The Lord has prevented me from having children. Go and sleep with my servant. Perhaps I can have children through her.” And Abram agreed with Sarai’s proposal.”[1]

It doesn’t sound like Abraham even thought about it for an hour!

The decisions we make apart from the clear direction of God have longlasting consequences.

The decision Abraham and Sarah made to help God, and the result of that decision, still plagues God’s people, Israel to this very day!

o             Ishmael = the son of the flesh (see Galatians 4)

o             Isaac = the son of the Spirit

Hebrews 6:12 says “Through faith and PATIENCE we inherit the promises of God.”

Sarah and Abraham’s promised child finally arrived 25 years later.

How long are you willing to wait for a clear answer from God? 1 year? 2 years?

 

[1] Genesis 16:1-2

 

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Do You Want to Hear God’s Voice? Really?

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Do You Want to Hear God’s Voice? Really?

Since God is still speaking today, how do we hear Him?

First, we have to want to hear his voice.

We are not born with the ability to hear God speak. It’s something we must cultivate as we grow in our relationship with Him.

The story of Samuel is a beautiful example of how we learn to hear God. Samuel didn’t recognize the voice of God. When Samuel awoke in the night to God’s voice, he thought someone else was calling him. He went to the prophet Eli to see if he’d called him.

Eli told Samuel to go lay down, and if God called again he should say, “Speak, LORD. I am listening!”

Eli was teaching Samuel to posture himself to hear God’s voice.[1]

Jesus said we have to do the same thing; “He who has ears to hear, let him listen!”[2]

We must initiate a listening relationship with God!

God loves it when we try to listen to Him. He loves it when we seek to live in a dynamic, fluid, growing relationship with Him.

 

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[1] 1 Samuel 3:10

[2] Matthew 11:15

Marriage is Difficult, But Stay Committed To Finish

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Marriage is Difficult, But Stay Committed To Finish

So often when couples hit the hard times they conclude, “Something must be wrong with my marriage. I must have made a mistake. I married a difficult person. I need someone who will treat me better.” And in some situations those conclusion can be the right conclusion when it comes to abuse, adultery, etc….

But it’s very important to realize that all relationships are difficult. It doesn’t’ matter if your talking about friendships, family, church or professional relationships—they all take work.

We can feel slighted, hurt, and misunderstood, then “Miss Thang” comes along and @WOW! We think, She treats me nice; she laughs at my jokes….

And you’re in the “WOW” stage. After the newness of any relationship wears off, all that’s left is just the hard work of learning each other, of extending patience toward each other, of giving ample grace to one other.

That’s the hard work of relationships. But you if you stick with it, you hit a point where you say, “Oh my goodness! I know them; they know me, and our love has been tested and tried and stood the test of time.”

Some people sow seeds in the springtime, pull weeds in the hot summer time, but bail out before the harvest. You have to stick around for the best part!

What is something you’ve learned or are learning in your marriage?

 

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