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Developing a Listening Ear toward God

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Developing a Listening Ear toward God

A really great question to ask ourselves when we desire to hear God’s voice is, “Where is God at work in my life?” That question is at the very heart of what it means to be a follower of Christ.

  • What is God doing now?
  • What is God saying now?
  • What is God wanting to do in and through me?

And here’s the beautiful thing about developing an ear for God:  when we consistently hear what God is saying to us, that’s a very clear sign that we are growing in the Lord.

Romans 8:14 says, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons (huios) of God.”

Babies cry “Abba,” [daddy, my daddy].

There are three levels of listening to God’s voice:

  1. Crisis level: “God help me!”
  2. Intermittent level: run hot and cold
  3. Constantly abiding level: trusting God from the bottom of your heart

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for GOD ’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to GOD!”[1]

[1] MSG

 

Watch the full message on video here. 

God is Calling

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God is Calling

God says, “I have blessed them! I have even better things for them but they must be determined to press in and move forward. I will NOT waste my blessings on them forever.”

The writer of Hebrews put it this way; “Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned. Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case—the things that have to do with salvation.”[1]

We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.”

In Luke 13:8-9, we see the intercessory heart of Jesus, pleading for mercy and asking for more time from the Father. “The gardener replied, ‘Sir, let it stand for one more year. I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. Maybe next year it’ll have figs. But if not, then cut it down.’”[2]

Relationships demand constant attention, and our relationship with God is the same.

Repentance is not a one and done. Repentance is the continual desire to be current with God, to remain in right relationship with Him.

God is calling us to walk in the power of forgiveness. God is calling us to recognize our sin, to turn from our sin, to repent.

Here’s a secret I want to share with you. The better we know God the more we desire repentance. Repentance is not a sign of failure but a sign of a growing love for God.

 

Listen to the complete message, “Cutting Out the Dead Wood” here.

[1] Hebrews 6:7-9 GW

[2] GW

 

People of Eternal Life Can’t Lose

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People of Eternal Life Can’t Lose

Because we have eternal life now, we can’t lose. Romans 8:31 says, What can we ever say to such wonderful things as these? If God is on our side, who can ever be against us?[1] When you grow up with a parent, teacher or classmate that said you wouldn’t amount to much, and then you get saved, the light of Jesus dims those voices. God says, “I’m going to use you; no one can stop you!”

We can only lose if we choose to do so. We have eternal life coursing through our veins, so keep a few things in mind:

  1. Don’t fear man. The Lord is your helper! What can man do to you? Don’t fear what other people have said about you or to you.
  2. Don’t fear loss of possessions. Even when you are in a deficient, He will care for you. My parents raised nine children. They had no one to teach them about debt and finances. They never owned a home. We were poor, but I didn’t realize it. I put cardboard in my shoes. My parents retired with no worries. God took care of them. Within five years, they put $5,000 in the bank from the little they had left over from their social security. We took it and split it into two $2,500 burial plans. Years later, it had grown enough to cover their burial expenses. My dad said, “We don’t have a lot, but we have enough.”
  3. Don’t’ fear accusations. Jesus died and justified you and is appealing to God on your behalf.[2]
  4. Don’t fear any thing! No one can separate you from the love of God.[3]

People want to talk about issues. Someone asked me about the right to bear arms. If all hell breaks loose, I’m not scared. I’m going to see Jesus. Things are going to get worse before the end.
My life here in some measure will determine how I live in Heaven. All things work together for His purpose—to be conformed to His image.[4] When we see him, we will be like Him.[5] We have to see him in order to be like him.

We are people of eternal life!

 

[1] TLB

[2] Romans 8:34

[3] Romans 8:38

[4] Romans 8:28

[5] 1 John 3:2

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