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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

 

Watch the full message on video here.

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 Speaking – Are You Listening?

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God Is Speaking – Are You Listening?

Our ability to hear God’s voice is even more important to God than it is to us. God wants to speak, but how much do we want to listen?

Our grandkids were visiting and I don’t know how many times I heard my daughter say, “Listen to me; Mommy’s trying to talk to you!”

God wants to talk to us in this day every bit as much as He did 3,000 years ago when He spoke to the people of the Bible.

He’s a SPEAKING God, so we must become a LISTENING people!

God stops speaking when we stop listening.

One of the most haunting verses to me in the Bible is 1 Samuel 3:1 “In those days a word from the Lord was rare and there were not many revelations.”

Things dry up when we shut out the voice of God.

God has given us ways to speak to our hearts.

  • He speaks through His written Word. That’s why a consistent pattern of studying God’s Word is so important.
  • God speaks through His spoken Word, and that’s why Sunday morning messages are so valuable. We call our sermon a message!

In the next few blogs we’ll explore hearing God’s voice.

You can watch the full video this blog is taken from here.

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