Tuesday, June 17, 2008

LISTEN TO JESUS --- one prayer [+] Tuesday E-Devotion

James 1:22 (nlt) --- But don't just listen to God's word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.

John 8:47 (nlt) --- Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God.

John 10:4 (nlt) --- After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice.

This is not a choice. People who want to follow God have to listen to His voice. In fact, as we listen we will see that God is always speaking to us. They are words of love and direction. They are truth to guide and to give us confidence.

Perry Noble in his message Lord, Make Us Dangerous from the ONE PRAYER series he says that Jesus will point out the obvious. Jesus literally lets us see from His point of view, and listening is critical to being able to see. By hearing God's voice we have to stop focusing on problems and look at His vision and our opportunities. We become like the one we listen to. Plain and simple truth.

Have you ever noticed that the more we listen to God, the easier it is to live by faith? Turn to the other side and see that the less we listen the tougher it is to keep our faith strong. In fact the only way to deal with doubt is to listen closer and be intent on what we believe. God is at work. He is speaking. Are we listening?

Jesus said this many times:

Matthew 11:15 (nlt) --- Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!

Are we really listening? Lets follow Jesus with excitement and with the insight we gain from listening to Him!

Lets get honest (I try to always be honest). As a leader, I don't always like or am not always comfortable with what God says. But what He says is always right. The future is bright, yet there are some faith steps that will seem irrational or even stupid to those who don't listen to God. By the way, when you listen to God, people will know it by the choices you make. Ouch.

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